EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARES

PROFESSIONAL TOOL FOR STUDIO

In 1997 we surprised quite a few ears with our large diaphragm microphone TLM 103. Its technical performance set new standards and, for the first time, the Neumann sound became affordable for private customers, too.

 

AUDIO TECHNICA MIC AT2020

  • The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
  • Ideal for project/home-studio applications
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone
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SM58®

Dynamic Vocal Microphone

If you’ve ever heard someone sing or speak into a live microphone, there’s an excellent chance it was an SM58. Rock stars. Pop idols. Comedians. Presidents. Popes. Immortal words have passed through its iconic grille for generations. And with engineering and durability that set the world standard, it’s sure to keep turning up at legendary performances.

MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid FireWire and USB Audio Interface Features

  • 28 inputs and 30 outputs (at 44.1/48kHz)
  • CueMix FX manages 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects
  • CueMix FX includes reverb with sends/returns, plus EQ and compression on every input and output
  • Access any setting in your entire 828mk3 mix directly from the front panel
  • Stand-alone functionality
  • Multiple CueMix FX mixes
  • And many more advance features

Saffire pro 14

  • 8 in/6 out FireWire audio interface with 2 Focusrite mic preamps
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface
  • Saffire MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
  • Midnight Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), and the Softube Time and Tone Bundle upon registration
  • Xcite+ software bundle

Yamaha HS80m

  • 8 inch cone woofer and 1 inch dome tweeter; Produce low distortion sound with a well defined bottom end at any output level
  • 38Hz to 30kHz frequency response; Power consumption: 60 watts
  • 75W LF plus 45W HF bi amp system 120W total; Level control (+4dB/center click), EQ: High trim switch (+/ 2dB at HF) / Room control switch (0/2/4 dB under 500Hz)
  • Room control and high trim response controls
  • XLR and TRS phone jack inputs. Crossover: 2kHz

Alesis Monitor 2

The Monitor Two offers wide frequency response, accurate transient reproduction, clear musical detail and imaging and high power handling capability. These monitors were designed by experts with decades of experience in professional audio system design including the award winning Monitor One™ Studio Reference Monitors.

Alesis’ RA100 Power Amplifier

Alesis’ RA100 power amplifier has long been a favorite choice of musicians, hobbyists and professionals alike. Now Alesis extends the RA’s range throughout the recording and production spectrum with a bold new series of affordable amps in three distinct power ratings. With their rugged construction, striking good looks – among the first examples of Alesis’ groundbreaking new approach to industrial design – and a long list of features, the new RA series will quickly find a home in project and commercial recording studios, broadcast an post-production control rooms around the world.

TC Electronic Finalizer 96K

  • Heavyweight studio mastering processor?with a complete range of mastering tools?adds?extra polish to your sound
  • State-of-the-art?96 kHz internal and external processing gives you exceptional sound clarity
  • Exceptional set of versatile mastering tools on board, including 5-band parametric EQ, compressor, limiter, expander and normalizer
  • High-quality 24-bit A/D and D/A converters ensure optimal analog-to-digital conversion

Focusrite VoiceMaster Pro.

The VoiceMaster Pro is a single channel, Class A microphone preamplifier with latency-free monitoring that ensures direct and delay-free mix control. Tools such as the voice-optimized EQ, Vintage Harmonics and Tube Sound allow for further customization of the source.

The latency-free monitoring section contains a separate stereo monitoring circuit that allows the user to monitor the vocal, plus a FX loop such as reverb, and the mix being played back from the recording device while controlling the levels of all three sources. Additionally, the VoiceMaster Pro provides an instrument input in addition to the line and microphone inputs, and an insert send and return that is between the pre and the expander section. Routing flexibility is enhanced by the order in which processors can be used. Both the order of the Vintage Harmonics into Compressor chain and the Compressor into EQ chain can be reversed. A Tube Sound section is also included.

DBX286

  • Studio quality Mic Preamp/Channel Strip Processor
  • Classic dbx Compression puts great sound within easy reach
  • Frequency tunable De-Esser reduces sibilance and high frequency distortion
  • Enhancer increases the detail and definition of the high and low frequencies
  • Program adaptive Expander/Gate
  • Insert jack allows you to add an external processor
  • Full compliment of meters and status LEDs
  • +48V Phantom Power
  • Precision detented controls

Akai midi controller

The Advance Keyboard comes with VIP 3 Plus, including a prebuilt Multi Library featuring popular songs, a 16GB download of over 10,000 sounds from industry-leading developers at AIR Music Technology, SONiVOX, and TOOLROOM RECORDS. This comprehensive collection of Instrument and FX plugins provides you with an instant palette of contemporary, sought-after sounds for both live performance and studio production a $1000 value.

M-AUDIO

  • Keyboards for advanced virtual instrument performance
  • Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
  • Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters
  • Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for unprecedented virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi patch creation
  • 49 premium, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed with aftertouch
  • 8 large, endless and continuously variable control knobs
  • 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC pads with RGB illumination

SE Electronics Reflexion Filter PRO Portable Vocal Booth

When you put a microphone in front of you, it doesn’t just hear you – it hears the room around you.
Even if it’s a cardioid mic and is listening mostly to just you, it’s still picking up reflections from your voice or instrument that are bouncing off the walls and coming back to the mic. The goal of acoustic treatment is to minimize the pickup of such reflections so your primary sound source comes through as pure as possible.

Acoustic Treatment

It’s easy to get carried away once the boxes of gear arrive. But make sure you have a clear plan before sticking it up!

The physics of the propagation of sound is immensely complicated, and when the assortment of materials that make up the walls, floors and ceiling (plus any windows, doors and furniture) are added to the equation, it’s very difficult to predict what will happen to sound waves once they’ve left their source. What’s more, every room is different, and it’s not just the dimensions that will dictate how the room will sound… Imagine two rooms of the same shape and size. One has two‑metre-thick concrete walls, and the other a single‑layer plasterboard stud-wall. Even with those brief, albeit extreme descriptions, you probably know already that the two rooms will sound very different. Add in the multitude of room shapes, sizes, wall‑construction methods and surfaces found in home studios, and it becomes impossible to provide a one-size-fits-all guide to acoustic treatment.

The subject of acoustics is regularly discussed in SOS, but plenty of readers still ask for the subject to be covered from a much more basic starting point. What follows is a look at installing acoustic treatment from a complete beginner’s perspective: some basic, essential information, along with a bit of advice from acoustics professionals that should give you the confidence to get started. I’ll follow this up by taking you step by step through my own recent experience of treating a room

SOFTWARE'S

LOGIC PRO X

Logic Pro is a digital audio workstation and MIDI sequencer software application for the macOS platform. It was originally created in the early 1990s as Notator Logic, or Logic, by German software developer C-Lab which later went by Emagic.

 

Steinberg Cubase

Cubase is a digital audio workstation developed by Steinberg for music and MIDI recording, arranging and editing. The first version, which was originally only a MIDI sequencer and ran on the Atari ST computer, was released in 1989.

FruityLoops

FL Studio is a digital audio workstation developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface with a pattern-based music sequencer. The program is available in four different editions for Microsoft Windows and macOS

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