Choosing a guitar, drum or piano is like choosing an op amp, transformer or wave table…everything matters when building a recording. As they relate to the various components of a production, one exercises control over choices from source to processing hundreds of times each day. Those choices ultimately define us. I take nothing for granted and will use whatever tool I can access to push the limits of what I do. Knowing what a sound wants to play and what sounds it wants to play with is an endlessly fascinating process. It’s what propels a palette into fresh territory and lends a unique signature to otherwise tired musical approaches. Sure, you can pull up a preset and play, but sound is alive and it breathes. In the dynamic context of hands on an instrument, the static image of a preset fails to carry humanity through a performance. A single process of composition and sound design is the only way I know to make something inspired.