Way way back in 2012 when Pedals And Effects was still in its infancy, I was still working out the kinks in how I was going to format my videos and reviews. And while I cover effects pedals a lot on the website, in the digital age its important to be able to accurately capture all the craziness produced by effects! There are plenty of DI units out there to suit your needs, but I wanted to look back on the Gas Cooker Mic/Pre DI made by Ridge Farm Industries.
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I was joined by my friend and amazing studio engineer Robert Carranza, he helped engineer the Mars Volta’s Amputechture and The Bedlam in Goliath small entries in his very extensive Grammy winning resume. Robert gave me the run down of the unit, and I only had an iPhone to record at the time! Remember this was the early days of Pedals And Effects! All things considered, it turned out well but it’s always good to look back at your previous work and see how far you’ve come along.
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“In order to meet professional standards, the Gas Cooker includes a switchable 20dB input pad, a buffered, unbalanced line output (pre-gain control), and both balanced and unbalanced post gain control outputs. The balanced output features transformer isolation with a maximum gain of 3, and switchable ground lift, while the unbalanced output has a maximum gain of 30x, enabling instruments such as guitars, keyboards etc to be matched to the line input of a mixing console.”
The most important part about this unit is that it’s super musical. It’s always fun to create weird sounds, but its essential to find a piece of gear that supplements your musicality. The Gas Cooker Mic Pre/DI catches all the harmonic content I throw at it, whether its a largely effected signal chain or just my acoustic. You can check out the Gas Cooker Mic Pre/DI here, and my original post from 2012 here.