Re: [AH] to rack or not to rack

From Jason Proctor
Sent Thu, Apr 17th 2008, 23:27

my 2c --

i moved to a 6' tall MA rack because i literally didn't have space 
for my gear otherwise. so far, i've not looked back. i put stuff that 
i use all the time (oscs, envs, filters, etc) in the sweetspot for 
tweaking while sitting down, and stuff that needs only infrequent 
tweaking or is remote controlled (preamps, midi interface, sampler) 
at the bottom.

in theory i would like multiple desk-height sloping control surfaces 
for the modular, but in practice, while the ergs are nice, the cable 
situation is really messy.

i did originally think about arranging the modular functionally in 
10U rack boxes, which would be fairly easy to transport, but i doubt 
it will actually do any travelling beyond subsets of it maybe going 
to AHBA etc.

for now the tall rack works fine and if/when my modular grows i'll 
most likely get another one.

>That is very good advice.  I used to have all my stuff racked into 2 
>medium tall racks on wheels. The ONLY reason to put stuff into big 
>racks is that they become so Frackin' heavy that nobody can steal 
>them easily! I recently got the bug to do live shows again after 
>many years and re-racked all my stuff into small stackable road 
>cases. Much easier to re-arrange when the notion strikes. 
>Mixer/effects in one, rack synths in another, 3 Portable Doepfer 
>cases, and some smaller carry-arounds. Although they all can't be 
>carried with one hand - they can by one person.