Studio Equipment

While it may be secondary to creativity and performance, a carefully chosen piece of equipment may impart a certain underlying character to a recording, much in the same way a cask imparts character to an aging wine. Here is a list of what is typically available to every recording session.


 

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Control Room & Monitoring

     Recording/Mixing Console
Soundcraft “MH4″ 48 channel analogue console
– 48 mic/line preamp & equalizer
– 5 stereo line inputs
– 16 mono or 8 mono/4 stereo aux/busses

     Pre-Amplifiers
AMS Neve “1073LB” preamp
Classic API “VP26″ preamp (2 channels)
Focusrite “ISA220″ preamp/eq/compressor
Great River “MP-500NV” (2 channels)
Rupert Neve Designs “Portico 5024″ preamp (4 channels)
Rupert Neve Designs “Portico 511″ preamp (3 channels)
Universal Audio “LA-610 MkII” preamp/eq/compressor
Warm Audio “TB12-500″ preamp (2 channels)

     Outboard Compressors
Alta Moda “AM-10″ compressor/limiter
DBX “160SL” stereo/dual-mono mastering compressor
DBX “560a” compressor/limiter (2 channels)
Inward Connections “The Brute” limiter
FMR Audio “RNC500″ compressor
FMR Audio “RNLA500″ levelling amplifier
JoeMeek “SC2 (v1.07)” stereo/mono compressor
Lindell Audio “7X-500″ fet style compressor (2 channels)
Purple Audio “Action” fet style compressor (2 channels)
T.C. Electronic “Finalizer Express” stereo multiband compressor/limiter

     Outboard Equalizers
Aphex “EQF500″ parametric equalizer (2 channels)
AMS Neve “8803″ parametric equalizer (2 channels)
API “560b” 10 band graphic equalizer
Purple Audio “TAV” 10 band graphic equalizer (2 channels)
Rupert Neve Designs “551″ parametric equalizer

     Miscellaneous Outboard
Aphex “EX-BB 500″ aural exciter & big bottom
Avid “Eleven Rack” digital amp & cabinet simulator
BBE “SM500″ sonic maximizer
DBX “520″ De-Esser (2 channels)
Lexicon “MX200″ dual reverb effects processor
T.C. Electronic “M300″ dual engine processor

     Monitoring
Beyer Dynamics, Fostex, AKG headphones
Neumann Berlin “KH120a” near field monitors
Focal Professional “CMS 50″ near field monitors
Vintage Maker “Little Knob”
     (passive speaker selector switch & volume control)


 

Microphones & Direct Boxes

     Microphones
Telefunken Elecktroakustik M80, M81
Shure KSM Series KSM313, KSM42 (x2), KSM32 (x2)
Shure Beta Series Beta 91, Beta 58, Beta 57A
Shure SM Series SM7b, SM58 (x2), SM57 (x2)
Sennheiser MD 441-U (x2 70′s era), MD 421-II (x4), e906
SE Electronics Gemini II, R1 (x2mp)
Peavey PVM 480 (x4), RAC-1
Neumann U87i (early 80′s era)
Mojave Audio MA-100 (stereo set)
Kel Audio HM-3C
Electro Voice RE20 (x2 80′s era), 648 (60′s era), 647 (60′s era)
Cathedral Pipes “Notre Dame”
Blue Microphones “Kiwi” (x2)
Beyerdynamic Opus Series 51, 88 (x3)
Audix CX-112, D6, D4
Audio Technica AT3525

     Microphone Boosters
Cathedral Pipes “Durham”
Marti Audio “Barrel Booster” (x2)

     ReAmp Boxes
NF Audio “RA10″ (variable Z passive transformer)
Radial “Pro-RMP” (passive transformer)

     Direct Boxes
A Designs Reddi (single channel tube)
ART dPDB (dual channel passive)
Radio Shack 274-016c (x2)(single channel passive)
Radio Shack 274-017c (single channel passive)
Yorkville YDI-1P (x2)(single channel passive)


 

Converters, Software & Computer

     Converters
Antelope Audio “Orion 32″ d/a & a/d

     Software
Pro Tools 12, CuBase 7 & Studio One 2
Antares, Izotope, Rupert Neve Designs, Universal Audio & Waves Plugins
Drumagog 5 Platinum Drum Replacement Software

     Hardware
ADC Ultra-Patch 1/4″ 466-point Patch Panel
Presonus Faderport
Apple Power Mac 2.8 GHz Quad Core /w 16GB Memory
Cyber Power 1000A VR UPS