Published by Beto Dealmeida on
What things I currently use to do what I do
The Teenage Engineering OP-Z is my main instrument these days. It's a super portable drum machine, sequencer, and sampler. I can make full songs using only the OP-Z, but I also use it to sequence external gear via MIDI, or with some effects units.
I use Ardour as my DAW. I learned music production on Ableton Live, which was great due to the number of tutorials available for it. Later I switched to Bitwig, which I still love for its modular capabilities. But I really wanted to make music with OSS, so I switched to Ardour a few years ago. Ardour made me less productive, but it forced me to learn more about music production and to use my ears.
I love small portable units that are versatile — I try to build a studio that can travel with me, or that I could still have if I lived in a van. The Empress ZOIA, the Poly Effects Beebo, and the MOD Duo all fit into that category (I'm also waiting for my MOD Dwarf to be shipped!).
I started using Mopidy to listen to my music. It reads all my local MP3/FLAC files, but also syncs to my Bandcamp collection and streams from YouTube Music. I love that I can control it from the command line.