Kurt Ballou is the man behind a long list of albums, producing records in his very own GodCity Studio (he’s also the guitarist for Converge). Kurt recently sent us a list of the top 5 new additions to his studio. Here they are in no particular order…
1. AEA N22 ribbon mic
Awesome mic for close mic’ing a guitar amp. I used to combine two or more mics per amp. With the N22, I don’t need to do that anymore.
2. Blackstar Artisan 30 2×12 combo
I love the amp, but I REALLY love the cabinet. Everything sounds natural and open, but with a focus to the midrange that I just can’t get from a 4×12.
3. Framus AK1974 guitar with Bare Knuckle pickups
The new “secret weapon” studio guitar. Any time there’s a difficult guitar part to be played, this thing makes it easier.
4. Radial JD7 splitter
An invaluable tool for eliminating ground, polarity, and signal loss when splitting a guitar or bass signal between multiple amps/DIs.
5. sE RN17 SDC mic pair
Finally an overhead sound I’m happy with!