GEAR TALK TUESDAY: The One Tool That Miniature Tigers Use For Everything
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016

  • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

Sometimes we hold onto a piece of gear because we are not financially able to upgrade... Or sometimes, it is because it holds a true sentimental meaning. When you record an entire album with something, it is harder to let it go. LA/NY/AZ-based band, Miniature Tigers talk about this when dealing with their Digidesign Mbox 2, which for those who don't know, is an audio interface. It's the thing that a lot of your instruments go through when you are recording into a program. The band talks about how, even though it's on the verge of falling apart, they have recorded a large amount of their discography with this interface and they are not quite ready to let it go.

Frontman Charlie Brand explains, "I've had it [Digidesign Mbox 2] for ten years. I recorded the earliest demos for Tell It To The Volcano on it, thrown it in my backpack for a decade of tours and most recently recorded our entire new record I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy on it. The inputs are kind of blown and I expect it to not turn on every time I plug it in, yet it's still going. I've held on to it more because I couldn't afford to upgrade, but now it feels like I'm holding on to my beat up car from high school when I know I need something safer to get the kids to school. For better or worse, this is my most prized piece of gear. Here's to ten more years/seconds."

He also provided an image of it, where you can see just how beat up it really is (but in an endearing way!):

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The band is gearing up (pun intended!) to release their forthcoming LP I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy this Friday, October 28th. They've been slowly teasing the record with singles, which includes this euphoric lo-fi indie pop dream, "Nobody Else":

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