CharlesRandolph wrote:I've never been into custom painted gear. I rather have the customization be something of value. More inputs and outputs, better pre amps, more ram. You know things that actually affects the music. That's just me and I hold nothing against those who, like to dress up their gear.
But yeah, when I do buy used gear, I make sure it's not modified or painted. I want the original design that the designer created.
Its energy. Its that simple, just like people putting up artwork or anything personal in the studio. You can have a fully functional soulless place, or you can create and foster a creative environment. whenever I saw my Red Push, I smiled hard, and got excited to use it (one of my boys is holding it). My Push 2 though? Joint feels like a boring @$$ keyboard. It doesn't excite me to work with, its just a tool.
I dunno, I did the stock thing, and felt the studio was too impersonal. Couple that with me enjoying custom work (use to do car audio sound systems and displays, and I relax every now and then by painting little figurines), and I just like it.
Oh and I like being different
I enjoy it. I revel in it.
Unfortunately - and fortunately - Akai did a good job of making the MPC Live format "physically tight" - they maximized it and made it as efficient (or near) as efficient as possible, so I can't really adorn anything fancy to it. No fiberglass customs here heh. I still really want to do a Kraken/Giant squid thing though. Its just gnawing at me. The whole ten tentacles *I know its technically not 10 tentacles* and 10 fingers parallel is screaming at the artist in me.