Our deadly weapons
Keytars, guitars, computers
We have too much gear
My guitar collection is happily out of control — I am particularly proud of Lammy — but the key stuff I use with Palette-Swap Ninja parts possible is made by Line 6. As a microphone interface, I like the TonePort UX2, for guitars, I use POD xt or POD xt Live (lately it’s the latter). I love my Variax 500 modeling guitar; with zero noise and a personality disorder that makes it think it’s 25 different guitars, it’s a fully-programmable studio Swiss Army six-string. On a few tracks I’ve reached for my Taylor T5, which is simply the most comfortable and sumptuous guitar I’ve ever played. For bass I either use a good ol’ Fender American Precision Bass or my wife’s Music Man Sterling. None of these guitars or basses is black.
For recording, I’ve used Vegas and Pro Tools LE, but I’m still looking for The Right Recording Application that will let me live happily ever after. Hopefully it will feature a direct-to-brain interface. In the meantime, I’m currently screwing around with GarageBand.
Inspired by Dan’s guitar collection, I have acquired a number of keytars over the years. These are MIDI controllers, highly portable for the stage or covert ninja missions. My primary controller is the Jan Hammer Signature Edition Lync LN-4. It is basically a Lync LN-4 with a modified action, optional wireless midi, custom arrangement of the mod/pitch wheels, and — perhaps most importantly — more buttons. I also have a ‘standard’ LN-4 (in black) for night missions. Also in the mix is a Roland AX-7 that I played live for many years, aided by some software that I wrote to organize the patch memory via a drag and drop interface. My wireless midi is handled by a Kenton Midistream.
MIDI controllers don’t produce any sound, so I have a rack full of modules. Some of the more frequently used ones include an EMU Vintage Keys, as well as its more recent incarnation, the EMU Vintage Pro (with ZR expansion ROM). For some retro 80s goodness I have a TX-7 in the rack, which is a tabletop version of the Yamaha DX-7. (It’s not rackmountable by default, so I made a custom rack mount for it.) For some unique drum kits and sound effects I use an Akai MPC1000. These sound sources are mixed with a Behringer Euro-rack mixer. To get these sounds into the computer, I use an Edirol FA-66 interface for analog audio, digital audio, and MIDI input. To record, I have been using Garageband with the AMG expansion pack, which has a number of vintage synths and keyboards in the mix.