Equipment - Keith Cleversley's Playground Studio Equipment - Keith Cleversley's Playground Studio

Equipment

MICS

The studio has an ample array of all the mics you’d expect to find in a world class studio, as well as some unexpected ones and favorites of Keith. Microtek Geffels, Earthworks, Cole Ribbon and others are some of the more eclectic mics, and the Earthworks mics when coupled with the WEISS ADC 2 A/D converter has to be heard to be believed; there is nothing more true, crystal clear, and colorless than that combination…great for some things, and completely disconcerting for others!

DRUMS

The studio has a complete Bonham-style old Ludwig kit complete with thick steel chrome covering each drum shell. I have slowly assembled this kit from years of experimenting…it has a 24″ kick drum, a super fat Drum Workshop snare, New Beat hi hats, an old Formula 2001 24″ ride, and several great studio cymbals to choose from. Also, there’s an old Gretsch 1956 jazz kit and a Pearl Export Kit for your middle of the road rock sound.

BASSES

There are two bass rigs, one of them a David Eden rig, with a Fender Jazz Bass at your disposal. For a rounder sound, there’s a Mesa Boogie Bass Cabinet with (2) 15″ speakers in it. There is also a Joe Meek VC1 specifically for bass tracking only…it’s the best bass preamp I’ve ever recorded with.

GUITARS

There are several of my favorite guitars at the studio, including a Gibson Les Paul, a Fender Telecaster, a Gibson ES-330, a Martin acoustic, two Harmony Rockets (AWESOME FEEDBACK MACHINES!), a Fernandez fretless bass, an Aria classical guitar, and a few others.

AMPS

As far as amps, there’s my Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier rig, a JCM 800, a HIWATT for the fattest guitar sounds ever (listen to Hum’s “Stars”), a Traynor 2 x 12″ combo amp, a Matchless (Vox), a Marshall 1960 Lead Cabinet, and a few others as well.

PEDALS

Pedals, ahh, pedals…there is more than an ample supply of unique and interesting pedals, many of which are different kinds of distortion. (I’m VERY fussy with distortion sounds…there are just SO MANY to choose from!)

KEYBOARDS

There is an ever-growing list of keyboards at the studio, including a Baldwin Piano, a vintage Wurlitzer (Fender Rhodes) electric piano, a Moog Rogue, and more. And that’s not including every keyboard plug-in available for Pro Tools.

MUSICIANS

There is also a large number of talented musicians who I use on a regular basis such as horn players, violinists, cellists, a string quartet led by Susan Voelz, a B3 Player (not including myself), a great horn arranger, and an AMAZING gospel singer…to name a few.