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Studio 2013

Mark's Studio

"The equipment list is too numerous to mention it all but, I'll give the main highlights:

I'm running Cubase 7. I have a Mackie Control Universal Pro and two Extender Pros for 24 moving faders of mixing (unlimited if you factor in the layers).

The Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection and the Slate Virtual Tape Machine are my secret weapons. I also have the UAD-2 Studer 24 track tape plugin, UAD-2 Ampex 2 track, Waves Redd (Abbey Road Beatles tube recording desk emulation), NLS console plugin and the Waves Ampex 2-TrackTape plugin, but the Sate plugins are the core of the sound of the studio. I have a UAD-2 Quad card. I have pretty much all of their plugins.(most used are the Fairchild Limiter, Pultec EQ, Studer 24 track tape, Neve EQs and Channel Strip, Helios EQ, Harrison EQ, SSL Channel Strip LA 2A-3A and 1176 compressors, Lexicon reverb, MXR flanger/doubler, and the EMT 140 and 250 plates), Chandler/Abbey Road TG12413 Compressor/Limiter and RS compressor, Nomad LM-662 Fairchild Compressor/Limiter, Waves Renaissance Compressor and EQ, Helios channel strip, Pye compressor, API 550 EQ and Ampex 2-track Tape plugin, IK Multimedia T-Racks Mastering Software (I use Sony Sound Forge with iZotope mastering software to master along with T-racks and Waves) Altiverb 6, PSP, Soundtoys, East West, Native Instruments, Sonic Reality, fxpansion, Steinberg and Lexicon plugins and Virtual instruments.

In the Hardware Rack, among other things, I have 3 M-Audio 2626 as my audio interface(unfortunately, I can only use two, being that I record at 96k). I have numerous stand alone mic pres from ART, Presonus, M-Audio and Studio Projects. My main hardware channel strips are: First and foremost my Vintech 573 for my U87 Clone, Golden Age Pre73 modded by Zen Pro Audio (Warren is GREAT, my pre had the knobs broken in shipping and he replaced them free of charge) and my Daking mic pre one for my U67 Clone, stock Golden Age Pre73 (which I use for one bass channel), two ART MPA II Pro with Sylvania NOS tubes (one is used for my Cascade Vin jet ribbon mics for drum overheads). M-Audio DMP3 modded by JJ Audio, Universal Audio LA-610, Joemeek VC1Q (which I use for my other Bass DI) and a Focusrite Platinum Twintrack Pro. For outboard effects I have (among others) a Kurzweil Rumour, a Lexicon MX200, two Behringer V-Verbs and a Rocktron Intellifex

I monitor with:

KRK VXT8 powered monitors and KRK powered subwoofer (I have a pair of Event BAS 20/20 powered monitors that I also use sometimes), vintage JBL L36 passive monitors and Vintage Pioneer HPM-40 speakers powered by a vintage European Sansui 790 Receiver (I also have a vintage Marantz 2275 receiver and an NAD receiver) and a pair of powered Avantone Mixcubes. I have many more plugins and hardware units but, these are the things I use the most. Also, I master on a separate computer and monitor with the Blue Sky EXO 2.1 system as well as Mackie MR5 powered monitors, using an SM Audio M-Patch to control Volume and switch between them.

Pearlman TM-47 Top three mics



Rack 2013


Custom built J.J. Audio U67 clone

U87 Clone

Custom built J.J. Audio U87 clone

Main Vocal Microphone

My main vocal mic is the TM-47. It's hand built in the USA by Dave Pearlman. It's a recreation of the Neumann U47. It has a K47 capsule, steel Telefunken ef12 tube, paper and oil caps and historically correct BV8 transformer. It sounds huge, full and present. It's a great mic and Dave is great to deal with. I cannot recommend this microphone more.

That goes into an A-Designs P-1, which is a recreation of the mic preamp from the Quad Eight Pacifica Console (The Wall Wall by Pink Floyd, More Than A Feeling by Boston and mostly everything by The Carpenters), from there it goes into an IGS ONE LA, which is a 500 series tube compressor (a 500 series recreation of the 1968 Teletronix LA2A). 

My next two favorite mics have been custom built for me by J.J. Audio. Langston, who is the sales liason to Jim, is GREAT to work with and I consider him a close friend. When we start talking gear...forget it, it's a never ending conversation. Jim built me a U87 clone with a NOS vintage transformer from a U87. I run it through my Vintech 573 and it is magical. He also built me a U67 clone. This is was my main vocal mic. It is custom built for me and was the second one he ever built. It doesn't even have a serial number. It's an early custom built Jasper prototype.I run it through my Daking mic pre one (which took a dive from the top of my rack and Dave from Daking personally fixed it for me...what a great guy!) that goes into a Lindell Audio 7X-500 (a lunchbox 1176 clone module) or I use the mic through my Universal Audio LA-610 and they all go into the Focusrite Saffire Liquid 56 (all the V-Drums and all the cymbal mics go into the Focusrite Octo pre). I also use a Shure SM7 for screaming vocals. Jim also modded a pair of my C1 mics, they sound great.

I have many mics. They include an AKG 414, two Studio Projects C1 mics, an Audio-Technica 4060 tube mic, 3 Cascade fathead II ribbon mics and a pair of Cascade Vin-Jet ribbon mics that I use for drum overheads, 5 Nady RSM-4 and RSM5 ribbon mics and various Shure, AKG, Rode and Audio Technica condenser and dynamic mics.
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Studio 5

Mastering and Video computer

Mark's Gear