Features / Series: What's That Noise?

One-question interviews with artists where we find out about the gear and equipment they use to achieve their sound.

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Ecryptus

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • June 27, 2021

Lord Tenebris (Ecryptus – bass) SPB: What type of bass do you play with Ecryptus and why did you choose that for the theme of this band? Lord Tenebris: I use a G&L L-2000 run through an abominable electronics Hail Satan Deluxe, a Boss EQ, a compressor and wah when needed. When I got to where I felt comfortable with the material I wanted to really get my sound in, the G&L has tons of power. Coupled with the effects chain it gets the grind type tone that complements our sound. As well, it's just a beautiful bass and just sounds mean. Read more

Dead

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • May 26, 2021

Jace (DEAD – bass) SPB: What type of bass do you play and how did you choose it? Jace: For live shows I have 2 Fender Precision basses. Both made … Read more

Broken Record

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • May 19, 2021

Lauren (Broken Record) SPB: What is your guitar/amp combo and how did you choose it? Lauren says: Read more

Black Sheep Wall

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • April 12, 2021

Scott Turner (Black Sheep Wall) SPB: What’s the most MacGyver-esque workaround you’ve made to connect different bits of equipment? Turner: Using a $5 1/8” splitter cable and a few 1/8” … Read more

Ploho

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • April 7, 2021

Igor Starshinov (Ploho) SPB: What make/model of synth did you primarily use on the new record? How did you choose this model? Starshinov: We used Moog minimoog model d, Nord lead … Read more

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  • What's That Noise?

    One-question interviews with artists where we find out about the gear and equipment they use to achieve their sound.

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More recent features — Series: What's That Noise?

Pinned in Place

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • April 2, 2021

Sean Arenas (Pinned in Place – guitar) SPB: What guitar do you play (and how did you choose it)? Arenas: I've only ever owned one electric guitar: my purple Fender Standard Telecaster, a Mexican model. I purchased it when I was nineteen from a sixteen-year-old kid in Temple City, Calif. His mom forced him to sell it because he was flunking … Read more

Vincas

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • March 31, 2021

Gene Woolfolk III (Vincas - guitar) SPB: What type of guitar do you play for live gigs and how/why did you choose it? Woolfolk: I have a plethora of large, heavy tube amps but none of them fit in a minivan. Chris lets me use his Musicman HD-130 2x10 combo for Vincas because I need something loud, clean, fits in … Read more

Bummer

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • March 22, 2021

Matt P. (Bummer) What is your amp setup and how did you choose to pair that with your guitar? Matt says: Read more

Kaada

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • March 5, 2021

Kaada SPB: For Misinterpretations, you used a grand piano that was (as I understand it) modified with something called Putty Kit, which leads to a unique sound. What is your experience using this and what inspired this project? Kaada: Putty-Kit goes under many different names : Heftemasse/Klebemasse, Tack-it, Multi-Tac to name a few. It’s that thing you use to hang up posters … Read more

Hiram-Maxim

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • March 4, 2021

Fred Gunn (Hiram-Maxim – vocals) SPB: From when you were starting out to now, what parts of your setup have really helped voice your sound over the years? Gunn: Prior to forming HIRAM-MAXIM, I performed exclusively in punk bands. The extent of my gear was nothing of my own. I’d just show up and use the club’s microphone. Aside from … Read more

Mikey Erg

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • March 2, 2021

Mikey Erg SPB: Walk our readers through your kit and offer insight as to how you arrived at your sizes (shells and cymbals)?  Mikey: My current kit is a Ludwig Blue Vistalite kit with a 26" kick drum and 14" and 18" toms. My snare is a Pork Pie "Pig lite" 13x7 snare that I just LOVE the sound of. … Read more

Mad Caddies

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • February 23, 2021

Mad Caddies SPB: Was the mic’ing of the horns in the studio different for Punk Rocksteady than on “traditional” Mad Caddies records? Mad Caddies: The mic and position always changes depending on the horn sound. Punk Rocksteady was mostly close miking. On older records the room mics played a bigger role in the mix.  Read more

Jarboe

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • February 22, 2021

Jarboe SPB: What is the “go to” Jarboe keyboard (make/model) and what makes this one so essential for you? Jarboe: M-Audio PROKEYS88  Reliable slave / interface for the Mac recording application I use. Read more

Something Is Waiting

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • February 11, 2021

William Thomas Fay (Something Is Waiting) SPB: I hear you make your own cabs. Can you tell us what the most important custom features are for your personal sound?  Fay: Read more

Graf Orlock

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • February 10, 2021

Justin Smith (Graf Orlock – guitar/vocals) SPB: When you play live, what is your preferred guitar/amp combo? (And why that setup?) Smith: In Graf Orlock I use a Gibson Les Paul with custom made humbuckers which are wound hotter than normal. This runs through an original model Peavey 5150 and an Orange Rockerverb 100. These go into two separate cabinets: … Read more

Moonshield

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • February 4, 2021

Moonshield SPB: What type of amps do you use and how did you choose the combo?  Nathan: I use a Sovtek Mig60 and a Music Man HD130. This combo was chosen because the Mig60 sounds huge and boomy and Music Man HD130 delivers crystal clear clarity. The idea is that they make up for each other's deficits. The Mig60 is more … Read more

Lightning Cult

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • February 2, 2021

Mike Marchant (Lightning Cult - songwriter, guitarist and electronics dude / also of Steady Circuits) SPB: Tell us about your guitar/synth setup. Marchant: I’ve used the same guitar setup for many years. It’s simple, and it sounds great. I use a Fender Telecaster and a Vox AC15 amplifier. I like low-wattage tube amps, because I can turn them up loud and … Read more

The Bar Stool Preachers

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • February 1, 2021

Tom Gibbs (The Bar Stool Preachers – guitar) SPB: What kind of guitar do you use, and what do you specifically like about it? Gibbs: I’ve got two axes in my touring arsenal. My favourite though has to be the “1962 Hagstrom KENT PB-24-G.” I love that its super lightweight and the tone really packs a punch. It also comes … Read more

Michael Crafter

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • January 25, 2021

Dave Bate (Michael Crafter) SPB: What parts of your (gear) setup have really helped Michael Crafter voice your sound from when you started until today? Bate: Michael Crafter recordings are often done on the fly at rehearsal, though every now and then we like to go into the studio and record something that is a bit more palatable. Mostly we … Read more

War//Plague

One Question Interviews / What's That Noise? • January 19, 2021

Vern (War//Plague-bass) SPB: What type of bass do you play (and how did you choose it)? Vern: I am currently playing a Gibson RD bass. I also have an LTD Eclipse bass with EMG active pick-ups but was looking for something classic with passive pick-ups. I stumbled upon the RD at a local guitar shop in town and fell in love with … Read more