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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:34 pm    Post subject: If you could do it again? Reply with quote

once again I'm about to take much of my studio apart and put it back together again...

through the summer I concentrated on selling gear don't use in order to upgrade my system... which means revamping a large portion of the patch bays, moving gear from the racks on the left tot he racks on the right (and visa versa) based on what I think (this time) would be the optimum workflow...sigh

I have yet figured out how to "plan for the future"...

I'm about to install the Hear Back monitoring system for headphone mixes... and how could I have anticipated that CAT 5 cables would be the next ... frontier (and I suspect that's where things are heading)... so holes in a wall, Cat 5 cables run as discreetly as possible... since putting inside the wall isn't a viable (or remotely practical option...)

and I'm adding a AD/DA converter which means more inputs/outputs... though needed the task almost overwhelms me...

still

If I ever do this again... I'm going to run all cable runs in conduit (or smurf tube) and install extra runs with "future" pull boxes

Patch bays... well they need to be re-labled... and my racks are soooooo packed that accessing from underneath (which is what i wanted to avoid ever having to do again), means I need to pull not all, but alot of them... and of course my patch snakes probably aren't exactly what i need.......

If you could start over... what would you do different?

maybe there should be a 'recording therapist"... I bet he/she could make a fortune....

and I wonder...when is enough enough? when do you tell the "upgrades" see ya?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your 'what would you have done differently?' question is making you miserable. Here are two things. You couldn't have done things differently - you always do what makes sense in the moment. Not only that, but you make the best of what you've got in the moment. Which is what you're doing now. Give it your best shot, let outcomes take care of themself, and in the meantime enjoy it. When it all falls apart, I play music. Which is ironic, cuz ostensibly I put myself through all this recording torture for the sake of the music. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't sat it's making me miserable... it's probably not listening very well to the wisdom of others... but, yes, though I might rephrase "makes sense in the moment" to "seemed like a good idea"

Your irony does not escape me... one bit

maybe this constant tinkering is just an excuse to not record.... sometimes I wonder

I wonder a lot... i wonder what that's about Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured out that last point of yours a couple of years ago. It's possible to focus on the means to the end to the point where the end sort of gets smothered. It's like a bower bird that spends more time assembling the nest to attract the female than he does getting laid. So what I do is just keep playing. Keep playing, independently of projects and studying and research and gear buying and studio renos. For one thing, I like playing and singing - it's good for me. For another, the stress that comes with modern recording just feeds the emotion when I play. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping (he says with fingers crossed) that the fact that I'm a) getting tired of dinking with the gear, and b) starting question when is enough enough, is an indication that the end point is coming into focus.

There will always be new, and better, and more advanced gear, but I think it's getting close to representing the minutiae with regards to net gain in sound quality... and if I can't get a decent sound with the set up I have... maybe I should take up needlepoint....

still there is a truth I must admit applies to me, and that there is a fascination with the "gear", which I'd like to think is beginning to wane

time is my jury

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