Features Series: What's That Noise?

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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Mad Caddies

One Question Interviews

Mad Caddies

Posted Feb. 23, 2021, 8:20 p.m.
What's That Noise?

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. 

KFAI - Undead
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One Question Interviews Jarboe

Posted Feb. 22, 2021, 7:59 p.m.
What's That Noise?

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 ...

Something Is Waiting

One Question Interviews Something Is Waiting

Posted Feb. 11, 2021, 8:56 p.m.
What's That Noise?

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 ...

KFAI - Root Of All Evil

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From the archive...

One Question Interviews


Posted Jan. 25, 2020, 7:09 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Ian Cory (Lamniformes) SPB: Did you experiment much with different drum sizes, cymbals, or drum heads in the studio when making Sisyphean, or did you have a set approach when you went in?  Cory: I experimented with the kit much less than I expected before going into the sessions. Having spent more years than I should have working over the demos, I came to Pallet Sound with a very specific drum tone in mind. Barring a two minute stretch of blast beats in “Hypothermia” most of the drum parts on the album are pretty slow, which means we could bring ...

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Graf Orlock

One Question Interviews Graf Orlock

Posted Feb. 10, 2021, 8:54 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Justin Smith (Graf Orlock – guitar/vocals) SPB: When you play live, what is your preferred guitar/amp combo? (And why ...


One Question Interviews Moonshield

Posted Feb. 4, 2021, 8:02 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Moonshield SPB: What type of amps do you use and how did you choose the combo?  Nathan: I use a ...

Lightning Cult

One Question Interviews Lightning Cult

Posted Feb. 2, 2021, 9:05 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Mike Marchant (Lightning Cult - songwriter, guitarist and electronics dude / also of Steady Circuits) SPB: Tell us about your guitar/synth ...

The Bar Stool Preachers

One Question Interviews The Bar Stool Preachers

Posted Feb. 1, 2021, 7:14 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Tom Gibbs (The Bar Stool Preachers – guitar) SPB: What kind of guitar do you use, and what do you specifically ...

Michael Crafter

One Question Interviews Michael Crafter

Posted Jan. 25, 2021, 5:54 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Dave Bate (Michael Crafter) SPB: What parts of your (gear) setup have really helped Michael Crafter voice your sound from ...


One Question Interviews War//Plague

Posted Jan. 19, 2021, 7:47 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Vern (War//Plague-bass) SPB: What type of bass do you play (and how did you choose it)? Vern: I am ...

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