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Trunk Redux

Ten years ago, I built the Monolab Trunk. The idea was to have a modern version of a Louis Vuitton trunk that I could leave at my home hotel, at a time when I was traveling so much that I did not have any permanent home. The original design included drawers at the bottom, and enough empty space at the top to hang a few suits. Then, halfway through the build process, Apple released the aluminum PowerMac, and the design was radically changed. After a few iterations, it morphed into a gorgeous yet totally impractical giant iPod on wheels.

I kept the trunk in my office for a few years, until I was summarily fired, and had to leave it behind. I dot not know what happened to it, but I do not really care, for the original idea was great, but its execution was deeply flawed. Today, I revived the concept, with a RIMOWA Topas Sport Multiwheel 89.0L, which I will leave at my favorite hotel in New York. It contains a full set of underwear for seven days, plenty of personal hygiene supplies, and a totally fabulous Nespresso by Kitchenaid espresso machine. This will allow me to do week-long travels to the East Coast without having to pack anything more than what I carry in my messenger bag. In a couple of weeks, I will leave a similar setup in my favorite hotel in Paris. Next year, I’ll do the same in London and Tokyo.

This will downgrade me from 3 to 4 on the scale, but so be it.

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Audio interface

For the past couple of weeks, I have been learning about audio interfaces, and I have set my sight on the Apogee Symphony I/O. From everything that I have read, it looks like it is the best value for the money. After careful consideration, I have decided to go for the 16 channel version (16×16), because I want to be able to convert all 8 channels of the ISHIZENO i8 at the same time, while converting the two channels of my DSI Pro 2 keyboard and the 6 channels of my DSI Tempest drum machine. And since the Avid Pro Tools | S3 also has 16 channels, this will make for a perfect setup.

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Apogee Back

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DSI Tempest

I simply could not resist: the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine had to be part of the team. And to make room for it during jam sessions, I found a good use for one of the two vises of my Sjöbergs workbench. These two pictures were taken with a Summilux 50mm mounted on a Leica M, itself attached to a Gitzo tripod. Man, I love the tones and the creamy bokeh…

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New gear installed

I just received my Focal Twin6 Be monitors and my HEKSESKUDD tray. The monitors are much larger than I expected, but with an incredible quality of fabrication. I still need to buy some cables to try them out. For its part, the tray is absolutely wonderful. The craftsmanship is superb, the color matches my workbench perfectly, and the arms position is just right where it should be.

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