STUDIO

I started recording when I was 14. My Dad had a Goodmans top of the range cassette deck with a simple build in mixer which I used for going tape to tape, adding a vocal and guitar with each successive generation. The quality was poor, but it taught me a lot about recording. Studio equipment has evolved enormously since then and today it is possible to have an amazing studio set-up at home.
This is some of my equipment....

ABLETON - LIVE 9

I have used a few DAW's over the years, but Ableton is by far my favourite. I like everything about it - ease of use, intuitive, stability, sound quality, libraries and the team at Ableton are 'cool' guy's!

VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS

MAX for Live
Collision
Cyclic Waves
Drum Machines
Grand Piano
Metalix
Operator
Orchestral Ensamble
...and many more

SOUNDCRAFT R8

The Soundcraft R8 is a tracking and monitoring console targetted purely at the home & project studio market. It was designed by by me and Graham Blyth (Soundcraft founder) but unfortunately it never made it to production as market feedback told us that it was just too expensive. So a few of us lucky guys got the pre-production units. It sounds fantastic!

NOVATION REMOTE ZERO SL MKII

This is my most recent purchase and integrates extremely well with Ableton as a DAW controller.

GIBSON 335 CUSTOM SHOP

In 2006, Gibson made this 335 for me in their custom shop. I was told that this was only the 137th Gibson 335 of this colour they had ever made, so I was absolutely delighted. It is probably my favourite (but don't tell my other guitars!)

FENDER TELECASTER CUSTOM 1971

This Telecaster was the first 'proper' guitar I ever bought. I bought it second hand for £200 in 1984 and at the time had no idea of how special this guitar was. The 'custom' version of the Telecaster includes a humbucker pickup giving the guitar extra 'grunt', but oh my goodness, it can be set to have an unbelievably cutting edge!

RICKENBACKER MODEL 1997SPC

Back in the 60's Rose Morris was Rickenbacker's distributor in Great Britain. Rickenback re-issued the 1997SPC which was a favourite of many British guitarists including Pete Townsend and Paul Weller. The British Ricks were unique in that they had the fancier f-holes and black knobs. I bought mine in 1998 and it has the vintage style trapeze tailpiece. These reissues are no longer available.

TAYLOR 314/CE

I bought this Taylor 314/CE in 2000 but it feels like I have had it forever. It sounds superb and plays so well. I like to use 10 guage resin coated strings and it sounds so crips. Actually, sometimes, it can be too crisp for recording and so I revert to my Aria to get a slightly duller sound.

ARIA LW10

I bought this Aria LW10 in 1980 (or thereabouts) for approx. £100. I have kept it ever since and it has stayed in remarkably good condition. It is not a particularly good guitar, but it has high sentimental value to me as it was the first acoustic guitar I ever bought.

AKG 414 CONDENSER MICROPHONE

The AKG 414 condenser microphone is a fabulous general purpose microphone and many people believe it to be a wonderful vocal microphone. It certainly is, but I use it more for recording my acoustic guitar and other acoustic instruments.

AKG PERCEPTION TUBE CONDENSER MICROPHONE

The AKG Perception Tube is my microphone of preference for recording vocals. It has such a rich sound, probably due to the valves used in the design. As you can see, I use the SE Electronics Reflexion Filter Pro in order to reduce room relfections. It is amazing how good a vocal sound I can get with this combination.

SITAR

In February 2012, I went on a two week business trip to India, visiting Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Over the weekend, I was offered the chance to visit the spiritual city of Mysore which was totally wonderful. During my visit to Mysore, I bought this sitar.

TABLA DRUMS

At the same time as buying the sitar, I bought these tabla drums, which are surprisingly difficult to play properly. I am told that musicians can study tabla alone for years in order to master the art of playing them. Travelling back to London from India was a challenge carrying my luggage PLUS the sitar and tabla drums, but it was well worth it.