There is some awesome music here! Kudo's to Noryls for sure! Hydraman, like friggin Tommy Emmanuel! Before I vote however, could the originators say something about their pieces? I would like to separate the originals from covers and I don't know enough about some of the tracks to do that, I am mainly talking about the instrumentals but how bout some words from all the musicians about their selections? Is it original, for one, how it was recorded, pro studio, home studio, what kind of home studio, Pro tools, Cakewalk, Nuendo, etc., maybe a word on the mikes used and the side chains, like compressors, reverbs, etc.
For myself, High Desert and Kids in a tree are my own works, originals, High Desert a solo guitar piece and Kids has a guitar and two mandolins, I play all the tracks. I use a Dell Laptop with a firewire 410, it has two built in mike preamps which is all you need for my kind of stuff, and cakewalk V6, and M audio Protools LE. The mikes are a Rode NT1000 large diaphram Australian mike and a couple of Audio technica Pro-92A's which are small diaphram mikes, all condenser mikes. The 410 also has a phantom mike power output which is handy too, its a great little I/O. When we record our band, I have to use an 8 track I/O that is out of commission right now but I have to send it back, an RME Hammerfall, also a great I/O. The third piece of mine is Windy and Warm, a piece recorded by Doc Watson, who is a blind guitarist with about 15 grammy awards, a true american treasure. Mine is also solo. The guitars are a Takamine classic and a Washburn R305 which is a small parlor guitar reproduction, or re-issue, the original was made in 1890. Its a great little guitar. The mandolin is a Mid-Missouri Mandolin Co., usually called a Midmo, mine is an M3N model, a very good student mandolin. So thats my rig. What about the rest of you? Thanks for your participation everyone! Great music going on here! Don.