Really Cool Stuff

I often get asked about the tools and projects that I use for development and for Scotch. Here's where I'll keep an updated list of all my favorite things.

- Chris Sevilleja, Scotch Founder

Coding Tools

All the tools I use to code. Editors, color schemes, fonts, and more.

Editor

VS Code

My favorite editor has an insane amount of quality of life tools when working with JavaScript.

I really appreciate the built-in terminal, built-in git tools, and impressive code hints.

Color Scheme

Monokai Pro

Currently I'm using monokai.pro with the Spectrum filter. I also switch to Material Theme from time to time.

Font

Dank Mono

Dank Mono by Phil Plückthun is a brilliant coding font. It has those cursives and a few distinct characters like 'f'. Read more about What sets Dank Mono apart?

For free alternatives, Inconsolata, Ubuntu Mono, and Source Code Pro are solid.

Terminal

Hyper

When I'm not using VS Code's built-in terminal, I'll use Hyper. Usually when I need the extra screen real-estate to run tests or SSH into things.

Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux and built by the always helpful Zeit team.


Awesome Services

These are tools we use all over Scotch and on any personal projects we start.

Search

Algolia

Algolia powers all of real-time Scotch search. Really easy to implement and generous free tier.

Image Hosting/Processing

Cloudinary

All Scotch images are served and processed by Cloudinary. Saves us tons of time on processing and speeds up our site immensely from size/quality optimization.

Use code scotch to get 15% off.

Hosting

Digital Ocean

Scotch is hosted on Digital Ocean. Very easy to spin up new servers for our app and database servers.

Networking/CDN/Security

Cloudflare

Cloudflare saves us tons on bandwidth and speeds up our site. Let's us spend minimal amounts on servers and helps us scale. Helped us grow Scotch using a tiny server and low costs.

Check out the case study we did with them.


Advanced Podcasting/Screencasting Gear

Everything I currently use to record screencasts. The reason this is labeled advanced is because it is an XLR mic instead of a simpler USB mic. Since it's an XLR mic, that means you'll need a USB interface to convert the audio signal into something a computer can understand.

Recording/Streaming

Open Broadcaster Software

OBS is a great recording/streaming software. A little lacking on the UI side but has all the power. I use it for recording since it has more options than something like Camtasia on Windows.

For streaming, I have it setup to Restream so I can stream to multiple locations like YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and more.

Screencasting (Windows)

Camtasia Studio

It's not as good as ScreenFlow on Macs, but it is the best screencasting software on Windows right now.

With 54% of our users on Windows, I feel it's good to go where the users are; even though the coding tools I use are cross-platform with few differences.

Screencasting (Mac)

ScreenFlow

ScreenFlow is just so good. Recording, effects, editing tools. All top of the line.


Beginner's Podcasting/Screencasting Gear

This is the gear I used to get started with screencasts. Learning audio was quite the long and confusing journey! For more advanced gear, check out the section below.

Mic

Rode Podcaster

A lot of people will tell you to use the Blue Yeti as a starter mic. However, condenser mics don't make for good podcasting mics. They pick up too much background noise like my air conditioning.

Go for a dynamic mic like this Rode Podcaster and it will only pick up your voice.

The cool thing about this mic is it's a USB mic and not an XLR like the more advanced mics. This means setup is minimal. Connect straight to your computer instead of using a USB interface.

Mic Mount

Rode PSA1 Boom Arm

This swivel arm is what I use to hold my mic on the side of my desk. I think I get compliments on my setup just for this mic mount.

For a full package with mic and boom arm, check this mic bundle.

Webcam

Logitech C920

The Logitech C920 is a solid starter webcam. It helped me when I first started at a cheap price. Jump to the C922 for 720p/60fps.


Advanced Podcasting/Screencasting Gear

Everything I currently use to record screencasts. The reason this is labeled advanced is because it is an XLR mic instead of a simpler USB mic. Since it's an XLR mic, that means you'll need a USB interface to convert the audio signal into something a computer can understand.

Mic

Shure SM7B

More expensive than the beginner mics, but this is one of the most popular mics used by the heavy hitter podcasters like Joe Rogan. Quality audio. I like the audio so good that it feels like I'm in the room. This mic gets it done.

For cheaper alternatives, the Rode Procaster, and Heil PR40 are great options.

Audio Processor

DBX 286s

Since advanced mics are XLR mics, we'll need to process the audio with hardware as opposed to software+USB mics. The DBX 286s brings multiple processing for your buck.

My favorites are the sound gate so the mic only picks up noises above a certain level (ie no air conditioning/background noise).

Also has enhancers, amplifier, and more.

USB Interface

Focusrite 2i2

A USB interface is how we convert he audio signal coming from an XLR mic to something a computer can read (err hear?). Nothing fancy here. Just an interface that has an amplifier, although I disable this amp and use the one in the DBX 286s.

Webcam

Logitech Brio

An upgrade over the C920/C922 with 4k recording. Probably won't even use the 4k for my stuff but the quality is noticeably better. A bonus is also Windows Hello support.


Office Stuff

I'm big into ergonomics as my body is getting beat up from all the weightlifting and activities I do. I just want to sit on a cloud when I'm in the home office. Here's some things I've landed on for super comfort.

Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack (20L)

My favorite backpack that accompanies me on all my travels is a little on the expensive side. Easy access from all angles and modular interior make it versatile.

Also love that it has the pass-through so it can sit on top of my luggage.

Ergonomic Chair

Steelcase Gesture

A lot of my office stuff leans to the more expensive side I'll admit. I have a herniated disc in my back so I wanted to make sure my chair that I sat in 8+ hours a day would be the comfiest possible.

This chair is in the same league as the Embody, Aeron.

For a good cheaper ergonomic chair, the Ikea Markus punches above its price.

Ergonomic Keyboard

Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

I used to be a big fan of mechanical keyboards (MX Blue for life!). However the carpal tunnel hit hard so I had to go to an ergonomic. For mechanical ergonomics, there's the Kinesis, but I didn't want to invest the time to learning the keys on that.

This Surface keyboard has great key travel and comfort.

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