Dave Swift is one of the most respected bassists in the UK. He's been a member of the Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 1991, and over the years has played with some of the biggest names in music such as Al Jarreau, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller and BB King. He's recently acquired an Auralex GRAMMA isolation riser, and is so happy with it that he decided to share his thoughts with us!
There are two different Auralex GRAMMA models available: the bigger, Great GRAMMA (30" long x 19" wide x 2.75" high) and the smaller, GRAMMA V2 (23″ long x 15″ wide x 1.75″ high).
GRAMMA is a simple, cheap and effective way to instantly improve your sound on-stage or in the studio, so no wonder it's becoming increasingly popular with professional musician such as Dave Swift, as it helps you to hear the true sound of your amp, loudspeaker or subwoofer.
GRAMMA yields nearly total acoustic isolation, resulting in a purity of tone that has to be heard to be believed! Of course, you don't have to take our word for it... here's what Mr. Swift had to say:
"Currently it's at my home and I have my smaller Aguilar rig on top of it. I have the Tone Hammer 500 head and two Aguilar SL112's (two cabs with a single 12" speaker in each).
"Because I live in a flat on the first floor of a house, and even though I own the flat downstairs and have a tenant living there, I try not to disturb him with my playing! So, the Great GRAMMA is perfect for isolating the sound and keeping the peace!
"I've also been using it at Jools' recording studio to get more clarity and separation when rehearsing, recording songs for our albums, and recording his BBC Radio 2 shows.
"Finally, I have taken it out on live gigs. Mainly on smaller freelance gigs where I'm setting up my own rig and I have to be 100% fully responsible for my own sound.
"I genuinely love my Great Gramma, and it's such a useful and often crucial accessory. On all the gigs I've done where the room has been overly boomy and the stage way too resonant, this product has saved the day, the gig, and my sanity! I'm so pleased to be using it."
To find out more about Dave Swift including upcoming live dates, please visit his website at daveswiftbass.com or his Facebook page.
By Ivan Silva