Want to Sound Like Andy Sounds?!
A Look Under the Hood of the PGS Video Production Facility!
Said in all modesty, if I had a dollar for every time one of our amazing customers had a comment or question involving our own PGS Andy – well, I could probably afford that new guitar I’ve been lusting after. Most common are questions about how to sound like Andy—and while you’ll never quite sound like him (the dude is one of a kind, after all), we’re going to let you in on his recording setup for his videos so that you know the gear that he trusts to capture his tone. Let’s start in the booth!
I mean: booths plural. We actually use two booths here at PGS – one small booth for mic’ing the amp and doing voiceovers and one larger booth for capturing Andy’s playing on video.
The large booth contains Andy’s set—with fixed lighting and cameras so that he’s ready to roll with a proverbial flick of a switch. This room is outfitted with an AKG C1000S mounted overhead to capture small bits of dialogue during filming.
The small booth contains a Shure KSM27 condenser mic, which is our go-to microphone for capturing voice-overs. The KSM27 also functions as a room mic in the small booth, capturing ambient sounds from the amp for better bottom end and a greater sense of realism.
In this small booth, you’ll also find Andy’s trusty Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue, his main demo amp (unless he’s demo-ing a specific different amp!). He typically keeps the amp set for a level just before breakup to better illustrate how various pedals will sound live or in the studio. When demo-ing high gain pedals, the first channel is favored with the bass backed off a bit- but in general, Andy sticks to the vibrato channel, which has a bit more sparkle.
The main mic for the DRRi is a Royer R121 Ribbon mic—Royer’s flagship ribbon microphone—placed about 6” away from the speaker and typically set slightly off the center of the cone, though position can vary depending on the exact gear demo being produced.
We use a Universal Audio Solo 6/10 tube mic pre-amp on the Royer. This pre-amp adds a small amount of warmth as well as a bit of tube compression—a well known perfect companion for the Royer. All the mics go into an RME Fireface 400—known for their excellent analog-to-digital converters—to send Andy’s analog tones into the digital realm as realistically as possible.
The entire team here at PGS has put in countless hours making sure that our facility produces the best sound in the biz and we're incredibly proud of the work Andy does in the video booth. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
As always, hit up the comments section with any tips on how you guys get great recorded tone at home or in the studio-- it's an awesome if endless pursuit!