My Equipement

"Music and silence … combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.." Marcel Marceau








Guitar

Ibanez Prestige RG 1820

Ibanez JEM

The Ibanez RG Prestige series are the highest quality guitars in the popular RG series next to the J-Custom Series. They were introduced in 1987 and are well known for their characteristic thin necks and hard-edged tone, which is generated by high-output humbuckers. The guitars are made in Japan and according to Ibanez, only the best wood and mechanics are used to make the guitars. There are three different groups: The RG, which is the regular design, the RGA, which has an arched top and a slimmer body, and the RGT which has a neck-thru construction.The RG series were first introduced in 1987 as a derivative of the Ibanez JEM and Universe series by Steve Vai. The RG guitars became very popular after a while and many artists started using the guitars both live and in the studio. Hard rock and metal bands have used the RG Prestige for many years, and are still using them today. The RG Prestige series has been running for over 15 years, and is still thriving. The RG Prestige series' main competing models in the hard rock world are the Jackson Soloist series, the Schecter Hellraiser series and the ESP M series.
Ibanez JEM is an electric guitar manufactured by Ibanez and first produced in 1987. The guitar's most notable user is its co-designer, Steve Vai. As of 2010, there have been five sub-models of the JEM: the JEM7, JEM77, JEM777, JEM555 and the JEM333. Although the Ibanez JEM series is a signature series guitar, Ibanez mass-produces several of the guitar's sub-models. The Ibanez JEM series is heavily influenced by the superstrat to model name or bodyshape is called a soloist concept, a more aggressive guitar in terms of shape and specifications compared to the Stratocaster.[1] Previously, Vai used a handbuilt guitar by Charvel & Jackson. With Joe Despagni and Tom Anderson he created various custom guitars and used Tom Anderson's model to record the demo of the David Lee Roth album Skyscraper. Vai also began to bring his Tom Anderson guitars on tour:

Kimaxe Lespaul

Ibanez Accoustic

It's a Les Paul model Kimaxe which is made by Koria. I like this Guitar because of it's Blues tone. Good for plucking. This is my Accoustic guitar.

Processor

Pod XT

GNX1

The incredible sonic flexibility and quality of the original POD® is now super-charged. Get PODXT and you'll have Line 6's newest generation amp and cab models as found in our flagship Vetta amplifier. Combine that with over 60 classic stompbox and effect models, including hand-picked selections from our award-winning stompbox modeler series. Route the effects stompbox-style before the amp, or run 'em after. You want to put your fuzz through a tape delay and run it all in front of a small tweed amp? How about a lumpy vibe in to a high-powered "treadplate" head with a 1x8 speaker cab miked off-axis and dressed up with stereo delays? You're only scratching the surface. But wait — there's more! PODXT has our newest-generation A.I.R. II cabinet/microphone modeling which allows you to choose from 4 different classic mic models and even adjust how much of the room sound you hear! There's even a dedicated studio-quality compressor. Add a bit of verb (spring, plate, hall or room) and now you're ready to track. PODXT even has a USB digital in/out for direct digital computer recording. And its flash-based memory means easy upgrades to keep your PODXT on the cutting edge. With 128 user/factory presets, many based on some of the most popular guitar songs ever recorded, you'll have instant access to an unbelievable collection of classic guitar rigs. Imagine the sonic possibilities of having all the coolest amps, cabs, mics, stompboxes, and studio reverbs all tweaked, wired-up, and ready to go. Based on the most prized amplifiers in the history of guitar, PODXT Live features 42 classic and modern amp models and 24 cab models, all run through 4 incredibly precise and dynamic microphone model options to provide a complete tonal palette for any type of live gig or studio session. This amazing collection of Line 6® Amp Models has been used on countless hit recordings and tours and is now on the floor at your disposal. The GNX1 provides several of the most popular amp models and speaker cabinets to choose from and GeNetX provides the tools and technology to "warp" the characteristics of these components together into your own "Hypermodel." Imagine having the ability to create a completely unique amp/cabinet combination that only your imagination could envision, until now. The GNX1's awesome amp creating ability is only enhanced with a complete library of studio quality guitar effects that made DigiTech famous. These effects include Wah, Pickup Simulation, Compression, Whammy, Intelligent Pitch Shifting, 3-band EQ with selectable mid and high frequencies, Noise Gate, Chorus, Flanger, Triggered Flanger, Phaser, Triggered Phaser, Tremolo, Panner, Rotary Speaker, Vibrato, YaYa, AutoYa, SynthTalk, Envelope Filter, Step Filter, Detuner, Pitch Shifter, Mono Delay, Analog Delay, Ping Pong Delay, Analog Pong Delay, and several different types of Reverb. The GNX1 also includes DigiTech's Learn-A-Lick feature, which samples those "speed demon solos" and then slows them down to one-quarter speed while retaining the original pitch. The GNX1's Rhythm Trainer provides 30 different drum patterns to practice against, a perfect tool for improving your timing. When you put all of this power and technology together in a rugged steel chassis, complete with built-in Expression Pedal, assignable LFO Filters, full MIDI implementation, and a user-friendly interface, and you have the most complete and comprehensive guitar system to date.

Recording Software

Nuendo 4

Reason 4

Nuendo’s features save time thereby improving productivity and increasing creativity. It also provides scaleable, cross-platform systems that integrate easily with the most popular plug-ins and hardware, for the ultimate in compatibility. State-of-the-art digital audio production environment Crystal-clear 32-bit audio engine with full surround throughout Faster, more efficient workflow with dedicated tools, options and features Complete set of next-generation VST3 surround effect plug-ins Utilizes best available audio and computer hardware and plug-ins Advanced new automation system for full control Powerful Control Room integrates into any monitoring setup Innovative Network Collaboration for multi-seat projects via LAN or WAN Full project exchange with other leading audio and video editing systems Cross platform for latest Windows and Macintosh operating systems Nuendo 4 offers a state-of-the-art automation system, which combines with new recording functionality and Track Preset management features to speed up audio production workflows. A next-generation VST3 effect plug-in suite, the innovative MediaBay database, new editing commands and the Track Quick Controls raise production efficiency and quality to new heights. With brand-new and completely redesigned features, Intel/Mac compatibility, and the always-moving-forward mentality of Nuendo software, this powerful DAW can’t be beat. And yes, you might think I am too late to write about Nuendo. “Nuendo 4 was released WEEKS ago!”, you might say. But hey, this is a new website. I can’t post about everything in one day. Reason does not record audio; it cannot send midi to external midi keyboards or synths, though it can receive midi notes and controller data from them. Reason is a self-contained virtual synth and drum machine studio. Its like a big, vintage synth rack. Its good for making all kinds of electronica, hip hop beats, material for movie scores, TV commercials. This is definitely NOT the application to use to record your band, record jam sessions, etc. It definitely is a great tool for exploring synthesis, creating sounds, making music beds. Though i would not use it to write orchestral scores or piano concertos, the tools exist to make that possible. I think its greatest strength is for creating dance music, though many hip hop composers use it as their beat machine for the instrumental tracks. You can plug Reason into a larger recording program, like Logic, Sonar, Cubase, Pro Tools LE or digital performer through a virtual patch cable system called ReWire. This basically routes Reason's outputs to your main sequencer's outputs. This allows you to record audio with microphones in the "host" sequencer and pipe in Reason tracks in the host sequencer's mixer. Reason is not a plugin. It is not a VSTi or and AU. It works by itself as a stand alone application and can make instrumental music fast and furiously.

Audio Interface

M-Audio Audiophile 192

The Audiophile 192 continues the legacy of M-Audio’s industry-standard Delta audio card line. Building on our Audiophile 2496—one of the world’s most popular audio cards—the Audiophile 192 features high-definition 192kHz sampling rate, digital I/O, balanced analog I/O and an amazing signal-to-noise ratio. The Audiophile 192 represents a new benchmark in audio performance that’s as good as it gets for music production, mastering and critical listening. As with all Delta cards, you get rock-solid drivers and seamless integration with your favorite Mac and PC applications—and even the ability to combine multiple Delta cards in one system*. And since M-Audio is always ahead of the pack, this world-class card is also compliant with PCI 2.2 and 64-bit audio drivers so you’re ready to take advantage of next-generation platforms and software. The Audiophile 192 is the new world-class standard in stereo audio cards.

Monitor

M-Audio Bx5a

Home studio engineers may have small budgets and limited space compared to the big corporate studios, but their desire to create professional recordings is no different. The latest computer recording techniques, non-linear editing software, and digital effects processors are helping to close the gap, but there's still no substitute for an accurate set of studio monitors. That's why so many small studios are adding M-Audio's BX5a monitors to their recording rigs. These small-format speakers let you hear all of your mix at an affordable price, so you can craft your music to perfection.

Keyboard

Yamaha PSR 265

Nevertheless, the Yamaha PSR 262 keyboard is a very nice keyboard. It comes with 61 piano-size touch-sensitive keys. That's 5 octaves. With a touch-sensitive feature, the keyboard will play depending on how much pressure you apply. Play harder and it sounds louder. Apply less pressure to keys and it plays softer. Another feature that stands out in the Yamaha PSR 262 keyboard is the Yamaha Education Suite2. For many beginners it's pointless having a keyboard around and not being able to do a thing on it. Especially when you have no music teacher. Thanks to Yamaha's Y.E.S. feature, you will have no problems in that department. The Yamaha Education Suite feature makes it easy to learn to play the keyboard. With as many as seven piano lessons, you'll be on your way. It even includes a chord dictionary. The Yamaha PSR 262 keyboard comes with a feature called Portable Grand™. When you want to sit down and play piano, you simply press the Portable Grand button and it brings up a special Stereo Sampled Grand piano voice. This button even brings up styles that can be used with the piano voice. So no matter what settings you have, just press the Portable Grand button. I find this to be truly convenient.

Drums

Roland R70

The Roland R-70 has been a very much underrated drum machine, which is a shame because it is a very feature rich piece of equipment. It sounds great and it looks good too. Everything about this product is well thought out, and if you happen to be in the market for a drum machine you may wish to consider this one. Whatever music style you are playing this machine will have the sound to mach. Contained within the presets are some 300 plus unique sounds. Each preset sounds very organic and many of them are multi-sampled so that they will adjust themselves with the tempo of the music. Yes some of the sounds may appear to be dated and when you select them you’ll be remembering bands from the early 90s but that is just part of the versatility of this drum machine. If you are just jamming with other musicians then take advantage of chromatically tuned bass presets as they can easily be assigned to a multi set-up environment. The ability to edit music the fly is a useful feature. You can even adjust the pitch attack, sustain and other characteristics of the notes. This machine also has a fantastic reverb sound. It sounds very clean and natural, and with a very versatile delay. If you are playing electronica you will appreciate the ping pong settings. The settings are so fine that you can even adjust them down to the millisecond. It comes with a selectable chorus setting which you may find handy if you have a repetitive bridge in you music. Sound can be routed in out and through the machine which is very useful if you want to trigger your samples on a computer. It has a fully loaded midi spec and numbers can be assigned individually to any of the pads. So how does it sound? Well actually amazingly realistic. I’d even venture to say that you could possible replace your drummer with it should he throw a tantrum and quit your band (or die in a bizarre gardening accident ala spinal tap). If you are looking to produce dance music you will have to delve into the editing features in order to produce some of the more industrial and hard floor type sounds. You have the full spectrum of kits that are standard on the TR-808 and CR-78 machines, but oddly enough it misses out on the hi hats from TR-909, though it does keep the bas s and snare, not sure why that is? Another great feature is the positional pad, making the device fully adjustable to your style. For example if you assign the pad as a ride cymbal wherever you hit the pad it will resemble hitting an actual cymbal, the centre sounding like hitting the centre and the circumference sounding as it should too. Try it out by tapping it all around and you’ll see what I mean. All in all this is a versatile machine that sounds great, allows you to edit on the fly, and also looks pretty sexy too. Even the display shows all the information you need in a very clear and user friendly way. Hats off to Roland for putting together the R-70.