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Marc M

Marc M

Animator (Sick Animation), musician

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hi, my name is Marc M, AKA Sick Animation. I make animated cartoons as well as music; often times together.

What hardware do you use?

I use a Windows-based PC and the Adobe Creative Suite for most of my computing needs. For my online shop, I started screen printing my own t-shirts and things based on my cartoons. I use a one-head printing press that my Uncle made for me.

And what software?

I make my cartoons in Flash and then export them through After Effects and QuickTime. I use Premiere for video editing and Audition for recording voices and music.

I draw directly into Flash with a 22 HD Cintiq. I've gone without a Cintiq before - it's a must have!

For recording, I use a Shure SM7B microphone. It's a really great mic for the price, especially for vocal stuff. I boost the signal of the SM7B with a Cloudlifter. It's a good pairing because the SM7B has a naturally low signal in. I interface with the computer through an Mbox Mini - sometimes I use a Lexicon Lambda, depending on which computer I'm on.

What would be your dream setup?

The dream set up, AKA the NEXT set up will include these 5 things:

  1. A WhisperRoom - a portable sound-proof enclosure that you can scream in and not be heard. Freedom to go crazy on voices/vocals and not worry about neighbors hearing you. I want one that's at least 10' by 6' (to bring instruments in) and double-walled!
  2. A Roland TD-30KV drum set - the best electronic drum set out right now, it has a ton of awesome natural sounding kits. It's unreal - go to the music store and play one!
  3. A studio space with ample room to work and play in!
  4. A small group of chill-ass homies to help with animation and production!
  5. Oh, and a multi-head silk screen press and a conveyer dryer, DAAAAAMN!