Los Angeles, CA (September 11, 2020)—Legendary bass player Leland Sklar, who has recording credits on more than 2,000 album projects, also performing with many of those artists on the road, had never recorded at home until he recently got a Solid State Logic 2+ USB audio interface.
During a career playing as a session musician on tens of thousands of songs with some of the best-selling artists of the past 50 years and touring as a sideman with some of the biggest names in the business, Sklar never once recorded a bass part at home. But when the coronavirus pandemic forced everyone to hunker down at home, Sklar hooked up a Solid State Logic 2+ USB audio interface and got back to work.
Holed up at his house in the Los Angeles area during the city’s “safer-at-home” order forced recording studios to temporarily close, Sklar has become a prolific video diarist on YouTube, sharing events from his daily life during lockdown and playing along to some of his best-known recordings. Then came a call from his friend, singer, songwriter and producer Gussie Miller, who was recording a cover version of “Easy Lover” — a worldwide hit for Phil Collins which Sklar played live many times over the years while touring with Collins. “Gussie said, ‘Is there any way you could put bass on it?’ I said, I would love to do it, but I have no way of recording,” says Sklar.
“I’ve always been busy enough that I’m one of the guys that has never had a home studio, or done any home recording at all,” he says. “When I would get home from work, I had so much to do around the house that I never really dedicated anything to recording. Plus, I have enough friends with home setups that if something came along, I would just go to their house and do it.”
In next to no time, Sklar was unboxing an SSL 2+ and connecting the 2-in/4-out USB audio interface up to a Macbook running GarageBand. “I ended up doing the track for Gussie,” he says. “We put it on YouTube and it’s been one of the most successful videos on my channel,” with close to 200,000 views and counting.
During the current pandemic, “Like everybody else, I’m finding new paths. And I ended up with a tool that seems to be exactly what I need to do the things I was thinking about doing,” he says. “The SSL 2+ interface is the perfect tool for imperfect times!”
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