Here’s the very first ‘studio’ I had when I was a kid. This is the oldest photo I could find…I had this setup from middle school through the end of high school. It was taken with one of those disposable cameras lol…then I took a picture of it with my cellphone.
When I was in college it kind of morphed into this…More of a place to sit around and program keyboards than a studio per se. Lexicon into a laptop. That was it. And man…those trusty little KRK rockets! Used them for years!!!
When I moved to Florence SC a church I was working for had an extra house they gave me to use for a studio. This was about the time I joined Recording Review. I used a lot of the money I had earned touring, gigging, and working for production companies to buy the gear to get started.
Then the church ran out of money and had to sell the house, so I mooched a free office off someone to let me set my stuff up in.
When I was finally able to pay rent, I moved out of the office I was squatting in, and moved into a studio building that had gone belly up financially. I struck an agreement with the owners to try and start rebuilding it. It was filthy and atrocious looking when I moved in. They were pretty desperate for a renter. I think they let me have 6 months free. It came with that iMac, the little Presonus board pictured, a small mic locker, and a Motif. I began fixing the place up!!
About a two years later, I had it about where I wanted it…
Then I lost almost everything in a fire.
So I collected the insurance money, bought a console, and lived in this temporary rental house for a year. It had gorgeous sounding 19x25 foot room 10 ft ceilings, and not too many parallel walls.
But it was only one room and the workflow was a nightmare. The electricity was bad and there was no conceivable way to set up a vocal booth. I was ready to buy a spot at that point. So I found the best deal on a house that I could and started renovating. And…that’s where I am now (in the other thread)