Studio Essentials...

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by backinthelab, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. backinthelab

    backinthelab Guest

    I'm bored so for fun I thought I'd start a list of tools and things that every studio must have. (Aside from the obvious gear and room treatments.) Feel free to add if you have any other suggestions:

    Sharpies (lots!)
    Masking Tape
    Duct Tape
    Electrical Tape
    Paper and Pen
    Recall Sheets
    Playing cards (for dampening that pesky snare)
    9V Batteries
    Extra Guitar Picks and Strings
    Precision Screwdriver Set
    Wire Cutters
    Soldering Gun
    Loads of CD-R's
    Loads of CD Cases
    Cable Tester
    SPL Meter
    BPM Counter
    Power Strips
    1/8 to 1/4 adaptors
    Good Beer

  2. backinthelab

    backinthelab Guest

    A couple more that I just thought of:

    Paper Clips

    We once used a combination of the two to fix a pickup problem in a bass guitar. Worked well and we got to finish the session!
  3. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    First aid kit.
  4. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
    Home Page:
    These kinds of lists are fun!

    Drafting Tape - (Board Tape)
    Dry Erase Board/Markers
    Easle for above
    Tape Measurer
    NON Precision Screwdriver Set
    Needle Nose Pliers
    Super Glue
    Asst Fuses in 12V, 120V and 220V
    Bottle Opener
    wine Glasses
    Small Blankets/Afgans
    Toilet Paper
    Paper Towels
    Paper Plates
    Plastic KFS sets
    Coffee Maker
    Green Tea
    Blue Sapphire
    Johnny Walker Blue
    Ear Plugs
    Drum Keys
    Extra Snares/String
    Poker Chips
    Extra Instrument Cables
    Plastic Bags
    Sandwich Bags
    Disposable Razors
    Coffee Mugs
    Styrofoam Coffee cups with lids
    Straws - Long
    WD 40
    3 in 1 Oil
    Talcum Powder
    Aluminum Foil
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    ."Shoot, with all that stuff, a feller could have himself a purty good weekend...." (who said it? Extra credit for the setting)

    Heres some stuff not yet mentioned.....

    Single Malt Scotch (I know that Blue was mentioned but its not a singlemalt)

    Talent....yours and theirs

    The Check...Up front

    For overdub sessions I used to put up a TV and some video games
  6. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Washington, DC
  7. Brownsound

    Brownsound Guest

    You forgot the coffee. And the milk. And the RIZLA. And the TOBACCO.
  8. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Slim Pickens. Dr. Strangelove. As he was examining the contents of the package of stuff that was in the B52 bomber in case of an emergency landing.

    And ditch the duct tape and get some real gaffer tape for heaven sake.
  9. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
    Home Page:
    OK... you're thinking ALL the essentials...

    Of course there should be a few bottles of;
    A decent cabernet.
    A decent chablis
    Maybe a zinfendel... or two
    An exceptional Bourbon - Woodford Reserve is an excellent choice
    Blue Sapphire
    Stoly's for the fake Martini crowd
    Any decent Vermouth
    Pilsner Urquell
    1.25's... unless you're a weenie who needs a 1.5
    T1 access
    You're own mail server
    Gbit Network Backplane
    Cable w/ON Demand billing and DVR
    Connectors for all of the popular gaming systems
    A Wii system

    Yeah... there we go... the list is getting better...
  10. backinthelab

    backinthelab Guest

    Wow, this is getting pretty good!

    I'd like to add a few more, now that I've been so inspired:

    Pizza Pockets and other 30-second meals
    White lithium grease
    Candles placed AWAY from the acoustic foam
    Some good herb (depending on who your client is, of course)
    Guitar Hero II

    Last but not least...a lava lamp or two.
  11. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    North Carolina, USA
    Only essentials I've seen so far are enough mic cables and stands and a decent headphone amp...all the food I bought for the boys didn't get eaten..all they did was drink the beer. So, in addition to the appropriate amount of cables and stands, I would add some good beer. No Lager for us...we like it hoppy an full-flavored. ANDY
  12. reginald

    reginald Guest

    vodka, cofffee, weed and if possible some condoms!!!
  13. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I NEVER worry about the beer. I live in the lap of BEER LUXURY here in the Great Northwest where the microbrews outnumber and outsell the regular stuff by a wide margin.

    A close examination of the 'Beer Refrigerator' (yes kids, dadogg has a fridge JUST for the beer) reveals a half-rack of a sweet and great tasting Porter, a large Kerr jar full of a red ale, a few assorted bottles left over-re: an IPA, some fruit ales, an incredible roasted hops ale, and the regular Henry's.

    Rice beer and standard lagers have to have some serious panache to make this ice box.

    And dont get me started on the single malt scotch. :wink:

    No 'peat' for me please.......highland or Jura only....thanx.
  14. Girlytech

    Girlytech Guest

    What about a calculator? :cool:
  15. MrEase

    MrEase Active Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    West Suss ex, UK
    The only essential you would need in my studio is a bl**dy good sense of humour! :D
  16. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA

    No one mentioned incense...
  17. Fruition2k

    Fruition2k Active Member

    Jan 1, 2001
    South Florida
    Strange to not see..

    Splicing Block
    Leader and splicing tape
    Razor blades
    Grease pencils/
    White artist tape
    Ground lifts
    Notebook - (for writing down recall info)
    Spare tweaker

    Wait! its 2007! man....nevermind..

    I would say extra guitar strings and fuses still,
    maybe a can of Caig Deoxit.
  18. axnyslie

    axnyslie Guest

    ah those were the days. 8)

    All I can think to add is
    reference CDs
    throat spray for singers
    bottled water
    iPod and boom box for mix testing
    "energy" drinks
    van to pick up drummer & to get to the 24hr diner
    air freshener
    lava lamp
  19. Altanon

    Altanon Guest

    +1. There's half a roll on my table right now!
  20. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    North Carolina, USA
    +1 on the air freshener! 3 guys sweating in a small room=funky smell after one hour!

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