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In the studio with Sin Quirin

We are excited to announce the launch of our new YouTube channel Focusrite TV Latinoamérica, which will concentrate on creating content and providing extra support for the Latin America communities. We’ll be working with some well-known and creative artists from LatAm as well as doing some ‘Getting Started Videos’ to help you along your music-making journey.

For our first set of videos, we’ve teamed up with Ministry’s two-time Grammy nominated guitarist Sin Quirin. Sin has been a member of Ministry since 2007 and has co-writing credits on their last four albums. He also performed on the last two Revco albums and has been a guest touring guitarist for Lords of Acid and DJ Hardware.

We caught up with Sin at a rehearsal studio in Burbank California ahead of Ministry’s latest North American tour to check out his guitar tone.  He shares some candid stories and kicks out a couple riffs through his pedal board Mesa/Boogie® signal chain. For the second video, Sin helps us demonstrate that you can get some great tones whether you’re miking up a cab with a SM57 or recording direct and adding an amp/cabinet simulator. Ministry fans will find this riff very familiar!

We also got to ask Sin some questions about the setup that he uses, his inspirations and his recording tips for newbies:

1. What’s your current setup?

Sin:  My main guitar is my signature series Schecter Sin V-1 that has EMG 57/66 pickups. The pedals that I always have on my board are my Dunlop Wah pedal, my Korg tuner, my MXR Carbon Copy delay and my KHDK No. 1. My new noise gate is my TC Electronic Sentry and my new power supply is my Strymon Zuma. Then, depending on the set list, my Digitech chorus or my Digitech drop pedal. I've been using Mesa/Boogie® Mark V and/or the TC 100 because they've been delivering the Ministry tone that I've been very happy with and have been very dependable. My strings of choice are Ernie Ball Strings, custom set 9-52.

2. What are your ‘on the road’ essentials?

Sin: I always travel with my iPod and usually listen to anything but metal. Plus, lots of chocolate, ibuprofen and multi-vitamins!

3. What inspired you to pick up the guitar?

Sin: The first time I heard KISS Alive and listening to Ace Frehley's solos is one of the main reasons I picked up the guitar. I already had a deep connection to music probably from my Dad being a musician in the 60's, but after hearing that KISS record, it became very clear that that's what I wanted to do. 

4. How did you get into recording?

Sin: I became interested in home-recording through working on the first couple of Ministry and Revolting Cocks records. I would spend a lot of time with the engineer and tried to pick up as many tips as I could from him. That's what eventually led me to use Focusrite gear. 

5. What are your top 3 tips for newbies?

1. Practice and keep practicing and when you think you're done practicing, practice some more. 
2. Try to learn as much of the business as possible. 
3. If you can, try to line yourself up with a great engineer and try to learn as much as you can from studio musicians and producers. Try to be open to everyone's recording techniques.  

You can catch Sin Quirin on the upcoming Lords of Acid 2019 USA tour.