AEA Sessions: Benjamin Shepherd

Ben Shepard performs “Pocket”
Ben Shepard performs “Ascension”

This installment of AEA Sessions features bassist Benjamin Shepherd as he performs the original compositions, ‘Pocket’ and ‘Ascension’.

An N22 on the bass amp captures all the details of Shepherd’s nimble playing. Shepherd’s ethereal silhouette and effected bass tone create an otherworldly atmosphere in which he explores the various sonics of his instrument. An R88 stereo mic captures expansive room sound from afar, providing ambience and additional low-end support. Both the N22 and R88 run into a TRP2 preamp.

Filmed and recorded at Nest Recorders, Los Angeles, CA.

Behind the Scenes

  • AEA N22 - Bass Cab
  • AEA R88 - Room
  • TRP2 - Preamp
  • Converters - Burl B2 Bomber
  • DAW - Cubase @ 96k/24bit
  • Bass - Ibanez Custom Grooveline G106 6 String
  • Amp - Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
  • Speaker - Accugroove Tri 112 Bass Cabinet
About The Artist

Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Benjamin J. Shepherd started playing bass when he was seven years old. Eleven years later he moved to Los Angeles to study at the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) and to pursue a full-time music career. He has since performed and recorded on stage and in the studio with artists such as David Archuleta, Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band, Lee Ritenour, Mike Keneally, Mike Stern, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, Stokely Williams, John Beasley and MONKestra, Chance The Rapper, School Boy Q, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and many more.

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