Friday, May 8, 2009

Pen & Ink Drawings...

Over the past few days I've begun to scan some of my Pen-and-Ink drawings from my vast collection in preparation for a book I want to publish.

These are all Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pens on acid-free paper.

Because they're now in digital form, its easy to share these so I thought I'd put a handful up here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Studio Revamp Halfway There...

Stuck at home with what feels like a bad cold, I thought I'd take a moment to post... (no, I don't have the Swine Flu!) ;)

I had a busy (back-breaking) Sunday morning in the studio and have installed new 3-tier keyboard stands on one side of the studio, replacing the awful 2-tier "X" stands.

These are "Standtastic" stands that I only discovered a couple of weeks ago. A nice bit of industrial design! There's lots of legroom underneath, space for pedals, etc...

Kitty approves as well.

Now I need to break down the Ikea desk (on the left) and haul it down to the garage where it will become my workbench. Don't despair, as nice as it looks, it's not real wood. It will make a nice, solid surface for construction and a place to permanently set up my soldering iron.

Once that's done there'll be enough room to assemble the Quik Lok Z555 "workstation" furniture again and its pendant racks and other doo-dads. The Oasys will go here as main studio controller - where it really belongs:

Then I can move the big red Papasan chair back into the corner. I miss having a "comfy chair" in the studio...and so does kitty...obvious from this old photo:

A bunch of my brightly-colored synths ended up in this stand. Not sure if this is their "final spot" but for now, this is the "artificial fruit flavors" stand:

...and there turned out to be enough room between the stands for a rack containing the Spectral Audio Syntrack, Waldorf Microwave XT and the Yamaha VL-1m:

To the left of the rack you can just make out the 1U 8x2 line mixer that sends the output from all these synths over to the other side of the studio via a single pair of cables, obviating the need for a snake this time.

Over the next couple of weekends I'm hoping to finish up and get back to recording. Once the Oasys is in place and my main DAW and interfaces hooked up again, I've already got some ideas pushing to get out!