Michael Dean’s tools at Intergalactic Prairie Studios:
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!
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!)
Sennheiser E835 (9th record on for MWD)
Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (with foam windscreen). for MWD and PW, first 4 albums. 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.
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.)
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
For listening to music I make (and listening to all music): Skullcandy Hesh 3
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Cubase 5.1 (vintage! 32-bit!) (First 7 Records)
Reaper 64-bit (8th record 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.
Super Spook Keys
Reaktor (esp. Travelizer)
Drum Pro 32
MT Power Drum Kit 2
AM Wavetable Draw Free
NO LONGER USING, DON’T WORK ON REAPER 64-BIT:
NO LONGER USING FOR OTHER REASONS;
Harmony Box (has a click, like the samples are corrupted, or attack is a negative number.)
SoundForge (all albums)
Elephant (first 3 albums)
LANDR (4th album and later)
Lurssen Mastering Console (6th album and later)
Izotope Ozone (7th album and later. And on some songs, I EQ to pink noise curve, or 6 dB curve in Ozone, then export that file, and master that in Lurssen Mastering Console.)
Gear me baby, all night long!