Andrew Giddings' Equipment
prefabricated organ and home studio
Mixer; 1X Mackie Designs CR1604 16 channel mixer, (yes, all 16 channels are used up!) sending 4 auxiliary channels to front of house.
Shure Bros. in-ear monitor system and belt pack.
Not a great deal of equipment considering the job it has to do, but wiring it all together is another story........
Now, although I also have hi-tech and space-age stands (by Ultimate Support Systems inc.) to precariously balance my aging and almost collectable D70 keyboards upon, the next item has to be the most sophisticated.............
The mighty medium-density fiberboard Hammond Replica Mk 1.
Based on an idea of Martin's, designed and built by Terry Fawcett, this wonderful piece of furniture houses two Roland D70 keyboards. The look of the traditional black electronic synthesizer was understandably out of place on the Tull stage, and so Terry and I set about gathering information on the overall appearance of a real Hammond organ. The design process was often a difficult one, as the finished article had to accommodate two modern and longer than normal keyboards, unlike the original instrument that had fewer octaves on each of it's two 'manuals'.
Check the dimensions of the newly cut wooden panels against the welded aluminium frame. The legs look a little long.....
Paint aluminium frame, attach side panels and shortened legs.
Just as it's beginning to resemble something other than a writing
bureau, dismantle the whole thing and stain each panel 'Mahogany'.
The first outing that my shiney new writing bureau made was in the summer of '96... I think, anyway it was the U.S. tour we did with Emerson, Lake and Palmer. After we had finished our first soundcheck of the tour, none other than Keith Emerson approached me and asked, "which model Hammond is that you're playing?"
Of course, I laughed politely and waited for the punch-line........
My Home Studio
Sound modules and outboard effects include:
Digital recording equipment:
Home - built Pentium III 500 MHz PC with 128 mb ram, 4.2 & 9.1 gigabyte SCSI HDs.
I chose to build SCSI as it's reliability is superior to IDE and even EIDE hard disks. At the heart of the whole setup is the digital audio program -
The only limitation with this software is literally the imagination, I can easily run 40 audio tracks or more, all with digital effects, equalization, and sound architecture capabilities.