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July 27, 2011

Eleven Racks and Bedrooms

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

I remember my bedrooms and the little recording set-ups that I had in them throughout the years and the one predicament that was perpetual was the problem of space. With time and different houses, factors changed and what I was able to accomplish in each bedroom studio was different than the last, but I was always in perpetual (proverbial) fisticuffs with being able to fit everything I wanted to into the space. I would stack microphones or mandolins on-top of desks and see if I could balance guitar amps on the bed.
We having amazing guitars on board and can cater to whatever is needed but a huge part of a guitar’s tone is the amp. There is always a tone that is being chased after and being in a studio with limited space, we have to be able to cater to whatever sounds could be desired (because in the end, it just makes it that much more fun). Our back trailer isn’t filled with a plethora of perfect preamps and amps, space is just always too limited for that. I learned that we don’t throw in the towel for that, we work around the constraints.
It is this idea, that creative constraints can always push you forward, which made me seek out a way to get a guitar tone that I would be happy with and that other people would be happy to hear as well. I knew that there were options inside of the recording programs but there was this orange rack unit that I had heard the staff talk about. So I sat down one night and taught my-self how to use it.
Thus I learned two things. The first that space will always be an issue and two, that this issue can force you to use new things, such as the Avid Eleven Rack. For Warped Tour, the Eleven Rack has been my friend. It has gone though reggae, 1970’s punk, shoegaze, metal and much more already. It is a versatile little thing and rather easy to learn.

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