• Mallin

Nov 2019 - Updates

Whats up! It's been a while. A lot has changed since the last blog post I wrote, not only the contents of the studio but with the music that is being churned out of it too. I finally feel happy with the standard of music that I'm making, both for myself and for clients who use me to engineer their own records.

So, to kick things off let's take a look at the equipment I'm now using to produce my music. It's taken me a while to fine tune my set up so that it's perfect for me, I think accessibility is key to a good workflow.

First off, the DAW's I use are Fl 20 Mac edition, and Maschine 2 as a VST standalone within FL (I'll explain further in). As you can see, I'm running a dual display desktop. My main desktop is the MacBook Pro and my secondary desktop is a Samsung 24inch LED monitor. Having a dual display has helped me out loads as I now use the MacBook to display the mixer, plugins and levels monitor. This leaves the larger Samsung screen free to display the main workspace including the playlist, sequencer, piano roll and samples browser.

Moving on to the MIDI controllers. I've recently bought a Maschine MK3 and my god it is an incredible bit of kit when you get used to using it. Using Maschine 2 as a VST in FL means it literally runs as a DAW on one channel. The MIDI clock syncs with FL's internal clock which means recording into the playlist direct from Maschine is a doddle. It cuts down on processing power and makes you feel a little nostalgic seeing those little waveforms being born in front of your eyes.

I also use an M-Audio Oxygen 61 key MIDI keyboard. I've had this for a few years now and it still does the trick.

The active monitors I use are a pair of M-Audio BX5 D2's. These have served me well over the years, but at the time of writing this blog I can't help but feel like they're the next thing to be upgraded. I've been toying with the idea of buying a pair of JBL 308P MK2's as the low end on them is so clean yet unforgiving and makes you really have to put the work in to create a nice clean mix.

Finally, we come to the hands (or fingers) of the studio. I recently replaced my mouse with an Apple Magic Trackpad 2, and I didn't regret my decision. I already enjoyed using the trackpad on my MacBook when I wasn't in the studio, so I figured I'd take the plunge on the wireless one for studio use. For me it's sped up my task times and improved my hand to eye to screen coordination and I find that I create less errors in the piano roll compared to a mouse. The keyboard is a standard Logitech full keyboard which does its job, however I'm also planning to buy an Apple Magic Keyboard just to help please my OCD.

2020 Release Teasers

As 2019 is drawing to a close, and my final release of the year has been and gone I thought I'd release some info on contracts I've signed for releases in 2020.

The first release is due out Jan (exact date TBA) on Kuudos. The track is entitled 'Crazy' and the remix package is expected to follow in early Feb. Next up is a 2 track EP on Oh! Records Stockholm in Feb and I'm super excited about it. The feature track is 'Just A Feeling' and the B side is 'Been There'. Both are chilled deep house records that I'm very proud to have signed.

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