Recorders, Console & Monitoring

  • Pro Tools|HD1 - The industry standard. TDM, not LE. Digital finally sounds great
  • 2x Pro Tools 96I/O - audio interface
  • Power Mac G4 dual 1 gig
  • Focusrite/Digidesign Control 24 - Pro Tools control surface with 16x Focusrite Pre amps. Couldn't live without those faders
  • Soundcraft Ghost - 24 channel in line console. Nice pre-amps and EQ. Now used for tracking only
  • Alesis Adat XT20 - 24 track 16 or 20 Bit digital recorder. Used for transfers to Pro Tools
  • Alesis Adat BRC - Remote control. Same as above
  • JBL 4411 - 3 way monitor speakers. My babies
  • Yamaha NS10 - 2 way monitor speakers. Good for referencing a mix
  • Perreaux PMF1150 B - power amplifier

Because it doesn't matter how good things are, if you don't get it right at the source.

Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

  • 2x Neumann U87 Ai - Sound good on anything
  • Groove Tubes MD1A - Valve mic. Looks cool! Sounds great on some singers, and acoustic guitars
  • 2x AKG C414 B - Nice for piano, electric guitar amps or drum overheads, when the U87s are busy
  • Shure KSM 27 - Favorite on double bass
  • AKG C3000 - Great for 'rock' hats or to help a dull acoustic guitar cut through the mix

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

  • 2x Neumann KM84 - Classic, versatile mic. Great on everything except lead vocals
  • 2x Earhworks SR71 - Great on a great kit, not great on a not so great kit. Very honest
  • Audix VX-10 - hand held condenser mic. Nice for live vocals and acoustic instruments

Ribbon Microphones

  • RCA SK-46 - 1950s era. Nice room mic.
  • Oktava ML52 - From Russia, with love for percussion.

Dynamic Microphones

  • Sennheiser MD441 - Smooth. Too nice for some things
  • 4x Sennheiser MD421 - Toms, sax, electric guitar
  • Sennheiser e609 - Like an even more 'rock' SM57!
  • Beyerdynamic M88 - Favorite bass amp mic. Also good on Electric guitar and percussion
  • Beyerdynamic M101 - omnidirectional dynamic microphone
  • Audix D6 - monster bottom end, for kick or bass
  • 2x Audio - Technica ATM25 - First call 'Kick' mic
  • AKG D112 - 2nd favorite bass amp mic
  • Shure Beta 56 - Brighter, harder version of the SM57
  • 4x Shure SM57 - The workhorse
  • Shure SM58 - Guide vocals and hammering nails


  • LA Audio PS10 - Mic Pre-amp, De-esser, Compressor and EQ
  • Joe Meek Studio Channel VC1Q - Love the compressor, never use the enhancer, ocassionaly use the EQ
  • Gyraff Audio designed G9 Mic Pre - All valve, dual channel mic preamp. Pure valve goodness
  • Bellari RP220 Dual Tube Microphone Preamp - Modified for better headroom and a more natural sound
  • 2x Jensen dual microphone pre-amp - Dean Jensen designed pres. Very nice
  • 4x Yamaha PM1000 dual mic pre-amp/EQ - The Japanese Neve
  • Bellari RP583 Studio Dual Tube Compressor/Limiter - Valve optical compressor. Also modified
  • Behringer Composer MDX 2000 - compressor/limiter/gate. From when they made 'very good' gear at a great price
  • Behringer Composer MDX 2100 - compressor/limiter/gate. Same as above
  • Rocktron Hush IIBX - noise reduction. Kill that amp buzz

Pro Tools Plug-Ins

  • URS A,N and S Classic Console Equalizers - API 550B, Neve 1084 and SSL EQs. My favorites
  • Focusrite D2 - Eq. Almost never used
  • Sony Oxford - Eq. Another favorite
  • Massenburg High-res Parametric Eq - Mastering grade EQ. Clean, transparent and uses heaps of DSP
  • McDSP Filterbank - Eq Quite nice really
  • Waves Renaissance Equalizer. As above
  • IK Multimedia T-Racks EQ. Almost never used
  • Bomb Factory BF3A -Optical style compressor. A favorite
  • Bomb Factory BF76 compressor - Urei 1176 emulation. Another favorite
  • McDsp MC2000 - multiband Compressor
  • Waves Renaissance compressor. Versatile comp
  • Waves Renaissance Vox - Vocal compressor. Another favorite
  • Waves Renaissance De-esser. Best de-esser I've found to date
  • Drawmer Dynamics - expander/gate, compressor/limiter. I've tried, but never found a use for this.
  • Focusrite D3 - compressor/limiter
  • Digidesign D-Verb - Reverb - Good for a 'trashier' sound
  • TC Works TC Tools - Reverb, Delay/Chorus, Eq - First call Reverb and Delay/Chorus
  • Waves Renaissance Reverberator - Sounds very cheap and not in a good way. Never used
  • Wave Mechanics Pitch Doctor - Pitch Correction. I try to avoid using this, but sometimes....
  • Wave Mechanics SoundBlender - time, pitch, filter and modulation effects. Good for the 'wacky' stuff
  • Wave Mechanics Speed - Precision tempo and pitch modification tool
  • Eventide H949 Harmonizer - See Sound Blender
  • Line6 Amp Farm - Guitar amplifier emulation. Not quite the real thing, but pretty close
  • IK Multimedia Amplitube - Guitar amplifier emulation. Not bad
  • Crane Song Phoenix - Analogue tape emulation. Amazing
  • Antares Tube - tube emulation
  • Aphex Aural Exciter - A little goes a long way
  • Aphex Big Bottom Pro - Ditto x2
  • Waves Renaissance Bass - Never found a use for this
  • IK Multimedia Sample Tank - Sample playback. Haven't used it for anything, but sounds pretty cool
  • Propellerhead Reason Adapted - As above.


  • Sony PCM2300 - DAT recorder. Used for the odd transfer. Was used a lot
  • Kenwood KX-4520 - 3 head cassette recorder. Never used!
  • Technics SL-P555 - CD player. Used quite a bit really
  • Boss DI-1 - active direct box. What do you say about a DI?
  • 2x Behringer Ultra-DI DI100 - active direct box. As above
  • 2x Peavey ID 1 - passive direct box. Good for taming ugly digital synths
  • 2x Q-Mix - headphone distribution system
  • AKG, Beyerdynamic, Sony and Fostex headphones
  • RythmTech tambourine - For that subtle lift



  • Yamaha C7 Piano - 1968 7ft4 concert grand. The peak of the Japanese pianos. Great, if you can play
  • Rhodes MK-80 - digital piano/midi controller - 88 key weighted. Closest thing to a 'real' Rhodes
  • Ensoniq ESQ-1 - digital wave synthesizer
  • Evolution MK-449C - USB midi controller


  • Ibanez Talman - Gibson P100 'soapbar' pickups. A cross between a Les Paul Junior and a strat
  • Tokai Love Rock - Late '80s Les Paul clone. Dimazio PAF pro pickups. Better than most of the 'real' ones
  • Fender Jazz Bass - Badass bridge and Dimazio Ultra Jazz pickups. Gets used a lot
  • Warmoth Tele - 'Fender Tele' made from Warmoth, Fender and Seymour Duncan parts. '52 Style. Great
  • Squire Venus electric 12 string - From the Courtney Love series, but don't hold that against it!!!

Guitar Amps

  • Marshall 2553 - valve guitar amp head -Black version of the Silver Jubilee heads. Great clean amp
  • Marshall quad - 4x25 watt green back celestions
  • Vox AC30 top boost - My personal favorite. I've owned this since 1987 and turned down a few offers to sell
  • Rivera Thirty Twelve - This replaced a '54 Fender Deluxe. Tweed sound with more control
  • Fender Pro Junior - Modern take on the Tweed amps. Great rock tone through the quad
  • Fender Bassman - 1964 model head + 2x12" box - Used a lot for bass or bluesy guitar
  • Pignose - guitar amp. Used with the Rat for massive lead sounds. Don't try playing chords

Effect Pedals

  • 2x Aphek Peanut Butter - Distortion
  • 2x Aphek Mr Mustard - distortion
  • SansAmp Classic - amp simulator for guide tracks
  • Pro Co Rat - distortion
  • Heet Sound E-Bow - electronic bowing device for guitar
  • Dunlop Crybaby wah
  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer - modified to TS808 specs. Not used much anymore
  • Ibanez TS5 Tube Screamer - modified to TS9 specs. Ditto above
  • Ibanez SD9 Sonic Distortion - nice and nasty
  • Ibanez FL9 Flanger - first pedal I ever bought
  • Ibanez SC10 Super Stereo Chorus
  • Ibanez Echo Machine - Very cool delay. They stopped making them of course
  • MXR Dist+ - 1971 model distortion. Like a cross between an distortion and a fuzz
  • MXR Analogue Delay - funky green delay. Temperamental
  • MXR Phase 90 - Very Cool
  • MXR Dynacomp - Smooth or Snappy
  • 3x Boss TU-12 Chromatic Tuner - instrument tuner
  • Boss CE-1 - Great chorus, when it's working
  • Boss CE-2 - Chorus
  • 2x Boss DM-2 - Analogue Delay
  • Boss CS-2 - Compressor Sustainer
  • Boss TW-1 - T Wah - automatic 'touch' wah
  • Boss OC-2 - Octaver

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