As I dive deeper into live-streaming, I found I needed a dedicated station that I can rely on sonically as well as have control of the visual environment. Being in a shared space, having separate stations for different tasks, is one thing I’ve found that keeps me engaged while being creative.
The basics of setting up a station, includes I/O, audio monitoring, midi, keyboard/mouse/external monitor, and my favorite - gear!
Everyone’s needs are different. The goal is to define the actions for the station, what it’s functionality is, how it fits in to the flow of work. Is it shared? Is it performance based? Are you going to make videos/stream live? Is it discovery based? what types of midi controllers does it need? how many analog lines, mic inputs, do they need power? - what’s the I/O??
All these questions should be answered before beginning to build said station.
This Streaming station:
Drums - TAMA StarClassic Bubinga/Birch
Nord Electro 3
Allen & Heath Mixer
8 ch XLR snake
USB 3.0 hub
Substation Space (synth station, sampling station, DJ station, etc)
Z Cam E2-M4 Cinema Camera HDMI
Obsbot Tiny 4K PTZ USB Camera
Moog Mother 32
Moog Slim Phatty
Eventide Time Factor Delay
Eventide Space Reverb
Mackie Mix 8 line mixer
Beat Thang Sampler
MIDI from computer - midi thru Slim Phatty to Mother 32, MIDI from computer to Roland SPD-SX allowing for direct interface through Ableton Live.
UAD Apollo 8p - 3x
UAD Apollo 16
Ableton Push 2
NI Komplete Kontrol Keyboard
MIDI Fighter 3D
AKG P220 Condenser Mic (vox, sampling)
El Gato Stream Deck
Obsbot Tiny 4K PTZ USB camera
Elgato Camlink 4K
Elgato HD60 S+
Ableton Live 11
Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop
As I build stations for each project I focus on, I learn more about signal flow & ease of use, while maintaining an artful esthetic.
I find that creating a station ultimately gives me the ability to jump in without wasting loads of time setting up, patching, testing, etc - all the stuff that dampens the creative flow. I walk in, turn it on, and start making.
Hopefully this concept inspires you to create a new station, or dive into it for the first time...