In line with Andy Hong's list of gear (issue #66) he's reviewed in the past that he still finds amazing, here's a list of stuff I was using this last month that I think deserves special credit for the amount of times I fall back on these pieces and how well they were designed and built.
We're also installing a new Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console in November this year. 32 main faders, VU meters and all. We're pretty excited about this. And the day rate stays the same.
Here's a list and some quick comments. -LC
MCI 1/4" 2 track mixdown deck - more than ever this glues these Pro Tools mixes together.
IZotope RX - I find a new way to use this audio restoration software every session. I clean up ribbon mic tracks full of hiss, or room mics with background noise, or piano squeaks, or buzzing bass or electric guitar tracks.
Chandler TG1 stereo compressor - the most distinctive compressor I've heard. Unreal distortion when driven hard.
Drawmer 1969 stereo compressor/preamp/DI - underrated. Preamp sucks but compressor is clean and works SO GOOD!
Studio Electronics C2 stereo compressor - No one knows about this one. Like a faster 1176 and cleaner. Unreal on percussion, xylophone hits or such.
EMT 140 Plate Reverb - We had Hamptone build new electronics for the driver and pickups on this. Amazing!
Demeter Real Reverb spring reverb - I still like this for some things even though I have a plate reverb.
Fulltone Tube tape echo - No mix is done without this.
Great River EQ-2NV 2-band EQ - This can fix anything. And in a nice way!
Drawmer DS201 dual gate - Always the best way to clean up an analog mix. So tunable.
Korg DTR-2000 rackmount digital tuner - More than ever I appreciate a good tuner.
Brauner Valvet Voice - How do you record vox? Put this up and 90% of the time yer done.
BLUE Dragonfly condenser - Secret weapon: On Toms. Try it. Now.
Earthworks TC 30K omni condenser - the best room mics.
Royer R-121 ribbon mic - It's rare I record an electric guitar without one of these up.
AEA R84 ribbon mic - trumpet, percussion, ac guitar, bass amps, upright bass
AEA R92 - just got this. On electric guitar? Amazing!
Heil Sound PR30 - guitar cab, snare. Unique sound.
Audix D6 - kick, with a crazy scooped out low mid
Audix SCX25 - ac guitar's best friend. Awesome as a stereo pair for that.
Shure KSM 32 - a better mic than it gets credit for. Great on guitar cabs.
Oktava MK-012 Joly-mod matched pair - Sound so much better than stock ones. Piano!
Dangerous Audio MONITOR ST - the more I use this the more I'm impressed. It's unreal how much better it sounds than the monitor section of our current console.
ADAM S-3A active ribbon speakers - I get a lot of help out of these no matter what John Fischbach says.
Avantone MixCubes - Like a bad car stereo always helps your mixes.
Tech 21 Comptortion - Makes DI bass work.
Chandler Limited Germanium Series preamp/DI - A preamp you can tailor for each sound.
Pendulum Audio Quartet record channel - my vocal chain. 'Nuff said.
RTZ 9762 dual channel preamp - Why aren't people buying this? Oh, no marketing?
Hamptone Silverbox 4-channel tube pre - I appreciate this pre more every time I use it. Subtle qualities come out on this fucker.
Pacifica Solid State mic pre - Drum OH, Piano - brings a sort of life to the high end that other pres sometimes lack.
Valvotronics DI box - great bass DI.
Little Labs IBP phase alignment box - Live AC and vox helper!
Furman HP Audio Distribution System HDS-16 - I'm so happy with this setup. Make your own HP mixes, please.
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