Re: [Harp-L] amp-less performing (and recording)

back in the ol' funk days, when I used to do work for United Sound Studio in Detroit, I'd see all kinds of musicians come in and plug directly into the soundboard to lay down album amps.

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From: Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Harp L Harp L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wed, Apr 3, 2013 9:29 am
Subject: [Harp-L] amp-less performing (and recording)

Last year I hired guitarist Rusty Zinn (Mark Hummel, Kim Wilson) to provide 
guitar backing on the CD for the book Blues Harmonica For Dummies. 

I had already laid down scratch harmonica tracks and just needed to capture 
guitar. I hired a recording studio, thinking that Rusty would show up with an 
amp. But he showed up on foot (whatever happened to that huge Cadillac he used 
to drive?) with a guitar and a Line 6 Pod. He said he was done lugging amps 
around and that he could get the sounds he needed and wanted with that small, 
light rig.

And he was right. We didn't even use the main studio. We did everything in the 
control room with the engineer and he fed the Pod directly into the board, with 
perfectly fine results. Later, when we needed to do some follow-up sessions, we 
did them in my dining room - no problem with mics picking up the passing traffic 
on Highway 1.

So, yeah, the romance of amps and the fine detail of the sounds they can produce 
may be the path for some folks. But for others, even some of the finest in the 
business, dialing in your sound on an effects box and plugging into the mixing 
board is also a very fine - and practical - option.

Winslow Yerxa
Author, Harmonica For Dummies, ISBN 978-0-470-33729-5
            Harmonica Basics For Dummies, ASIN B005KIYPFS
            Blues Harmonica For Dummies, ISBN 978-1-1182-5269-7
Resident Harmonica Expert,
Instructor, Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance


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