Music Recording Again!

Brandon Drury —  April 23, 2009

Recording Music Again!

After over 30 days of nothing but shootouts, I have to say that it’s nice to be back in audio recording action again. I can now see why the bad guy in Good Morning Vietnam was ticked when he got sent back to Guam. There is no action in Guam and there is no action in shootouts either. As fun as it may seem to have access to a thunderous array of studio recording equipment, I must admit that it becomes more a mindless, ditch digging experience of running through the motion take after take only the change in mics or preamps breaking up the monotony. The music is secondary with shootouts. Not only does this flaw inherently flaw the shootouts, it also takes all the fun out of it.

With that said, I learned a ton about recording equipment after conducting all these damn shootouts and now I have to decide what the hell I want to do with my own gear. At the moment I have a $14,000+ credit card bill so it looks like I’m going to be having an Ebay day very soon!

I’m always weighing the cost/reward ratios of all this gear. Should I shell out the $2,800 for a Great River MEQ-1NV (top notch preamp and EQ) or could I get by with an M-Audio Octane and maybe an Oxford EQ (maybe go-to EQ these days). It’s a complicated decision. It guess it boils down to which is going to have a more adverse effect on me personally….the lack of sonic benefits of the Great River or a lack of $2,800. I really need a new recording computer….hmmm.

As painful as it is to leave the safety of my recording music status, I now need to venture back into equipment shootout land and discuss all the gear reviews and zillions of soundclips I have coming up.

The Recording Equipment


  • Peluso 251
  • Cascade Fathead II
  • Behringer C3
  • Karma K6
  • MXL V63M
  • Royer R121
  • Gefell M930
  • Oktava MK219
  • Groove Tubes AM51
  • Groove Tubes GT57
  • Karma K35
  • AKG 414
  • SM57
  • Audix I5
  • AT4050
  • Shure SM27
  • AT4040
  • AT2020
  • M-Audio Nova
  • AT4033
  • Studio Projects B3
  • Shure SM7b
  • Karma KP-80
  • Neumann M147
  • Peluso 47
  • Karma K10


  • Martech MSS-10
  • Manley TNT
  • Truesystems P-Solo
  • Great River MEQ-1NV
  • Presonus ADL600
  • Trident S20
  • Vintech 1272
  • Presonus Studio Channel
  • RNP
  • Firestudio
  • Presonus Digimax D8
  • M-Audio Octane

I guess that’s all for now. I just wanted to say how great is feels to be recording music again and not just conducting pseudo-science experiments and explain what I have coming up.


Brandon Drury

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.

3 responses to Music Recording Again!

  1. You need to send out a friendly reminder to us when some of this goes up on Ebay.

  2. I searched RR for the Avenson STO-2 but didn’t get any hits. I’d have loved to see how those faired in the under $1000 category of a mic shootout.

  3. I know the feeling, we had not power in our town for three whole weeks last year and I was crawling up the walls, all my gear was just sitting there waiting to be used and I could do nothing!

    Good to have you back man…