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Until recently, I have used Analog Tape Machines for all my recording work.
But when I started working with other drummers and singers over long distances and thru the internet, it became obvious it was time to finally make the move to modernize and switch to Digital Recording.
Analog tape still has a warmth and smooth compression that makes things sound better in many ways, but one can't deny the power of (DAW) Digital Audio Workstations when it comes to more tracks, editing, project file sharing, working with musicians at a distance and back up capability.
Even though it is generally considered that Pro-Tools is the "industry standard" for digital studio recording, I tried both systems and preferred the working environment of SONAR.
SONAR is very powerful and in recent years has been making more inroads into the area of "professional music production" in studios around the world.
Much of the outboard gear I used to use with my old analog tape machine has been migrated over and integrated into the new SONAR based studio.
This includes Focusrite ISA preamps, Lexicon & Yamaha reverbs, M-Audio A/D interfaces, Summit Audio tube levelers,
DBX compressors, Drawmer noise gates, etc...
Additionally inside the Digital Domain, plug-ins being used include Izotope Ozone, Clone Ensemble, Lexicon LXP, BFD Drums, Garritan Personal Orchestra, amd more ...
I lean towards older Marshall 50 watt Metalface amps from the early 70s and Overdrive pedals like the Analogman SunFace Fuzz or DOD250 to get classic rock sounds.
I like the Laney GH50L or newer Marshall VM amps along with Zoom effects (G2/G3) to get tighter modern tones.
In addition to Fender & Ibanez guitars, I can recommend the following gear...