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We are your scouts in the evergrowing gear jungle, always hunting for the latest hot stuff. In order to succeed in this important endeavour, some of us might operate undercover and write using an alias (no “00”-agents on staff though, so no worries).
And we are always on duty. Our goal is to present you with the latest news in instruments, tools and equipment. So believe us when we say – we are, well, quite gear-centric beings and all know about G.A.S. (no, not the fuel).
I grew up in a house full of guitars, as my father was forever building electric guitars on the families kitchen table. I spent my teenage years trying to tame a 100 watt Marshall JCM 800 and matching 4 x 12 cab in a bedroom, only just large enough for a bed. I’d bought it not REALLY understanding exactly how loud 100 watts is. At this young age I started to experiment with recording and MIDI and cut my teeth on Pro 24 and Notator on an Atari synced to a Foster R8 with an MTC-1.
Playing in bands and working in recording studios for many years, I learned to mix, record and eventually worked as a sound engineer. I also worked for many of the UKs large pro audio retailers, where I helped to set up DAWs in everything from local studios, music technology colleges all the way through to world famous recording facilities like Air Studios and The Strongroom. As I couldn’t help myself, I even owned my own recording studio in London for a while. There I learnt a lot about recording guitars, dealing with bands and getting quality results anyhow.
Over the years I have acquired a very sizeable guitar collection, which includes many guitars that I have built myself. I’m a total hoarder of effect pedals and valve amps and I’m a certified guitar geek. So there are not many that I have not owned at least once. Whether Parker Fly guitars or Klon Centaur pedals, I’ve had them all. Now running the annual Analogue To Digital music show in the UK, plus the Vintage Guitar Fair, I get to be busy throughout the year and also get to rub shoulders with many other guitar lovers, luthiers, manufacturers and pro players.
My tastes in music includes everything from Dinosaur Jr to Squarepusher.
A freelance internationally recognised engineer/producer and pro audio professional with well-over a decade of experience. Working mostly in music, his reputation as a mix engineer continues to reach new heights.
He is recognised for his outstanding talent in the understanding of sound and marrying it to the application. With a musical ear, good interpersonal skills and a vast experience of a range of equipment backed by good scientific knowledge, Simon has become a well-trusted engineer by many high calibre artists. His experience embraces a diverse range of music genres, from pop through to classical music, and he enjoys working with a diverse range of artists.
Employed as a reviewer for several international publications has allowed him to experience a range of equipment and facilities. With a good feeling for the modern pro audio market, well connected with many manufactures and respected for his views, Simon joins the Gearnews team looking after the “Recording” news.
I’ve been messing around with computers and music since the 1980’s and did my first gig with guitar and a Commodore 64 back in 1988. In the 90’s I ran the PC Product department at Turnkey (“Europe’s largest music tech store”) released a couple of books on the subject and helped design the Carillon AC-1 audio PC and bring it to market as Technical Director.
After taking a year out to become a rock star (an on-going endeavour) in 2006 I setup and ran the UK operation of audio PC manufacturer Rain Computers. In 2013 I was able to form Molten Music Technology (MMT) to continue building audio PCs under my own steam. This independence has enabled me to diversify into different projects like The Pro Tools PC, writing articles for Sound On Sound magazine, and creating videos about music technology on the surprisingly successful MMT YouTube channel.
I live with my wife and three young kids in the wilds of Norfolk where I like to create meditative music and produce electronic soundscapes for cathedrals.
Two things I love: music and writing. As far as the music goes, I spend half my music-making time with a guitar standing in front of one of the two vintage amps I own. The rest is spent hunched over a computer screen, recording, composing, mixing and trying to get some inspiring new sounds out of soft synths and other digital audio gadgets.
And I love writing: I blog, translate texts and books, and write copy – most of it for a living. What better way to combine the two than working at gearnews.com? The only downside is constantly finding out about new instruments and equipment that I’d like to own, but can’t budget or find space for. First-world problems, eh?
Claudius Grieger | mail: claudius (at) gearnews (de)
(Editor in Chief gearnews.de – Guitar, Bass & Recording)
Originally, I trained as a digital media designer. Fortunately, these days you don’t necessarily have to align your job with your education or training. After several career-related odysseys I discovered my passion for writing about gear and found my place right here. Seriously – what could be better than writing about your passion?
In my youth I was made to play accordion and melodica (bad enough, but I’m thankful it wasn’t the recorder). Then, in 2004 I was finally allowed to pick my own instrument. And what’s the obvious choice in adolescence? Exactly: the electric guitar! Later, I discovered the bass, which is now my main instrument. After playing over 200 gigs and making three albums, I have found my favourite gear: Precision Bass and SVT are always by my side. Well, and then there’s all the other stuff… but that’s constantly changing according to new impulses. ‘know what I mean? 😉
I listen to all kinds of music. Well, to be honest, Top40 and German Schlager aren’t really my thing. But I won’t try to force my taste onto anyone else, which I also expect from the people around me. For me, a typical play list will include Sonic Youth, Tool and the Smashing Pumpkins.
The word “equipment” has such a nice ring to it. “Instruments” as well, very musical. Combine the two and you’ll be faced with an interesting challenge: How do you find enough space for all those treasures? Well, never mind – what has to be done has to be done. Honestly, what could be better than stomping on a well arranged and extensive ensemble of effects pedals covering your floor – or standing in front of a proper stack of synthesizers. Or that deeply liberating feeling when you have mastered the ultimate home studio task: Untangling a fully grown Category 5 cable knot – without using a knife or scissors. Now, THAT’s emotion. Why does that make me a nerd? The world would be so much poorer without all these great musical toys and distractions.
When I am away from my gear, I look after marketing for gearnews.com. The colourful side of things, so to speak: advertising and co-operations for our (with the advent of this site) international network of music sites.