Antelope Orion 32+
Heritage Audio OST-10 500 Series Rack (modules listed below)
Focal Alpha 80 monitors
Equator D5 monitors
Reaper (main DAW)
Harrison Mixbus 32C
Logic Pro X
Plugins from: Acustica Audio/Klanghelm/Krevgrand/TDR/Soundtoys/Fabfilter//Kush/Valhalla/Oeksound
AKG K701 Reference headphones
Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones
Tascam 32 1/4” 2 track tape machine
Tascam 112B Cassette deck
Behringer (I know..) X-Touch control surface (it’s just a nice way of controlling everything without having to go crazy with the mouse all the time)
ART Head Amp 6 Pro
Sony Portable 1/4″ mono tape machine
500 SERIES microphone PREAMPS
2 x CAPI VP28 - API 2520 style op-amps and circuit, but with 2 gain stages so lots of tonal variety and drive, Ed Anderson transformers
2 x Hairball Lola - big, wide, hearty and clean preamps from Seattle
2 x CAPI VP25 - replicas of 1970’s API console preamp circuit in 500 series format, Ed Anderson transformer
2 x AML ez1073pre - Neve based design, Carnhill transformer
1 x Sound Skulptor MP573 - Neve 1073/1290 based design, Carnhill transformer
1x JLM Audio LA500 opto compressor - LA2 meets LA3 style, Carnhill transformer
Coles 4038 - warm, deep and wide sounding ribbon designed for the BBC, amazing microphone on almost anything as long as the figure-of-8 pattern allows it.
Electro Voice RE20 - Broadcast designed high end dynamic, great on horns, kick, voice, piano
Beyerdynamic M160 short ribbon - open clean bright ribbon, love it as drum overhead, on guitar cab, horns
Beyerdynamic M260 ribbon - antiharsh! Lovely on saxophone, trumpet, electric guitar cabinet and acoustic guitar
Shure SM7B dynamic - good rejection of other sounds in room for live recordings, warm and round on vocals and horns, cool on snare for dry woody 70’s sound.
2 x RK12 Capsules with Jim Williams/Schoeps circuit, matched pair LDC’s - beautifully natural sounding, can take aggression out of drums and horns without losing energy, very flattering for some vocalists.
2 x RK47 capsules and Jim Williams/Schoeps circuit, matched pair LDC’s - great mid-forward sonic characteristics, brings a bit more front to sounds with timid tendencies, compliments RK12 so well – a vocal will always sound great through one of these and then there are the preamp flavours above to choose from.
Aston Spirit - multi pattern LDC
Coles 4037a - BBC presenter's microphone, dynamic, strong 700Hz mid range bump, cool and distinctive sound.
Beyerdynamic X1N Soundstar - I got it just because I thought it just looked great, turns out it's good for some vocals and inside an upright piano.
Electro Voice 630 - 50's vibe, guitar, vocals harmonica, no highs or lows, just a crunchy honk up the middle, perfect sometimes.
2 x CASCADE Fat Head ribbon mics with Blumlein stand - warm, dark, natural: great drum mic in middle of kit or for vintage sounding horns, Blumlein pair and mid/side options for stereo imaging.
Beyerdynamic M201 – hi fi dynamic mic used a lot on snare, guitar close mic, acoustic body.
Shure SM57 - because you're meant to... but they are the sound of loud guitar, rock snare, and they are very good for a certain kind of upright piano sound.
Heil PR40 - dynamic broadcast mic, goes down to 28Hz and bright up top too. Favourite on upright acoustic bass, ace on kick, close guitar cab, bass cab and some voices.
2 x Audio Technica Pro37r matched pair SDC’s – great on bass, percussion, room, OH, a lot of 6kHz, but if that's not annoying then they're cool. And Steve Albini likes them, so…
2 x Audio Technica Pro44 boundary mics - usually set as "vibe catchers" up on the walls
Beyerdynamic Opus 65 dynamic kick drum mic
AKG D112 dynamic kick mic
GAP R1 Active Mk3 ribbon - crunchy, characterful
Alctron RM-8B (same as Apex 205) ribbon - small bucks, but really neat sound
Cloudlifter mic activator - 25dB clean gain, means insensitive mics are an option with quiet sources
Radial Engineering Pro MS2 - 3 way mic splitter so a mic source can be sent to a selection of preamps simultaneously, or be compressed on the way in without having to commit.
Instruments, amps and FX
IMPORTANT: Please check with me before your recording date if you know you're going to want any of the following items for your session - I do sometimes lend things to friends, and some items do break every so often, so to avoid disappointment, let me know what you need so I can make sure they're here and in good shape!
Fender Jazzmaster, walnut body
Fender USA Telecaster, blonde
Epiphone Sheraton, natural
Blueridge BR60 acoustic
Cordoba C5 classical nylon string
Squier CV Precision Bass, flatwound strung (Fender slayer!)
Banjo (6 string guitar banjo – easy for guitarists)
Welmar 1976 upright piano - tuned & maintained
Fender Rhodes "Seventy Three" electric piano - not super clean, but gets regular attention
Arturia Keylab 61 (controls Arturia Analog Lab really well)
Casio weighted piano keyboard (just for MIDI input if you want the option of sample set pianos)
Fender Super Reverb 4x10 silverface
Fender Deluxe 5E3 1×12 combo (authentic 50’s handwired circuit clone)
Mooer 5w Little Monster BM – “Baby Bassman” valve head
Palmer 2×12 cabinet loaded with pair Celestion G12M Greenbacks
DIY 1x12 cab with Jensen C12N
Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0 bass amp and 1x12" cabinet
Mackie Thump 12" 1kW powered monitor
Strymon El Capistan d’Tape Delay
Fulltone ‘70 Fuzz
TC Electronics Tailspin tremolo
Zvex Fuzz Factory
Zvex Super Duper 2 In 1
Klon Centaur (clone)
Swamp Thang Tremolo (clone)
Xotic RC Booster (clone)
Timmy overdrive (clone)
Vox Big Ben OD
‘66 Big Muff Triangle Pi (clone)
Voodoo Lab Tremolo
EH Holy Grail reverb
Dr J Sparrow bass di preamp/driver
Joyo American Sound guitar di preamp/driver
Premier Duraplex 22x14 kick, 12x8 and 16x16 toms - vintage late1950's birch kit
Ludwig Acrolite 1978 snare drum
Collingwood 22" ride cymbal - totally brilliant!
Tama Royal Star 22”/16” kick drum
Dream Bliss 22” ride
Sabian HHX Legacy 16” Thin Crash
Zildjian 15″ 1960’s vintage hi hats
Conn 10M silver plate 1945 tenor saxophone with Pillinger mouthpiece
Selmer Console Special clarinet