I just finished moving into a new apartment and as a result tore apart my studio. I never would have done it under normal circumstances as it took me a substantial amount of time/effort to get it to where it was. I had decent amount of gear all setup on one table with everything hooked up in a patch bay, everything than ran MIDI was patched together. I was very much in the “everything setup all the time, flick a switch to record at a moment’s notice” camp.
The advantages for this approach are numerous, but I sometimes wondered what it would be like to only have 2-3 pieces of gear hooked up at time and really focus on exploring them in greater depth. Would I feel less overwhelmed not facing a dozen instruments? Or conversely, would I feel, for lack of a better word, guilty for having so much gear that I wasn’t using. Would I get frustrated having to reconnect everything every time I wanted to use a different piece? Would I be more productive being more limited in my approach? Or would I miss the ability to instantly add in another element as the inspiration came?
I know there is no right answer, both have pros/cons. But now I’m facing a clean slate, an empty table. All my gear is in boxes and cables packed. I could put it all together again or I could just pick two things, put them on the table, and leave it at that for a little while.
I would be curious to hear people’s opinions of either their experience of switching from one approach to another or why they enjoy one approach over the other. Something to chew on.