Wanted to update you helpful guys on the new studio. It's all done and set up. I've already started a project with it and I am LOVING the new gear and speed. Here's the gear (again) before I put up a few pictures.... Workstation Dell OptiPlex 9010 MT * 32GB RAM * I7 3.6GHz processor * 512GB SSD (system drive) * 2TB Barracuda 7200RPM HD (audio drive) * Sedna FW800 card Interfaces/Preamp Focusrite Sapphire Pro 40 Focusrite Octopre Dynamic MkII RME HDSP952 (installed but not being used yet) BSTPA Custom 8 input XLR patch panel (gives access to the Octopre XLRs from the front) Software DAW(s) * ProTools 12 (perpetual license) * Harrison MixBus 4 (alternative mix platform) Plug-ins * Waves (the Black Friday Specials have been GREAT!!) - of particular excitement for me: - SSL 4000 Bundle - EMI TG12345 - REDD - NLS Summing Mixer Of course I grabbed a variety of reverb and delay plug-ins. I deiced to try to get most of my mixin done via "virtual consoles" over separate EQ/Dynamics plug-ins. My old system had a BUNCH that I loved - all AVID stuff (which is just too $$$ unless I do a subscription, but....). So far I am pleased with the decision to go virtual console. * Softtube - TSAR Reverb - Drawmer Compressors (couple different models) * AVID - I have quite a few that came with PT12. I am glad because they are just simple, but necessary. Amp Modeling/Virtual Instruments * Line 6 - Helix Native * Overloud - Mark Studio 2 (all the Mark Bass amps/cabs) * Arturia - V Collection 5 * Toontrack - EZ Keys - EZ Drummer 2 * EZX Expansions (I LOVE this program. It really satisfies the drummer in me.) - Americana - Big Rock - Dream Pop - Indie Folk - Metal Machine - Nashville - Pop/Rock - Post Rock - Seventies Rock - Traditional Country * MIDI Packs (almost all of them, lol) That's all the "in the box" gear. I do have older lower level outboard gear. The only piece at this point that's hooked up is my Antares Vocal Producer rack. I do use auto-tune on all my singers - even the singer for Demented Truth (who really doesn't need it). Pretty much all I do is run a vocal back through it. I set to the key, and the scale to chromatic, major or minor with weak detection. I tend to believe in vibe over accuracy, but I have the auto tune set to make slight repairs if notes are a little out. If a vocal sounds like a dying cat or if auto tune is going crazy, the vocal gets re-cut. Well, on to the pictures!!!!