As someone who writes for a living it befuddles me why I never thought to research a proper keyboard.
As a computer-nerd-slash-writer, I am always looking and advocating for the right tools. But for years, I have always equated “writing tools” with “software” — I own more text editors than I have fingers to type with — but it never dawned on me until recently that a good keyboard could be equally as important as a good text editor.
I own a dozen different writing applications, a programming application or two, an email application, and a blog-posting application. And what do they all have in common? They all get typed into via a single, solitary device: my keyboard.
It’s a long post and it gets pretty esoteric, but the general message is clear: there’s so much noise about software (and, in our world, noise-making hardware) that it’s easy to overlook the less-exciting equipment. The equipment that might be boring or unsexy but we use every day. Some of this equipment we use more than any actual ‘studio gear’. I’ll bet you spend more time setting on your chair, touching your (computer) keyboard/mouse/trackpad and staring at your screen than you do using any individual software program or plugin.
Of course, the kind of keyboard Shawn is writing about is terribly inappropriate for our line of work (I actually quite like Apple’s current keyboards because they’re relatively quiet). But the same attention to detail applies to us. Think about your own studio. Are you still using a crappy MIDI/USB controller keyboard? What’s the lighting like? Is the room large enough to feel comfortable? Does your studio smell nice?
Ultimately, the work we do is creative. The fewer barriers to our creativity, the better work we can do. And the way we feel has a profound impact on how well we can tap our creativity.
Is your studio a place where you (and your artists) feel good?