The quality of sound does make a difference to how you play, there’s no doubt about that and I have invested heavily to make sure my clients get the best out of their time so as well as learning and creating, they are sounding good.
I have invested heavily in tools and products from Native Instruments to make sure that I am able to provide a high quality finish to the music creations of my customers. I have the Komplete Ultimate 10 package as well as Maschine Studio which provides me a complete creative suite and a wealth of sounds and professional tools of the highest order.
MIXING and ARRANGING
MICS and PREAMPS
The microphones are a mixture of Neumann ( including a new TLM107) AND RODE.
Mic PreAmps are provided by Focusrite and their Liquid technology. Whisper quiet Mic preAmps together with their mind blowing microphone emulations make this the perfect device for the backbone of the studio. Check out this Sound on Sound review to see how good this is.
The Liquid Saffire 56 offers you the following pre-amp emulations that you can take advantage of.
GUITAR AMPS AND FX
THERE’S ALSO A MESA BOOGIE F30, Fender ’65 and Roland amps
The main meat FX is provided by TC Electronics and the amazing G Force unit. I have also invested in the TC Electronic G-Force Artist Card comes with an outrageous 245 custom artist presets designed by guitarists such as Paul Jackson Jr., Steve Vai, Bob Bradshaw, Trey Gunn, Eric Johnson. and Dweezil Zappa that delivers even more killer sounds.
Pedals galore are around as well. Here’s my favourites
- Emma Discumbobulator
- Suhr Shiba Drive
- Fulltone Soul bender
- Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah
- Dunlop Zakk wild Wah
- Vox classic Wah
- Boss Chorus CE-5, ]
- Digital Delay (DD-3),
- Metal (ML2),
- Acoustic Simulator (AC-3)
- MXR – Analogue Delay and (Wanna sound like Eddie Van Halen?) Phase 90
- Way Huge – Jumbo Fuzz provided by Swollen Pickle and th
- Pork Loin Soft clip injection pedal as used by Joe Bonamassa
- ElectroHarmonix – Stereo Memory Man with Harazai
GROOVE MACHINES AND SAMPLERS
Computers have always been a big thing in my life and for the music I create, I use samplers on a daily basis. Groove stations are new generation musical devices and I have the truly awesome. If you have not got involved with these devices then check out the Native Instruments website and prepare to be amazed.
BOSS DR880 – So good, it’s not been changed much in 10 years
SYNTHS AND SOFTWARE
Native Instruments provide the bulk of my synth souds and processing. I have the entire Complete 10 package which includes modern and retro synth sounds together with the amazing production tools including compressors, reverb plugins and EQ tools.
Feel the need to borrow one for the session?
There’s a Taylor 714CE-S, Gibson Les Paul (USA), Fender Strat (USA) ESP Horizon, Jackson RR5 Pro (Japanese) Gretsch 5120 (The DeArmond pick up version), Gretsch 12 string Electric Yamaha APX-900 Acoustic, ESP Viper (EMG’s) and an awesome Dean Razorback plus a few others including basses knocking around.