My goal is to upgrade the current home studio and make a producer friendly setup, especially something with a quick and easy to use interface is desired (ie qwerty kb replacement), and semi future proof my setup with things that are easy and cheap to upgrade.
Also, i want to know if you guys had any experience using some of these softwares and/or hardwares, it would def help me out if i know more pro’s and con’s from users directly. i should be able to purchase these by late Feb early March.
i mainly work with current HipHop/Rnb, Pop, Dance, Electronic music. My synthesizer and mixing knowledge is somewhat limited, i concentrate on the creative production more then the technical engineering and the quicker i can bang out my ideas, the better. The most mixing that takes place in my workflow is at the end of every session, i like to tweak small bits and makes sure things are sounding ok.
I own a Roland Fantom X6 kb (controller/sound module) and few VSTi’s like Rob Papens Pred, Albino and NI’s Battery3.
Here’s what i came up with so far followed with a brief explanation:
NI Komplete 7 - pretty self explanatory.
Propellerheads Reason 5 Upgrade - upgrading my Reason 2.5 to 5.
Waves The Tony Maserati Collection - Quick and Easy way to get some great sounding results.
Waves Native Power Pack - Im not sure if ill get this, but a great affordable bundle from Waves.
NI Maschine - 2 birds with 1 stone situation, sounds and easy to understand GUI with a familiar controller.
reFX Nexus2 - great sounding rompler with very basic tweaking.
Lennard Digital Sylenth 1 - Great sounding synthesizer with an easy to understand GUI
Argosy Classic Speaker Stands - http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SS42/
sE Electronics Project Studio Reflexion Filter - http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ReflexionPS/
maybe change the CC121 with a midi KB like the Axiom? (CC121 only has 4 programmable buttons)
maybe opt out on the Sylenth1 because of Komplete 7?
what do you think?
Oh! and if anyone knows of any non-Ikea production friendly desks, it would help also.