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20 unique things for your recording studio on Etsy

20 unique things for your recording studio on Etsy

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Robotic Drum Kit from RobotRickshaw

We all hate drummers. Well, now we don’t need them anymore! You can buy this silly robot for the low low price of $3,865. That’s all it takes to rid yourself of drummers forever! Small price to pay, if you ask me. #drummerjokes #drummersarestupid

12-Bit DIY Arcade Sampler from DigDugDIY

If you asked me last week what a 12-Bit DIY Arcade Sampler was, I would have given you a blank stare. Well, not this week! This week I can tell you exactly what a 12-Bit DIY Arcade sampler is. But you know what? I’ll just show you this video instead, why waste time writing out an explanation. This thing is fucking cool and you’ll want one. Check out the DIY artist collective DigDugDIY based out of Rochester in upstate New York. They make some super unique synth instruments and effects.

Hand-wired stereo rack mountable spring reverb unit from RecoveryEffects

I’ve always wanted a real outboard spring reverb unit. In plugin land, we have access to thousands of reverb algorithms and impulse responses. What we don’t have is real genuine physical reverb, waves bouncing against a spring, plate or room and fed back into your mix buss. Real is exactly what you get with a spring reverb unit. The Endless Summer Deluxe Reverb, not only sounds great but is also very reasonably priced. I wanted to build my own at one point but for this price, there’s no way I’d be able to build anything of this quality for the same price.

Altura Theremin MIDI Controller

This one isn’t as much a professional tool as it is something that’s fun to play with and would be an interesting talking point. This little device converts Theremin data into MIDI. Have hours of fun waving your arms and controlling whatever you want in your DAW! I haven’t bought my own yet but when I do I’ll report back on whether it’s possible to pretend you’re conducting an orchestra while also adjusting the levels of faders.

Wood diffuser wall art

Who doesn’t want a sunflower sound diffuser in their control room!? Alright, so maybe sunflowers aren’t your thing, well you can find a ton of different options on Etsy for cool looking wall art diffusers that will spice up your studio. There are funky ones like the sunflower, but also others that are more suitable for non-sunflower lovers.

Sunflower sound diffuser from Pixelood
Handmade from reclaimed wood diffuser from LiamReidlinger.

Guitar pedals built into funny housings from IndianolaLabs

You can put a guitar pedal in anything these days and that’s exactly what Indianola Labs is doing. Find fun guitar pedals in all types of things like a band-aid container, E.T. lunchbox, or a doll head.

Circuit bent anything and everything from Psychiceyeclix

I just want one of these so I can have a Furby and Buzz Lightyear phone in my studio.

Who wouldn’t want this creepy circuit bent Furby?
Or this Buzz Lightyear phone?

Wooden Eurorack suitcase from ModularSynthLab

If you’re like me then you’ve dreamed of bringing a suitcase to work every day. Now we can! If you show up to the studio with a beautiful wooden suitcase full of eurorack modules you’re going to be an absolute legend. Don’t you want to be a legend?

Wooden eurorack case
Imagine walking into work with one of these?

Weird synthesizers

This fuzzy pedal looks like that fiberglass insulation in walls that you’re not supposed to touch but hey, it sounds cool and will definitely draw some attention.

The interesting looking fuzzy exterior of the M1 from TinyDiodes.

The Drone Jar optical synth responds to light from MichaelRucci.

Passive Filter by MichaelRucci

This simple but potentially life saving device will help filter out any instrument of your choice, passively, for only $25.

Weird microphones

Hand-wired Telephone Microphone and Preamp from Recovery Effects

Wasaphone MKII Live Lo-Fi Microphone

Tin Can Microphone from FunWithHands

Turn a can of Hunt’s Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce into a unique lo-fi microphone. The mic comes attached to a top that fits just about every tin can you have in your pantry. You can listen to a vocalist using it at a live show here.

Make your own instrument kits from Bestzimo

Build your own instrument kits. I don’t have anything funny to say about these.

Make your own violin kit

Weird guitar hangers from GuitarGrips

Hang up your guitars in style! Why put your guitar on some stupid old guitar stand or wall mount when you can gently place it into a copper hand or tree stump? Come on now, this isn’t rocket science!

Antique copper hand guitar hanger
Lumpy tree stump guitar hanger

Homemade cigar box and oil can guitars

Etsy was made for Cigar Box Guitars or CBGs as the kids call them. There’s a whole community of people that love these things. They sound horrible but I guess there’s something interesting about them, if you like that type of thing or if you’re on a farm and there’s no way you can get to a Guitar Center and Sweetwater or Amazon won’t deliver to you.

Korg MS20 pillow

It’s a pillow that looks like a synth. Pretty cool, right?

Just think about how good you’d sleep if your head was resting on one of these bad boys.

Tape machine that was turned into a lamp

It’s not cheap but this lamp made out of a Telefunken Magnetophone 201TS tape machine is a great way to light up any control room!

Audio engineer bobblehead

Your studio doesn’t have enough audio engineer bobbleheads, trust me, you need this. Some even claim it makes their mixes sound fuller.

Also a great gift for Mother’s Day.

Die cast aluminum iLok case

You don’t want to lose your iLok… Trust me. I had the wonderful experience of misplacing my iLok a little while ago and had to email all of the developers I had purchased plugins from to ask if they could resend authorizations to my new account. Some companies even charge you for this. This nifty alumbium box adds some weight to that valuable USB stick and also looks pretty damn bad ass.

It’s also bulletproof! Ok, not really but that would be cool.

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20 quick and easy tips that will improve your productions (part 3)

20 quick and easy tips that will improve your productions (part 3)

You can read the second 20 quick and easy tips that will improve your productions here!

Quick tip 41

On a vocal try using one compressor with a fast attack to control the peaks and a second with a slower attack for tone and character.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmjl3mXA69Z/

Quick tip 42

Try closing your eyes and listening to your mix every once and awhile. We mix with our ears not our eyes!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm34SGRA5CO/

Quick tip 43

Try using a predelay with your reverbs to help with clarity. This lets the dry signal through ebfore the reverb tail is heard.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnCMh2mAUIg/

Quick tip 44

Learn how to troubleshoot! Don’t expect other people to solve your problems for you.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnUUjGIA3Oc/

Quick tip 45

The higher the mic preamp gain, the more sensitive the microphone will be.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BncFn_PgeNC/

Quick tip 46

Use delays, vocal effects, and other ear candy to fill in the empty spaces of a song. This keeps the production intersting and the listener engaged even when the elad vocals aren’t in.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnrQ2d6lGaP/

Quick tip 47

If frequencies are clashing and panning isn’t enough, try using a stereo width plugin to spread out a track even further.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnzPOETFZSr/

Quick tip 48

Try using a high pass filter on the sidechain input of your compressor to let the bass frequencies pass through withouit affecting the amount of compression.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoCpym-AlOg/

Quick tip 49

Start to maintain a favorite samples folder. After you finish a song, take your favorite sounds and export them to a seperate folder.

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Quick tip 50

You have to try a lot of things that won’t work before you can know what things will work.

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Quick tip 51

Finishing the project should always be your number one goal. It doesn’t matter how good it sounds if you never finished it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Boy0Cglg1XA/

Quick tip 52

Mastering is always better left to a professional mastering engineer that has a fresh set of trained ears in a finely tuned room.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo7WFJxAWIW/

Quick tip 53

Try lightly tucking a quarter note delay into a lead vocal to thicken it up.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_sEQ-A-67/

Quick tip 54

Track vocalists with compression, reverb, and delay to help yeild a better performance.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsaNc1FIxD/

Quick tip 55

Try not to spend too long working on a single instrument, remember to constnatly listen to the gbig picture and not the indivudal parts.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpwpoM7Bw-f/

Quick tip 56

Don’t be afraid to stack multiple plugins and don’t be afraid to leave a sound untouched.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp6_b4HFYUp/

Quick tip 57

You really don’t need that piece of gear! Spend more time learning about the gear you have and actually using it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqH6NBmF5B6/

Quick tip 58

Louder always sounds better. Make sure when A/Bing two signals that both are being played back at teh same level so you can accurately judge what sounds better.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqX5l2hhR-M/

Quick tip 59

Every DAW offers teh ability to write notes directly into a session and on specific tracks. When you hear something that needs to be fixed, make a ntoe of it so you’ll remmeber what you wanted to do later.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq2mZx8la–/

Quick tip 60

Set aside time for experimentation where you try new processors, effects, adn techniques that you wouldn’t normally use.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt_IRrElwfG/

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