Recording Gear Manufacturers: Do You Have The Balls?

Brandon Drury —  February 16, 2009

After running for 3+ years and helping thousands of people get started with home recording, I’ve seen one theme come up time and time and time again.

Everyone is scared to buy the wrong recording gear

  • Mega serious recording dudes are afraid of buying mid-grade recording gear because MAYBE the low end and mid-grade stuff just isn’t good enough.
  • Mega broke recording dudes (who isn’t!) are afraid of spending more money on gear than they need to.
  • Everyone is worried about putting too much cash into this and not enough cash into that.
    Guys/Gals who’ve dumped $100 into a microphone always worry that MAYBE a $200 mic would be better.
  • Guys/ Gals who’ve dumped $1k into a microphone always worry that MAYBE a $2k preamp would be better.
  • Guys / Gals with $5k mics worry that MAYBE a $10k mic would be better.

All this worrying is a crock and it does nothing more than limit the progress of people recording music at home. It takes time away from the stuff that matters and ends up with all-night Ebay research.

The Solution: Put Your Gear To The Test
I’m inviting any and all gear manufacturers to send me their gear to compete in head to head shootouts of everything from kick drum microphones to vocal preamps to analog to digital converts to reverb plugins, to brickwall limiter plugins. If it involves home recording, I want to put it in Killer Home Recordings so that all my students get a chance to hear for themselves the real benefit of all this gear.

We’ll be doing comprehensive shootouts on drums, vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, synth, and mixing.

Include Your Gear In The Shootouts
If you’d like to be included in the shootouts, simply contact me and send your gear my way.

When I’m finished, I’ll send it back.

Taking Requests
So members, if there is a specific piece of gear you want to hear, don’t write your congressman. Write the gear manufacturers and send them a link to this page and demand that they put their gear into these shootouts! That is, if they have anything in common with Ted, the horse! Is Different
There have been gear shootouts before. However, they have been dominated by high end gear dudes only. is an entirely different market. had 4,200 people join in the past 30 days who are mostly people who are just getting started. They aren’t sure which vocal mic is right for them. They aren’t sure which pair of mics is going to be best for them on overheads or acoustic guitar. They are willing to dump some cash in the beginning on the gear that excites them.

So excite them! This is your chance for robo exposure!

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.

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