Aston Barrett Jr. is an accomplished studio owner, multi-instrumental reggae musician, and a member of the distinguished music group, The Wailers, who performed with the iconic Bob Marley during the late 1960’s on. He is the son of legendary bassist, Aston Barrett, and nephew of one of the most influential reggae drummers of all time, Carlton Barrett. It’s no surprise where his drive, success, and accomplishment come from, capturing the depth of the groove while contrasting harmonics through the creative process. “I don’t play bass, I speak Bass,’’ Aston Barrett Jr. once said in an interview with Halifax Blogger, Fateh Ahmed. As a musician, he’s shared the stage with prominent musicians, such as Lauren Hill, NAS, Julian Marley, and many others, and as a studio owner, he’s worked with numerous artists, including the iconic Wayne Stoddart. He is currently working on a new album with various members of The Wailers, aiming to capture and create psychedelic reggae baselines with new and innovative sounds.
As owner of BAD Lions Productions & Studio, along with Alaina Reed, Brian Fontenelle, and Dave Richards, Aston constantly tests a number of digital audio processors for a number of companies, one of which captured his attention, the Micro Clock MKIII XB. Aston was particularly surprised by the quality of sound it produced. The Micro Clock MKIII XB, an external word clock, produces the sound required for reggae musicians. “Even while recording at low sample rates, I was astonished by the quality of sound it produced!’’ Aston added. The external device has the capability of generating desirable harmonic content in midrange frequencies, while maintaining undistorted low and sub frequencies. As Aston once described, “You still get the blend of the aggressive sound of a snare roll, along with the smoothness of the midrange frequencies… I’m happy to be a part of this revolution!’’
“Even while recording at low sample rates, I was astonished by the quality of sound [the Micro Clock MKIII XB] produced! You still get the blend of the aggressive sound of a snare roll, along with the smoothness of the midrange frequencies… I’m happy to be a part of this revolution!”