Kurt Ballou On Gear Priorities

Daily Blog - July 21st 2021

I don't have much time these days, as I'm mixing record after record while working on new things to help you make better records. So I decided to let others speak on the blog for a couple of days. After the community Q&A posts that I just published, I want to share some quotes from amazing engineers and producers that hopefully inspire, educate and/or entertain you!

Kurt Ballou On Gear Priorities


Kurt Ballou (Converge, GodCity Studio) on buying home studio gear and getting your priorities right:

"Start with great monitors and well thought-out acoustic treatments for your control room. After that, take whatever money you have left over and get a small quantity of high-quality mics and mic preamps.

"As far as mics go, you'll want at least one large diaphragm condenser mic, two small diaphragm condensers, and a variety of dynamic mics. If possible, look for mics made, or at least partially assembled, in the first world by companies with a reputation for quality. This is especially true for LDC's (large diaphragm condensers.)

"In terms of mic preamps, there's millions to choose from, and they all sound a little different (transformer-less can be more transparent, transformers can be weightier, tubes can do distortion more smoothly,) but as long as you have something professional to work with, you'll be fine. Moving a mic 1/4" makes more difference in the sound than switching from an API to a Neve preamp."

Found in this interview (please check out the full conversation): 



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