Some of you (I hope, at least) know that we’re slowly working on putting together an album. As our epic plight drags ever onward, we thought that maybe some of our readers might like to know exactly how it is we do what it is that we do. Okay, so this post is really just a place for us to brag about our gear. Deal with it.
Our Super Awesome Recording Gear:
- Every song needs that special something. Some call it soul, but we in VTM call it Logic Pro. We like Logic a lot: it let’s us create just about any sound we can imagine, even ones from instruments no one has ever heard of.
- If Logic Pro is our soul, then the TASCAM US-1800 Audio Interface is our heart. The TASCAM was pretty much the best investment we’ve ever made and I can’t say enough good things about it. It gives us the versatility to record however and whenever we want, without worrying about being nickel-and-dimed by a pothead with a pirated copy of Pro Tools (true story).
- As far as microphones go, we use a Marshall MXL 9000 powered tube condenser mic for all of our vocals, which gives a great deal of clarity and fidelity–a priceless asset for those who at sing . . . uh . . . unfortunately (like Mason). For my drums, I use Shure, Digital Reference, and a Blue Kickball mic.
- Few musicians can play good music without instruments (Skrillex being a noteworthy exception) and at VTM, we aren’t tech-savvy enough to do so, so we settle for the chore of actually creating music with low-tech pieces of gear, like Mason’s semi-hollowbody Johnson (yes, I know) Delta Rose. A relatively unimpressive piece of gear, but heavily modified and even sports a set of Seymour Duncan Jazz humbuckers.
- As far as amps, Mason tends to play Crates–his most recent amp of choice has been a Crate DX112, one of the original digital-modeling amplifiers from the ’90′s. He uses a Jimi Hendrix Signature Dunlop Wah Wah Pedal, a Way Huge Swollen Pickle pedal for bringing on the fuzz, and a Boss PS-6 Harmonist pitch shifter pedal. He pretty much uses whichever cables and tuners he can scrounge up; sometimes this tactic fails him.
- Mason also play an Ibanez acoustic-electric guitar equipped with Fishman electronics for the softer tunes, and has also been known to play his Fender Resonator with a slide when the mood strikes him.
- McGregor and his bass have been replaced by a computer.
- I tend to sport a slew of different drums and cymbals depending on the occasion but I’ll start with the basics: my sticks. I dig ProMark sticks, usually the 727′s, but sometimes the Jazz, 747, or 707′s. The Shira Kashi Oak feels good in my hands and gives me unparalleled durability.
- When it comes to heads, I’m a mix ‘n’ match sorta guy. I love the Remo Black Suede Emperor on my toms and the Black Suede Ambassador on my snare. Bass drum, I’m an Evans lover. I’ve used the EMAD and I just can’t find another head to match it.
- Cymbal-wise I tend to enjoy myself a little too much. I have some Sabian 13″ AA Fusion Hats, a 10″ AA China Splash, and an 18″ AA Stage Crash. I also dig some of the lesser known brands of cymbals like Stagg. I have a 15″ SH Thin Crash, a 20″ Furia Rock Ride, and an18″ SH China. The “big momma” of my collection is a massive vintage 24″ Zildjian Ride from the 1960′s (ish).
- My snare drums range from 8 inch to 14 inch, depending on where I’m playing. I have an 8″ Pearl Firecracker Snare (really obnoxious) that doesn’t get out too much. The next would be a vintage Gretsch Chrome Over Brass snare from the 1960s. My personal snare of choice is a 13″x7″ (weird I know) hand made maple stave snare that was crafted for me by 1710 Percussion (www.1710percussion.com). Check out the pictures of it, it’s pretty crazy looking.
- I have two kits I usually use, again depending on the venue and my mood (mostly my mood). I have a custom built kit (that I built) that is probably my favorite to play, but I also really dig my bright orange Mapex M-Birch Custom.
- Some miscellaneous details to add: a Mapex Raptor Double Bass Pedal, Gibralter Hardware, a Toca Djembe (for acoustic gigs), a slew of darboukas/doumbeks, and a cajon.
- Our most recent (and exciting) acquisition is an M-Audio Axiom 49 Midi Controller, which gives us the awesome ability to use Logic Pro’s massive sound-bank with greater ease and precision, even in a live setting.
So that’s our bragging list! We have other stuff lying around, but this is the gear that’s going in to our album.