Geek Technique

STUFF I USE AS OF APRIL 2014

sell one, buy one

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have a home studio up in Harlem plus my space in Brooklyn. PLUS I CONTINUE TO SELL STUFF OFF SO IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING.

TRUE!   I try to come off all slick but I’m a big geek for equipment so if you want to talk about that

TRUE! It’s a bit sad; we all should be out helping others survive, and here we are fetish-izing shit on the internet, having spent the last 10 years in our bedrooms, doing endless hammer-ons.

TRUE! I need tighter parameters, I’m going soft, so I’ve been streamlining my shit. Soft synths have gotten to the point where…it’s just easier. I’m sorry, and as you’ll see: I’M AN IDIOT

Here’s some machines I use at home to make music, upon which I’ve spent far too much money (and so have you if you’re reading this boring-ass page)

 

HEAR ME NOW! I still seek to make new, fucked up, and beautiful sounds, people!

Here’s what I got, past and present…new section I’M AN IDIOT documents stuff I’ve sold:

ANALOG: i love and have:

ARP: Solina String Ensemble

Sequential Circuits- Prophet 5, Prophet 600 (broken!) , Pro One

Oberheim: OB-Xa

Freeman – String Symphonizer

Dave Smith Instruments – Evolver

Crumar- DS2, Orchestrator

Yamaha- CS-40m

Roland- SH-101, SH-1000

Casio- CZ-3000, SK-1 (x 3) , VL-tone

Univox -Mini Korg

Big Briar- theremin

Moog – Memorymoog

FOLKTEK – Microgarden

2 Wurlitzer 200a student models, 110 and 220v for both sides o the ocean

 

I’M AN IDIOT – I love and have sold:

Akai- AX-80 / Fender – ARP/ Rhodes Chroma, Chroma Polaris 2 (underrated as well) / Roland- Jupiter 6, Juno 60 (VERY STUPID. LOOKING TO BUY ANOTHER RIGHT NOW) / DSI Polyevolver keyboard / Oberheim Xpander , Matrix 12/ ARP: ARP- Odyssey, AXXE, 2600/ Sequential Circuits- Prophet 10, Prophet VS (fucking brilliant and underrated)/ An Optigan! Explore this exclusive club of freaks and losers at their website www.optigan.com.

 

TAPE ECHOS!

Maestro ECHOPLEX EP-2

UNIVOX Echo Chamber

FULLTONE tape delay

ROLAND Space Echo 201

 

drum machines/ beat boxes:

Maestro Rhythm King, Rhythm Jester, Acetone Rhythm Ace, ELI Compurhythm (my fave), Synare (a la “Whip It“), Yamaha RY30, Roland 505 (sucks but that’s good sometimes), Boss Dr. Rhythm, Seq Cir TOM, Oberheim DMX

 

Other:

’50s Deagan Vibraphone

Swedish-made pump organ, circa 1900

standup Baldwin piano

trumpets, percussion, piles of stuff i can’t really play. A Latvian lute of some kind. A dulcimer from the ‘20s. Harmonium, bought in New Delhi off the dude who made George Harrisons sitar. True!

 

DIGITAL KEYS:

Nord Wave

Korg MS2000, Micro X, MiniKorg

AKAI MPK 88 controller

 

OUTBOARD:

– Avalon (V737)

– Manley VOXBOX

– 4 Empirical Labs Distressors

– UA 1176 remake

– set of racked Neve 33135s

– RNC and a RNL

– HHB Radius 10

– Rolls Mini Micpre

– Lexicon MicroVerb

– Oberheim/ Gibson Echoplex

 

GUITARS :

I have, uh, lots of guitars.

….though I am slowly selling them off! Make me an offer! Sold pieces marked SOLD

 

Ampeg Stud (Tele-copy, Ô70s?) THANKS MARC!!

Dobro lap resonator, recent

Fender Telecaster, 1965 with factory Bigsby

Fender Telecaster Custom, 1972 , black

Fender Telecaster Custom, 1972, cream SOLD

Fender Telecaster reissue, Black, mexican and cheap (somebody in NYC has it but I forgot who; i should be more careful with my shit)

Fender Telecaster Custom Shop , Bronze, early 90’s SOLD

Fender Mustang, old and all fucked up

Fender Jazz bass, sunburst, Ô70s SOLD

Fender Telecaster Bass, yellow / white 1968

Fender Lapsteel, lovely, from the 40Õs

Gibson Les Paul Custom, cream, late 70s MY FRIEND MARC HAS IT

Gibson Les Paul All-Gold , 1955 (? this is actually my wife’s )

Gibson SG, Les Paul Custom reissue, 3 pickups, ‘80s reissue, white SOLD

Gibson SG, black 1996 with Ô72 S-100 Guild humbuckers

Gibson ES335, 1976, walnut with Bigsby

Gibson ES345, 1972 , stereo, white refin SOLD

Gibson Firebrand ES-335, 1981 (?) , maple? w Bigsby – these rock and are underrated!

Gibson Les Paul Signature (goldtop) , 1973 SOLD

Gibson Les Paul Signature bass (goldtop) , 1973 SOLD

Gibson EB-0, 1966 white refin SOLD

Gretsch 6120, 1958

Gretsch 6120 Solidbody, 1956 (the one that looks like a Roundup but isn’t) SOLD

Gretsch Duo-Jet, 1964, black with Burns tremelo

Guild Starfire V, 1976?? , PINK!!

Guild S-60D, black, ‘77….these rule! New to me! Why didn’t I know this??

Guild S-70D, white, ‘79 if you have a black one you gotta have a white one

Guild S-100, 1972, black, Bigsby….my main shit!

Guild S-100, 1974, natural with oak leaves and acorn inlay SOLD

Guild S-100 Polara, 1965- white refin, swapped out the single-coils for some HBs

Guild S-300-D, white, ‘79 twin humbuckers, rad

Guild S-300-D, white, ‘79 why not have 2

Guild S-100 Polara, red, Frankenstein, maybe ’65-68?

Guild Jet Star 1 bass-black, 2 pus

Hagstrom I , 1966, white on white, rad with the vinyl padded back made in SWEDEN

Hagstrom I bass, 1966, white, companion to above guitar.

Hagstom 1 bass, 1965, black….yin yang

Hagstrom I bass, 1964, violet , lovely! perfect for a girl

Hagstrom 1 bass, 1962, red/black

BC Rich Mockingbird, natural and brown, mid 70s and rocking your ass, dont dis this

Danelectro RI Baritone, pinkish? cheapo and good

Danelectro RI Baritone, black, cos you can’t have just one

Danelectro RI dual lipstick pickup jobbie, Black , cheapie, with whammie bar

Danelctro RI blue sparkle 6 string Hodad SOLD

Electra, Les Paul shaped, red with built in effects cartridges, maybe early 70s? (somewhere in the city)

Trussart Steelcaster, rusty with the hole-y back, 2001 SOLD

Goudin Les Paul copy, mother-of-pearl, 2000ish?

Gibson acoustic, Hank Williams JR. reissue from the early 90s

Martin 00-17 Orchestral, new

Martin D-15, new

Vox teardrop Stingray bass , red, 1964

a couple nylon stringers, cheapos

 

AMPLIFIERS:

I was mostly using an 80 watt Bogner Shiva 1 x 12 combo for loud rocking, with a single-speaker extension cab, but it blew up and now I just have the cabinet

Marshall JMP 100 watt head MK2 w matching cab, 1978

Marshall plexi combo, 1972 SOLD

Ampeg Reverbarocket 2, blue tolex, 1963

Ampeg Jet II, 1964?

Fender blackface Bassman w Tremolux cab, 1965 SOLD

2 Fender blackface Princeton Reverbs, 1965 and Ô64

Fender blackface Pro Reverb, 1966 SOLD

Fender Deluxe Reverb, ‘70s

2 Fender blackface Vibra-Champs, 1966 and 1964

Matamp 150 watt head (like Orange), late 60Õs?

Vox AC-30, late ‘60s

Gretsch 6125 from Ô63?

Harmony 2 x 12 (like Supro Royal Reverb)

Polytone 102, ‘70s RARE AND RAD

 

PEDALS:

BOSS HM-1, OD-1, DELAY (red jap vers), CS-3

DOD: STEREO CHORUS

MOOG: RING MODULATOR, DELAY

MR. BLACK: ETERNA, DELUXE PLUS, SUPERMOON, TREBLE BOOSTER

EMPRESS: TREMOLO

SOLE-MATE-SPRING REVERB

MALEKKO: LOFI DELAY

EARTHQUAKER DEVICES: TALONS, HOOF REAPER, SEA MACHINE

CATALINBREAD: ECHOREC, BELLE EPOCH

DIGITECH: WHAMMY, DIGITAL DELAY SYSTEM, SUPERNATURAL

BARBER: TONE PRESS

PIGTRONIX: ECHOLUTION

ERNIE BALL: VOLUME PEDALS, WAH

SOURCE AUDIO SOUNDBLOX PRO: MUTILWAVE DISTORTION, CLASSIC DISTORTION

ELECTRO-HARMONIX: MICROSYNTH, BASS MICROSYTH, RING THING, BASS BALLS, HOLY GRAIL, DELUXE ELECTRIC MISTRESS, FREEZE, RIDDLE Q-BALLS, MEMORY MAN, DELUXE MEMORY MAN

TC ELECTRONICS: CHORUS + FLANGER + PM

ARION: OVER DRIVE, STEREO CHORUS, STEREO DELAY, DIGITAL DELAY/ SAMPLER

E.W.S.: FUZZY DRIVE

CARL MARTIN: RED REPEAT

FULLTONE: WAH, DEJA VIBE, OCD,

WIZZARD : GEORGE DENIS

MAHONEY: CAL-TONE

ELECTRA: EQUALIZER

ANALOG MAN: PEPPERMINT FUZZ

PRESCRIPTION ELECTRONICS: EXPERIENCE

FOXX: TONE MACHINE

Ah fuck it, this list is partial

 

MOBILE SETUP with little Akai controller and an Apollo Twin, so I can pop and lock on the plane.

 

 

SOFTWARE:

 

I am working on both Pro Tools 10 and 11 in Harlem running off a Intel quad-core and in Brooklyn a Intel Duo core. I have a UAD QUAD as an interface.

 

Plugins and such too boring to list…

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How do you do your thing? Tell me stuff, trade with me, because….

 

Still I seek unidentifible magikal sounds. Still I desire machine-control thru pure thoughtpower.

 

Don’t you, hot ones?