Bassist Jack Casady recently installed a Furman Sound HDS-6 Headphone Distribution System and five HR-6 Headphone Mixing Stations in his Los Angeles-based home studio.
Casady, former bassist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, is currently recording his first solo release for Eagle Records, entitled Dream Factor. The new album features Ivan Neville on vocals, Jorma Kaukonen and Warren Haynes on guitars, and Matt Abts and Steve Gorman on drums, to name a few.
According to Casady, “In a small recording environment, it’s important for each musician to create the right individual headphone mix in order for them to feel the rhythm and correctly play in the pocket. Every musician should have individual control over their headphone mix, because when you do, everyone can play off each other and create great live tracks!”
Casady is using the HDS-6 System and HR-6 Mixing Stations for both live basic tracks and overdubs. “The live basics generally consist of bass, drums, rhythm guitar and Hammond organ,” Casady said. “All of the basic tracks are being done live, so the Furman headphone system is constantly in use, and it really makes everyone feel comfortable. Even when we do Ivan Neville’s vocal overdubs, we put a stereo mix of the basic tracks on one track and Ivan’s vocals on another. That way, he doesn’t need to keep bugging the engineer to adjust his levels; he can just change them himself.”
For more on the system, visit www.furmansound.com.