What

What I Use (aside from ears):

Gear is only part of the equation M+P+V+m+p+S = good recording, where M is a good musician, P is the best performance, V is the right venue, m is the right mic, p is the mic placed correctly, S is the path to the capture device; the sum of which can yield a great recording.

But here’s what I use, if you’re interested:

Microphones

  • Schoeps CMC6 MK21 Wide Cardioid stereo matched pair – one of the finest ensemble pairs.
  • Schoeps MSTC 54 ORTF stereo microphone – instant, perfect stereo.
  • AEA R88 MkII Stereo Large Ribbon microphone – very sweet on choirs
  • Telefunken AR-51 – Large Diaphragm tube condenser – superb tube vocal mic!
  • Advanced Audio CM-47 multi-pattern tube condenser – another great vocal mic (also amazing on kick out)
  • Earthworks TC-20 omni-directional stereo matched pair – close omnis for orchestral/choral spot.
  • Oktavamod Ultimate mod MK-012 omni, cardioid, hyper-cardioid capsules (x2) – fantastic mics for nearly everything.
  • Sennheiser e-604 (x3) – mounted on tom drums
  • Audix D6 – my favourite kick drum (inside) mic. Just a dominating dynamic mic.
  • Audio Technica D130 omni dynamic – sounds like a condenser, but takes transients nicely – like on snare, hi-hat.
  • RØDE NTK dual triode valve microphone – very warm on male vocals, cello, acoustic guitar.
  • RØDE NTG-3 Short Shotgun with full suspension, blimp & dead cat – very durable, clear and forgiving dialog mic.
  • Sennheiser MKH-416T Short Shotgun (x2) – one of the old favorite short shotguns, heard on countless films and docs.
  • Naiant Violin-mount omni – for a tiny touch of string detail, mount on the violin and mix to taste.
  • Naiant Universal-mount omni – when I need a close mic with no proximity effect, and it needs to be unobtrusive.
  • Shure SM-57 Dynamic mic – tried it on everything, left it snare top!
  • Shure 545SH series 2 Unidyne Dynamic- an older flavor of 57 (also on my snare)
  • Electro-Voice PL60N/D Dynamic Super-cardioid
  • Ambient QP408 12′ aluminum boom-pole
  • Sennheiser Wind Cover
  • RØDE Wind Cover
  • Ambient Quiet Pole Boom (x 2)

Cabling 

  • I mostly use Neutrik connectors on Mogami Neglex 2549, or Canare Starquad/L-4E6S cable. These are excellent cables for recording; they both retain high frequencies very well, even on long cable runs. My studio interconnects are Belden 12 ch. snakes with Neutrik connectors. Since I assemble and maintain my microphone and interconnect cables myself, I test them before each session and I am assured of their quality and reliability on every job.

Pre-Amplifiers

  • Millennia Media STT-1 Origin Channel Strip – verrrry tasty channel strip!
  • AEA RPQ-500 in API Lunchbox, 2 channels – perfect marriage for the R-88 with a HF EQ and LF filter
  • DAV Electronics Broadhurst Gardens BG No. 2 , 4 channels – clean, fast pre with a hint of euphonic warmth
  • Vintech Audio 573 500 series mic pre in A Designs 500HR rack, 2 channels – very nice Neve 1073 style pre
  • Warm Audio WA412, 4 channels, transformer i/o, 312 style – disgusting low end, massive tone!
  • Universal Audio Apollo, 4 channels, very clean
  • Universal Audio DCS Remote Desktop Mic Preamp, 2 channels with talkback – great all around pre
  • Sound Devices 702/744T recorder mic pres, 4 channels – I use as a backup, but could easily serve as a main pair of pres and AD

Outboard

  • TK Audio TK-Lizer Stereo MS Mastering EQ – sweet Baxandall EQ for finishing and polish
  • SafeSound Audio Stereo Toolbox (Mid-Side compressor in lunchbox)
  • Alta Moda Audio AM-25 EQ (two channels in A Designs rack)
  • RPQ 500 Line input LF Filter and HF Shelf EQ (x2)
  • Millennia STT-1 – Line in mode, full EQ, DeESS, Comp/Lim
  • Avid Artist Mix – 8 channel automated, touch sensitive mix surface

AD/DA

  • Universal Audio Apollo – 18 channels i/o over Thunderbolt
  • Lucid ADA 8824 – 8 channels i/o ADAT into Apollo
  • Lucid AD9624 – 2 channels i/o spdif into Apollo
  • TC Electronic BMC-2 DAC monitor controller

Recorders

  • Sound Devices 744T Compact Flash recorder, 4 channels with Ambient timecode
  • Sound Devices 702 Compact Flash recorder, 2 channels
  • Zoom F8 10 track recorder with timecode – stands right along side the Sound Devices rigs!
  • Alesis ML9624 Masterlink hard disc recorder, 2 channels
  • Mac Pro Trash Can 3.5 Ghz 6 core, 64 GB ram, Dual D-500 GPUs, Thunderbolt Akitio Array

Monitoring

  • Neumann KH120 Monitors – sublime!
  • Yamaha NS-10M Monitors – classic!
  • BlueSky 5.1 surround bass management controller
  • DSM-3 Digital MTM Monitors
  • Alesis M1 Active MKII Monitors
  • Auratone 5C Super Sound Cubes (for checking what it’ll sound like on small speakers)
  • AKG K141 Headphones (x2)
  • Sennheiser HD-280 Pro Headphones
  • TC Electronic Clarity M Loudness Meter (LKFS)
  • Dorrough 40-A2 Loudness Meters (pair)
  • 4 channel headphone amplifier
  • Crown D-75A Stereo Amplifier
  • T.C. Electronic BMC-2 DAC + Monitor Controller

Software

  • Pro Tools | HD 12.5
  • Logic Pro X
  • Sonic Studio soundBlade 2.1 – for mastering and Redbook or DLP creation
  • Algorithmix reNOVAtor – Spectral audio restoration/repair, noise reduction
  • iZotope RX 5 Advanced – noise reduction, de-hum, de-crackle
  • Nugen LM2
  • LUFS Meter
  • Melodyne Studio
  • ReVoice Pro (ADR secret weapon!)
  • Acon Digital Verberate 5.1 reverb
  • TC Electronic VSS3 Stereo Source Reverb – go to!
  • Tons of high end plugins on UAD Apollo Duo
  • Adobe CS Master Collection
  • WaveBurner
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Plugins from the TC System 6000 including MD3 Stereo Multiband Dynamics processor and VSS3 Variable Source Stereo Reverb
  • Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition I + II orchestral sample collections, Epic Orchestra
  • Vienna Instruments Pro + Vienna Ensemble Pro
  • Spitfire Audio – various libraries
  • Kontakt
  • Evolutions Mutations
  • Loomer Aspect and Sequent
  • Heaviocity Gravity
  • Arturia Collection
  • Loomer Aspect, Shift, Sequent
  • Digidesign Strike drum sample library
  • Addictive Drums Trigger
  • Tons of other sound processing plugins and samples

Acoustic Treatment

  • Primacoustic London Kits
  • Primacoustic Flexifusers
  • Primacoustic Nimbus Clouds
  • Primacoustic Reflexion Filter
  • Auralex monitor Iso Pads

Instruments

  • Pearl Export 5 pc. with Yamaha Vintage Series snare and Axis double kick
  • Ayotte Maple Snare 14×6.5 Ray Ayotte Era
  • Various Sabian, Zildjian, Paiste, WuHan cymbals
  • Taylor T5 Electric
  • Taylor GS Mini Acoustic
  • Yamaha Classical
  • Kala tenor Ukulele
  • Washburn Jumbo Acoustic
  • Yamaha Electric Bass
  • Baldwin Upright Piano
  • Armstrong Concert Flute
  • Gold Tone 6 string Banjo
  • Mountain Dulcimer
  • Various Percussion
  • Arturia KeyLab 88 note midi controller
  • Oxygen 8 midi controller

Featuring a custom desk by Buso Audio!!!

Latch Lake Mic King 3300 – It’s a mic stand. No, it’s an anvil stand!