Billy Bush.Los Angeles, CA (December 12, 2007)–Working alongside producer Butch Vig and his band, Garbage, for almost 10 years now, Grammy-nominated engineer Billy Bush has spent many hours in the studio auditioning new equipment. During a recent session, Bush heard the tube DI bass player Justin Meldal-Johnson (Beck, Air, Gnarls Barkley), brought in–an A-Designs Audio Reddi.
Shortly after this recommendation, Bush said, “I borrowed one for a tracking session, and it totally kicked ass!” Bush acquired a Reddi, noting, “It’s my go-to bass DI now, but it also sounds awesome on a Rhodes. I find it pretty versatile in that it makes everything I use it on sound bigger and better–bass, keys, you name it. Sometimes you just stumble across pieces of gear that makes your life easier when it comes to getting a killer sound. The Reddi is one of them.”
Most recently, Bush used the Reddi on bass tracks for the upcoming Vig-produced album for English indie-rock band the Subways. Bass player Charlotte Cooper played a Lakland instrument, which Bush tracked into the Reddi, then to a Universal Audio LA-2A compressor. “I wanted that big and bold P-Bass-type tone and it totally nailed that sound,” he said.
Bush added that he will typically send bass tracks through a Little Labs PCP Instrument Distro to the Reddi, then to an LA-2A before it hits Pro Tools. While the PCP’s other outputs feed alternate bass DIs, the Reddi is Bush’s choice tube DI for rock tracks.
Prior to working on the Subways’ new album, Bush recorded the new Against Me! release, New Wave, at Paramount Studios, co-produced and mixed Eric Avery’s (Jane’s Addiction) new solo record, and engineered and mixed a new solo record for Train frontman Pat Monahan. He also engineered last summer’s Garbage release, a “Best Of” album called Absolute Garbage.