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September 27, 2011

So it’s been a while since I actually took the time to take some decent photos of my office. It’s gone through an overhaul since it was that cramped 2 x 2 grid of screens easily giving me a weird monitor tan each night (F.lux is very helpful to avoid that now). The space is more open, it features upgraded gear, a brand new custom-built desk and shelves, and some little goodies to boot. All ‘n all I find it very functional, though the big test will come over the Summer period whether or not it needs some additional ventilation added.

One of the biggest issues was with multiple PCs, sometimes it would be that one person needed to work on one while I’m on another, so the desk had to be wide enough to allow enough access for two people.

The video production and gaming PC is still on the left, it’s more open though with additional desk space for laptops or if I need space to draw anything, also the desk is quite deep so sometimes if need be I can fit an additional laptop in front of the monitors but behind the keyboard. Still using the Razer Tarantula and it’s at a good height for the back of it to act like a hand rest if using a laptop behind it.

My main work pc, the older of the 2 and looking to be upgraded soon, is still happily running 2 GeForce 8800 graphics cards to enable 4 screens. Peripherals are still exactly the same (Razer DeathAdder, Logitech G15 v1, Wacom Intuos 3) however with the addition of a Korg MicroKorg keyboard and Korg KP3 Kaoss Pad. MicroKorg is connected via MIDI to the KP3 so both stay sync’d to the beat. As usual everything runs into the mixer sitting between the 2 pcs. It’s been upgraded as the old mixer didn’t have enough channels, it’s now a Behringer Xenyx X2442 running 3 PC stereo inputs, stereo from the MicroKorg and KP3, Rode NT2 mic, and a few extras; and I’ve found it’s much easier to send audio around to either the audio monitors or headphones or to either PC for recording. There no more 5.1 but instead upgraded to KRK Rokit 5 audio monitors, and the sound quality is improved, decent bottom-end regardless of the fact that there’s no sub.

Now for some cool features, if that wasn’t enough:-

Yes, the whole desk is backlit in blue LED light; well the whole underside of the first shelf (my LED lights are still on order for the 2nd shelf). And they’re bright. If you hadn’t noticed in the previous photos all the walls are painted yellow, apart from the acoustic treatment. If you’ve ever shined a blue light onto a yellow wall, they don’t really look the same if you did it with any other coloured light. As such it makes it a very; unique; atmosphere to work in.

While it may not be the best backdrop if you’re working with colour-sensitive work; for programming and late night audio mixing, it definitely gives a cool vibe.

Evidently if you’re wondering, all the new gear listed above are all purchases from eBay; shout-out to Michael from Dublin who I bought the KP3 Kaoss Pad off while he was overseas and ended up having to try and get home to send it to me; you’re a champ.

Also you may have noticed the random emoticon balls scattered around; deviantART for the win.