FAQ on the Cover of the Week project

By on 6-22-2009 in CoTW, Cover of the Week Project, Uncategorized

Hi all — I have been getting requests to detail the recording set up I use. If there are any other questions you want answered regarding the blog, let me know under comments and I will try to answer. By the way, I have been recording the most recent Buffalo Tom guitar and vocal overdubs at home with this gear. Thanks.

Recording gear:

Software: Pro Tools LE 7.3 for Mac
Input: Original 2-input MBox

I am hoping to upgrade the software to PT8 and maybe the input hardware as well – soon. I will have to update Mac to Leopard and PT 8 all at once. I don’t think I have it in me right now and am wary of disrupting BT overdubs. Knowing how things go for me in this department, I will be on support phone calls for 3 days.

Until the cover of “Brown-Eyed Women,” I was using an Audio Technica 33-R small diaphragm condenser microphone, which I have used on acoustics, electrics, and vocals since the mid-1990s recording on my ADAT. I believe this mic cost me around $110. Recently, BT purchased a boutique version of the classic Neumann U47 large diaphragm tube mic. This one is made by Peluso and is the 22 47. I have used this on acoustics and vocals starting on “Brown-Eyed Women.” I think it sounds great. I don’t have a fine enough ear to comment with authority, but I am amzed that the 33-R captures as much as it does and can even compare to this Peluso, which is a thing of beauty. More here on the Peluso on NPR.

When recording acoustics and vocals with either microphone, I run the signal through a little Bellari tube pre-amp to warm it up.

My acoustic is the one I have used exclusively for years, a jumbo body Guild JF-30

For electrics, mostly my Marshall JCM 800 100 watt, used for 20 years, or a little Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp. Gibson SG from late 1960s; Fender Tele Deluxe from ’70s; Hohner Les Paul from 1970s, before they were sued by Gibson; etc.

For monitors, I thank my buddy Matt for lending me his pair of powered Event Project Studio 6.

Someone asked about my pedals. They are constantly changing. Right now and for most of the past 15 years, I use couple of Klon Centaur distortion pedals.

I use Boss and/or Line 6 modulation (tremolo; phase shifter; Leslie) pedals, in addition to owning vintage and reissue Electro Harmonix pedals.

I also use A/B switches to switch a second amp on and off when playing live.

That’s pretty much it. The Bomb Shelter “studio” is an office of about 15 X 10 feet and the actual bomb shelter is a slightly smaller space that is mainly used for storage — all concrete and I use to record at night as an isolation booth to not disturb the family.