The Setup - Rob Allison

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Rob, programmer and co-owner of Laser Dog Games.

Rob Allison's Setup

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Rob Allison, a 31 year old guy from Leeds. I co-own Laser Dog Games ltd where I spend most of my day programming. I also compose the music for our games.

What hardware do you use?

My desk is full of stuff at the moment. I'm using a 27" iMac with two extra monitors hooked up. I use a Macbook pro when I'm on the go.

As for musical stuff, I have a mini midi keyboard in front of me and a full sized digital piano to my left. The mini keyboard actually gets used a lot more as it's perfect for quickly noting down ideas.

There's constantly a Blue Yeti mic on my desk too, as we normally voice our games ourselves. It's also handy to quickly record sound effects when you're demoing something.

I also have a collection of original gameboys that I used to create electronic music/chiptunes with.

And what software?

For mobile developing we use a game framework called Corona. It's a 2D engine that focuses on speed and ease of use. It's what I used to actually learn to program, I really love it. We're also using Unity to develop an unannounced console game.

For actually programming I like to keep it simple, so I use the text editor "Sublime Text".

For music I use Logic Pro X for the majority of my work. For our game HoPiKo, I used some software called LSDJ, which is loaded onto a custom cartridge and runs natively on the Gameboy.

What would be your dream setup?

Not to sound like a fanboy, but the new iMac Pro looks incredible! But seriously, my dream setup would definitely include a soundproof recording studio with my drum kit set up. I'd still probably program midi drums in my music, but I'd get to play my drum kit every day again when work gets stressful!

One item you can't live without?

A pair of headphones. When I've got something really complicated to work on I will "plug in". For me, it's the best way to concentrate.

Thanks Rob!

Rob Allison on 13th July, 2017.

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