The Gear I Use

These kinds of articles are popular, but I've never written about my setup before (except for my large collection of keyboards). Here's a glimpse into what's on my desk.

My desk setup

Desk: Uplift Desk

Every workstation needs a solid foundation. I have the biggest desk they make, cause Papa needs room to play. I used to aggressively cable manage, but have gotten a bit lax since it's a pain!

I barely use the standing functionality, but it's nice when I do need it. Or when cleaning underneath.

Computer: Apple Mac Mini (M1)

My third-favorite computer of all time. So fast, so small, and works well with the display I already have.

Mobile Computer: Apple Macbook Air (M1)

My second-favorite computer ever, second only to my 2007 iMac. Really fast, really light, the keys feel good and no Touch Bar. I seriously love these M1 Macs. They truly feel like living in the future.

Display: LG UltraFine 5k Display (27")

This display won't win any design awards (or maybe it did?), but it's worked well for me for over 4 years. Good color, and plenty of space. I only wish it were wider.

Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2

This audio interface offers two mic inputs, which I thought I would need but don't. It sounds good and is pretty stable. Would buy again.

Microphone: Shure SM7B Microphone

The gold standard for broadcast microphones. I've used it for everything from Tuple/Zoom calls, podcast recording, and laying down vocal tracks. It sounds so good. Pop a preamp on this thing before hitting your audio interface and watch it come alive.

Headphones: Apple AirPods Max (White)

These over-the-ear wireless headphones are great. They switch between devices instantly, and the sound quality is decent. The noise-cancelling is amazing compared to my old Bose QuietComfort 35 II set.

Downside: The case (if you can call it that) looks dumb.

Speakers: JBL 305P MkII

I spent nearly 20 years with my Tannoy Reveal v1 powered studio monitors. Sadly, our house cleaner knocked one off its stand and destroyed it. 😔 I got the JBL's as a replacement and they're pretty good for what they are. They're not ridiculously big, they have a nice, even sound and good connection options. The price is good as well.

Webcam: Sony A6400, Sigma 16mm F1.4 Lens, Elgato Cam Link 4K, Elgato Master Mount

It takes a lot to make this face beautiful. I do a small amount of Tuple/Zoom calls, and occasionally stream web development and Rocket League. This ensures that I look wonderful. The bokeh from the Sigma lens is to die for.

Lighting: Dazzne D50 Lights

These lights aren't fancy at all, but they're a great value. They come with a sturdy stand, and a little remote to adjust color temperature and brightness. Most importantly, they get hella bright.

What things can you not live without in your daily setup? Let me know on Twitter.

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