Their Studios: Branson, MO

We continue our look at studios we wish we had by going to . . . Branson, Missouri?! Yes, Branson is now home of the elegant Citywalk Studios. Here’s the good news: you can find out just about everything you need to learn about acoustic treatment from the Auralex website; Citywalk’s builders made use of the acoustic products company’s friendly instructions. You might not use quite the amount of Auralex kit these guys did, but you’ll find a little high-quality acoustic treatment can go a long way. And, of course, it looks great, and I’m guessing is substantially cheaper than …

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Your Studios: Atariboy’s Vintage Computer Stash

Part of a series looking inside readers’ studios . . . Atariboy is the Melbourne-based graphic designer and musician behind the UI for some of our favorite software (see his EM411 page and plasq.com). Apparently he knows something we don’t, because it looks like he’s stockpiling vintage Macs and PCs in preparation for some sort of silicon apocalypse, at least if you look at pictures of his studio. But when my friends are raptured, I know I’m going to want to ease the pain of having to accept the Mark of the Beast by chilling on an SE/30, so, Cris, …

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Your Studios: Hardware and Software Harmony

Part of a series looking inside readers’ studios . . . It’s beyond me why people waste time on message boards debating the merits of hardware versus software. Come on, people: it’s 2005. Most of use a mix of the two, in different combinations. Check out Wally’s studio; whoever can identify every last piece of gear here, no matter how obscure, wins a prize. Well, not an actual prize, but you can trash-talk the rest of us or something. Most important lessons learned from this studio: Everyone should have a Herman Miller Aeron chair. They’re only US$649 now? (Can I …

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Your Studios: Island of Sound

Part of a series looking inside readers’ studios . . . Ah . . . living space and working space. For most of us, they’re one in the same. Witness San Francisco-based sound designer Dan Dugan‘s island of sound creation in his home. Digital meets analog: reel-to-reel? Check. Dolby gear? Check. Computer system? Check. [Take a closer look in the gallery — the first shot Dan sent I would never have imagined was in his home! [wpg2]archived/readerstudios/[/wpg2]

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Your Studios: EM411 Studios Page

There’s something comforting about looking at other people’s home studios. Music creation isn’t about pricey, luxury studio spaces after all: it’s random assortments of gear in bedrooms and living spaces. Sure, we know that — but it’s another matter to see the endless diversity of what that actually looks like. EM411, easily the best digital music community online, has long had a feature on people’s studios: see the long list of photos and comments. Funky spaces aren’t exclusively amateur, either: I’ve been in the bedroom studios of some big-name Manhattanite pros, and they often look just like our studios. Well, …

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Dream DJ Furniture, Pt. III

The turntable tables keep rolling in. Gizmodo has an entry from the Milan Furniture Fair which is beautifully crafted, though for some reason I imagine it surrounded by shag carpeting. Probably just me, but we’ll never know — no link to the designer. Todd Campbell writes CDM with

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Inside NIN’s Studio on Audiohead

As readers pointed out, I got things a bit wrong on what Trent Reznor uses in the studio: it’s not a matter of Pro Tools OR Logic. It’s Pro Tools AND Logic AND Reaktor and Absynth and Traktor and GRM Tools and three Macs and three interfaces (with high-end HD Digi hardware) and a Minimoog and a Nord and Alesis and, who knows, probably a giraffe who can produce phat lead sounds with his baritone voice. Given that, it may surprise (and refresh) you to hear that Mr. Reznor thinks that it’s not about the tools. In Stephanie Jorgi’s superb …

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Dream DJ Furniture

As CDM continues its hunt for the ultimate studio furniture, here's my favorite reader tip yet: DUAL Furniture in San Francisco has gorgeous custom birchwood furniture designed to your specs. There's the usual DJ furniture — record cabinets and the like — but DUAL wins out for cool hunters with its floating coffins, suspended elegantly from the ceiling by wire. Now if only someone could design something this lovely for laptops and keyboards. (Oh, yes, that and "if only money were no object." Sure, we're supposed to be poor as musicians, but . . . look at the pretty furniture!)

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Dream DJ Furniture: Pt. II

Easily topping the cool factor of the floating DJ turntable is the alien spaceship cockpit of DJ furniture: the DJ Kreemy Table. (Thanks to a reader for reminding of this!) Designed by Karim Rashid, this all-fiberglass, dual-deck+mixer design with integrated power and lighting will set you back (get ready for this) just under US$3000. So you'll be nice and comfy spinning at home when you're not too busy dealing crack to pay for it. Or you could wait for the Fab Five to rescue you: the design was hip enough to be featured on an episode of Queer Eye for …

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CDM Asks: Show Us Your Workspace

Creating the ultimate workspace for digital music creation isn't easy. You need the right mood — available liquor cabinet and copious candles lining the piano is always a good start. And you need a great desk and office chair. Right now, I'm thinking about finding a great new, ergonomic chair — see Joy of Tech's clever analysis of office chair options, and what I really want, of course, which is the Herman Miller Aeron. CDM asks its readers: what's your workspace look like? What's your furniture of choice? And what workspace do you dream of? Send us photos via email …

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