Michael Dean’s tools at Intergalactic Prairie Studios:
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Reaper 64-bit (8th record on. LOVE it!) on Windows 10. (Record 8 on)
VSTis (many are 32-bit, because my Cubase was 32-bit, even though my computer is 64-bit. Now that I’m on 64-bit Reaper, I still run many of these 32-bit VSTs, when a 64-bit version is not available):
I add new ones to the bottom of this list as I discover them and record with them:
Simple Microtonal Synth
Simple Microtonal Sampler
Microtonal Polyphonic Shiny Dirt
Microtonal Poly Worms
Super Spook Keys
Reaktor (esp. Travelizer)
Drum Pro 32
MT Power Drum Kit 2
EP-MK1 (microtonal Rhodes piano)
^ This is an incomplete list. It’s too much work to keep updated. And sometimes I use a VST for one part of one song and never again, though I enjoyed using it. Going forth into Album 22, I’m not going to update my “I use these VSTs” list much anymore.
-SoundForge (all albums, use to do small volume shifts before or after mastering, trim tails, etc. )
-Lurssen Mastering Console (6th album on, mostly use to quickly master rough versions to send Phil, but occasional use for a final master.). This is mainly what I use for final masters now.
-Elephant (first 3 albums)
-LANDR (4th album through 14th album.)
-Izotope Ozone (7th album on, occasional use for a final master if LMC isn’t right for the song.)
—Reaper, use for recording, but also for sequencing final albums as one file, equalizing volume between tracks, and putting cross-fades between tracks.
NO LONGER USING, DON’T WORK ON REAPER 64-BIT, or have other issues with ’em:
DAW: Cubase 5.1 (vintage! 32-bit!) (First 7 Records)
Xen-FMTS 2 (these 4 crash 64-bit DAWs, and also don’t retain tuning when you close the DAW.)
NO LONGER USING FOR OTHER REASONS;
Harmony Box (has a click, like the samples are corrupted, or attack is a negative value.)
AKAI LPK25 keyboard. Made the whole 15th record with this. Using going forward. Love it. Very small and portable, 52 dollars.
AKM320 micro keyboard. Used on first record, gave away to Phil. He didn’t use it, and gave it back to me for the 8th record on. I actually like it. Using it most of the time on everything 8th record on. Doesn’t take up much desk space. And only 35 bucks!
M-Audio Keystation 61 II (4th & 5th records, 11th record on)
ChromaCast keyboard stand (with the Nektar IMPACT LX25, I put a board and a towel on the stand, and put the controller on that, which leaves room for a cat to sit!). Use with Keystation 61, (4th & 5th records, 11th record on).
Nektar IMPACT LX25+ MIDI Controller (6th and 7th record)
Sennheiser E835 (9th and 10th record for MWD)
Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (with foam windscreen). for MWD and PW, first 4 albums, then 11th album on. Phil for all albums.
(Both mics with this Boom stand.)
MICROPHONE CHANNEL STRIP
SM Pro Audio TB202
Mic preamp, compressor, limiter, EQ. It’s stereo but I use it mono, both channels chained in series; one channel into the other with a little compression on each.
I started using this about halfway through recording the 7th album, got rid of it after the 8th record.
ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER (Mostly for microphone for singing and talking)
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen)
MWD used this for the first 7 albums. MWD and Phil both used this for the 8th album on:
SYNTHROTEK Optical Theremin DIY Kit
Gave away after the 7th record.
Fender Squire (don’t use it much, mainly use to trigger midi.). Removed the frets, used on one song, then sold it.
Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer (Only on first 3 albums, and only on part of them. Then went full soft synth and gave this away as a gift.)
Under those, I use; Studio Monitor Isolation Pads for 5” Inch Monitors
For mixing: Sony MDR-7506. Used these since 2006, still use in all BipTunia.
For listening to music I make (and listening to all music): Skullcandy Hesh 3
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