Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has been using the Shure SM 7 B in the st... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has been using the Shure SM 7 B in the studio since 2011. The Shure SM7B into a Great River preamp was the vocal sounds for songs on “change your mind”(2012) like “Hoping For The best” and “Back up again”. The Shure SM 7B will be used as one of the many mics on many tracks on PMT’s 3 rd Studio album. (“Love Never Dies) 2019
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip is known to use a Beta 58 A on live vocal... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip is known to use a Beta 58 A on live vocals sometimes. Since 2006 Luke has been seen singing through a beta 58 A Live. Although not a popular studio microphone when blending 5 or 6 microphones together or layering different microphones on top of each other Luke has used the beta 58A on studio recordings. It is said the Shure Beta 58A was used tracking vocals on the Positive Mental Trip song “John The Baptist” from the 2017 PMT album. (“The Black And White Album”)
Luke Weiler was known to use a Shure SM 57A live for vocals in late 2005 into... more
Luke Weiler was known to use a Shure SM 57A live for vocals in late 2005 into early 2006. In early 2006 he let Laura (PMT flute player at the time) use the Beta 57A and Luke started using an SM 58 or Beta 58A live. He ended up giving the mic to Laura and was not seen with a Beta 57 A until recently when using a 5-7 mic recording rig in the studio. You can hear the Beta 57 A blended in with other condensor and dynamic mics on the “downtown funky stuff Malone V5” demo on bandcamp. “I love the sound of dynamic mics and Condensor mics used together in the studio and live. I could def see myself with a Beta 87A, and a Beta 57 or 58A as a 2 mic live vocal rig for future shows.”- PMT Luke
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip used the EV co9 vocal microphone live on ... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip used the EV co9 vocal microphone live on and off (2010-2019) and surprisingly used it a lot blended with the blue baby bottle and Sterling ST 77 on the 2nd PMT studio album in 2017. “Yeah i took the cobalt dirty through the digitech RP 300 vocal processor on a lot of those songs. I blended the dirty Cobalt vocal tracks with clean condensor mic tracks and when I liked the results those tracks made the album.”
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip is known to use the Shure Beta 87A as wel... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip is known to use the Shure Beta 87A as well as the Blue Baby Bottle on vocals when recording at Loud and Conscious Studios in Woodstock NY. “I was really blown away by the Shure Beta 87A being such a high quality condensor that you could use live but also if the producer knows how to EQ the mic it can actually be a solid studio sound as well. To me sometimes in the studio it feels good to hold a mic and sing into it rather than having to sing into a pop filter held on a stand with a shockmount and all. I was blown away by the Beta 87A sounding as good as mics you can’t hold in your hand and that cost 2 to 3 times as much and can’t be used live.”
Like Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used the Electro Voice ND 76 live on ... more
Like Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used the Electro Voice ND 76 live on vocals on and off from 2011-2019. “The ND76 is a microphone that not all sound guys can dial in proper to my liking. If I feel like the sound guy can’t get the ND 76 sounding how I love it live, I’ll take out an SM57 or the EV cobalt which are mics every sound man has dialed in 1000 times. I prefer the ND76 but it doesn’t always work live. I’ve used it on a few of the tracks blended in with condensors on the new Album. I love the Mic so it’s hard to not try to use it, even though it is a mic most producers and vocalists would not dare to use in the studio.”
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has been known to use the Blue Baby Bottl... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has been known to use the Blue Baby Bottle Condensor Mic on vocals, acoustic guitar, and saxophone. The Blue Baby Bottle was used on 3 vocal tracks on “Change Your Mind” (2012) and was used and blended with the Sterling ST77 and dynamic cardioid mics on almost all vocal tracks on “the black and white album”.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used the Sterling ST77 microphone in ... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used the Sterling ST77 microphone in the studio(on all demos toured with 2008-2010) and on many songs on the 2017 PMT album, “the black and white album”. I prefer it to the sound of the Blue Baby Bottle if we are picking just one mic but I often blend them both together as I like the character of a few different mics on vocal tracks for some song. When tracking Chris Bonnano’s saxaphone on “the black and white album” in 2017 we used both mics at once on his saxaphone. It was also one of many mics used on Richard Goddeau’s 13 piece pearl master series drum set we mic’d for the almost 12 minute version of Circles that ended the 2017 album. Richard was an original member of PMT back in the day and had played Circles with us a lot so it was cool to reconnect with him musically and have him as a special guest on that track.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has often used a Shure SM 58 live on voca... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has often used a Shure SM 58 live on vocals.
The CAD Trion 7000 ribbon Microphone was used by Luke Weiler of Positive Ment... more
The CAD Trion 7000 ribbon Microphone was used by Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip along with the CAD D189 to mic the 1/2 stack (crate blue Voodoo head into a Marshall cabinet) for all electric guitar parts on “Pure”. The 2 CAD mics were sold for some time by CAD as the “Joe Satriani Amp Mic Kit”. Luke planned to use this mic kit live and in the studio. However the CAD Trion 7000 was used more blended with the Sterling ST77 for studio vocal tracks. The CAD D189 became luke’s Choice for live vocals during the PMT touring 2008-2009 era. It is said the CAD TRION 7000 although not used on “the black and white album”(2017), will appear as one of the mics blended on vocals and will also combine with a Shure Beta 57 A to record amp sounds this year. Positive Mental Trip has been slowly but surely tracking for the “Love Never Dies”(studio album, there were a few demos with the album title circa 2007-2010) since 2018 and continues tracking in 2019. The album is said to be finished and released in 2019.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip used the CAD D 189 along with the CAD Tri... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip used the CAD D 189 along with the CAD Trion 7000 ribbon mic to capture electric guitar sounds. Luke wanted to use these on amps live but ended up not getting the chance to. instead he used the D 189 on live vocals 2008-2009. The CAD Trion 7000 (also part of the Joe satriani Mic Kit luke purchased) was blended and used on studio vocals 2008-2013. It is said both CAD mics will be used to track amp sounds on the “Love Never Dies” album in 2019. Luke will be using both mics to capture electric guitar sounds coming through his VOX AC 15 w celestion greenback speaker.
An AKG C 414 XLS condenser mic was used to capture the sound of Luke’s Gibson... more
An AKG C 414 XLS condenser mic was used to capture the sound of Luke’s Gibson custom J 185 rosewood cutaway acoustic guitar.... during recording sessions at applehead in Woodstock/saugerties NY. Songs off the 2012 “Smile”, “Change Your Mind”, “Break of Dawn”, “Good Times”, and “Paradox” are either all acoustic clean or have a clean acoustic blended in. The 1 st track on the PMT 2012 album “Change Your Mind”...”Brand New Day” was recorded at Blue Sky Recording Studios in Delmar, NY. The AKG C414 condenser mic was used on that track for all rythm and lead acoustic parts played on the Gibson as well.
A Shure SM 57 was used on Richard Goddeau’s snare drum to capture the sound o... more
A Shure SM 57 was used on Richard Goddeau’s snare drum to capture the sound of his Pearl Custom Masters Series set on “Circles”. Richard Goddeau only appears on 1 song on “the black and white album”(2017). However an SM 57 was also used on his snare drum on “Back Up Again” and “Brand New Day” tracks 1 and 7 on Positive Mental Trip’s 1st professional studio album “Change Your Mind”(2012)
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip sang through a Telefunken Ela M 251 E Lar... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip sang through a Telefunken Ela M 251 E Large Diaphragm Tube Microphone during the “Change Your Mind” Recording sessions in 2011. “Change Your Mind” was released in 2012. 5 songs on “Change Your Mind” we’re recorded/tracked at applehead recording studios where Luke sang “Smile”, “Change Your Mind”, “Paradox”, “Good Times”, and “Break of Dawn”. Luke also might have sang through a Telefunken M 16 on some of these songs. It is unclear which mics were used on which songs we only know for sure the ELA M 251 E and the M 16 were used. 26 seconds into this homemade video of “No Escape” (a PMT song which still has not made it on an album) you see Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip singing through what appears to be a Telefunken ELA M 251 E. This is definitely the best microphone (arguably) Luke ever tracked/recorded vocals on a Positive Mental Trip album with. Telefunken microphones are legendary for being some of the best mics in the world in the best studios in the world.
An AKG C 451 Microphone was 1 of the amazing arsenal of microphones that were... more
An AKG C 451 Microphone was 1 of the amazing arsenal of microphones that were used to capture drum sounds on 5 songs on “Change Your Mind”. The Positive Mental Trip recording sessions at applehead captured all drum sounds on “smile”(Reggae), “Change Your Mind”, “Paradox”, “Good Times”, and “Break of Dawn”. These particular 5 songs recorded at Applehead are still to this day the best sounding drums recorded on any Positive Mental Trip album. On the title track “Change Your Mind” alone there are 200 tracks if one opens up the session files on that song to take a listen and an arsenal of drum mics were used. (Snare bottom and top, rack, ride, overheads etc etc.) “I’m happy with a lot of the drum sounds we have on Positive Mental Trip albums. Especcially considering we have recorded on very little budget for many many years. Those 5 songs at applehead on “Change Your Mind” definitely are the best drum sounds that will ever be on a Positive Mental Trip album. They sound amazing.” PMT Luke
Positive Mental Trip has used the Electro-Voice RE 20 dynamic mic on vocals a... more
Positive Mental Trip has used the Electro-Voice RE 20 dynamic mic on vocals and bass drum tracks.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a Godin Multiac on and off for s... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a Godin Multiac on and off for stripped down (loop show) PMT Gigs in 2018. He has sometimes been seen using it as an acoustic live for some smaller shows and sit ins. The Godin Multiac has a very nice classical guitar sound. You can hear it on songs like “Footsteps” on Positive Mental Trip’s 2017 album. During east coast Positive Mental Trip solo loop tours from 2008-2010 Luke did not have this guitar and was using his Gibson custom acoustic, a schecter C1 Elite w/synth pickup and a Roland GR-20 (for all bass and synth sounds), and a Fender Custom American VG Stratocaster for all lead guitar sounds. The Godin Multiac was not used for any acoustic guitar sounds on the 1 st Positive Mental Trip album “change your mind”. It only appeared on one song and used only for its classical guitar sounds on the 2017 Positive Mental Trip album . In 2018-2019 Luke has been using the Godin Multiac a lot on the newer recordings w/ the Roland GR-55 guitar synth guitar pedal. He uses the combination of the Godin Multiac and the GR-55 for all 2018-2019 PMT loop shows for looping bass lines and other experimental sounds.This combination tends to liven up the show and build thick fat heavy bass synth loops as well as ambient soundscapes. The newer PMT loop shows (2018-2019 era) Luke is ussually joined by a couple Positive Mental Trip band members. Luke has stated many times that after doing those solo loop tours in the 2008-2010 era playing alone is not what he wants to do musically. He is never seen using the Godin Multiac through his VOX AC 15 or any other electric amp. The Godin Multiac ussually goes into a Yamaha mixer with all other instruments to be looped and into the BOSS RC-30. Occasionally when sitting in with other acts or doing a very stripped down acoustic set Luke will use the Godin Multiac as opposed to the Gibson J-185 Custom acoustic he has been see playing on stage since 2007.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip was seen playing his 2009 Gibson SG Stand... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip was seen playing his 2009 Gibson SG Standard live for the 1 st time in spring 2017. He played it during the entire show at the Hyde Park amphitheater in stafford springs, CT may 26th of 2017. Luke rarely plays one guitar for an entire concert but played a few shows with the 2009 Gibson SG Standard as his only guitar for both sets in 2019. Mostly an American Fender Stratocaster was used for electric guitar parts on the 2017 Positive Mental Trip album but a few of the parts were played using the Gibson SG Standard as well toward the end of the sessions. The 2009 Gibson SG Standard has been a favorite during recording sessions for the 3 rd Positive Mental Trip album(2018-2019). Almost all electric guitar parts for the 3 rd album have been recorded using the Gibson SG or a Walt B Les Paul Custom Guitar. (Both with Gibson style humbuckers)
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a 2007 Fender American Custom VG... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a 2007 Fender American Custom VG Stratocaster live and in the studio since 2007. It was the only electric guitar used on the 2012 album “change your mind” and was used on almost all electric guitar tracks on the 2017 album as well. (“The black and white album”) Luke was known to play an American Fender stratocaster he was borrowing off of a friend and a Mexican Fender Stratocaster live during the 2005-2006 Positive Mental Trip Band era. The Fender Stratocaster will always be a huge part of Positive Mental Trip’s live guitar sound. Even when Luke Weiler is seen playing another guitar live you will always ussually see a Fender Stratocaster on a stand ready right behind him. Ussually if Luke is not playing a Fender Stratocaster live during a Positive Mental Trip set another guitarist is playing a Fender Stratocaster standing right next to him shredding.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip played a Les Paul as one of his main guit... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip played a Les Paul as one of his main guitars before, during, and after the east coast solo loop tours. You might see videos or pictures of Luke playing a les Paul during the 2007-2010 PMT era. Mostly due to spine issues luke played a Fender VG American Stratocaster during the 2011-2017 Positive Mental Trip era. (Stratocasters barely weigh anything compared to a les Paul if you play it 8 hours a day) However during almost all the “Love Never Dies” album recording sessions in 2019 videos have surfaced of Luke playing a Les Paul again. It is said to be a “Walt B Les Paul Custom” in multiple guitar videos on YouTube. It doesn’t look like it has a Gibson headstock... but it looks and sounds exactly like a Gibson Les Paul. Walt B is a guitarist from CT sponsored by PHRED guitars and plays 2 different WOLPH Guitars with OBEL systems. https://shop.phredinstruments.com/artist-spotlight-walt-berger We found a bio on “Walt B” on the PHRED Instruments website. It appears he may have hand made this “WALT B Les Paul Custom” for Luke to play on the “Love Never Dies” album specifically to get Luke a nice Les Paul Guitar sound. It doesn’t seem like(going by YouTube videos of recording sessions and guitar sound chronicles) Luke has played any other electric guitar in 2019 except possibly the 09’ SG Standard.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip player a Gibson Custom J-185 rosewood cut... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip player a Gibson Custom J-185 rosewood cutaway acoustic guitar live at almost every show from 2008-2018. However after 10 hard years of rock n roll the Gibson has been retired from live shows in hopes that it will stay in good condition. The guitar is still played almost every day in the studio and is on many recordings and will always continue to be. The Gretsch Rancher Falcon Jumbo acoustic guitar will be the live Positive Mental Trip acoustic played by Luke Weiler from 2019-?. Luke played the Gibson at over 500 shows and even took it on a plane to the San Francisco California in 2010 for “Power To The Peaceful” where he played an opening set @ The Fillmore opening for Michael Franti. Cappy Franti and loud and Conscious (who were members of Positive Mental Trip at the time) took the stage at the Fillmore as Positive Mental Trip that night. The Gibson was brought upstairs where every member of michael Franti and spearhead was asked to sign it. (as well as cappy Franti) The Gibson J 185 Custom rosewood is every acoustic guitar part recording during the applehead recording sessions on “change your mind”(2012) The Gibson J 185 is also the only steel string acoustic heard on “the back and white album”. The Gibson J 185 Custom and the Gretsch Rancher Falcon Jumbo acoustic guitar have both been used on many sessions for the 3 rd album. If it’s a really special show at an amazing venue or an anniversary show it may come out of “live show retirement”. However it was time for the Gibson to pass the live torch to the Gretsch Rancher Falcon before she ”lost her cool” sound on records of the future.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip will play a Gretsch Rancher Falcon live a... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip will play a Gretsch Rancher Falcon live as his acoustic guitar 2019-?. The Gibson J 185 Custom rosewood cutaway guitar was retired/played its final live show at the Athens Jam For Tots in December 2018. The Grestch Rancher Falcon is already on 2 recordings. Has been a favorite in the studio right along side the J 185 Custom which will continue to be recorded on all future albums.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a Schecter C1 Elite since 2006. ... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a Schecter C1 Elite since 2006. It was his backup guitar at many many shows in case the Fender Stratocaster broke a string.(as it often would early on with the live band) During the solo loop PMT era (2008-2010) the Schecter C1 Elite has a Roland Synth Pickup installed on it and (using the Roland GR-20 Luke used to have) provided all the basslines and synth craziness Luke used to loop live on those solo loop tours. It is still one of his favorite guitars to this day and it is said to have needed way less setups then any of his other guitars.
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip plays what he believes is a white Mexican... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip plays what he believes is a white Mexican Stratocaster which was a gift from his father. He used it on the very strange guitar track on “Drag To Need” blasting it into the BOSS PH-3. He has used it live in 2016-2017. “I plan to put a sustainiac pickup in the neck position so it’s like that fender Radiohead guitar. I’ll probably switch out the other pickups for some Seymour Duncan single coils. The guitar is already a Frankenstein but I love it ...it was a gift from my father so I’ll always play it and keep it around and modify it into something more awesome then a standard Mexican strat. It has a Wayne’s World neck plate and I covered the stickers that were on it with NYS Music and NY band stickers of my favorite NY Jambands Moe. and Formula 5. I feel like a sustainiac pickup will really make this guitar one of the best guitars in my collection and will give me some sounds none of my other guitars can give me.”
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has played a Taylor 814ce on recordings s... more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has played a Taylor 814ce on recordings such as “The Happy Old Man” (2017) and on a couple of the newer PMT recordings for “Love Never Dies”.(release date August 2019) Luke enjoys different flavors of mics blended, electrics blended, and acoustics as well. Luke will only be playing a Gretsch Rancher Falcon jumbo live but often uses a Gibson Custom J185 rosewood cutaway or a Taylor 814ce in the studio.
Steve Repka uses a Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric guitar on the recording ... more
Steve Repka uses a Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric guitar on the recording of “Circles” on “The Black and White album”(2017). Steve does not appear on this album a lot even though he was playing live with the band heavily in that era of PMT. This is the only song ever recorded by Positive Mental Trip that Steve Repka has used a Gibson Les Paul to track guitar. He appears on a few other tracks on “the black and white album” using an American Custom Fender Strat. He appears on the forthcoming “Love Never Dies” album on a few songs playing Luke’s 09’ Gibson SG Standard. Walt B was gracious enough to let us use the “For The Grateful” practice space to record and also let steve use his Les Paul. We recorded these guitar parts at the “afterparty” as PMT and For The Grateful has played Hyde Park Ampitheater that day/night. Luke talked to Steve into coming to the afterparty to track and everything fell into place and we kept the tales from that “after midnight” session.
During a loop set at the MTN Jam After Party in NY w/Gift Of Gab of Blackalic... more
During a loop set at the MTN Jam After Party in NY w/Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious...Luke from PMT can be seen using a Godin multiac to play acoustic parts as well as bass lines during the set.