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Monday, September 8, 2008

Alan Parson's 10 best bits of music gear ever

MT reader Adam lives in California, near Alan Parsons, who engineered 'Dark Side of The Moon' and lots more. Adam kindly picked Alan's brain for me, persuading him to write this list of his all-time favourite gear...

1. Neumann Km84 Microphone - good for anything except vocals.

2. Fairchild 660 Tube Limiter - great for vocals and bass.

3. Drawmer Noise Gate - although modern plugins can do the job

4. Orban or dbx de-esser for problem sibilance on vocals

5. Audio Technica AT 4033 Microphone. I've been using this as a favorite vocal mic. for years

6. Autotune when used tastefully. Most times it is overused

7. The Fairlight and the Linn LM1 Drum Machine changed the world. I worked with both. It's hard to imagine life without Sampling and Drum sequencers

8. A real orchestra with a great arrangement and a competent conductor. It saves hours and usually $$ too

9. Yamaha Motif XS synth. Easy to use and great sounds

10. Any DAW for time shifting tracks in either direction by microseconds or several minutes. This is a newly afforded luxury in the digital age

Up next: Alan's top tips for music making. (Picture via SoS)

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