Studio Improvements, and more on the way!

My STBook is still in Scotland, so I am going to start blogging about my studio for awhile.  I hope to develop a Cubase Audio Falcon “how-to” guide, as it is something I have found quite difficult to master (I’m still learning after years of using it).

Over the last several months I have made some major inprovements to my little studio.

I added Alesis Elevate 6 studio monitors.

I added an Akai MPX 16 sampler.

I added and Alesis VI61 MIDI Controller

I added a new studio desk to hold everything.

I have an ADAT XT on the way.

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I have a JL Cooper Datasync2 on the way, which will hopefully sync my Falcon and Cubase Audio to the ADAT XT.

There is a Soundpool ADAT interface, but they are very rare and impossible to find.

Here are some photos of my setup:

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My rack mounted (Wizztronics Falcon Rack) Atari Falcon030 is on the bottom right of the desk.

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From top to bottom is an Alesis S4 plus synth module, a Jam PRO OUT which provides eight analog outputs from the Falcon, an ART SGX LT guitar processor, and the Falcon on the bottom with a 4 GB external SCSI drive sitting on top.  There is also a Steinberg Falcon Digital Interface connected.

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The ATARI FX-1 case badge is just something fun I added.  It is a case badge from a prototype that was never released.  The little button where the Falcon Rack headphone jack is supposed to be sets the Falcon to 030 or 060 (CT60) modes.  It was a convenient place to put the switch!

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The little ATARI case badge is also something I added for fun.  The red momentary switch is the power switch.  On the mouse/joystick port is a PeST mouse adapter for PS/2 mouse that I purchased from Alison Challis (RIP Techie Alison!).  On the right is the PC keyboard port (original with the Falcon Rack).

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In the center is a SONY DVD-RW that I use mostly for backups with Anodyne’s Extendos and CD-Backup software.  On the top in front of the external SCSI drive is the extender for my EtherNat USB inputs with a flash drive plugged in.  Under MINT OS I can write files to the flash drive and share them with a non-Atari computer.  It is a great safety for my very important files that change often.  I always have a copy somewhere else.

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This is my ART DI/O, which I use to provide 44.1 clock to my FDI, and it routes a digital signal from everything I send to my mixer.  My mixer has a digital output, but I have had trouble with it.  The DI/O is rock solid.  It also has  tube warmth that you can add, which is very nice.

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My Mixer is an Alesis Multimix 12 FXD.  It was a very inexpensive mixer but it has great features and a very small footprint.  It is no longer produced.  One channel seems to be dying.  I’m not sure if I will find something that can replace this that will be this small!

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