Tiny House


Great thread. I live in a studio suite located under a garage. Small space located next to a wooded area. Between my DJ gear with records, production setup with synths/drum machines… I have no real bed (pull down couch) but it works well.


Ooft… you are a total gear junkie!


Dam i thought ricardo villalobos made his sound even more minimal as a new tiny house genre



whats the idea here my friend? are you trying to induce GAS to us vulnerable ones or drive the jelly hearted ones to madness? :):smiley:


Cool to see this. I am an architect, and I have worked on my hometown in the Amazon Jungle designing fish processing plants in containers, mostly to ship them to the small cities around the capital Manaus…


Nice atmosphere!


I’m totally with you on that. I live in Tokyo, so space is on par with what you would generally find in NYC, where I lived before moving here many moons ago.

Our place is not tiny by Tokyo standards (around 850sq ft, not including balconies), but we opted for a an open floor plan to avoid feeling overly cramped. What that means is that my studio space is the first thing you see when you walk in our place. For that reason, I have been working on a big decluttering for the past couple of months to minimize the cables. We plan to build a long desk along one wall this year for my wife and I to share as a workspace. Hopefully, it will be a lot tidier with some well thought out furniture.


Nice lighting!


Thanks. They’re just simple LED strips, but it does make this setup work.


That is the new Novation keyboard with sequencer? How do you like it ? Is the session switch over seamless? Recording the sequencer is tight ?


Yes, it it.

A lot. Really like the feel of the keybed.

Can you elaborate? I’m afraid I don’t exactly understand what you’re asking about. :slight_smile:

Yes, the built-in step sequencer seems well-implemented.


Believe it or not I have actively been reducing my setup for the past few years, keep in mind I started out about 30 years ago and still have some equipment that I have owned for 18 years, I actually have a fair bit more not in the setup, I tend to change things around a bit as my goals change, in fact it has been tweaked a bit since the picture was taken.

I do want to continue to slim down my setup as I am a minimalist at heart, and I’d probably be more productive with less gear, the “problem” that I have is I don’t like to do work the same way all the time, so drum machines, samplers and sequencers with their different strengths and weaknesses and unique qualities all offer something different, there is very little overlap.

The other thing to bear in mind is that I don’t use a DAW, so to have enough multipart things happening at once requires a fair bit of gear, also I like to do “DJ style” mixing and matching of different patterns from different machines, so that can be a lot of fun.

Finally I also like to limit myself to working on say 1 box doing a whole track or album, so I’m under no illusions that I need all this stuff, but I don’t really buy much of anything else like flash cars, clothing, jewellery etc. Plus #mancave I guess :rofl:


I understand. The challenge of slimming down is achieving the optimal setup…and that seems to change as new gears are introduce. Honestly, it’s a nice problem to have. I envy you in a healthy manner :slight_smile: Kinda never-ending weekend project around the house ( after finishing your chores, of course:)


i’ve been jonesing after a tiny dwelling for years. more as a mancave though. while i can stare at tiny house porn for hours on end, i know the fam could never tolerate sharing one full time, and i’m clumsy enough that i know i’d be a bull in a china shop every time i stretched or danced.

still, the design principle itself never gets old to me. when i’m in the mood i consider what robin falck did with his handbuilt nido up in finland, wondering if the odd wall angles might help counter common acoustic problems. i also think kodasema has a great aesthetic.

as i’m stateside and hopeless with hand tools, i dream of someday hiring a team like cubist engineering to create something sturdy out of good quality building materials. this one has a dedicated space at one end that could hold a small studio setup.

now all i need is a winning lottery ticket.


I have plenty of space, but really likes the idea of reducing my gearspace ALOT. I am currently looking at vertical solution. Which is the only way I think it is possible have alot of with a small footprint in my studio room.


Interesting thread. It’s the modern curse, caught between the desire to own land or have a slice of it somewhere versus time / money / job etc. I basically moved away from the big smoke because of it and am trying to make a go of it in a smaller city, where owning a place is far more affordable. Not that I’m saving for a deposit at this point or anything. But I noticed myself that big city life was pushing me into this tiny house mentality. Which in terms of ecological footprint is a totally noble cause. I don’t want a massive house or anything. I actually think I’d like a nice little quarters, kitchen bedroom, and living room. But the studio as a sort of detached thing. I’ve kindve imagined it as a treehouse on stilts. Enough for a desk couch and some gear. Windows looking out across a canopy of trees. Find a cheap block somwhere and start to drop your little dream on top of it. I personally like the idea of little prefab huts you can buy and just joining things together. Still, when you add it all up it’s cheaper to buy a small house somewhere. always have to think about things like water, sewerage, power, comms etc. Otherwise, if u look after yourself and live a long life, alternatively just saving for your retirement studio is a nice idea. Just keep renting and putting coin away your whole life, till your old and can go tweak away at a private nook in the hills. dunno if im off topic here or what, but yeah, its something i think about a fair bit. wish the world was back at 1980’s house and land prices hehe. instead it ends up being a 5 or 6 hour drive somewhere just so you can have a slice of the good life


@Rusty check the subreddit: tinyhomes
It’s a small one (no pun intended), but seems to have some potentially inspiring threads.
Don’t forget to set the filter to “Top of all time”.


I like the idea of Tiny House being an new genre!

Thought I’d throw mine in. I’ve been working hard over the past years to focus and simplify my setup. Both to be mostly portable and to sit neatly in the house. Mostly because I need less gear to be focused myself.

I made a spot in the corner of our terrace, so it’s in the living/dining room that the family uses.

Everything plugs into an X-Air headless mixer on a shelf behind the SV-1, and I record directly from that.

There are monitors each side of the room, which double as potplant stands.

Also an Octatrack that I keep under the bed, and hopefully a soon-to-be-Monomachine again :slight_smile:


Current little nook setup