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    Default What are your "must-have" tools and gadgets for the studio?

    I'm sure we all have neat tools and gadgets that we consider must-haves in the day-to-day studio environment: tape, pencils, mace, etc. But, here is one that I think should be at the top of the list. A classic "Mechanics Finger", as my grandpa would have called it.

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    These are great for feeding cables and cords in and around racks and rack gear, and for picking up that occasional dropped pencil behind the console or desk. Just a handy tool!
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    1/4" instrument tuner. May also seem redundant, but I try to keep at least 1 extra of all my favorite mics in case something unexpected happens to one of them. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? For me, yes.

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    Acoustic polarity tester. And an SPL Meter.

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    Same as Lynn's, but also fruit, vegetables, granola, good water, Glock 19 for personal protection outside, Remington 870 for personal protection inside, a good set of ear-muffs for moving drums mics when the drummer won't stop playing or re-aiming e/gtr mics when the e/gtr player does not know you are down in front of the speaker cab and about 6" away...
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    A flashlight for looking through amplifier grill clths.

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    Believe it or not, I take my own QWERTY keyboard and track ball mouse to all my sessions now. There are lots of mice I find challenging and lots of keyboards with layers of other people's grime on them. I prefer not to have the distraction of dealing with uncooperative mice or dirty (sometimes filthy) keyboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3daudioinc View Post
    ...And an SPL Meter.
    Why?
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    When I did this, nicotine gum...if the time was booked with all non-smokers it could be an eternity between breaks... funny how drinkers are still accepted though (not starting a debate, just what I did)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QNote View Post
    Why?

    I use mine to calibrate monitors to quick version of the "K-metering" scale. You'd be surprised how quite 85db can sound in some rooms and how loud it can sound in others.

    I also do the flashlight and the mouse like Lynn. My mic box has a ton of crap like that - sharpies, pencils, electrical tape, gaffe tape, tools, etc.
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    Wow, I haven't seen a "Mechanic's Fingers" since I lived at home with my parents ...which, unlike many audio engineers, was not in the last 10 days; we're talking early 1970s...and, now that I think of it, that was the same tool my Dad acquired in the mid-1960s. Yeah, those things are invaluable! They still make em?

    Came in to post flashlight also.

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