Music Gear Recommendations

Do you play and/or create music?

Are you always looking out for good gear?

Maybe this can help.

This is all the gear I’ve used and can recommend.

Guitars

Taylor 200 Series – 210SE – I walked into Daves Guitar shop in La Crosse, WI. I asked what guitar would sound the best both plugged in and unplugged. The dude working the counter pointed to the wall of Taylors. I played everything from $700 to $2000 range and this is the one I settled on. This ax has been grinding it out with me for about 4 years now and it sounds better today than the day I bought it.

Washburn D10SCE – This was the guitar I used for many of my early gigs, open jams and every tune on my Never Too Late album. Now it is my main back up. I was never crazy about the plugged in sound but unplugged I sounds great. And for the price, it was a perfect guitar to start out with.

Strings

D’Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze I like using coated strings especially in the summer. I used to use Elixir’s but when I was playing a lot of shows, I went through a lot of strings and those are expensive, it started to add up fast. I’ve tried a half a dozen coated brands over the years and I have settled on these. They sound great and last long and I can get a 3 pack for about the same as it would cost for 1 pack of Elixirs.

DR Strings DRAGON SKIN Acoustic Guitar Strings – Just wanted to throw these in there too. They are probably the most inexpensive coated string (or at least they were). They sound great and lasted a long time. The reason I switched to the above is I felt like I was breaking more strings than usual. It happens especially when you play as hard as I do but it just seemed to happen TOO often. Anyway, try them out if you want a more inexpensive coated strings. 

Amps

Genz Benz Shenandoah – I go direct many times for smaller gigs because I’m lazy and i don’t like to carry around a lot of gear. But when I’m playing with band, I plug in to this amp.

Live Sound

Microphones

Sennheiser e935 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Mic

I love the way this mic makes me voice sound. Crisp and clean. Deep and rich. We did have some feedback issues when I used it with the band. My sound guys hated it. I never had a problem at smaller solo or duo gigs.

Electro-Voice ND767A Supercardioid Dynamic Lead Vocal Mic

This is the mic my sound guys recommend I get for band gigs. Totally eliminated our feedback issues. It sounded good but I always feel like it is missing something.

Shure SM58S Vocal Microphone (with On Off Switch)

It is the first mic I owned. This mic is legendary and recommended by many. If you are starting out this is the mic you want. You can get them without the on off switch but I like having it for between sets or when I’m not on stage.

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Home Studio

I mainly record demo’s in my studio. I leave the heavy lifting to the studio I work with. BUT the gear I use was recommended by that studio. The gear below has really improved the quality of my demos. Here are the best piece of my gear.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface – This device helps me get the sound from my mouth or my instrument into the computer in the quickest, cleanest way possible. It came very highly recommend and I haven’t had any issues with it in the 4 years I’ve had it.

Rode NT1-A Cardoid Condenser Microphone – Not only is this a solid mic for vocals but the NT1-A makes my acoustic guitar sound pristine on recordings. Only thing that would make my guitar sound better is using two of them at the same time. Great dual purpose mic for a pretty reasonable cost.

Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone – I use this mic for podcasting and for all the audio on any desktop recorded videos tutorial videos that I record. This mic was recommended to me by the Podcast Answer Man Cliff Ravenscraft. I always thought that if you want people to take you serious, you gotta sound good. I love the way it makes my voice sound and I get a lot of compliments.

Sennheiser HD 212Pro Headphones – This exact model is discontinued but they are awesome. But I think it is pretty safe bet that newer model Sennheiser is offering are just as awesome.

Reaper Digital Audio Workshop – Reaper doesn’t cost anything for the hobbiest so it is a great place to start if you want to do some recording. And just because its free, doesn’t mean it powerful. There are many Pro’s who have switched to Reaper from other more mainstream tools like (Pro Tools). There is also tons of excellent free training. I do not do a ton of the heavy lifting on my recordings when it comes to mixing and mastering. I really only use it for fleshing out ideas, laying down some tracks in my own studio and collaborating with the pros who do the mixing and mastering. 

Video

Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder – I search high and low for a decent studio camera I could use to stream and to go direct from mic to camera with. If you ever had to match up your lips on the video with an audio track you’ll not why that matters. This is perfect for the price. It has two xlr and instrument inputs as well as phantom power. 

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