I get a lot of email from listeners asking how I get my guitar sound, what gear I use, where and how I record, etc. So here’s a fairly complete list of the audio equipment I’m currently using at my project studio. If you have any specific guitar or recording questions, please feel free to email me.
I’m also a Dean Markley Strings endorsing artist. I can attest to the great sound and long life of Dean Markley Blue Steel String users, so I’m quite pleased to have the opportunity to work with Dean Markley.
Pre-amps / Amps / Effects Processors / Stomp boxes / Mixer / Microphones
I’m also an official “Friend of Morley“. I used the Steve Vai Bad Horsie Wah and the SteveLittle Alligator Volume extensively on my album, Loss for Words. The pedals are both extremely quiet (great for recording), and extremely tough (great for playing live). I also use:
- Line 6 Gearbox Gold, Pod Farm, Pod HD
- Tech 21 SansAmp Bass DI, Acoustic DI
- Mackie 1604 VLZ
- ART TPS II Tube Preamplifier
- Shure SM57
- Shure SM58
- Rode NT1A
- Presonus Eureka
- Digitech Bad Monkee
- ISP Technologies Decimator
- Robert Keeley GC-2 Limiting Amplifier
Synthesizers / Drum Modules / Sample Libraries
I endorse SONiVOX (formerly Sonic Implants). These high quality samples are the finest available, and I’m honored to be associated with them. I also use sample libraries and virtual instruments from:
- East West / Quantum Leap
- Native Instruments
- Ample Sound
- Rob Papen Instruments
Computer Software / Hardware
Cakewalk’s Sonar is central to my recording studio. MIDI and digital audio are recorded, edited,and processed in Sonar’s integrated environment. I highly recommend this software. I’ve been using it since its first Windows version, and I’ve been very pleased with its performance. For digitizing and playing back audio, I use the RME Electronics Multiface II.All this computing takes place on my ADK Pro Audio Digital Audio workstations.