Studio Gear

Here are some items I use to get the job done…

TO LISTEN

  • Genelec M040 6.5″ monitors– My go to monitoring. Bottom loaded port helps with reflection issues. Not flat, but not overly characteristic. Easy to mix at low volumes.
  • JBL LSR305 5″ monitors– Very lively low-mids. Sound good loud.
  • Beyerdynamic DT770 Studio Headphones– My go to headphones. Great feel and won’t fatigue your ears fast. Show off panning and high frequencies well.
  • Audio Technica M30 Studio Headphones– “Real world” headphones great to get an idea of what everyday listeners will hear.
  • AKG K44 Studio Headphones– Mostly used for headphone mixes while tracking.
  • AKG K52 Studio Headphones– Also used for headphone mixes while tracking.

TO CAPTURE

Dynamic Microphones

  • Shure SM7b Dynamic Microphone– A classic that is dry, but real sounding. Sounds great on loud male vocals, guitar cabs, and heck, I’ll place it over a hi-hat sometimes. Oh yea, and it’s made as a broadcast mic. So I use it for Podcast production.
  • Electro-Voice RE320 Dynamic Microphone– Sounds great on kick drums, bass guitar cab and vocals. Also used for Podcast production.
  • Blue enCore100 Dynamic Microphone (2)– I wanted to get something that was not an SM57. So I got 2 of these. Actually sound good on bottom snare drum and guitar cabs.
  • Audix D2 Dynamic Microphone (3)– These little fellas live on top snare, and toms. Also will find some work on guitar cabs.
  • Audix D6 Dynamic Microphone– A kick drum standard, that will also do a great job in front of a bass cab.

Ribbon Microphones

  • AEA R92– Sounds amazing on just about everything. Figure of 8 microphone with different tonality characteristics on either side of the ribbon.

Condenser Microphones

  • Rode NTG2– Mostly used in the field, for interviews and for Foley. Also great on acoustic guitar, and drum overheads.
  • Sterling ST31 (2)– Yep. Cheap Guitar Center mics. But they sound fantastic, and I have yet to find a FET microphone that blows them out of the water. They sound awesome on acoustic guitar and drum overheads.
  • sE2200– A fantastic sounding cardioid. Tons of top end, but not shrill.

TO AMPLIFY

  • Universal Audio Unison Preamp (4)– Capture the famous tonality of every in-demand mic pre on the face of the Earth. Times 4.
  • Warm Audio TB12– An awesome API 312 style mic pre with two transformers and two discrete amplifiers in one. Output attenuation great for high gain situations. Also a DI function. It’s orange.
  • Focusrite ISAtwo– 2 Channels derived from the Rupert Neve made ISA console built for Sir George Martin like 700 years ago. Insane head room with low noise.
  • Focusrite OctoPre– 8 super clean mic pres. Super functional on everything.
  • Manley Core– My go to vocal channel strip. Tube mic pre with ELOP Compressor, Baxandall EQ and brick wall limiter.

INTERFACE

  • Universal Audio Apollo 8 Duo– Sample rates up to 192khz to make you creations sound like they are from the future. Dual headphone outputs and two instrument inputs. Industry standard in professional studios, so I bought one and put it in mine.
  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo- Same as the Apollo 8 just less inputs and outputs. This along with the Octopre gives 10 inputs on the road for mobile recording. It also allows me to work in the living room while I hold my baby.
  • Dangerous Music D Box- A talk back mic, headphone distributor, summing mixer, and D-A converter all in one. I would consider it the centerpiece of the studio.

DYNAMICS

  • DBX 560A (2)– Very versatile compressors that will also work great as limiters. Live on kick and snare drum, and do a great job on male vocals.
  • Gates Sta Level- A classic tube compressor from the 1950’s. Great for saturation on vocals and bass guitar.
  • Kush Audio Electra (2)– Whoa. These things are cool. Sweepable band EQ with tons of vibe. For tracking I use them on stereo room mics. I send the drum buss through them, and also use them for mastering.

INSTRUMENTS

  • Fender TC-90 Telecaster.
  • Fender Deluxe Telecaster.
  • Kimball Organ with Leslie Speaker
  • 1960’s Rogers Snare
  •  Moog Micromoog fully refurbished by McCallister Audio.
  • Traynor TS-20 Vintage Solid State Guitar Amp
  • Fender Princeton Reverb w/ 12″ Jensen Speaker
  • Many effect pedals including 00’s Memory Man Deluxe, Pedal Monster Klon Klone, and more.
  • Pearl Export Drum Shells
  • If you have any special requests I can get my hands on just about anything. Trust me.

DAW

  • Pro Tools 2018
  • Ableton 9
  • Reason 10