I'm interested to know how many have tried to capture the queen sound within there own band/studio/home and what equipment and lengths you have gone to?
With over 30 years of playing I have personally amassed a fair chunk of equipment for use live and studio over the years.
I play drums and collect guitars (as well as play them of course)
I have a large amount of gear not Queen related but ever since Wembley 1980 I set about building a collection of Queen related instruments with a view to being able to get close to the sound.
So, I have the full ludwig Silver Sparkle classic maple kit, not all is vintage, I have Bass drums from 70's and 2011 for instance, toms from 80's - 90's and a large collection of Zildjian and Paiste cymbals, basically I can put together a full size kit, same spec as Rogers 80's kit.
I also have a rather poor set of simmonds electronic drums but they are pretty crap to be honest and not up to the spec he had. Timbales and wind chimes, cowbells and rototoms are all in the collection, sadly no Gong!
Guitar wise I have of course the BM version, plus Vox AC30 and Fryer treble boosters. Also the Digitech pedal and Vox Deacy amp. Bass wise I have a black Fender precision
I also have a number of other guitars including Telecasters 12 String accoustics and Stratocasters. A Rickenbacker and Les Paul.
When not in the studio I have a number of recording softwares for home demos including Pro Tools lite, but i tend to use Adobe Audition as it's much more flexible.
All of this has been built up over 30 years, it's been expensive but when you have been working 30+ years you too will find you build up a good collection if you set aside money to do it.
Capturing teh Queen sound has been an on/off affair, most of the time it has been simply for fun on the odd track as the band is most definately not a tribute band but occassionally we like to try to get close to original sounds when recording say a 60's or 70's inspired song.
In the right environment the kit naturally sounds very 'roger' the large toms and Bass has a massive ring and obviously the cymbals are pretty true to his.
I once played it in a hugh almost warehouse like space where it sounded like the thunder of Gods and a recent gig in London at a ballroom was interesting as it was largely marble walls/pilers and ceiling so that had a very early Queen sound stright away drum wise.
The BM guitar + the vox and booster does a great job of getting the sound, albeit loud! I think the digitech is pretty good also for lower volumes, I have also found an Electro Harmonic pedal that makes a good stab at the Queen tones and this can be used at low volumes also which is good for home practice. Of course without Brian's fingers it's all still a close approximation, but I'm pretty happy you have to go a long way to better an AC30. I have a nice Fender amp for more US based tones but for everything from Queen to the Stones to Oasis it's AC30 all the way.
I realise this is a rather unusual collection but I suspect there is a fair few on here who have similar collections or are in teh process of building something like it over years, remember this has literally taken 30 years of collecting, so whilst it's a lot, spread it over 30 years and it's not out of reach...assuming you have an understanding wife!
So how has what? and do you try to get the Queen sound? what's worked best? maybe there is equipment that in not Queen related but does a great job of getting the sound?
Anyone got a similar ludwig setup of DW?
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