The new apartment is getting closer to its final unpacked state, and while
Belle has taken charge of themes and decorations for most of it, I do get
this little corner for my home studio. I've got a giant clock face
to mount above it. Groovy.
So here's what I'm tracking with nowadays, from left to right:
- Laptop loaded with Cubase SE and an assortment of free software and
programs. It's all low-end stuff, but I make pretty low-end music, and
it's a big improvement over a four track.
- Tascam US-122 interface running into the laptop for tracking bass and
vocals. I didn't have the mike assembled in this picture (it's next to
the lava lamp), and I still need another XLR cable to run from the bass
- Behringer Eurodesk 502 mixer, for my random mixing needs. I don't do
this much, but I guess if I needed to reamp through an effect that I don't
have in software, this would be a good way to do it.
- GK400RB amp for the bass. This is my second real bass amp, and I like
the sound of it okay--but I really bought it for the volume and the
portability. My old 1x15 amp was a nightmare to carry.
- Unused effects pedals: a Boss Chorus (not the bass version), Digitech
Bass Driver (great distortion pedal), and Boss Auto-wah (never really
happy with the sound of it). I'm thinking of hooking these three together
for a bass synth kind of sound. I used to use the Bass Driver as my
full-time distortion, and it really does do stunning imitations of an SVT,
a ProCo Rat, or a digital fuzz, but it sucks a nine-volt dry in forty
minutes, and I hate plugging in my pedals. And because it does so many
things, I always found myself spending more time playing with it than
actually making music. I'm more productive with fewer options.
- Current effects lineup on the floor consists of a Line 6 DL4 for
looping, MRX M80 Bass DI, and DOD FX25B Envelope Filter (boosted through a
Boss LS-2). The MXR is a really great pedal--it has two preamp channels,
one clean and the other distorted. The clean adds a lot of lows and low
mids, almost Stingray-esque. The distortion is typically pretty fuzzy, but
I've found a setting I like and just leave it there.
- Rolls DI box, mostly used nowadays at open mikes.
- NES, waiting for me to pick up a midi keyboard and one of those synth
- Lava lamp. Very important.
- And of course, the All-Star bass.