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John Darnielle

Musician (the Mountain Goats)

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm John Darnielle. When I'm not delaying interview questions by three years or more, I'm the singer from the Mountain Goats. I also write novels.

What hardware do you use?

I record into my laptop, a MacBook Air. I just use the built-in mic. I listen using a DAC, the HRT microStreamer, which I consider a key part of my setup.

And what software?

GarageBand.

What would be your dream setup?

If I had ridiculous disposable income, I'd have a studio in the backyard equipped with a 2-inch reel, probably an old Studer, plenty of tape, an RE20 to sing into and some Mojave Sound mics to point at the guitar, and an engineer on call, because I do not know how to run that stuff myself. But I'm never going to have that, so GarageBand & good playback DAC it is!