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Bear Cave Studios
Santa Cruz, CA
The Bear Cave is privately owned home project-studio nestled deep within the Santa Cruz wilderness. The production style at 'The Cave' is heavily based around sampling, looping, chopping, and mangling a variety of input sources (turntable, keyboards, drummachines, ect)
The Bear Cave layout can be confusing to the common user because it's workflow is very specific. These are the basic elements in the studio's signal path
- Headless laptop
- Main sampler/beat reciprocator
- Yamaha MG10/2 Mixer
- The master volumes for all the equipment
- Technics 1200 Turntable
- Classic, rock-solid DJ deck
- Alesis Quadraverb
- Main FX and reverb unit
- Pioneer Home-Stereo Casette Deck
- Omnipotent sketchpad/mixdown unit
- Technics Home-Stereo Reciever
- All sound in the house comes through this
- Assorted Synths & External Gear
- These all go directly into the mixer and are less critical to the signal path
At the heart of the setup lies the 1GhZ G4. It doesnt have a name (yet). The computer has 60 gig internal harddrive and suprisingly still has a little bit of room still left on it. 2 USB ports (port 1 is usally the mouse port 2 frequently cycles between the USB turntable interface, the Alesis MIDI controller, someone elses' harddrive, and the cubase dongle) and 1 Firewire port are on the back.
The headphone out for the computer is hooked up to a 1/8" to RCA monster cable that is routed to channels 7/8 on the Yamaha mixer.
1 VGA out hooks up to the AOC flatscreen, the flatscreen can host 2 VGA inputs. Note: the power supply is janky near the base where it plugs into the wall.
The CPU serves as the main sampler of the whole setup. For recording audio, the program Audio Hijack Pro is the best place to start when making a sample on the computer.
See the 'Recording a Sample' Section on an overview on capturing a sample at the Bear Cave
The best way to capture video on the computer is still being determined.
Super budget line mixer that Ryan and Evan share joint ownership of. Technically marketed as a 10 channel mixer, in actuality is 2 mono line/mic inputs 2 stereo line/mic channels (thats a left and right 1/4" jack and 1 balanced XLR jack all controlled by the same volume knob) and 2 more stereo line channels (2 x 1/4" L/R jacks and 1 RCA pair all controlled by the same volume knob). Each channel has a volume knob, a L/R pan knob, the AUX send, a crappy 3 band EQ, and mic channels have a gain knob.