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  1. Nice, that's a really good idea! This seems like it could be a good option, but I'd have to make sure the mount points on the case are strong enough, and would need to make the keyhole cuts. The case will either be 1/4" or 3/8" plywood, so I'd think some reinforcement would be needed since the force will be distributed over a very small area. Not sure how the best way to mount the keyhole screw to the hand truck's frame would be either. Any other ideas, or places I can look, search terms for mounting options? Also will need to figure out how to mount the items pictured to the inside of the case.
  2. This is the one I'm leaning towards as seems about the right height, width, and sturdiness for the job: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Liberty-250-lbs-Capacity-Folding-Hand-Truck-with-Handles-10002/308865060 Do you have any recommendations for where/what to look into with some sort of user-friendly detachable mechanism I could implement? Just having trouble picturing what would be needed for this exactly, or what the different options might be.
  3. I'd actually like to be able to remove the case from the frame for use when traveling, just without foot control, or separately. Do you have any ideas of how I could rig this up so it can be detached? Also, any case builders you could recommend or think of off the top of your head? And an update on this; I got the touchscreen in the mail today, plugged it in, and it worked! It works with no setup on both my 2016 MacBook Pro and the Intel NUC8 Hackintosh, running macOS Catalina 10.15.5 and 10.15.3, respectively. The brand is "Uperfect" and it can be found on eBay for under $200. It's even got internal speakers and a screen cover. It does work as a mouse, and while it's certainly strange getting used to a touchscreen mouse with macOS at first, it does indeed work and it's actually super smooth. Even does right-click control! No multi-touch gestures though. I'm not sure why there's such consensus on the internet, even the product pages, that macOS does not support touchscreens. They can work quite well, as if you're using your finger directly on the screen as a mouse. Beats a trackpad if you ask me, at least for this purpose! I also have come to believe that something like a foldable hand truck might be a good way of doing what I'm trying to do pretty sturdily. Here's an example, but there are a ton of these & I would want to shop around more to find the right height and form-factor: https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-2638/Hand-Trucks/Folding-Hand-Truck-275-lb-Load-Capacity There are also luggage carts that are similar and folding, but would need to find one sturdy enough. Here's an example: https://www.hand-trolleys.com/products/265lb-aluminum-foldable-hand-trolley-dolly-luggage-trolley-cart/ As you can see, I have an idea of what I'm looking for, preferably the design where the bottom support is flat on the ground, for pedal controls, and they fold down to shorter height- they even fold flat! Most of these units stand at around 40" high, which I thought was too short, but after measuring just now to see what a comfortable height would be, if the case can be mounted at 38" or even 36" off the ground, depending on the thickness, it should be comfortable to use standing (I'm 67.5" tall, and if the case with lid open is 14" high, the screen should be just below head level) With one of these, the real tricky part will be how do I mount a case at the upper level? I'd also like to be able to remove the case when I don't want to take the whole rig assembly with me. Also still need to figure out the best option for a case, or creating a custom case assembly similar to as pictured in the first post. Any ideas?
  4. Any examples of what a qualified road case company would be? I'd love to be able to find what some options are. I do not have access to a machine shop or a welder. Would hope to use a different method to build if possible, as I've seen a few rough guides out there on. Does not need to be the toughest case, won't be using on flights or anything and I won't be performing out traveling very often. Mostly for personal use. The equipment itself on the upper level at current (what you see) is less than 15 pounds all together, if not 10. A power strip and any other accessories may bump it up to 15. The telescoping suitcase handle thing is exactly what I'm going for here, albeit sturdy, and able to mount a case on. Any ideas for how the connection between case and handle/frame could work?
  5. Hey all, Hopefully I'm posting in the right place- I'm currently in the process of building my dream live performance / looping rig, which I plan on using to jam and bring along on trips and for performance purposes. The main thing I'm trying to figure out right now is the structural 'framework'. The concept is simple; an all-in-one mobile live looping rig for an all-in-one kinda guy. I primarily play guitar, and have been looping as well as recording for some time now, with other instruments as well. Recently, I've been using the Akai Force to record guitar loops, adding synth and drum parts, and recording bass as well- but I'm pretty unsatisfied with the sonic and workflow limitations of the device, not to mention Akai's disastrous lack of support for crucial feature updates. As such, I came up with what my dream rig would look like in order to do multi-instrument jams with full flexibility, as well as transporting the rig easily and using for live performance. Here are the key components: A small computer as the brain of the system (I've just Hackintoshed an Intel NUC8i5BEK, which is smaller, faster, & cheaper than any Mac Mini. Let's call it the Mac Nano) Performance/DAW software of choice (I'm using Logic Pro X with its new live looping features) An audio interface for I/O (Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen.) A MIDI controller with keys, pads, & knobs (M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32) A portable touchscreen monitor for no-mouse control of DAW A MIDI foot controller for switching presets and triggering loops/recording These are the core pieces of music gear that constitute the rig workflow and functionality. Most of these I've already managed to put together, and feel good about the gear purchase decisions I've made and these should work well together. However, the big struggle I'm facing now is how I can deal with the physical form factor or 'structure' of this rig, which will hold the gear and allow it to be both transported and used as a workstation. Here are the key components of the structure I'm trying to figure out: A frame, with wheels, that can be collapsed down for transport but also used directly as a live performance station, and Case(s) to house the gear, which can mount to the frame at the correct height for performance: Upper case which can be opened up to work with during performance, but also be transported independently of the frame. Doesn't need a ton of protection- will not be a flight case, just in my car. If possible, I'd like it to have a separate compartment for the power supplies and any miscellaneous cables. Lower case for the foot controller. Again, can mount to the frame or be transported separately. Here's a CAD drawing that includes the basic components and the frame/case concept I've outlined for visual reference: (The items in white are the gear I listed above, to correct scale, but the frame/cases are not necessarily exact in any way- because they don't exist yet! Just a visual aid.) So, what I'm really looking for help with is if anyone knows how I can actually build or get a frame / cases that can serve as the infrastructure to put together the gear as outlined, and be used for portable and performance purposes? (A lot of p's, that's for sure) A couple other considerations for this part would be that I'd also like to be able to have the frame extend taller or shorter depending on if I'm sitting or standing when using it, and it can collapse for portability in the trunk of my hatchback. Furthermore, I'd plan on having a 'shelf' (not pictured) just above the foot control section that my Alto Music PA could sit on if the location doesn't have a house PA. Again, if anyone has any ideas on how to build or piece together 2) a frame that can satisfy these general constraints, as well as how to find or make 2) a working gear case that satisfies for the gear housing purposes outlined above, please drop it down below! Thank you in advance, and looking forward to this journey with you all! -Josh
  6. So I am moved in and have T-minus 7 days until first house show... In trying to figure out what different lights / how many, I have created a room layout with dimensions: As you can see, the rug in back is where the drum kit is situated, and then the singer will be a few feet in front of that. The black boxes on the sides are the PA speakers. The real speakers can be seen in the pictures I've uploaded too. So my questions are: 1. What should I use to get a good, DMX controllable wash? Do I need lights on both sides, and/or behind the singer? 2. Effects- any recommendations for strobe, laser, or other effects? And where I should mount them. 3. Any other knowledge you have to share to a beginner about getting a good lighting setup going? Some input would be very much appreciated! Thanks, -Josh
  7. I'll be moving in on Thursday so I'll be able to get you exact dimensions at that time. Currently looking at things like: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FXarrayQ5--chauvet-dj-fxarray-q5-rgbuv-led-wash-array https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/4BARUSB--chauvet-dj-4bar-usb-4-by-rgb-par-system-with-stand For wash and general colors, and then something for effects like strobe or lasers: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BoomBoxFX1--adj-boom-box-fx1-4-in-1-dome-derby-wash-laser https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ScorpDual--chauvet-dj-scorpion-dual-aerial-laser-effect These are only initial options I'm looking at, but the goal I'd like to achieve is good quality lighting in a fairly small space that can provide a nice wash of color along with special effects to make it exciting, and be able to be fully controlled via MIDI, by anyone on stage. I figure I will need something like a DMXIS box for this. Not sure the quantities, wattages, brightnesses or number of lights I will need. This is where I look to people with more experience. Thanks, -Josh
  8. Hey everyone, So I will be living in a house very soon in our university neighborhood where house shows are a big thing. We will have a pretty large basement and plan on throwing our own shows, with bands and all the other things you can imagine... My question is, any beginner's tips on what we will need to provide good/interesting lighting for this kind of show? It doesn't need to be extremely bright, but we do want it to be impressive as a venue. One thing in particular that we would like to do is have lights controllable via midi switches, possibly by multiple band members and/or a live computer setup, maybe in MainStage or Logic. We could then have a spotlight focus on the musician soloing, and a different scene of colors and effects at different points. I know this probably involves DMX of some sort, but again I am not very knowledgable in this area yet. Any tips on what kinds of rigs, scale, how many of what, and even specific affordable gear recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks so much, -Josh
  9. Ok, I appreciate this. I'm probably between either the 11' wall or the 9' wall at this point. The corner between those walls has a closet door that I can open from the 9' wall towards the 11', which means that if I angle it correctly I could possibly eliminate some corner bass buildup. I also have a dresser that I can put diagonally in either adjacent corner (depending on where my desk ends up), to do some similar bass elimination/redirecting. Thoughts?
  10. In the meantime, I've come up with a number of options here for desk placement: Me facing 1) the longest wall from a few feet away, 2) the 11' wall from a few feet away, or the "cubby" of the room, 3) centered between the big walls and a couple feet back from that outwards corner, or perhaps 4) centered along the 9' wall, 2 or 3 feet back. I've attached a diagram of these possibilities. I guess what it comes down to is whether I should be more wary of side reflections, rear reflections, or front reflections and the symmetry of each, respectively. Also, I've got a full size bed that can go either along the 9' wall, or by the far 7' wall. Thoughts?
  11. Interesting... someone suggested I put the desk facing the 9' wall- any merit to that? Or reasons why the two walls you listed may be better? I do plan on messing around with Room EQ Wizard to get a better idea of the frequency response in multiple positions, but I'm not sure if I can use it with my CAD M179 or SM58, or actually have to buy a calibration mic?
  12. Hi all, Just wanted to post a measurement diagram of my room and see if anyone can help me with where I should place my monitors and desk for best listening position? I know a fair bit about room acoustics and have a well treated room at home, but while I'm at college my room is shaped like this, somewhat oddly. If it helps, my ceiling is just under 8 feet. Also, the desk as pictured is to-scale. I am currently using Yamaha HS5's but may very well switch soon to Focal CMS65's or CMS50's with sub (good or bad idea / which of these two?) So, what would be the best mixing position here? Thanks, -Josh
  13. I really resonate with all of this. I swear, there was no pun intended in that. I'm actually a Music Technology major currently in undergrad and I'm also in the process of helping them to modernize the curriculum. My interests are in both the creative side of things, and the physical + computer science technical side of things. I do see and utilize the value of using many reference speakers to judge a mix by; however, I feel that essential to this strategy is a single pair of speakers that you can completely trust and be confident on. I do not feel that way as of now with the HS5's. I also plan to incorporate modern aesthetic into my coming music, which inherently requires, at the least, "sight" into the lower frequency range. No, I'm not mixing house or anything where those sub frequencies are my concern, just a clear picture of what's happening with lower timbral components of instruments, especially of the software synth variety. Now after reading up on some reviews, features, especially the sound on sound publications, I'm feeling a lean towards the Focal Alpha 65's. Their room controls, front porting instead of rear (my speakers will likely end up close to a wall), and general competency as far as I can tell make them an especially good candidate for my purposes. I am also fairly certain I would not need a sub, as they go all the way down to 40Hz. Can anyone comment on the Focals or have any other suggestions at or below this price range?
  14. I really appreciate all this info. In hindsight I can definitely hear these issues. I had a tight deadline at the time and ended up having to do almost all of the mixing on these speakers without a sub, in a really small and bad dorm room, with the help of Audio Technica ATH-M50s, and then mastered primarily taking notes off of my car speakers (good speakers but I will not be mastering myself again for at least a while). Now what I'm really realizing is that it seems my HS5's really aren't offering as much clarity in the stereo field, horizontally or depth-wise, and this makes it extremely hard to be certain about stereo placement decisions and depth of field decisions as well. I understand that HS5's share a few traits of the NS10's, being their midrange heaviness that is revealing, but these are certainly no NS10's, in many ways. Additionally, I feel that my mixing of the bass and kick often times came down to the kind of "blindness" that comes with these speakers having virtually no solid, flat bass region. I really feel like I'm in the dark on these. Plus, I think I'm going to buy a Mixcube or similar mono speaker for the exact reasons you mentioned; to evaluate frequency masking and level matching better. As well as important midrange decisions. And yes, I recorded a Squier P-Bass DI and did some amp sims and tone shaping in the box. I actually was randomly given a free DeArmond Pilot 5 bass a couple months back by a friend, which was pretty beaten, but I just had it shined up and set up and WOW. This thing is absolutely killer. I can get deep house sounds just as easily as P-Bass sounds or even Tame Impala like bass tones. Truly wonderful bass, I recommend highly. All with the help of a built in 3 band active EQ. xD Also, I will be picking up a Line 6 Helix LT soon which should have some good bass amp/cabinet modeling in it. As for speaker recommendations, do you know anything about the speakers I've proposed? I'd really like to stick to those listed as to narrow down my options and these are around the price range I am looking at. Thanks so much, -Josh
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