I started to research “studio switchers” on the Web the other day and found that there are many different models and obviously they can get expensive as you get more professional. My needs are basic so spending huge dollars on this would be crazy.
While I was looking at the various models out there and biting my lip at the prices, I realized that I already had a couple el cheapo switchers left over from my ancient analog days. So dug one out and hooked it up. Initially I thought there would be a problem with using one these RS switchers in an active line level environment and it would result in a some loud shot of DC or other audio crap like that might occur upon switching audio paths with this lovely Radio Shack switcher. Well to my surprise it’s not bad. In fact, it seems to work great. From a professional level, its cheesy as hell but what the heck.
This setup change lets me A/B my two monitor setups quickly and will help me greatly for mixing and save time on the mix turn around time. I think I’m going to try adding my old Kenwood active speakers as well so that I can have a semi-crap box cheap sound reference as well.
The other thing I want mention is that in spite of everything, I am getting closer to having a complete CD project. I am throwing around a few new name ideas for the title of the CD but haven’t nailed down anything yet. I am concerned that people will get the right impression of the album’s tone and mind-set right off the bat so that and want to to click on a sample or two find out that they like what they hear and thereby download the sucker and also be inspired to investigate the various sources of inspiration that has influenced the albums creation.