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And you have to spend it. Because the couch-demons will come after it if you don't. And you have to spend it on audio stuff.

If it were me, I'd get either get a decent stereo shotgun (am undecided on what model... haven't tested yet) or a Paca (Kyma)

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Don't forget to buy Angry Birds Super-Deluxe-Mega-Jumbo-Best Edition. –  Utopia Jan 8 '11 at 22:34
    
That would be badass…angry birds? come one, you've GOT to get no LESS than the super deluxe mega jumbo best edition…unless theres a sequel... –  Chris Apr 27 '11 at 21:36
    
PACA! No other suggestions. –  Edwardo Santiago Apr 30 '11 at 6:55
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I'd spend it on (field recording) travel - Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, VietNam, Cambodia....

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travel indeed, southeast asia also sounds good, Bali, Java... –  jgrzinich Jan 6 '11 at 13:38
    
Plus one on the travel. I just did a trip to Vietnam and field recorded like mad. That country sounds like no other. I even recorded several hotel fans in a homage to Apocalypse.... –  Justin P Jan 6 '11 at 20:06
    
+1 on travel and +1000 on Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan –  Colin Hunter Jan 7 '11 at 18:29
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A sounddevices 702T and some of the independent sound libraries

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Get me one while you are at it :-) –  Bruce Jan 27 '11 at 10:10
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Ok, where is my couch :], my dream too. –  Tomáš Bílek Apr 30 '11 at 20:28
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I'd buy a new couch. Seriously, I hate mine.

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@Chuck I can't tell you just how key a good couch is to getting audio work done. Clients have nicknamed my couch "The Narcoleptic Throne." I wouldn't have it any other way. :) –  Steve Urban Jan 7 '11 at 19:22
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Reason, a KMR81, a convolution reverb (undecided), a service on the JBLs in my studio and indie FX libraries.

Or maybe i could use it to convince my boss to crossgrade from Euphonix MC Pro control module to a D Command.

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field recording mics (Sennheiser shotguns), and wind jammers

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@Chuck @Shaun - The ultimate $3000 couch!

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Now that's what I call comfortable!

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It's like sleeping on a bunch of grapes or blueberries. –  Utopia Jan 8 '11 at 22:36
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Funny, I see a woman being eaten by a millipede. –  Karol Urban Jan 11 '11 at 17:01
    
Still cool though.... –  Karol Urban Jan 11 '11 at 17:01
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I'd buy another couch in hopes of funding another $3000 underneath!

Barring that, I'd pickup Nuendo and an Apogee interface. It looks to be a serious challenger to PT9, would love to explore it in a professional film environment and see how they really stack up.

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I just finished mixing a movie in Nuendo today, and although i'm a lot more clumsy with it than with pro tools i loved it. The stock plug ins sound great, and it has a loooot of really nice little functions! By the way finished mixing at 2PM and the movie was screened at 8PM... phewww –  Filipe Chagas Apr 30 '11 at 23:05
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A used muscle car, a Remington M580 shotgun, a box of shells, a potato sack, and a Ronald Reagan or clown mask. Then I'd rob a bank for the all-Schoeps collection that I'd really want.

I'd kick down some of the three gees for Bear McCreary to score the heist. ;-)

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I wish i could up-vote this more times. –  MtL Apr 29 '11 at 23:39
    
Totally.... for halveses on the mics I wear the Nixon mask. –  Karol Urban May 19 '11 at 21:34
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Schoeps CMIT5U and a decent recorder.

Or, if I have mics already, some good plug-ins.

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A sound devices recorder, any model will do.

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Same decision here... –  Tomáš Bílek Jan 6 '11 at 6:26
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I have this problem with purchase priorities all the time. I always try go for the option that will make me more money so I can afford to keep going down the list of potential gear purchases. Right now I'm torn between a laptop & PT9 or learning new software. There's an audio implementation course I've been eyeing...

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@Steve Can i ask where is that course? –  Filipe Chagas Jan 7 '11 at 18:58
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@Filipe it's here berkleemusic.com/school/… –  Steve Urban Jan 7 '11 at 19:17
    
Save your $. You sound like you have some general audio post chops. You can learn more by downloading FMOD or better yet Wwise (pc only i think) for free and fooling around (and maybe buying a book) than from a course. It might be a bit frustrating at first, but you will learn it better. And if you get stuck there's always SSD to the rescue. –  David Rovin Apr 27 '11 at 21:13
    
@David I keep hearing this chorus and I'm starting to believe it. The laptop was within my grasp and then the funds ran away. But I'll have to add a copy of Windows7 to the list. As I'm a Mac guy it's the only thing keeping me from attempting this month's SD Challenge. –  Steve Urban Apr 28 '11 at 13:39
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Or 3000$ worth of scratch n' sniff cards

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need more than 3000$... :p

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The couch apologizes - there's only $3000 in this couch. :-P –  ragamesound Jan 12 '11 at 18:03
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I'd get my 'Opcode Rules' tattoo removed

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no no, you're missing the point. You're not allowed to do something sensible ;-) –  ragamesound Apr 28 '11 at 6:00
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A computer and new DAW software. It serves so many fuctions!

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Oh I suppose something shiny with the words "Sound Devices" on it would do. Any leftover change would go to the wife in an attempt to ease her anger. :P

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3000 scratch cards :)

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A DSI synth and some eurorack modules

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Easy! Sound Devices 702, a small petrol bag to go with it and then a fast CF card with ginormous capacity. I better go look under my couch again...

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I'd make me some headphones based on my custom HTRF that could emmulate playback in a dolby certified theatrical stage. That way I could really prep work at home in my project studio.

The Realiser A8. Price US$3000 ex shipping, complete with measurement microphones, head-tracker and Stax headphones+amp (Basic Stax set). .....http://smyth-research.com/products.html

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I'd get both a Schoeps and a Sennheiser hyper so I could stop agonizing over this decision!!!

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Buy a ticket to attend the royal wedding.

and record it lol

maybe not the wedding itself but the deserted streets of london - I could get a pure Big Ben ring with no traffic!

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Buy a few hours of Ben Burtt's time :)

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I would go Johnny Mnemonic and take out a piece of my brain and replace it with a couple hundred gigs of solid state memory. Then I'd have three XLR plugs, and three Sound Devices pres jacked into the base of my spine and routed up my spinal column to the memory cards. Then I'd have Apogee design me some micro A/D converters.

Then I'd put on my tri-aural sono-glasses and go walkabout.

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PSI reference speakers

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A ticket to the Seychelles - for field recording purpose of course.. ambiences in cocktail bars, sand moving slowly on the beach, waves clapping lazily against my boat... don't expect me to be back any time soon.

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