SOUL GARAGE


Tools

The heart of the studio is a Dell computer, with a Tascam US16x08 for the audio interface. Cockos's Reaper is our DAW, and updated regularly. .

Live room monitoring is provided by Peavey 110HC PA speakers powered by a Kustom power amp, or headphones, and a pair of M-Audio BX5 monitors are our near-fields. Mastering is done on all our available speakers for maximum adaptability of sound, but primarily the BX5s, and an old pair of Advents. These speakers are very neutral, and if a recording sounds good on them, it will usually sound good on any system.

Our primary vocalist's condenser is an MXL V57M, the first one they brought over from China, and which I think was a loss-leader - it is just too good a mic for the original $100 price! We also have an MXL Mogami 992 in the rack, and have been very happy with its sound on male vocals, and as a room mic for acoustic and electric guitars. Our first choice for acoustic instruments is a Sony C-535P pencil condenser, which has a wonderfully clear sound on guitars and other stringed instruments. An Electro-Voice ND757 is available for spoken-word recording, and also works superbly for vocalists singing in lower registers. In the closet we also have a Peavey PVM880, a mic I like to use for singers who accompany themselves on guitar or ukelele to catch both singer and instrument in a very natural way. A matched set of Karma K-Micro condensers capture percussion instruments with warmth and depth.

Our external preamps include a PreSonus BlueTube (the two channel model), a modified ART MP1, and a MidiMan FineLine.

For effects we have plug-ins from Waves, Soundtoys, IK Multimedia, and SSL. We have a variety of virtual instruments from Sonivox, Waves, and others, including two great sounding pianos, a Steinway D, and a Fazioli F228, the piano played on Adele's hit song "Hello'.