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Home Recording Studio & Off The Grid Recording Articles:

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Leads and Connectors

If you are like me and insist on the finest results in audio reproduction, I would like to recommend Essence Audio Accessories - Audiophile quality leads and connectors.

Essence Audio products are true audio excellence, with superb individually hand-made quality and provided direct from the maker at a very reasonable price.

 Essence Audio P888-SA

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130219 Recording Acoustic Guitar Strategies Part 1
A How-To article on Recording options for Acoustic/Electric instruments.

130226 Hardware vs Software DAWs for Off-The-Grid Recording Solutions
A comparison table look at some of the pros and cons of Hardware verses Software Digital Audio Workstations, specifically with a view to Home Studio Recording Off-The-Grid.

130305 Basic Gear for Setting Up a Home Recording Studio - Part 1
Focusing on Digital Audio Workstation options.

130307 Making your own MIDI Guitar Synthesizer - Part 1
How to turn your guitar into a synthesizer without going broke.


Note: You might be wondering why I've bothered to review what are essentially vintage guitars, amps and effects. The reasons are simple. I know this equipment very well and there is next to no meaningful info about this gear elsewhere. So these pages fill a void for those who may be looking to purchase (or even sell) these items.

130224 My Home Studio Recording History
An interesting look at how technologies have changed.


Guitars and Amps

130929 ACOUSTIC - 450 Lead / Bass Amplifier Head, Vintage Guitar Amp - Review and Description
The Acoustic 450 Lead / Bass Head was an integral part of my guitar rig for around years. A true classic Solid State vintage amplifier that is still fully functional after years.

140331 FENDER Princeton Chorus Guitar Amplifier Review and Description
The Fender Princeton Chorus Guitar Amplifier is a part of my current guitar rig. A versatile and well featured little all-rounder that can deliver a clean 40W RMS.

150520 Behringer Ultrabass BXL1800A 180W(?) Bass Guitar Amplifier
The Behringer Ultrabass BXL1800A is a budget, compact Bass Amplifier package which certainly has a respectable kick for its size and is more than adequate for rehearsals and smaller venues.

140407 ASPEN AD25 - 6 String Acoustic Guitar - Review and Description
A surprisingly rich tone for a small acoustic guitar. Good as a student's guitar or for travelling.

140118 MATON EM125C - 6 String Acoustic Guitar - Review and Description
A well made and great sounding Acoustic guitar that upholds the Maton tradition of superior guitar building craftsmanship.

140108 MATON Mastersound MS500 - 6 String Electric Guitar - Review and Description
A well crafted and versatile Electric Guitar that upholds the Maton tradition of superior build quality.

Synths, Keyboards, MIDI Controllers

140223 Casio WK-7500 - 76 Key, Keyboard / Workstation - Review and Description
A good value keyboard and MIDI sound source with many great aspects. Not really a Pro Level workstation though.

140223 ROLAND U220 - Sound / Synthesizer Module - Review and Description
A powerful MIDI sound / synthesizer module from the late 1980's. Currently used in conjunction with MIDI Guitar.

140310 ROLAND Sound Library SN-U110 and SN-MV30-S1 Series PCM Cards
Suitable for the Roland U-110, U-20 and U-220.

CASIO WK-7500 & WK-7600 Articles

12/11/00 An Experience with the CASIO WK-7500
This is your classic caveat emptor (or buyer beware) story that relates some of my first experiences with the CASIO WK-7500 Workstation Keyboard.

12/12/00 Capabilities of the CASIO WK-7500 (and WK-7600) Workstation Keyboard
A follow-up article that provides some very specific information about what the CASIO WK-7500 Keyboard Workstation can and more importantly can't do. Useful if you are considering this device.

13/07/29 Specification Comparison CASIO WK-7600 and WK-7500 Workstation Keyboards
Another follow-up article that directly compares the specifications of the Casio WK-7600 to the now superceded WK-7500. The changes really are mostly cosmetic.

Guitar, Bass & Keyboard Effects / Pedals / Consoles / Controllers

131215 ZOOM GFX-707 - Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Review and Description
The Zoom GFX-707 was my first Guitar Multi-Effects pedal and is still an occasional part of my guitar rig.

150501 ZOOM 707 II - Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Review and Description
The Zoom 707 II was my second Guitar Multi-Effects pedal.

160410 ZOOM BFX-708 - Bass Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Review and Description
The Zoom BFX-708 is a plug and play Bass Guitar Multi-Effects pedal.

151016 ZOOM G9.2tt - Guitar Multi-Effects Console Review and Description
The Zoom G9.2tt is a truly awesome Guitar Multi-Effects Console and primary component of my rig.

Recording Gear Accessories and General Stuff

170429 Xvive U2 Guitar Wireless System Review and Description
The Xvive U2 Guitar Wireless System works exceptionally well, in fact good enough for use in recording.

160605 AM 403 - Passive Dual DI (Direct Inject) Box Review and Description
The AM 403 is simple, sturdy and efficient It will handle most Direct Inject tasks well for a fraction of the price of brand name units.

160727 Amplifier Dummy Load for use with a Direct Inject (DI) Box
Simple effective solution for taking an amplifier output straight into a DI Box.

160803 Tube / Valve Replacement for the ZOOM G9.2tt Guitar Effects Console
A Simple 'How To' Guide for sourcing and replacing the 12AX7 tubes in a ZOOM G9.2tt.

Gear You Don't Want !!!

170429 Caline CP-24 10 Band Graphic EQ - Review and Description
If you really need a Graphic EQ, stay away from the Caline CP-24.

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