Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
Having built your own studio, are you like a gadget freak? Do you
like all the latest toys, electronic toys, or not?
- Yes, I think everyone likes new toys. And it's really getting the
time to look around, and also the money, of course, is the big thing, to get
new equipment. (1985, Picture
- We now have an SSL. It's an expensive board, but not the most
expensive, and it's very versatile. It has a good sound, and all those
facilities. For the money the Soundcraft was great, but the SSL is much more
efficient to work with. On the last album we spent a lot of time working around
the desk, and on this one it was just working around me.
- We're still using two A80s - we work on 48-track all the time,
though it drives people crazy. When you get outside people in, you can see
their impatience with the machines. We use them with the Lynx, though we used
to have a Q-Lok. I'm not sure there's that much in it, but I think the Lynx is
quicker. It would be even better if we had 800s. The A80s seem a bit archaic
- With outboard, I love the
Quantec. It has a crystalline quality to it, very distinctive. I use it on
instruments sometimes, but particularly vocals. We've got two Lexicons - the
224 and the 224X. We hire stuff in when we mix outboard eqs, like a couple of
old Pultecs, they have a really warm sound - warmer than the SSL eq.
- We master analogue half inch. A lot of noise, but I still prefer
working analogue. At this point we've found it wise not to change machines
- Monitoring is on AR18s, and we did get some Gold Spot Tannoys,
they're useful for some things, though generally we stick to the 18s, and
Auratones. We don't use big speakers. We had some but they sounded awful.
- As we have a Fairlight, it tends to negate us getting in other
sampling gear. We're pretty well covered with the Fairlight and the DX7 for
keyboard and the quality of the Fairlight is much better, though so difficult
to use. Everyone says that. I used to programme it myself, but since the new
software... I can't keep up. They keep changing it as soon as I learn to
- Sometimes we're happier just flying in the half-inch, the old
fashioned technique. There's something about it - I quite like the purist
approach. Like tape delay - you can't get that same sound. It doesn't have the
same presence, it has a whispy quality. With tape delay it's lovely.
- I guess I'm just a sucker for analogue sounds. (1989, International Musician)
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