I use my own gear in the Presto recording facility because I have spent many
years researching and developing a system that works for me. Audio equipment
is very temperamental and there are constant bumps in the road. Through the
years I've gotten to know my equipment so well, that when something goes
wrong, I can almost immediately fix it and get back into my production
The heart of my recording gear is my computer. I use a Macintosh 8100/110
with 104 megs of RAM, 10 gigs of Hard Drive space, a Digidesign Audiomedia II
card, and 2 monitors (a 14" and a 20" driven by a Thunder 24 card). I have 2
internal drives with separate systems on it. The first system I use strictly
for recording and sequencing and it's optimized appropriately. The second
system I use for everything else, such as graphics, communications and
playing games. I use Macromedia's Deck II for almost all of my audio
production and I use Sound Designer II with Wave's Plug-ins for most of my
Sound Design. For sequencing, I use OSC's Metro, because it locks with Deck
and I don't need any external hardware.
Other software I use includes Passport's Alchemy, Studio Vision (on rare
occasions), and Sound Edit 16 (on even rarer occasions).
Connected to my computer, I have a MOTU MIDI TimePiece AV, which controls all
of my musical instruments which are the following:
1. Roland GR-09 Guitar Synthesizer.
2. Roland JV-35 Synth.
3. E-MU E4X Turbo monster sampler w/128mgs RAM, and a 1 gig hard drive.
4. E-MU ESI-32 Sampler w/32mgs RAM, and a 500mg Hard Drive.
5. A drum trigger set connected to an Alesis DR5 brain.
I use 2 Mackie 1604 mixers to route all of my analog signals and have digital
connections to my computer that include a Tascam DA-30 MKII and a Lexicon
PCM-90 reverb unit. Other outboard gear I have includes an Ensoniq DP/4
multi-effects, and several DBX compressors. Finally, I listen to everything
through my Tannoy 6.5 speakers (although I've got my eye on the new Mackie