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Gear Questions Answered

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Some of you asked a few weeks back some more technical questions – how we run guitar amps, bass gear, do our musicians bring their own gear or is it the church’s…? So here’s to answering that:

Our musicians all bring their own gear – guitars, pedalboards, and amps. Except for at our Blakeney campus, which opened last November. We decided to put 3 backline amps at that campus to keep things standard no matter which band was there. We have an Orange AD30, a Vox AC 30, and a Goodsell Those are all in an iso booth to limit the stage volume. All our players own/use pretty similar sounding amps like these when they’re playing at our other campuses. Check this video for more details. At our Matthews campus (our other permanent facility), we also have iso booths for the amps, but the players bring their own amps. You can see our Matthews iso booths below.



As for our other two portable campuses, we set the amps side stage behind thick curtains and mic them. Think inside your box :)

As for bass gear, we don’t use amps, only DIs. At our Blakeney campus, we have a Reddi Bass DI. At our Matthews campus, there’s a Groove Tube Brick DI. And at our portable campuses, the players bring their own DIs.

For more details on bass and guitar gear, check these older posts: Bass. Guitar.

And for those of you wondering about our keys setup, we’ll do a video soon showing you guys our standard setup/sounds/programs.

Guitar Players Gear

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Here’s an update on what one of our guitar players, Lance Gatch uses for his setup to help create the Elevation Worship sound. Enjoy guys!

GEAR – Keyboards

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Guest Blogger: Larry Tran

Well, I go through gear like I go through underwear… But currently I’ve been using:
A Yamaha Motif XS (Bottom Keyboard) for Piano/Rhodes/Organ sounds. I run the Motif via midi into a Korg Triton Rack for soft pads and more airy spacey pads… I run both the Motif and the Triton into a Rane 6 channel rack mixer. From the Rane mixer I run two stereo channels to the front house. This setup is pretty nice for smooth transitions, because I can mix out a piano then bring in the pad or vice versa… Or I could play two sounds at once. Then I use an Alesis Micron (Top Keyboard) for synth sounds and arpeggiated digital noises… The Micron has a tap tempo feature that is awesome so you can match up arpeggiated sounds on the spot. Recently Aaron Robertson (one of the other keyboard players) and I bought an Akai MPK 61 midi controller… We both agree that it’s probably the best midi controller for the price on the market…

GEAR – Bass

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

We’ve got a lot of great bass players that share the stage with us. Here are some of the gear that they use collectively.

Guitars:
- Fender Jazz Marcus Miller w/ J Retro Preamp
- American Jazz Standard
- ’79 Gibson G-3 Grabber

Amp:
- We run everything through Groove Tube’s Brick Tube Pre-Amp DI

Effects:
- Keeley Rat
- Way Huge Swollen Pickle Fuzz
- ZVex Wooley Mammoth
- Homebrew Electronics Black Label Overdrive

GEAR – Guitars

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

This is the gear list of one of our guitarists, Micah Nicols. He plays most weekends at Elevation Church and played at our Uptown Christmas.

Guitars:
08′ Bill Nash T-63 Telecaster (Jason Lollar pickups)
04′ Gibson Les Paul Classic

Amps:

Dr. Z Prescription RX (Pre-ES) Head
76′ Fender Bassman 50w Head
Badcat 2×12 Extension Cab w/ 50w Celestion Alnico Gold & 25w Celestion Greenback
Avatar 2×12 Extension Cab w/ Eminence Legacy speakers
Oldfield Honky Tonk D’Lux 1×12 Combo (15w Weber Alnico Blue Dog speaker) www.oldfieldtubeamps.com
59′ Silvertone 2×12 Combo

Pedals (in chain order from input-to-output):
Keeley 4-Knob Compressor
Electro-Harmonix Micro Pog
Menatone Red-Snapper Clone (by Dan Burgess at T1M)
Exotic Effects BB Preamp
Paul Cochrane Timmy
Fulltone OCD
Ernie Ball Volume Jr. (w/ a Boss TU-2 Tuner in tow)
04′ Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man
Boss DD-5
Boss RV-5
Boss DD-20
(All powered by a Jim Dunlop Brick)

GEAR – Composing/Programming

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

GUEST BLOGGER – Aaron Robertson.

Hey this is Aaron. I’ve been composing & leasing music for Elevation for over a couple of years now. (Announcement loops, sermon soundtracks, live elements, music for various videos). Chris posted a few months ago about the use of soundtracks that Elevation uses behind Pastor Steven’s sermons. So I wanted to post some info about what I use when I’m composing. Honestly my list is short and sweet: an iMac, Reason 4.0 and a midi controller (M-Audio Axiom or Akai MPK). Every now and then I also use Pro Tools and some external devices such as my keyboards (Motif ES and XS, Nord 2x , Fantom XR) when making music for the church, but the need for lots of material in pretty short amounts of time usually keep me working in Reason. Since my gear list isn’t much to talk about, at least for more than a few lines, I’ll discuss sounds.

When a certain mood or theme is needing to be expressed in the music, such as in sermon soundtracks, it can become pretty tedious trying to search through and find patches that sound like you need them to and also fit with what you’re working on. A benefit I’ve at least gotten out of using a program like Reason is the ability to change and manipulate sounds to make them become what you need them to be. A simple string sound may be great for a piece. But then again, a string sound with reverb, some filter cutoff to make it less bright, and a hint of distortion may just be even better to help convey the feelings you want in your music.

A cool thing to think about is this: A guitar can sound completely different and can express all sorts of emotions due to tone knobs, effects pedals and tweaking settings. When it comes to composing, these same effects are available to you, except you aren’t stuck with the initial tone of a guitar. You have ENDLESS possibilities because you can begin with any sound you want and then tweak it in almost any way. It’s really cool to realize the freedom you have in composing when you begin to not only create your own music, but create/manipulate sounds into what you want/need them to be.

So when it comes down to it, you don’t have to stick to a simple piano and string patch to make “emotional” music. You can start with something completely off the wall and shift and mold it into something awesome that fits perfectly. If you are working on something pretty, slow paced, and emotional, try not to completely shun vocal samples, synths, weird fx, and rhythmic patches. Some of them could be used by making different tweaks and using certain effects. Even in other music, such as upbeat fun electronic tracks, try new things. You aren’t limited to an arpeggiated sound, a techno drum pattern and a really bright lead synth. Experiment. Step away from the comfort of scrolling through and finding a cookie cutter patch that “fits”. Turn knobs, move faders, see how sounds can be changed. Make your music even more of your own by starting to create and make tweaks before you even come up with melodies. It really broadens what you can do, what you come up with, and most importantly, your end result.

And here’s some screen shots of what I do looks like….

-Aaron