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I like to write and share my thoughts and work with other DJ's but also people who enjoy my productions. Via my blog I try to give some insights in what's going on.

Design Studio Console/Desk

It took some time, but I can proudly say: "It is finished!". It took some time, but here is the final result of my custom build studio console. This week the missing patch cables arrived, so I could hook everything up between my audio interface and the patch panel. Let's take a look at the final result...

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Design Studio Console/Desk

As always with these big projects, you have ten times bigger projects crossing what you though would be you main project and before you know it your last post is over four months old. Well I can tell you that you haven't missed anything regarding the studio console, since I didn't had any time for it. Good news is that I did find time to finish it last week and it is now almost finished. I would say 99,9% done! Check out the pictures...

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Design Studio Console/Desk

I've had a great weekend in terms of progress. I was able to finish the switch panel, clean up the mess I made in the last few months and started installing the remaining hardware and software on the computer. Go check out the pictures in part 16 of my almost finished studio desk.

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Design Studio Console/Desk

Never thought it might become a challenge to even get this finished before the end of the year. But I'm again one step closer to the final result. Read all about it in part 15.

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Design Studio Console/Desk

I believe I'm no longer friends with the delivery man. Last week was definitely a peak in packets delivery due to all kinds of back-orders arriving at once. So bad news for the mail man, good news for me.

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538 Dance Smash Volume 4 Harmonic Mix

As prove for the Harmonic Mixing Software Test I decided to make a mix based on the key results from the manual analysis. This should reveal any key mistakes. Looking at the songs and key the songs are in, the following order could be a option:

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Harmonic Mixing Software Test

Earlier I wrote about my first impressions of Mixed In Key 5 and the plan for doing a comparison between Mixed In Key 4, Mixed In Key 5 and Rapid Evolution 3 Beta 58. I've found a number of reviews on Mixed In Key by people, but they just blindly seem to be trusting the software without further verification.
The only blog that ever did a fair test was DJ Techtools back in 2009. The only remark for their test was that they did use a lot of pop music and as a reference used the information from Music Notes.
Although I like the key analysis software, I have the feeling they miss out a lot and should not be blindly trusted. So let's put it to the test!

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Design Studio Console/Desk

While waiting for some critical parts to arrive there was still one thing I could do. Assemble the D-Size panels, since most of the parts for those did arrive. Since this is going to be a design studio desk, I wanted to make sure I got all the details right. So I bought pre-drilled D-Size panels and Neutrik black connectors. I decided to mount all of them behind the panel, since that looks just a little more neat and you can remove a connector without having to remove the cable from it. And of course you mount them with black blots... right?

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Mixed In Key 5 First Impression

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail that Mixed In Key 5 has been released and that I could upgrade. I have been using Mixed In Key 4 actively in the past but wasn't happy with the results. So I switched to Rapid Evolution 3 (Beta) a while ago which gave me little bit better results and is even free.
Since the upgrade to Mixed In Key 5 was only half the new price and my curiosity was peaking again I decided yesterday to upgrade.

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Design Studio Console/Desk

I must say that after this much painting even I start to dislike it. But the good news is, we're there! I've finished everything with a high glossy hard white paint. To make it as glossy as possible it was recommended to me to use a pencil instead of the roller I normally use for painting large surfaces. Obviously that takes much more time but it is also far harder to get smooth results. Even though I have done already a fair amount of painting in my life, I failed to get the perfect result I was aiming for. It's not a complete failure, but there are noticeable imperfections. Probably not visible on the pictures, but when you take a good look in real life you can find them. I'm not disappointed, just a learn moment for next time. Anyway, here are the pictures of the high glossy studio desk:

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