ChristianRock, a.k.a. Christian Schulze, a.k.a. StörmAng3L (LOL)I can’t pick just one! Ok put ChristianRock.
Mostly Christian Rock music, but lately I have been dwelling into the lands of electronica.
I can either start with an acoustic guitar track to which I then add all other instruments, or more typically I will lay out a drum track in Maschine and then add all the other instruments later.
There’s not much jamming in my world – I always plan out the full arrangement before I start the recording process. If I can’t hear the song in my head, then I can’t work on it properly.
First of all I need to say that my current setup is very new. Until a few months ago, my studio was based around a 16-track analog tape reel-to-reel machine, a 32 channel mixer, a drum machine and a few keyboards, and an Alesis Masterlink. These are now all gone and a computer and software plus the hybrid software/hardware Maschine have replaced it.
2011 13 inch MacBook Pro
Native Instruments Maschine
(from here I have only really used Kontakt and its libraries like the Vienna (VSL) Orchestrals, Choirs and Retro Machines, plus Massive and Absynth)
Roland A-90 88-keys controller
Novation Remote Zero Mk II
Korg N1R digital synthesizer module
Korg EX-8000 hybrid analog/digital synthesizer module
Cocko’s Reaper DAW
Native Instruments Komplete 8
Native Instruments Alicia’s Keys
Native Instruments Abbey Road Modern Drummer
Steven Slate Drums 4.0 Essential
IK Instruments T-Racks 3 Standard
Klanghelm DC8C compressor
Garritan Instant Orchestra
IK Instruments Miroslav Philarmonik Classik Edition
Steinberg MR816X interface
AKG Q701 headphones
Soon I will replace the Roland A-90 with an Alesis Fusion 8HD, as I have used the Fusion 6HD extensively in my debut solo record, and I miss that thing.
Various guitars, basses and amps, plus microphones and external processors are available for completing my productions. Probably my favorite non-synth instruments are my FrankenTelecaster made of bunches of parts, my Larrivee jumbo acoustic, and my fretless Neuser bass.
Synth-wise, the Alesis Fusion still takes the cake – it’s not the most full-featured in any specific area, but the sum of its parts make it a wonderfully creativity-inducing keyboard.
I am also very fond of Reaper. Having tried Sonar 2.0 about 10 years ago, I hated it so much at the time, that it took me a decade to give a DAW another try! Its fast and easy workflow is its greatest asset to me – not that I have tried any other current DAWs, but I did a lot of research before committing to one. If I had to describe it in one phrase, it would be “it doesn’t get in the way”. Also, it’s only as complex as you want it to be.
I think that like most home-based musicians, my studio setup is never finished. But I am trying to optimize my workflow around certain things that I can really dig into and explore to its fullest extent, rather than getting every software in the market and ending up not getting anything good out of any of them. Thankfully, my time in music-related forums has taught me not to make the same mistakes others have made. Though I’m sure there’s still plenty of mistakes I’ll make along the way… hopefully I’ll learn from them!