The idea of a /Uses page is to tell you about the stuff I use to either distract myself or bring more efficiency to my life. I swiped this idea from Wes Bos.
Editor + Font
- Visual Studio Code is the text editor I'm currently using and I don't see anything unseating it anytime soon. It's incredibly extensible while still loading very quickly.
- Night Owl by Sarah Drasner is my favorite theme for VS Code and also whatever other apps I can find it for.
- Beyond Compare 4 is the best diff tool for Windows, hands down. It does everything you could possibly need.
- Lightshot is the app I use to take and edit screenshots quickly. It's very intuitive and the ability to copy to clipboard is a big time saver.
- ShareX is my app of choice for video screen captures when I need to quickly show someone how to do something. It's a great tool for quick tutorials and video documentation.
Desktop + Productivity
- aText Typing Accelerator is a must-have text expansion app and I use it constantly. This tool saves me more time than anything else that I have installed.
- 1Password is my choice of password management. I love its feature set more than any other password manager I've tried. Its ability to act as a virtual MFA device is a huge time saver, and gives me peace of mind because I've dealt with a phone dying with my MFA app on it before and it sucks.
- MyRadar is the greatest weather app I've ever used. Essential for weather nerds, or anyone who's curious about Mother Nature's daily destruction. Wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, blizzards, etc.
- Shutter Encoder is a great media converter. I like it more than Handbrake, which is actually saying a lot because Handbrake is awesome. This is just a better experience in my opinion.
Multimedia + Home Theater
- Pocket Casts is far and away my favorite podcast app because your settings sync across all of your devices. Not only that, but it also syncs the time codes of whatever you're listening to, so you can seamlessly switch between your PC and phone without having to search for where you were in an episode.
- Spotify is my streaming music player of choice until something better comes along.
- Apple TV 4K is the choice I made for my streaming device. It's simple, powerful, and works well with my iPhone. Also, it can turn my TV on and off without me setting anything up, and I'm a simple man.
Writing & Note Taking
- Obsidian is a recent addition to my productivity tool set. It is touted as a second brain which is a concept that I had never heard of before, but have been practicing for awhile myself. This app is magical if you're into organizing and documenting torrents of information, both personal and professional.
- Final Draft is the tool I use for writing screenplays and graphic novels. I dislike the company's practices, and the shit is too expensive, but it's the best at what it does in my estimation.
Audio Production + Recording
- FL Studio Pro has been my go-to digital audio workstation (DAW) for just under two decades now. I use it to sequence and edit all of my music.
- Bitwig Studio 5 is the DAW that I am in the process of learning now. It will eventually take the place of FL Studio for me. It's got a much fresher interface and approach to music production, and it can do things that other DAWs just can't do. I think it will probably end up as the top choice for most producers in the coming years.
- MPC Studio is the drum controller/sampler that I use for producing beats. I chose it over the Native Instruments Maschine Mikro simply because the MPC's software is extremely good.
- Serato Sample is a must-have plugin for any producer who's into flipping samples. It's incredibly good when combined with the MPC Studio above.
- Hindenburg Pro is the recording suite that I use for podcasts and other simple audio editing. I couldn't imagine ever going back to Audacity. While Audacity is free, Hindenburg just has too many features that save time and make life easier. It's worth every penny.
- FabFilter makes several VST plugins that I can't really live without. Their stuff breathes life into my tracks.
- GoXLR is the USB audio interface/mixer/preamp that I'm using right now for my vocals, both for podcasting and music. The built in soundboard and fx are very useful and fun.
- Shure SM7B is my microphone of choice for recording vocals. It's kind of most people's microphone of choice, for good reason. It's just a great sounding microphone for spoken word or singing. I also have a Shure BETA 57A for when I'm feeling a lazy hand held session. It's a lot less bulky for not much of a hit to sound quality.
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro closed-back studio mixing headphones are what I use when producing all of my music and podcasts. They're a very popular choice amongst music producers for good reason. They're comfortable, they sound great, and they're basically indestructible.
Hardware + Accessories
- SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless headphones are good. It's hard to find good wireless headphones for the PC and after trying several different models and brands, this is where I landed. No top of the line features, but they work fine and they have good battery life.
- SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL is my mechanical keyboard of choice. I prefer a tenkeyless layout to a 60% or a full. It also has a USB passthrough port, which is a necessity for my setup while being incredibly difficult to find with a TKL layout for whatever reason.
- Razer's Basilisk V3 Pro is the mouse I'm using right now. After several issues with Logitech wireless mice phantom clicking, I refused to buy another one. This was the only other mouse I could find with left and right clicks from the scroll wheel, so here we are. The wireless dock is nice, and I turn off all of the RGB stuff so the battery life is great. It's also very customizable. For instance, when I'm coding, I just hit the side button + left click and suddenly, whatever I have highlighted gets commented out. Pretty cool.