Rich Collins [pictured] is a musician currently based out of Nashville, Tenn. He recently converted one of the rooms in his house into a full-time recording studio, and he’s been booking more and more musicians to record their latest tracks there. Rich came by the booth during NAMM 2018, explaining how he uses Mogami Cable exclusively in his home studio. We got a chance to catch up with him after the show to talk more about his studio setup, current music project, and how he’s using Mogami Cable.
There is really no way to answer this question without sounding like a total Mogami fanboy, but this is the absolute truth from my experience. I have compared many different brands of cables to Mogami and every time my ears tell me Mogami is sonically superior. — Rich Collins
Mogami Cable: Tell me a little about your studio setup.
Rich Collins: My studio is in a large, separate bonus room in my home with tall ceilings. I hired a sound tech to assess the room and found that the shape, size, and layout were all very conducive to creating a great studio setup. I had him layout the acoustic correction plan for me to install, and then had him come back and tune the room after.
Mogami Cable: What kinds of gear do you use? How do you have your DAW set up?
Rich Collins: My setup is rather simple in comparison to other big-time producers and engineers. But I spent months researching which pieces of gear would best suit my studio and intentions. With the help of some great producers and engineers, I was able to get the exact results I was after. I have a handful of preamps like the LA-610, Great River, and Langevin Dual Voice, and I’m using a Digidesign interface and ProTools for recording.
Mogami Cable: What kinds of musical acts do you record? How often do you engineer recording sessions?
Rich Collins: I stick with styles that I am familiar with (Rock and Metal) and enjoy recording acoustic tracks as well. I’ve been tinkering with recording for years, as well as being on the artist side of the glass. As of last year, I finally feel confident in my ability to provide people with professional recordings. I’ve done a handful of projects for some friends that have turned out great! They were extremely satisfied, and I was as well. It’s been a blast so far and I know it will get even better!
Mogami Cable: Tell me a little about your project Dog Will Hunt.
Rich Collins: After moving from Chicago to Nashville, I shelved my Chicago-based band called Habit of Force. It’s taken me a couple of years to get the studio finished and get this project ready because I wanted to do this project all in-house. For the most part, I will be doing the guitars, bass, and vocals on the tracks. I am fortunate to say that Christopher Williams will be doing the drums for most of what I do on this project. There are a ton of great musicians in Nashville and I intend to have some of them come and sit in with me on some songs. I’d also love to have some of my peers outside of Nashville come in to have some fun as well.
Dog Will Hunt is my interpretation of rock, metal, and blues. I have a couple of tracks that are almost ready for release and the feedback I’ve gotten so far from my peers as to “what it sounds like,” has been all over the board. But this project is meant for one thing — to have fun using my passion for music.
Mogami Cable: How did you first hear about Mogami cable?
Rich Collins: An old bandmate who worked at Guitar Center. He’d heard that Mogami cables were supposed to be amazing. So, I picked up a Mogami Gold and did some A/B comparisons and have never looked back!
Mogami Cable: What has been your experience with Mogami Cable? Did you notice a difference in the studio recording and live shows?
Rich Collins: There is really no way to answer this question without sounding like a total Mogami fanboy, but this is the absolute truth from my experience. I have compared many different brands of cables to Mogami and every time my ears tell me Mogami is sonically superior. Whether it is a live rig comparing the single cable between the guitar and amp or A/B’ing into a DAW. Some brands are closer than others, but none offer the sonic quality that Mogami cables do. I am aware that tone is a subjective topic, but I have found that Mogami cables bring a clarity and enhancement that allows for even further improvements when combining gear or recording in the studio.
Mogami Cable: Which Mogami Cable do you use, and do you make your own cable?
Mogami Cable: What are your plans for the future in the recording studio business?
Rich Collins: I intend to keep writing and releasing music with Dog Will Hunt. Being an artist is something I’m very passionate about and need in my life. Now that I have a complete studio I intend to use it to expand my musical journey. I enjoy being around inspirational musicians and I can’t tell you how many are in Nashville! I feel fortunate to be around so many and the vibe of this town has absolutely been an inspiration to me. I feel like a teenager again!
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