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GEAR PAGE

Here's a page for all those like ourselves who are always wondering what kind of keyboard or guitar we heard on
our favorite group's CD. We hope this page is interesting for those who are curious about the gear that makes us
sound the way we do, and helps us make the music we make.
Like the studio itself, it is never a complete list and pieces come and go, but we do update it from time to time,
so be sure to bookmark it and check back for updates.

Make sure you check out the details near the bottom of the page about our special guitars that let us
play bass and guitar simultaneously!

Also, if you have any questions about some particular piece of kit or what have you, you can email us or ask us here.

Thanks for stopping by.


GUITARS and BASS

Ibanez Axstar (headless '86 models), custom Combo guitars, Aria Pro II, Ibanez Musician bass; Heartfield RR-8, RR-9 guitars and DR-5 bass; John Jordan custom guitars, including 9 string acoustic + 7 string electric; Jackson 7 string; Hamer hollow-body electric

KEYBOARDS, SYNTHESIZERS, and MIDI

M-Audio Venom

Roland... SH-101, RS-202 Strings, U-220 (x2), MKS-10 (a.k.a. Planet P), MKS-30 (a.k.a. Planet S) with PG-200 programmer, MKS-50, MKS-70, JX-10 (a.k.a. Super JX), JV-1010, XV-5080 (with card expansion, full RAM + flash memory)

Yamaha...TX802, DX100, DTS70(x2)
acoustic upright piano

Korg... NX5R, Wavestation SR, NanoKontrol

E-Mu... E4X Turbo Hollywood Gold Edition, Xboard controller

Oberheim OB-8 (with factory MIDI)

Minimoog

Hammond T-200 series with Leslie

Keith McMillen Instruments... QuNeo, SoftStep, 12 Step, MIDI Expander

DRUMS and PERCUSSION

Yamaha Tour Custom series kit (circa '87); Yamaha chrome kit, mahagony shells (circa '79); snares by WFL and Ludwig; cymbals by Istanbul, Zildjian, Sabian, Wuhan, RanCan; electronic triggers and devices from Kat, Roland, Yamaha and Pintech; hardware by Yamaha and Gibraltar; a large shelf of hand percussion, including djembe, doumbeks, shekere, and custom made drums

OUTBOARD and EFFECTS

Yamaha D1500(X5), Eventide H3000, TC Electronic 1210, Amp Sims by Line 6, Roland and others; Dynamics by Universal Audio, dbx, Yamaha, TL Audio, Rane, Ashly; Preamps by Dave Hill Designs, Grace Design, TL Audio, Focusrite

Monitors

JBL, Meyer and Mackie

MICROPHONES

Mojave Audio MA301-FET, BLUE Dragonfly; Audio-Technica 4041, 4031; AKG D112, C1000S, C3000B; Sennheiser 441, Shure SM57, Rode N T2000, NT1-A, Studio Projects CS1, many more...

DAW

Pro Tools HD rig, 5 TB storage
Plug-ins by McDSP, iZotope, Sound Toys, Massey,
GML, IK Multimedia, Sonnox and others
2nd rig on iMac running Studio One 2 Pro and Pro Tools 10 on an Eleven Rack, w/ ARC room analyzer, virtual instruments (East/West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Platinum +, IK Sonic Synth 2, SampleTank 2, Arturia CS-80V, minimoog, Moog Modular, iZotope Iris, Heavyocity Aeon and Damage, more).


 



Saw and read about our custom guitars
(below, right) and still have questions about how it all works?
Ask us about it.

Ludwig Twisted Salesman

Ludwig Twisted Salesman
 Limited Edition Snare Drum 


Venom

M-Audio Venom
 Doubles as MIDI keyboard controller 
  

Roland rack

the Roland synth rack
 The 2nd U-220 + the MKS-50, MKS-30, and MKS-10 

SH101

Roland SH-101
 Wired back into the studio; still works great 

XV5080

XV-5080, SH-101
 Roland XV5080 rack is still one of the go-to synths 

DTS70

One of the synth racks
 One of two Roland U220s, both Yamaha DTS70 units, 
 and the Wavestation SR 


11Rack Rig

The Eleven Rack Rig
 The Rig, top to bottom: Avid Eleven Rack,
 Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 mic pre,
 Yamaha D1500 digital delay,
 Eventide H3000 D/SX 


QuNeo

KMI QuNeo
 One of our latest controller additions 


E4XT

Still in use: The E4XTurbo Hollywood Gold Edition
 The sampler runs AES/EBU digital I/O to a Pro Tools HD (192)
 interface. Unfortunately the fan on the unit is noisy (not to mention 
 the old hard drives), so it is tucked away in the machine closet 
 and operated via MIDI 

  


MalletKAT

MalletKAT
 A very old version 
 of this MIDI controller 
 mounted on Alan's kit 
  

Heartfield

Heartfield RR-9
 Has a distortion 
 circuit built-in! 
 

modified Ibanez Axstar

Heavily modified '86 Ibanez Axstar (above)
 Splits outputs of lower and upper strings 
(with separate bass and guitar pickups respectively).
 We call this a Combo guitar. 
This is one way we can play bass and guitar simultaneously!


7 string close-up

Custom John Jordan 7 string guitar (above and below)
 Hexaphonic pickups allow routing of each string to 1 of 2 outputs 
 for standard bass and guitar amping, or otherwise.
 All this plus 27 frets for those REALLY high notes... This is NOT a Jem!! 

custom 7 string

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