My Studio Gear

My Studio Gear

          I get comments all the time from people asking me what gear I use, so I'm making this post for everybody who is curious. This will basically just be an extended list of everything I use for practicing, playing, and recording. If you just want to see the barebones list, scroll to the bottom of this post. I'll start with the guitars since most people ask about that first.

          My main guitar is the Schecter Hellraiser. I have a review about it right here. I love everything about this guitar, and it's the only one I play for metal. Next up is the PRS Custom 24. It is easily the most versatile guitar I own. For how much it cost, I really should be playing it more, or at least using it in my videos more often, but I cant seem to put the Hellraiser down. Next is the Michael Kelly Patriot. This is a baritone guitar, and it sounds wicked in Drop Bb. The extra jumbo frets make it somewhat difficult to play anything really fast on, but I've used it in quite a few videos. Here is one for example. I also have a Schecter Diamond Series Gryphon. It was the first guitar I ever bought, and it's in most of my first videos on youtube. I see it as the Hellraiser's special little brother. It's not that great of a guitar, but it was only around $350 when I got it, and it was great for learning. The final electric guitar I have is a cheap Laguna. It has only been in a couple videos, and I've never actually recorded anything with it. I got it on Craigslist for about $100, and I just wanted to try my hand at rebuilding a guitar. Turns out, I'm not very good at it :/. I sanded the finish off and replaced all the hardware. It's kind of a POS but at least it's functional now! I also have an Ibanez 5 String bass. I'm not really a bass player, but I needed something for recording songs. It's a good bass guitar, but these days I haven't been using it at all. I have 2 more and they are both acoustics. The first one is a Takamine G Series. It's a good guitar for the money. I think I picked it up for around $450 at a Guitar Center. It has a built-in tuner and 3 band EQ. The last one is a handmade custom classical guitar made in Spain. Somebody gave it to me for helping them with a project. I've never had a classical guitar and I haven't really learned how to play that style of music yet with the finger picking, but it's a fun one to play for sure.

          Now onto the amps. About 10 years ago, I started with a Line 6 Spyder 2. If you're a beginner guitar player and you are just trying to learn how to play, this is a great amp. It's cheap, and it comes with all the major basic effects built into it. It has 4 channels: clean, crunch, rock, and metal. I used this amp for 6-7 years, but I don't think it's been in a single video on the Aturn3d channel. I used it mostly for practicing and making video with my cousin which we posted over on a channel called TheGuitards. Beware, if you watch those videos, just know that it was a LONG time ago and they suck pretty bad! The next amp I got was a Mesa Boogie Studio 22+. I got it by trading someone for my Gibson SG. It actually came with an Avatar 2x12 cab, which I still use. This amp has an AMAZING clean channel, and the lead channel is great for classic rock. I used this amp in a lot of my early tutorial videos. My last, and current amp is the Peavey 6505+. Hands down, this is my favorite amp. That's probably just because I play mostly metal. It has a totally badass sounding lead channel, and the clean channel is actually pretty good too. It's not a super versatile amp, but what it does, it does amazingly. I got it mostly because it's the amp my favorite guitarist, J.B. Brubaker uses. If you play a lot of metal you should definitely check this amp out. I don't know of any metal bands that haven't used it.

          Next up, pedals. The first pedal I ever had was some multi-effects thing made by Line 6. It had 80 built-in effects and even a drum looper on it. It was great for practicing and having fun, but you'd never want to use it for recording anything. After that I got a Boss DS1 distortion pedal. It has a pretty decent distortion sound, and I used it exclusively for several years. I also have an Ibanez TS-9 overdrive pedal. I use it in combination with the lead channel on my Peavey. I did a whole write-up on this pedal over here. To go with that pedal, I got an ISP Decimator 2 noise reduction pedal. All the extra hum and feedback from the high gain Peavey and TS9 goes away when you switch this pedal on. Recently I got an analog delay pedal made by Cruzer. It's a cheaper pedal and I haven't messed around with it too much, but I plan on using it for future recordings. Lastly, I got the Digitech Drop pedal. I wish I had known about this thing a lot sooner. It let's you change the tuning of your guitar just by turning a knob, so you can go from drop D to drop Bb or even Drop F in about 2 seconds. I'll probably do a review on this pedal before too long as well.

          Finally, I'll fill you in on the rest of the studio gear I use. There's an SM57 mic, that every studio should have. I'm using Monster cables for the guitars and pedals. The signal is being fed to the computer through a Line 6 UX2 DI box, which I got about 5-6 years ago and is still working beautifully. The speakers I'm using for mixing are the Yamaha HS8's. These are great speakers. They have a flat response for accurate EQ monitoring, and they sound pretty amazing. I also have a MicroKorg for recording synth. I've used it for recording bass before. You can hear an example of that over on the Music page of this site, by listening to a song called Home. Right now I'm using an older iMac, and the software I use for recording and mixing is Logic Pro X. I started with Garageband and used that up until about a year ago. Garageband is great for beginners, and once you learn how to use everything in it, you can actually do quite a bit. It's still a pretty limited program compared to Logic, but there's plenty of ways to figure out workarounds when you run into problems with it. A couple of my most used plugins are Bias FX and EZ Drummer 2 as well. I use Bias FX when I can't mic an amp, and EZ Drummer comes in handy when I can't find any actual drummers. For recording videos, I use a Canon T2i and a GoPro for the cover videos. For recording audio, I use the Zoom H4N. I think that covers everything. If you have any comments or think I missed anything, let me know in the comments below. \m/

Guitars

  • Schecter Hellraiser
  • PRS Custom 24
  • Michael Kelly Patriot
  • Schecter Diamond Series Gryphon
  • Laguna something or other
  • Ibanez SDGR 5 String Bass
  • Takamine G Series
  • Handmade Classical by Antonio Ariza

Amps

  • Peavey 6505+
  • Mesa Boogie Studio 22+
  • Line 6 Spyder 2
  • Avatar 2x12 Cabinet

Pedals

  • Ibanez TS9 Overdrive
  • Boss DS1 Distortion
  • ISP Decimator 2 Noise Reduction
  • Digitech Drop
  • Cruzer Analog Delay

Recording Gear

  • Shure SM57
  • Yamaha HS8
  • Line 6 UX2
  • Logic Pro X
  • Bias FX
  • EZ Drummer 2
  • Korg Microkorg Synthesizer
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Recording Guitar

Recording Guitar