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I’m back!! SoundsAndGear has recovered from water damage

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Well, as you can see…I’m back! If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you already knew that.

If you don’t follow me there, get to it!

So I got everything in yesterday, my new monitors (krk rokit 5), my new interface (focusrite saffire pro 24), MASCHINE!!!! (oh how I missed thee…let me count the ways), and thanks to the kindess of Mannas…one of the folks in the SAG community, I have a new 49 key controller as well as an EMU Proteus module :)

Now, I hadn’t told anyone I was looking for some hardware modules to do tutorials for my new Maschine site, Mannas just offered out of the kindness of his heart, once he had made the offer, I told him I had been looking around for something cheaply to use for the tutorials on using Maschine with hardware.

Let’s just say this whole experience has been a learning situation and a true blessing for me.

Oh, and my hunch about Maschine making it easy to integrate hardware was right, such a quick workflow I can’t wait to finish the tutorial for the new site, looking forward to using more hardware modules in the future as well.

It’s good to get things back up and running, just in time for Christmas :)

Thanks for all the support, well wishes, and encouragement.

This is absolutely the best community on the net thanks to yall!!

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95 Responses to “I’m back!! SoundsAndGear has recovered from water damage”

  1. Michael Blue says:

    Glad to have you back, and that it was such a short down-time!
    Merry Christmas!
    …Now get to work, we want to see that tutorial. :D

  2. Echo says:

    Praise God! Happy producing.

  3. Motoko says:

    Hey man, good to see you’re back up and running ;-)

  4. DaHeat says:

    Yo SaintJoe, Good to see that you’re back up and running again bro.

  5. William says:

    I’m glad everything worked out for you. I know it must have seemed like an eternity for all the stuff to get there. Can’t wait to hear some of the new beats I know you’re itching to put together. Peace!

  6. CP says:

    Congratulations Joe! I know Soundsandgear will be stronger than ever!

    I actually just lost my music recently so I feel your pain lol

  7. Mehdo says:

    yo man glad to see ya back and is that a proteus 2000 sound module, hey I sold my mophatt man I compared the mophatt sounds to the mophatt x for proteus vx and Emulator x hey they sound better than the hardware now for Reason they are okay they sound pretty good in kontakt and in dimension pro but none of them sound as good in the Emulator x

    • saintjoe says:

      @Mehdo, word man, yeah they are pretty much the same or even a lil more high fidelity in the software, so it’s all good. I just like the speed with which you can browse stuff on hardware man, it’s been a while since I had some and with Maschine it’s easy to sequence and capture it as a sample.

      • Mehdo says:

        @saintjoe, hey ever since they broke in my house man and stole my stuff I just buy it used now I had xboard 25 replace with roland edirol pcr 300 32 key for 75.00, my trigger finger replace with padkontrol for 75.00 laptop replaced with desktop, fostex 4″ but i will add some 5″ to the set up but paid 75 all at mophatt sound module 50.00 all from used gear hey go to EPR Electronics they have roms for the modules he’s the official fix guy for them he has xlead for 50.00 mophatt for 100.00 but how cheap they are on you can get a mophatt module for 100.00 and he has ZR76, halo ensoniq so check it out ok last question now which ever one you say thats what I’ll buy so MV, MPC 1000/500 or NI Maschine let me know

        • saintjoe says:

          @Mehdo, yeah no doubt fam, I’ll just be patient, I know I want to get the mophatt rom again, and beat garden. So we’ll see. Glad to see ya building back up too bro.

  8. GP Studio says:

    Glad your back man, can’t even imagine how I would feel or what I would do if i had gone through that. Probably just give up all together, but something drives you to keep fighting, and sharing with us, what is that?

    • saintjoe says:

      @GP Studio, No doubt man thanks, my drive is my Faith bro! I knew God had a plan for everything that happened so I just roll with it! Plus I genuinely just love helping folks and love exploring this gear and software!

  9. Kruz says:

    Glad you back Son!

  10. Pat says:

    Awesome! Major disaster but you got it sorted out quickly. Happy Christmas to you and your family man.

  11. That’s a Blessing Joe!!!

  12. Otto says:

    It’s always good to hear positive news, glad to see you are up and running again, Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2011!


    Otto aka DJ OttoBot

  13. MrFresh says:

    This is great news. I know how u felt. My sump pump went last year, two years after I laid beautiful laminate floor in my studio. I didnt have to take up the floor but the mild warping was a pain and sad to look at. Luckily I had no gear damage but my once beautiful flooring is now covered by carpet.

    Glad you are back up and running!


  14. RudyRHythmz says:

    Dope can’t wait to see the new set up
    Nothing can stop the music

  15. dj jambone says:

    It’s a blessing,I’m glad your back. Brand new like the million dollar man with a lot of new hardware.

  16. tony says:

    way to go st joe we all miss you and glad to see you back cant wait till the next review happy holidays to you and yours

  17. GP Studio says:

    call me saintjoe, even if you don’t want to please delete my comment with my phone number

  18. unqlaur says:

    i am glad for you bro … Happy Christmas !!!

  19. Tenor says:

    Hi SaintJoe,
    I’m very glad for you that you recovered your studio and all the gears as you explained in the article!
    I like how your Maschine looks, good customizing (sorry for my english!).
    Merry Christmas to SoundsandGear members!

  20. TeeBlack says:

    Glad to see you back up and running right in time for Christmas!

  21. egolds says:

    Merry Christmas I’m happy for you man good to know you’re back in action.

  22. sky says:

    back on the block huh..

  23. everythingbutthegirl says:


    Great your back! I knew that out of a difficult situation God would would bless you.

    Thanks You!


  24. Mike says:

    Glad your back it sucks what happened but maybe its a blessing in disguise Merry Christmas

  25. I’m glad your back up and running, I wish you and yours a Happy Holiday….

  26. Otis says:

    I’m excited for you bro! Praise God for the new gear, I love the way the skins look on the Maschine.

  27. Mannas says:

    Glad you’re back and looking forward to what’s to come! Merry Christmas!

    Did you get the skin for Maschine from StyleFlip? Is the quality good? I’d like to do it but am on the fence.

    • saintjoe says:

      @Mannas, this is my second one, my first maschine had a custom skin on it as well, if you can see it in some of the older vids. They are good quality and durable, and when you want to take them off, there’s not any residue.

      • Mannas says:

        @saintjoe, Yeah, I remember the other one. It was just plain white though, right?

        I think I may have to give it a shot.

        • saintjoe says:

          @Mannas, it was white on the bottom, the top part had the Maschine sequencer on it, had some NI blue dots on a few spots, it was dope lol. But time for a change, I’ll probably change this one too eventually.

  28. jamari says:

    The creator works in mysterious ways indeed. I’m glad you got the lab back in action…now stop wasting time on social sites and make some beats or “no soup for you”! ;-)

    -strike theme song: “Welcome Back Kotter” -sitcom-

    As always peace & blessings

    • saintjoe says:

      @jamari, ahahahahahaha!!! Yeah man, it’s awesome, and thanks for the support lol @ the social sites comment. That’s how I build my network! I’ve already been makin beats though lol.

  29. MEC-ONE says:


  30. Word, that was a fast turnaround.
    Glad it worked out bro.

  31. SonusMusic says:

    Eventually good things will happen to good people!
    You always look out for us so i guess now someone or something looked out for u ;)

    Best wishes!

  32. Dj D'Opus says:

    good to see you back!

    not sure if you know but NI are doing some cool freebies atm,

  33. STEVIE K. says:



  34. BigTone says:

    Merry Christmas….lol

  35. Angelinni says:

    Hi man, glad 2 know that everything is ok now. Merry Christmas!!!

  36. Vinnie Badverbs says:

    Saying “God is Good!”; is redundant at this point. Cause we know HE is! Saint; your trials and tribulations are the testimony! On top of having all your equipment replaced (Love the custom SoundsandGear Maschine by the way! LOL!). One of the Fam actually blessed you with some FREE Gear, above and beyond what you lost.

    Matthew 21 (paraphrased) “Thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few TALENTS, I will BLESS with many more TALENTS.”

    Your a blessing to Me; to US, Fam. You’ve always given freely of yourself! I’m thankful for you. Rich are you Rewards.

  37. VinnieT says:

    Glad to your see you’re back up and running! That Maschine Skin looks great too fam, I’m stoked for the website tutorials. Happy Holidays

  38. Alex Massaad says:

    Awesome Dude, glad to hear you’re back on your feet since that studio flood!

    I’ve got the rokit 5′s also and an ERGO, let me tell you, it is does a pretty sweet job of improving the stereo imaging.

  39. RIO says:


    Glad your back in action. I wanted to tell you to check out that Big Namba Studio Backpack. I have Maschine, Novationremote 25sl, macbook pro15, apogee duet and various cords in mine with no trouble. As far as that mophatt rom goes. Get at me on the email. I have been trying to sell my proteus2000 for a while and the rom ain’t making it no easier. You want it? it’s yours


  40. Beats says:

    Congrats on the new setup, love the videos bro!

  41. blackactus says:

    guess who bizack YOU BOY!!!!!!!!!!
    let the games begin!!!!!!!!!!

  42. DefCience says:

    That’s great news man! Glad you’re back in business!!

  43. Larue says:

    Glad you’re up again man…..How did you get the customized Maschine?

  44. Reggie says:

    Yo man, it’s just not the same when your not in the game…Lol
    I tried to hold down the front on finding new gear but you do it best my brother.

    God is good and you will be better than before, everything has a reason for happening and it will show itself in time.
    Keep the faith, Blessed new year and beyond to you and your family.

  45. Maurice says:

    Been a fan of yours since I first started watching back in November. Been sold on maschine from the outset and finally got mine on yesterday. So glad that you are back and everything is okay with the water situation. May God continue to bless you and everything you do, bro!


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