Things that Stargirl uses

Software

Affinity Designer

I do almost all of my vector art with Affinity Designer - including website mockups, Eurorack panel artwork, and laser cutter designs.

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Affinity Photo

I switched from Lightroom to Affinity Photo in 2020, and it's been a lovely experience for a fraction of the cost.

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Visual Studio Code

I use VSCode almost exclusively as my editor. I've also created my own theme for it. I also make heavy use of the Python, Dart, Flutter, and C/C++ extensions.

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Fish shell

I've been using Fish almost as long as I've been using unix-like operating systems. It's a modern shell with lots of quality of life features built in.

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OBS

I use OBS for livestreaming, screencasts, and for video production. It's a wonderful piece of free software.

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KiCAD

I use KiCAD to design all of my hardware projects. It's a powerful open-source electronics design application with a large amount of community plugins.

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Ableton Live

I use Ableton live along with several VSTs for all of my audio production.

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Electronics equipment

JBC CD-B soldering station

This is my primary soldering iron. It's pricey, but it's extremely wonderful to use.

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Quick 957D hot air station

This is a simple, affordable, and reliable hot air rework station. I don't see myself wanting a different one any time soon.

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Siglent SDS 1104X-E oscilloscope

An affordable four channel 100MHz oscilloscope. More than enough for my needs- which is mostly audio with the occasional need to debug SPI and I2C buses, which this can decode.

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Siglent SPD3303X-E bench supply

A three channel bench power supply. Two of the channels can be configured in serial or parallel - super useful for generating the +12 and -12v I need for developing Eurorack modules.

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Keithly DMM6500 bench multimeter

A 6½-digit programmable bench multimeter. This ridiculous beast is mostly used to calibrate the 16-bit precision DACs that I use in some of my Eurorack modules. My handheld meter gets more day-to-day use.

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Fluke 115 multimeter

My handheld multimeter sees daily use and I can't remember the last time I changed the battery. Fluke makes amazing test equipment and I can't recommend this meter enough.

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Hakko Omnivise PCB holder

I can't live without this. It's a heavy (I mean heavy) vise that holds your PCBs while you work on them. It's one of my all-time favorite tools.

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Opti-Tekscope OT-M microscope

A fine monocular microscope that has a built-in screen and HDMI output.

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Photography equipment

Sony α6500 camera

My one and only camera. The α6500 is fantastic for my needs. I use it for indoor & outdoor shots and I use it extensively for taking video. It can shoot in 4k and has built-in optical image stablization. It's a wonderful camera and you can generally find others in the α6000 series used for very reasonable prices.

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Sony SEL35F18 lens

This is my go-to lens for shooting everything that's not electronics or unreachable. It's a fixed 35mm (equivalent) lens and it has such a beautiful view of the world - one that closely matches what you're actually seeing. It makes me get up and personal with my subjects and I love it.

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Sony SEL18135 lens

This is my go-to lens for shooting video and electronics - especially when livestreaming. Its zoom is perfect for capturing everything on my desk as well as getting up close and personal with some electronics components.

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Elgato CamLink 4K

Absolutely critical for using my camera for livestreaming and recording videos through OBS.

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Meike extension tubes

These inexpensive little extension tubes let you take closer shots without needing to switch to a macro lens. I use them all the time when taking pictures of electronics.

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Gonine AC-PW20 AC adapter

This is a much more affordable knock-off of the official Sony AC adaptor for cameras that use the NP-FW50 batteries. So far, no issues. I use it when livestreaming or recording video so I don't have to worry about my camera dying.

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RAVPower NP-FW50 batteries and charger

Another more affordable knock-off of the official Sony stuff. I have a slightly older version of this and it's worked absolutely fine.

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AmazonBasics 60-inch tripod

A decent, affordable tripod. I wouldn't use it outside of the house, but it works perfectly for shooting video.

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AmazonBasics photo studio box

This is a generously spacious photo box that I use for taking product images and fancy pictures of things. It has built-in LEDs and folds away for easy storage.

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Weeylite RGB LED lights

I own two of these. They're well-built, reliable, bright as heck rechargable lights. They also mount easily to cameras so it's easy to illuminate a subject. I also sometimes use them for face lighting during videos.

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Original Fuzz camera strap

Stylish, durable, and hand-made in Tennessee.

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Computers and peripherals

Alienware Aurora R7

This is my primary computer. I've had absolutely no issues with this pre-built machine and at the time it was much more cost-effective than building my own. It has an Intel Core i7-8700 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. It probably has some upgrades in its future.

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Apple MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)

My aging laptop is still completely fine. It needs a new battery but otherwise is just as functional as the day it was purchased. I don't expect to upgrade to any newer Apple hardware- this laptop doesn't leave my house and it mostly used when I get tired of working at my desk and want to write up something from the couch. (P.S.: I do have a newer MacBook Pro provided by my employer)

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Dell UltraSharp 25" Monitor U2515H

This is my current monitor. It's not perfect but it has great color reproduction and brightness. I am likely going to upgrade to an ultrawide at some point.

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Drop CTRL keyboard

This is my primary keyboard at home. The CTRL is pretty great and features two USB C ports. My only complaints are that it doesn't store your LED settings in NVM and it has also randomly stopped working and started working again later several times. Perhaps it just needs a firmware upgrade...

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WASD V3 keyboard

This is my primary keyboard at work and my backup keyboard at home. The WASD is rock solid and I've never, ever had any issues with it.

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Razer Basilisk Mercury mouse

It's so difficult to find a high-quality mouse that doesn't look just completely obnoxious. The Razer Basilisk is still a little too heavy on the gamer aesthetic for my taste, but the white color is nice against the rest of my stuff and I really love the DPI clutch that lets you drop the DPI for super accurate movement - I think it was meant for first-person shooters but I use it for vector art.

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DSA Magic Girl keyset

These beautiful keycaps adorn my Drop CTRL keyboard. I also have the matching desk mat.

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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

This is my audio interface- I have a super old version of it and its lasted for nearly a decade.

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Audio-Technica AT2035 microphone

My microphone used for recording and livestreaming. I've also had this for years and it's great for the price.

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Sony MDR-V6

A classic pair of headphones and they're my go-to for audio production and general listening at my desk. They're super comfy (even with glasses on) and they have wonderful sound reproduction.

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Logitech C920 webcam

My primary camera for video conferences and it also serves as my face cam for livestreaming.

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