I built my first home studio when I was 17, using a couple of really crappy RadioShack microphones. I started recording myself and my bands to cassette tape, before upgrading to a Fostex X-26 4-Track recorder in 1993. I upgraded again to a Digidesign Digi-001 in 1998 or so in order to start using Pro Tools. I’ve been through a bunch of mics and audio interfaces since then, adding outboard processors from 1995-2008, and then moving entirely to in-the-box recording, mixing, and engineering.


I have a pretty big collection of stomp boxes. I like them because they’re flexible and tangible – unlike plugins, you don’t control them with a mouse. I’m planning a sampling session with some vintage ROMplers and Jamie Lidell has inspired me to slap some effects on the samples, effectively printing the effected audio, which should imbue these samples with my own personal character.

The most important part of any recording is the method for bringing audio into your recording device. For acoustic instruments, this is handled with microphones. I have a small collection of inexpensive mics, each of which cost less than $350.

Audio Technica AT2020 Condenser Microphone Audio Technica AT2020 Cardoid Condenser Microphone Behringer C2 Condenser Microphones Matched Pair (2)
Behringer C2 Condenser Microphone
Beyerdynamic TG-X60 Dynamic Microphone Beyerdynamic TG-X60 Dynamic Microphone
BOYA PVM1000 Condenser Shotgun Microphone Boya BY-PVM1000 Shotgun Microphone Cascade MX56 Tube Condenser Microphone Cascade MX56 Multipattern Tube Condenser Microphone Cascade M20 Condenser Microphone Cascade M20 Condenser Microphone
2 MXL990 Condenser Microphones Matched Pair (2)
MXL 990 Pressure Gradient Condenser Microphones
2 MXL991 Condenser Microphones Matched pair (2)
MXL 991 Condenser Pressure Gradient Microphones
4 Nady SP5 Dynamic Microphones 4x Nady SP5 Dynamic Cardoid Neodhymium Microphones
Realistic SM48 knockoff Realistic SM48 knockoff Sennheiser E609 Sennheiser E609 Supercardoid Microphone Shure Beta 52 Shure Beta 52 Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone
Shure SM48 Dynamic Microphone Shure SM48 Cardoid Dynamic Vocal Microphone 3x Shure SM57 3x Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphones Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone Shure SM58 Dynamic Vocal Microphone




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