I started learning/dabbling with keyboard, acoustic guitar
& recording as a hobby and diversion from working 9-to-5
with computers. Being a knobs & switches person at heart and
influenced by the flashing light brigade of Tangerine Dream,
Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, ELP etc., I built up a small
recording setup over the years. Although it was a drain on our
finances, my wife says at least she knew where I was in the
Early setups used home keyboards such as the Yamaha PSR
series, and a PC sequencer (Prism) for recording. The desktop PC
advanced to a very early laptop (to the left of the chair) - a
Toshiba with an 80486 processor and a fabulous colour screen...
but needed a loan to pay for it. Note the old Hi-Fi speakers
mounted on the bookshelves - not the best place acoustically,
but spare bedrooms are never big enough!
A few years later, a problem with one of my ears gave me a reality check so decided to 'get serious' with music before the other one broke, and the gadget spiral really began with a Korg i30 arranger keyboard, Yamaha cassette porta-studio for mixing, a Samson power amp. and a couple of Spirit Absolute 2 monitors... although stereo was a bit of an overkill with only one good ear.
A 2nd hand Cheetah MIDI keyboard was added later...
More gear followed (it's a known illness - look up Gear
Acquisition Syndrome), such as a Supernova synth and an 8-track
hard-disc recorder... which of course justified an 8-track ADAT
for backup purposes. This meant building DIY cabinets to house
Hi-Fi Quad electrostatic speakers as monitors - well, somebody
had to try it!...
As with all hardware, it comes at a price...
The weight of all the cables kept pulling the jack plugs out of their sockets, so these DIY brackets were developed to take the strain. MIDI gear was also routed via the same standard 1/4" patch panels using this DIY mod.
More info on studio gear, such as a DotCom modular
synth, EMU samplers, Tascam porta-studio etc. is here.
A house move meant yet another layout... started off with 2 music rooms, so ideal for a control room and music room... but eventually decided to shoe-horn everything into one. This video shows it under construction (skip to 1m54s for the final result), and here's an attempt at an arty-farty version with music & effects.
The demo recording is only a rough outline of the idea using
my limited musical skills & even more limited vocals, so if
there are any musical/theatrical producers, arrangers, musicians
or vocalists out there, please get in touch. The project has
been shelved many times over the years, but it would be nice to
finish it before the universe actually ends otherwise it may
spoil my version of events.