Experiments in Syncopation II 2022
Experiments in Syncopation2012
I do find it pretty amazing how music software has now pretty well entirely replaced all the gear you used to need in a home recording studio. As you can see in the images below, I had a fair bit of stuff to lug around way back when I was a student just getting into electronic music. Now, of course, you can have all that capability on a small laptop. Moreover, you can line up any number of virtual modules and effects units on a track without being limited by the single rack-mounted reverb you once had to route everything through.
This was my MIDI synthesiser and sampler setup circa 1992 when I was a Uni student.
My Reason 4 workstation in 2011. The microphone is there solely for training video voiceovers, I harbour absolutely no singing ambitions.
This was my latest Reason 12 setup. The latest keyboard controllers do pretty well everything now, so I just need one of those and some decent monitors and headphones.
Reason is the perfect tool for someone like me who started off by physically plugging stuff together. Its interface is a near perfect simulacrum of that rack-mounted workflow. I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do, but the fact that I can do just as much on my laptop when I'm travelling as I can when home on the iMac is just great.