The Art Pro VLA II is a great looking two channel optical tube compressor which I bought from the States at a bargain price when the dollar was still strong (always be sure that the voltage supply can be changed to 240v before buying from the States). It is rack mounted and a solid design with very easy to use dials. The Art Pro utilises a combination of Solid state and Tube technology to deliver a nice warmth to sounds particularly vocals. It is a very transparent compressor and you have to wind the ratio up quite a long way before it starts to negatively affect the sound. I tend to use this when tracking with very light compression to ensure no clipping on the track as it is being recorded and have always been happy with the results.
Hi Impedance headphones prefer to be driven by a headphone amplifier in order to reach their maximum potential, the Magni is a compact but effective unit that provides a good level of drive to my Beyerdynamic DT990 Pros and ensures that all frequencies are reproduced faithfully. This was cheap but annoyingly is an overseas model that needs a stepdown converter to run which somewhat negates the compact nature of the unit.
After running out of room in a number or small stage boxes, a decision was made to purchase a large rack server to fit as much gear as possible in the control room and have it wired up so that each piece of equipment could be used without having to unplug and plug in differing cables. The server (above) has been wired up and contains a number of outboard processors, computer and stereo equipment, it also contains rack mounted power supplies with surge protection and a lighting system.
Cabling changes are kept to a minimum by the use of stage boxes, xlr multicore snakes, patch cables and patch bays. When I acquired the server rack it also contained an Uninterrupted power supply without batteries, in the next stage I will be attempting to get this working so as to protect data if there is a power failure when operating the computer.
The heart of any digital recording studio is the computer used to record the magic (hopefully) . I had this computer custom built for studio use by EIS computing using ideas sourced from the internet re studio computer requirements. The computer is rack-mountable, very fast with multi-core processors and expanded memory. It features an SSD drive which runs the system for instant response and a high speed SATA drive for storing data. It also feature additional fans to keep things cool and reliable and an awesome blue light.
The computer is loaded with Ableton Live, Pro tools 10, hundreds of VSTs and processors such as the Abbey Road bundle, although these processors have been largely made redundant through my purchase of outboard equipment.
I have set the computer up so that it can run a dual monitor system in the control room with a switch to enable a monitor to be used in the tracking room for time when I am recording alone.
There is nothing worse in a home studio than having to clamber behind desks, cupboards etc to try and plug and unplug various units. I have purchased two rack mounted patch bays with the aim of tidying up cabling and minimising the need to plug and unplug cables running through the back of the server cabinet.
I purchased a pair of these Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro for mastering and tracking, they are an open design and they are top quality headphones with outstanding reproduction. As they are the 250 OHM version I also purchased a headphone amplifier to ensure that maximum performance was obtained from the unit. I would highly recommend these to anyone particularly those not in a position to have studio monitors in their setup.
Sometime last century if you wanted to be a music pirate, you had to find someone with an official version, grab yourself a TDK 90 and preferably a three in one stereo so that every cough and splutter of the house didn't end up on your pirated tape. Every now and then I hear of bands planning releases on cassette tape. I always thought it was a miserable medium and the liner notes were terrible but thought I better get a tape player anyway. This one I picked up from the side of the road and it has the full fruit; Dolby noise reduction, separate recording levels, dual microphone inputs and a two motor tape mechanism that is remarkably smooth. It also sounds pretty good (for a tape).
SpecificationsType: 2-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro
Frequency Response: 25Hz to 18kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 76dB (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.055%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%
Input: 63mV (line), 0.4mV (mic)
Output: 0.3V (line)
Dimensions: 420 x 120 x 265mm
You have to love rich people especially when they carry out of their house a fully working stereo amplifier, upside down platter CD player and this superb set of Proac Super Tablette speakers and place them on the footpath for someone to take. A brand new set of these speakers will set you back about 4k so the chances of them finding their way into my home studio any other way was very slim. I use these speakers to monitor final mixes, but I have discovered that they have a fairly neutral frequency response so I also use them as studio monitors in conjunction with my Fostex studio monitors. I absolutely love these speakers, although due to their size I find they work best coupled with a subwoofer to boost low end.
Type..........................................Two-way, shelf/stand-mounted loudspeaker.
.................................................S canspeak soft-dome tweeter
.................................................4 " cone woofer in resistively loaded, ported cabinet.
Nominal impedance........................8 ohms.
Power capacity............................80 Watts programme
Dimensions(w x d x h)...................24 x 15.5 x 27 cm
Weight.......................................5 kg per side
Another Hard rubbish find and a sensational radio that works beautifully, every studio needs a radio for chilling out as well as taping grabs for samples etc. These old radios have a great sound and a great style. Currently running through a vintage technics amplifier.
I purchased this Yamaha Mixing Console for live use and to use in the studio to mix together various keyboard instruments before sending to the audio interface. The console is well made and quiet it also features very clean microphone preamps and phantom power making it a versatile addition to a home studio setup.
I am a final year student of the RMIT Bachelor of Music Industry Course. As part of my major project I have created a home studio with which to record my own music. This website chronicles the process that was followed and the items used within the studio.