No, not G5s with dual processors: think racks filled with two Power Mac G5s. Composer Justin McGrath tips us off that Nine Inch Nails’ current photolog has a rack-mounted Power Mac G5, as we’ve discussed today and earlier today:

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Apparently taken in a hotel room, Trent Reznor, Saul Williams, and Atticus Ross are on the road with their road-racked G5s and other audio gear. (Check out the cheap-and-quick recording tip: use a blanket or curtains to make an impromptu recording booth.) Looks like they’re also running Pro Tools via a Digidesign 002. And I don’t know where they stashed that Cinema Display. The rack mount itself appears to be a custom foam installation, like a bigger version of the racked Mac mini we saw last year. I think that is custom, not something commercially available, but feel free to let me know otherwise.

  • matrix

    "(Check out the cheap-and-quick recording tip: use a blanket or curtains to make an impromptu recording booth.)"

    Hey, I think I just read about that last night… I your book! 😉 Finally getting around to reading it again. The first chapter on sound was excellent BTW. Second chapter on choosing your tools I felt pretty versed. The third chapter on setting you your equipment, where I picked up this tip, had a few new things to me. I'm looking forward to digging into chapter four tonight. I'll be putting up another post with my thoughts when done. Great book Peter.

  • admin

    Hey Matrix,

    Glad to hear you're liking it!

    The blanket thing really does work; I'm just glad to see this "cheap trick" employed by someone who has the cash to, like, carry a soundproof booth around if they really wanted to. 😉


  • hunter

    correction, that is not a 002 interface…reznor has way to much money, i do believe that's a Command 8 interface and if that's so he has a Pro Tools HD setup in those g5's of his..

    as far as mobile sound booths are concerned….perhaps the interior of the front and back cover could be lined with sound foam, providing the ability to construct some sort of acoustic panel.

    i wish we could figure whats all in there

  • Lou Jolly

    what's the other gear?

  • hunter

    trents fingers are touching a set of NEVE 1073 mic preamps($10,000), it seem he's adjusting an Empirical Labs – Distressor ($2,500 pair), and below those are another set of Neve 1073 Mic pres. i cant make out much more than that, the headphones are sennheiser HD280 pros

  • diamanu

    1x Avalon Design – U5 (Mono Instrument & DI Preamplifier)

    4x LaCie – d2 Quadra Hard Disk (eSATA 3Gb/s, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 und USB 2.0, max 1.5 TB each) Editor's Note: ther is a rack to hold up to 5 units, this looks kinda unstable on the pic)

    1x Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier

    1x Digidesign Command|8 (for TDM or LE)

    1x Digidesign Rig

    2x Genelec 8040A

    and lots more (no, its not a distressor and i the Neve is speculations IMHO cause i couldnt even make it out with Photoshop)

    great gear. once, a great musician. damn drugs.