The stuff I use to do what I do

Curious about the equipment that I use for all my various endeavors? Below is a (mostlty) complete list of the gear that allows me to do my best work whether that be at my dayjob or my hobbies.

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Workstation

  • 16” MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 16GB RAM (2021)

    The 13" Intel MacBook Pro (2015) fought a good fight, but the M1 Pro is a glorious piece of engineering. Solid and balanced unlike previous designs that were too slim, and the aspect ratio feels more compact than most other 15-16" laptops I've owned.

  • LG 34" UltraWide Monitor

    Not the fancy 16k, 30,00hz refresh rate monitor that the good folks of Reddit will tell you to buy, but this monitor has been an affordable and reliable workhorse. Going ultrawide is easily the biggest productivity upgrade I've made in the last few years.

  • Logitech MX Vertical Mouse

    Don't let the unusual form factor fool you, this mouse flips the script on comfort and it's a signifcantly more natural hand position than a standard mouse. I know as a developer I'm supposed to live in Vim and never touch my mouse... please forgive me.

  • Das Keyboard 4C TKL

    Not much to say here. Keyboard feels good to type on for extended periods of time, and since switching to MX browns over blues, the frequency of my co-workers threatening to smite me has gone down significantly.

Audio & Video

  • NexiGo N60 Webcam

    Cheap and reliable and the quality is more than adequate enough for the amount of extra funds that 4K would have required.

  • Rode PodMic

    My daily driver microphone that I use for everything from Zoom meetings to music production. At it's price point, I do not believe there is a better alternative.

  • Focusrite Scarlett Solo

    This audio interface is an absolute workhorse. I've used it for my XLR microphone, recording vocals or instruments, and as an output for headphones that don't have a 3.5mm standard male plug.

Development

  • VSCode

    All my base are belong to Microsoft. I have experimented with a number of editors from NetBeans to JetBrains, but I always find myself returning to VsCode.

  • Toggl

    My day job and freelancing both revolve around billable hours while juggling multiple projects. Toggl helps me keep everything in the right box.

  • DataGrip

    Agency life means sometimes you can work with every major database vendor in a single week. DataGrip was a game changer over needing individualized tools for each engine.

Music Production

  • Shecter Stiletto Studio 6 String Bass in Honey Satin

    My grail bass a decade in the making, and also a middle finger to the "Bass is easier because it has 4 strings" crowd"

  • Taylor 214ce Rosewood

    The latest addition to the family, a versatile acoustic for everything from fingerstyle to Wonderwall.

  • Ableton Live

    Started with the free DAW that came with my interface and never moved on. Most DAWs have feature parity these days compared to years past.