My setup = two Macbook Airs, an 11" and a 13". 11" is for music and gets taken to live shows with me. 13" for writing my thesis and doing everything else. There is some overlap in how they are used and the files on them, but essentially it means if I’m playing a London-toilet-circuit indie gig and someone spills a beer on my laptop I can still, you know, do my job. No external monitors or anything. My flat is tiny, so is my desk (I have a tiny postage-stamp garden with a mini greenhouse in it and the desk is in the greenhouse because there’s no other space for it, lol) so I want to keep things as compact as I can.
ixi lang for live-coding (though I’ve been playing with Tidal for other stuff lately too), Ableton Live 9 for other music stuff. Scrivener for thesis-writing, which I regret, it’s unwieldy and overkill for what I needed, but I’m so far into writing it now that it seems pointless to change.
In practice most of my non-live-coded music happens not in Ableton, but in iOS apps on my phone, currently mostly Auxy. If I could use ixi on my phone I ABSOLUTELY would - I really really want to try the iOS build of ChucK but haven’t got around to figuring out the setup yet.
I like switching up interfaces and translating between them when I’m running out of ideas, and I like being able to make music during ten-minute bus rides. I have a couple of Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators which are also good for this, and so is LSDJ for Game Boy.
I just started using an Anne Pro 2 keyboard when I’m at my desk, reprogrammed to have arrow keys instead of right shift/function/alt/ctrl keys, and I think it is making writing slightly more pleasant, the clickyness seems to help me with flow, but I still prefer the inbuilt Macbook keyboard when I’m using ixi for some reason, I think because it requires less hand movement. Mainly I like the mechanical keyboard because it looks like this though tbh.
No keybindings, no scripts, don’t know what a dotfile is, desperately disorganised, think I manage to get a lot done anyway. I work messily but I work fast, and I like being able to work wherever I am whenever I get a moment, and I think my setup (other than the keyboard, really) reflects that.
I am definitely chaotic neutral as a person, and I think it also reflects that.
(I’m a little envious of how organised @neauoire appears to be - what a beautiful desk, my goodness.)
I find using a mouse really uncomfortable, don’t understand why I would want to when I have a touchpad I barely have to move my hand to use, and am currently figuring out how I can use both a mechanical keyboard and the touchpad on the Macbook without it feeling weird. Any suggestions welcome that don’t require me to learn a million keybindings, because noooo.