3 Studios, 3 Budgets

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Robert Hanson, Kevin Becka and George Petersen



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Rounding out my 500 Series module purchases, I bought a variety of dynamics controllers including four of the versatile Burgin/McDaniel Komits ($750), four Purple Audio Action FET compressors ($675), four API 525 discrete compressors ($1,195), four AnaMod AM660 ($1,295) compressors modeled after the coveted Fairchild 660 and four Empirical Labs DerrEssers ($649) for taming stray sibilance. For mixing purposes, I added another two AM660s across the stereo bus in the Tree Console.

For effects while recording, Lexicon's PCM 96 hardware effects box ($2,999) works as a stand-alone unit or within Pro Tools via the included software. For more clean ambience is the Bricasti M7 high-resolution digital reverb ($3,695).

Mic choices include two R92 ribbon mics from AEA ($1620), two Royer 121s ($2,590), four PR30 dynamic moving coil mics from Heil ($996), a Yamaha SubKick ($369) and four SM57s from Shure ($400). For use on drum overheads, piano, strings, guitars and vocals, I'll have two Sennheiser MKH-800s ($5,400), a Korby Audio KAT Red ($3,495), the DPA 3521 compact stereo kit ($3,500), two SE Electronics SE-4s ($698), two new AKG C214s ($1,198) and two Mojave MA-200 tube mics ($1,990).

This means nothing without great playback, so I've chosen KRK E8B speakers ($5,000) and M-Audio's Studiophile DSM2 monitors ($1,498) as an alternate listening source. For direct recording, I'll use the DI inputs on the console's preamps in the control room or two Radial JDI DI boxes ($800) and a pair of A Designs REDDI Tube Dis ($1,430) for studio use.

All this comes to $174,884, excluding tax, license, undercoating and pin stripes on the muffler.



Apple Mac Pro 3GHz quad-core

Apple Logic Studio

Apogee Ensemble

Digidesign Digi 003 Rack

Pro Tools LE w/Music Production Toolkit

Blue Sky ProDesk 2.1 monitors

Mackie Big Knob

Universal Audio LA610 Mk II

M-Audio Keystation Pro

Native Instruments Komplete 5

Universal Audio UAD-2 Nevana 32

Waves Restoration Bundle


PCAudioLabs w/Intel Core2 quad 3GHz

Cakewalk SONAR 8 Producer's Edition

RME FireFace 800

Focusrite ISA828

Manley VoxBox

Groove Tubes The Brick

Solid State Logic Matrix

Argosy Mirage Matrix housing

JBL 6328P Monitors

Waves Silver Collection

SPL “Analog Code” Transient Designer


Digidesign Pro Tools HD3

Lynx Aurora Converters w/LT-HD cards

Apple Mac Pro Intel 3.2GHz quad-core

Digidesign PCIe expansion chassis

SSL Duende PCIe system

Tree Audio Console

500-Format Modules (A Designs, Anamod, API, Atlas Pro Audio, Burgin/McDaniel, Chandler, Eisen, Empirical Labs, OSA, Purple Audio, S and M Audio, Shadow Hills, Speck)

Lexicon PCM96

Bricasti M7 reverb

KRK E8B monitors

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