My Humble Self-Financed Home Studio

Disclaimer: Making music is not my day job, It is just something that I love to do during my spare time and this will never change.

I Started making beats in early 2004 when I was in France living between Dijon, Paris and Biarritz using Reason 3.0 / 4.0 / 5.0 and an old family synthesizer (Casio CTK-651) combined with a JVC mini Hi-Fi which was my main sound system for years!

casio ctk 651 synthethizer

first home studio

In 2009 I randomly discovered a platform to upload my horrible beats. And for the first time in my life, I earned money from the music that I produced (I was so excited ?? )

sync music income

I continued to feed the platform with new tracks (with a break in between when I moved to Canada). And after 3 / 4 years of licensing my music, I was able to earn enough money to update my DAW and buy a real audio interface:

Propellerheads Balance which I still use daily ?? and Propellerheads Reason 6.5 and a very cheap logitech sound system using an average laptop.

sync music income

And then … same thing , I continued to feed the platform (the income was growing a little bit each months), I kept the same hardware for another 3 years, but this time I used the money to buy Rack Extensions.

I started to be more involved in the music licensing industry, and I began to release both my old and new tracks / beats to other music libraries.

I bought more rack extensions and my first pair of speakers (I know it came very late!)

atomik circus home studio

I started last year with the streaming platform such as spotify(to add extra bucks at the top of the passive incomes each month) and here we are today

The current version of the studio with the latest addition:

  • Desk : plateform
  • Tv as Second Screen
  • Second pair of speaker : Yamaha HS7

atomik circus home studio final version

Fifteen years ago, I never thought I’ll be able to have a home studio. And Today, it’s become a reality, and it was achivevable: patience was the keyword

I Just wanted to mention that I had the same amount of fun using my old cheap hardware 15 years ago than I am having using the new setup (It’s not a race! And don’t forget to have fun ??)

If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact me.

New Setup

I did some shopping last week and I’m very happy with my new toys.

atomik circus new setup

New speakers: Eris E4.5 atomik speaker Eris E4.5

New headphone: AKG k240

atomik headphone akg k240

Both products deliver a very good sound which help a lot for the mastering!

New Gear - Go Pro 4

I haven't released a lot of content since June. I was so pissed after losing my helmet along with two GoPros cameras in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Turned out to be a costly jump!

Five months later, I invested in new gear including the new GoPro 4 Silver edition. After a few tests, I was very impressed with the quality of night footage. One can observe this in the attached screenshot which was taken in dark and cloudy conditions. Having a touchscreen is also very appreciated!

go pro 4 silver edition night footage

PS: I've also attached a picture of mydear helmet in the event someone found it. (exit dumpster)

lost helmet dumpster lauterbrunnen base jump missing

Propellerhead Balance & Reason 6-5

atomik circus music proppelerhead balance reason 6.5

Thanks to licensing revenue share from jamendo, my own gift for xmas : balance + reason 6.5

I'll write a full article about this product after finishing playing with it