Home Studio Registry: Ben McCombs

Future plans/projects

An EP of some sort. Something jangly and perhaps 80's-ish. My Bloody Valentine meets The Smiths meets Modest Mouse/Built To Spill. Something short and fun before I shut it down for two years.


Fender Telecaster with custum paint job; Squier II Strat; Squier II Strat with blue/silver/red Lace Sensor pickups and custom paint job; cheap Fender acoustic.


Yamaha DJX. Roland something or other. In conjunction with many effects and tricks. My keyboardist is about to purchase a $3000 dollar keyboard which is apparently akin to the one used by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

Sound modules

I'm sure we have one.


Mr. Yamaha, Irish drum, misc ethnic percussion


Danelectro Daddy-O, Cool Cat and Tuna Melt; Electro-Harmonix Big Muff (SustainPunched) and Dlx Electric Mistress; Boss PS-3; Korg 301dl Echo, Korg 411fx Multi for vocals, misc stuff I don't use


Cheap but effective



Tape decks


Hard disk recorders

Fostex FD-8


Some kind of stereo tape deck with nice speakers, cheap headphones


We have one. Lots of memory. Yadda yadda.

Music software

Cool Edit Pro -- used to sweeten and enhance tracks recorded on the FD-8. Basically I use the FD-8 because it's portable and convenient. The NR and tweaking is done on computer, as is the burning of CDs.

Additional equipment


Additional notes

Crude but highly effective. Has produced some very good recordings of some very diverse and unusual music.

Primary use Secondary use
Recording Practice and Rehearsal
Recording level MIDI level
Above average None
Commonly work (with) Completed songs/demos/jingles
Other musicians 61-100