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Uses

Specifics about the hardware and software equipment I use, for both sound and web design. The page is part of the uses.tech project. None of the links are affiliate.

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Hardware

Workstation

I’ll be using this setup until it breaks apart, after which the plan is to build a high-end professional gaming PC, where I can keep running a triple-boot Hackintosh, Windows and Linux.

Music instruments

Previously:

  • SWR Redhead (1990 to 2011)
  • Markbass Mini CMD 121P (2011 to 2016)

Audio interface

Previously:

  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24

Speakers and headphones

Previously:

  • Focal Alpha 80
  • AKG Studio K240

MIDI controllers

Recorder and microphones

Mobile device

  • Redmi Note 7 Pro by Xiaomi (since 2019)
  • 256 GB mini-SD card additional storage

Previously:

  • Apple iPhone from 4 to 8
  • Apple iPad Pro
  • Apple iPad Air

eReader

Previously:

  • Kobo Touch
  • Kindle Paperwhite

Software

Operating system(s)

  • macOS Big Sur 11.6.5
  • Windows 10
  • Pop_OS!
  • Kali (live distro)

As a system-agnostic I can easily work with any OS, depending on the task. I’m interested in experimentation but opposed to updates for the sake of it.

Digital Audio Workstation

  • REAPER 6  ➡️ read why
  • Logic Pro X 10.7.2
  • Reason 8.2.3 (legacy edition that shouldn’t theoretically work, but it does)

Previously:

  • Notator
  • Cubasis Audio
  • Cubase VST 4
  • Logic Platinum 5 to Logic Pro 9
  • Pro Tools 11 to 2021

Audio editor

Previously:

  • Cool Edit Pro
  • Sound Forge
  • Adobe Audition
  • Steinberg Wavelab Pro

Audio software instruments

Staples:

Other synths:

Audio processing plug-ins

I focus on a few set of quality plug-ins, trying to learn them at my best.

Occasionally:

Game audio

Previously:

Audio accessories

Text editors

Previously:

  • VS Code
  • Atom
  • Textmate
  • PS Pad

FTP

Git

Browser

  • Firefox
  • Brave (for testing purposes)
  • Safari (for testing purposes)
  • iOS Safari emulator (for testing purposes)

Firefox extensions:

Previously:

  • Vivaldi
  • Chrome
  • Camino

E-mail

Previously:

  • Fastmail
  • Gmail
  • Apple @mac

😑 I’m not happy at all about this choice. In hindsight I should have stuck to Fastmail with added PGP, instead of locking myself into yet another proprietary system’s walled garden.

Image manipulation

Previously:

  • Adobe Creative Suite

Desktop publishing

Previously:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Quark Xpress
  • Aldus Pagemaker

Office

RSS and news

Task management

Previously:

  • Todoist
  • Trello
  • JIRA
  • Wunderlist

Messaging

Previously:

  • WhatsApp
  • iChat
  • Adium

Music player

Previously:

  • iTunes
  • Winamp

Video player

Utilities

  • Alfred as a multi-purpose launcher for macOS
  • Bitwarden as a password manager
  • yt-dlp for downloading videos from a multitude of online sources

Cloud sync

Previously:

  • iCloud Drive
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive

Backup

Update policy

I’m opposed to updates for the sake of it. It means I only upgrade for:

  • much-needed fixes
  • security updates
  • really new features, maybe because their users requested so

Brilliant examples come from Cockos Incorporated (makers of Reaper) and Sublime HQ Pty Ltd (makers of Sublime Text): small entities with a decent and well-thought business model that doesn’t rip off customers and can move swiftly when needed. I’m more than happy to support by buying and upgrading their products, because I know I’ll be listened to.

For the same reasons, I refuse to use Avid’s products and pretty much everything that is locked-in with a subscription model, as well as I stopped caring for Logic updates ever since Apple had decided to tie them to their insane and arbitrarily idiotic yearly cycle of forced OS “upgrades”. Planned obsolescence brought by multi-trillion-dollar companies is not my cup of tea.

Last update: 2022-05-13 18:39:27

Minutes to Midnight

I create and produce sound and music across multiple media and make websites using Jekyll or WordPress. Professional bass player, composer and field recordist.

Minutes to Midnight

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