Equipment

Here is some of the kit we have inhouse:

Microphones

I have to admit to being something of a microphone obsessive, which is why I have such a good range.

Neumann U87 ai – a studio classic large diaphragm condenser and worth every penny.

sE Electronics Gemini III – another classic. The Gemini II is a twin valve cardioid LDC mic with a beautiful sound. The III is a limited edition multi-pattern version of it.

Neumann TLM 193 – a cardioid LDC with a darker character than many of my other mics.

Aston Spirit – A modern multi-pattern LDC unusual for it’s industrial appearance and the fact that it was made as well as designed in Britain. Fast becoming a favourite of mine.

JZ Microphones Vintage 11 – The makers of this, the latest mic in the studio, say it’s for anyone who “wants something better than all known studio standards”. Bit of a big claim there, but we’ll see how it pans out.

Studio Projects LSD2 rebuilt by Oktavamod – this beautiful mic is two multi-pattern LDCs stacked on on top of the other, allowing enormous versatility in stereo recording. I like to use it with two KM184 or NT5 outriders when recording on location.

Sontronics Sigma – an active ribbon mic with a smooth vintage character that is lovely with the right voice or instrument, my go-to for higher female voices.

Neumann KM184 – a matched pair of really excellent small diaphragm condensers, beautiful on guitar and also very nice on location recording in ORTF or co-incident arrangement.

Rode NT5 x 2 – a matched pair of this fine small diaphragm condenser mic, I also have omni capsules for them.

Rode NT4 – a stereo mic that is essentially two cardioid NT5’s  held as a coincident pair. a nice mic for guitar.

Earthworks QTC-1 x 2 – A matched pair of omni mics with a staggering flat frequency range from 40hz to 40khz. Beautiful mics for the right job, I’m inspired by these!

Sure SM58 – I believe that in law no studio is permitted to operate without at least one of these cardioid dynamic mics to hand.

Digital Audio Workstation

Apple iMac Pro octo-core computer.

Logic Pro X – recording and editing software, extended with a wide variety of third party plug-ins such as Melodyne and UAD.

UAD Apollo interfaces -multiple UAD interfaces aggregate automatically and function like one large interface. I have an Apollo 8 Duo, an Apollo Duo and an Apollo Twin which together provide me with 10 digitally controlled preamps plus a considerable amount of DSP grunt to run the excellent UAD plugins both during tracking and mixdown.

Mackie Control Universal Pro – moving fader control surface with extender for a total of 16 channels.

Softube Console 1 – another control surface oriented around plugins that complements the MCU very well.

Monitoring

Naumann KH120A – active nearfield monitors provide the main monitoring facility.

Avantone Mixcube – A single monitor provides “grotbox” and phase checking of mixes.

Genelec 8030a monitors provide sound for the artists.

Drawmer MC2.1 – provides monitor control for the studio.

AKG K702 headphones for mixing, several pairs of AKG K55 headphones for tracking.

Miscellaneous

Tascam DR680 – A solid state recorder with very good preamps capable of recording up to 6 tracks simultaneously, I use this for location recording and then transfer the tracks to Logic for mixdown on return to the studio.

Yamaha P-115 digital piano – A high quality musical instrument linked into the rest of the studio via both audio outputs and MIDI. It can thus be recorded as a piano or used to drive one of the synths listed below via MIDI.

Roland Handsonic HPD15 – I am not geared up to record live drums but this electronic hand drum can be used to provide many percussion effects.

Roland JV1080 synth – (with assorted expansion cards). An old studio classic.

Korg MS20 Mini – A modern recreation of a classic late ’70s analogue synthesiser.

 

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