Musician, songwriter and producer Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett has just installed a pair of KK audio labs DS-8 eight-inch, two-way powered studio monitors as part of an upgrade at his personal facility. Moffett, a drummer who has achieved international renown for his work with some of the world’s best-known musical performers, is currently putting together a DAW-based studio at his home in Southern California.
Currently transitioning his home facility from analog to fully digital recording, he selected the KK audio labs DS-8 monitors after careful evaluation. “I would define them as the most true and magnifying audio monitors that I’ve ever listened to. The clarity, definition and presence, and their projection, are unparalleled,” states Moffett.
Moffett has worked in the studio and on the road with numerous major artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Diana Ross, Elton John, George Michael, Lionel Richie, and Cameo, participating in over two dozen major tours, including the massive “Victory” tour by The Jacksons. He was rehearsing for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour when the singer tragically died.
After years of working with analog tape machines, Moffett is building his new room around an Avid® Pro Tools™ system. “I used to have Fostex B16 , which was nice and warm sounding, but it’s a whole different technology,” he explains. “I’ve got many, many recordings on hard drives that I’ve recorded at studios. I want to continue in that medium, so I’m building a new digital system. I’m starting over in the new technology.”
Moffett still occasionally goes into a recording studio to record onto analog multitrack tape, he reports. “When I’m playing live drums I still like the sound of those on two-inch, 16-track.” But at his home songwriting and recording facility, Moffett says that he is just as likely to be using a drum machine, electronic drum kit or some of the CD sample libraries with which he has been involved, including DrumCore and Voice Crystal.
On Thursday, January 14, 2011, at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Moffett can be seen performing as part of a tribute show to musicians who have passed away over the last year or so organized by guitarist Leo Nocentelli of New Orleans funk innovators The Meters. “I’m from New Orleans, so I know Zigaboo’s stuff inside out,” he says, referring to Joseph “Zigaboo” Modelist, drummer and founding member of The Meters. “We’re going to do ‘Thriller’ as my tribute to Michael Jackson.”