w/ Kathy Foster
Who are you, and what do you do?
What hardware do you use?
The first thing I think of when I hear "hardware" is cymbal stands. Most of mine are used and brand-less. I love my drumset though. It's a '69 Ludwig mahogany kit. My favorite sticks are ProMark's Neil Peart signatures. No, I'm not a Rush fan. They're slightly slimmer than average but made of white oak so they have a good weight to them. For bass, I play a standard Fender Jazz bass through an Ampeg SVT Classic with 4x10 Ampeg cabinet. I love my set-up and haven't changed it for years. The 4x10 cabinet is the perfect size and plenty loud. I have my Ibanez Tube Screamer pedal on at all times which gives me the perfect tone. I use a Boss Super Overdrive pedal for feedback and noise, and sometimes the Boss Digital Delay for added noise effects. I recently got a Boss Loop Station pedal to make pre-recorded loops of noise. I love noise! I also have a 70's Gibson SG guitar, a Fender Telecaster guitar, a Fender acoustic guitar, Ampeg Gemini combo guitar amp, Fender Blues Jr. combo amp, Alamo combo amp, and a few other effects pedals. Oh, and I recently got a new Mac Desktop computer to replace my planned obsolete 2007 MacBook, mainly because I want to start recording music digitally.
And what software?
I haven't used much software lately, except Photoshop. I used to work with Illustrator a lot. I just bought Logic recording software though. I've always been into analog machines and have done a lot of home recording that way for years. I have a couple Tascam cassette 4-tracks and a 1/2" Teac 8-track reel-to-reel. I like the tactile experience of them, and their warm sound. I like how cool fuck-ups can sound. The Thermals and Hurry Up have recorded almost everything to tape. But I'm finally ready to experiment with a digital set-up to save money and time, and to make some higher fidelity recordings. I do love lo-fi and trashy recordings the most though.
What would be your dream setup?
My dream set-up is not so much about specific gear or equipment, though I love 60's-70's vintage shit. My dream is to have the perfect, cozy space where everything is set up and ready to use all the time - guitar, bass, drums, pedals, mics, recording gear, etc. I'm working towards that now. I've had it in the past and it makes a world of difference to be able to act upon inspiration when it hits. It's been a long time since I've been able to set up a space like that. I'm looking forward to getting to that place again.
By Kathy Foster, distributed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license.
Image by Jason Quigley, distributed under the CC-BY-NC-ND creative commons license.
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