Sunday, 25 November 2012

An Expedition to Wales!!!

I'm in the process of a getting myself sorted out for a 2 day visit with The Fuji and Maddy the Micra to Wales next week. I shall be departing at some stupid o'clock hour on Monday morning as I would like to be at my destination by mid-late morning.

And why am I going to Wales you ask? Well, I am going at the invitation of Stephen Howell who is the head-honcho of the Hollow Sun software house, to photograph his studio and workplace. Looking forward to meeting Stephen as I am a big fan of the software that his company produces. This will be a most interesting addition to the Synth Studio Photo Project, and quite likely my last one this side of Christmas.

So the cameras are all prepped, bags packed and Maddy the Micra readied for our next adventure and be warned, there will be pictures!!! :-)

Friday, 9 November 2012

It was too good to resist......

Okay, so in a previous post I said that I was done with the GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) for now.

Okay, so maybe that wasn't strictly true.

BUT......when I wrote it, I meant it.

Anyway.

Courtesy of my good friend David Wright, I now possess an Alesis QS6 synthesizer. The fun has been deciding where to put it in the GTK Studio, but I think it have found the best place for it on the workbench atop The Rack.

I've spent the last few hours just playing with the 500 odd presets and I have to say that I am very impressed with the QS6. I have missed my Roland JV-2080 as it had some great pianos and strings, but the QS6 has perfectly filled that void and now provides me with some seriously strong synth sounds as well. This has been an excellent acquisition, so expect to hear it on many of my future recordings.
I've been using one of my Evolution MIDI keyboard controllers as the master keyboard for the synths in The Rack. I've now swapped the Evolution with the QS6 because the latter has an easier way of changing MIDI channels and of course, it has after-touch which is a must.

I now need a new mixing desk and after Christmas, I'll be after a 24 channel desk. Getting that in the GTK Studio should be very interesting, but I'll do it!!!