Size Doesn’t Matter

I was looking around my studio space and it struck me how many simple, relatively inexpensive little things I have around here that make my life easier.  Perhaps some of these will help you out as well.  Click the titles for links.

Index Card Box:

I am far from being a Luddite1 and I keep contact information in databases and spreadsheets on my computer, but I always make sure information about clients, actors, agents, coaches, etc. goes on old-school index cards.  They are easy to update with notes and are impervious to system crashes.  I have info on some of you in mine that would make the Department of Homeland Security jealous.2

Page-Up Copy Stand:

These little guys are rad.  Get a few.  I don’t read copy off of them but they come in real handy next to the computer and for keeping messages and reminders out in the open.  They are real unobtrusive and work just as well as those big ugly jobbers that attach to your monitor.  You can get them in bright colors too, but that’s just tacky.3

Stedman Headphone Hanger:

Simple but effective.  These things go for like 20 bucks, which is outlandish, but they are pretty slick.  Jam one on your mic stand and you always have a convenient place for your cans.  I suppose you could MacGyver up something that would work just as well but really, live a little.

Proscreen XL Pop Filter:

Also from Stedman, and also a bit pricey, but totally worth it.  Ember turned me on to this a while back and I promptly replaced my fabric mesh filters with this.  It is metal so it will last for approximately ever and just kills your plosives without changing your sound.  I’ll recite “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” any day with this thing.

Logitech Trackman Mouse:

These are a must for me and I have one for each computer I use.  I even bring one with me to use with my laptop on the road.  There is a slight learning curve if you are not used to it but everyone who tries it out for a day or two never goes back.  They are especially helpful for us because you get super fine control to really be precise when editing waveforms.  I can’t recommend these enough for anyone who edits audio.  They are great for graphics folks as well.

Well there you go.  Don’t say I never did anything for you.  Let me know if you buy any of these things and you like them.  If you don’t like them, go cry to someone else.  Jerk.

1. Since Rumspringa.  Sorry Ezekiel.
2. Did you know de Nesnera was born a man?
3. Have some class for God’s sake.