Brad Sucks, Half The World, Home Studios, Jonathan Coulton, songwriter, songwriting

Songwriter Home Studios


I love looking and reading about songwriter home studios. I compare their gear list to my own and see if I can match the quality of their recordings. If I have similar gear but less impressive results, it means that I should spend more time using and learning the gear. It’s a big eye opener.

Here are three songwriters who were gracious enough to let us know what they have:


Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan is a well-known internet-based indy musician with a rabid (and growing) fan base. Jonathan is a Mac-head and also uses his equipment for podcasting. As you can see, his equipment list features some eclectic stringed instruments such as the ukulele and a therenim.


  • Mac G4 desktop
  • Digi 002 + Pro Tools LE
  • Ableton Live
  • Apple Soundtrack
  • Garageband for loopy things and other digital manipulation.

Gear list:

  • Martin 000C-16RGTE cutaway acoustic guitar
  • Gibson Les Paul Studio electric guitar
  • Fender American Stratocaster (bought new in 2006)
  • Deering Good Time banjo
  • Mid-Missouri M-11 Mandolin
  • Mele Tenor Ukulele
  • The cheapest Fender electric bass they had in the store
  • Ditto for the acoustic bass (some kind of Dean cheapie)
  • Wechter Scheerhorn resonator guitar
  • Moog Etherwave theremin
  • Ensoniq MR-Rack sound module
  • dbx 376 tube channel strip
  • Line6 Pod Pro guitar amp modeler
  • Behringer Bass V-Amp Pro bass amp modeler
  • AT-4040
  • Shure KSM32
  • Shure BG 4.0
  • Shure SM 58 (but of course)


Brad Sucks

Brad Sucks is a Canadian indy musician. He’s been doing the whole free music thing longer than Jonathan Coulton and recently got some coverage on Toronto’s CityTV, which is how I learned from him. Oh yeah, Drad doesn’t suck.


  • AthlonXP 2700 w/1gig RAM
  • Steinberg Cubase SX
  • Sonic Foundry Sound Forge

Gear List:

  • Behringer Eurorack UB1204-PRO mixing board
  • Delta 66 sound card
  • Event 20/20bas monitors
  • Shure SM58 dynamic microphone
  • MXL v67 condenser microphone
  • Boss GT-6 guitar effects processor
  • PreSonus BlueTube preamp
  • Gibson Epiphone G310 electric guitar
  • Some Norman acoustic guitar
  • Yamaha RBX260L bass guitar


Half The World

Pete Weaver is the drummer and producer for the rock band Half The World. Listen to the songs on their first album “Bigger Than You” released in 2002. Pete uses a Digi001 with a truckload of mixing plug-ins. His real secret weapon is his knowledge, not his gear. After spending years recording small garage bands in Boise (Idaho), he has amassed an impressive sum of recording and mixing techniques.


  • Digi001
  • ProTools LE

Gear list:

  • Studio Project C1 Microphone
  • Apogee Trak2
  • McDSP Analog Channel
  • Waves Diamond Bundle
  • VocAlign

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