The weather here has taken a bit of a chilly turn recently...It's some arctic air being pulled down over the UK according to the forecasters. This means that I've not been able to work in the garden for a while. Actually, that's been OK because I've been recording guitars and bass of late, so I wasn't tempted to set up outside.
I've also been mixing with iZotope's Alloy 2. In their words..."Far more than just a traditional channel strip, Alloy 2 is a modern twist on classic mixing. The basics have been re-imagined with forward-thinking features and time-saving flexibility. Innovative sound sculpting tools are ripe with potential for delivering your distinctive sound. And best of all, Alloy 2 allows you to focus on mixing without distraction, neatly packaging the mixing essentials in a self-contained and completely configurable plug-in that puts everything you need at your fingertips."...and I have to say that it certainly lives up to that!!! The presets are great and with a bit of tweaking, can really breathe extra life into any recording.
I'm looking at getting a more portable audio interface, so I can record real instruments and voices anywhere, as well as a micro DAW control surface to make mixing and transport control easier.
The Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP looks like a nice machine with the advantage of VRM which is Focusrite's Virtual Reference Monitoring. I'd really like to try this new technology as it promises to make mixing on headphones a possibility which would be useful when I'm away from the studio.