We couldn't be serious about the art of recording without having a serious collection of instruments, equipment, and gear at our disposal to help make your recording experience sounds as good as it feels.

Have a look through our 'toolbox' and we're sure you'll appreciate our attention to detail as much as we do.

Instruments

ACOUSTIC GUITARS

  • SCOTT WALKER ‘D’ - handcrafted Adirondack spruce/mahogany steel string dreadnought
  • CARTER|POULSEN 'G-model' (handcrafted sinker-redwood/Macassar ebony) steel string
  • BREEDLOVE ‘SC20’- cedar/rosewood concert steel string
  • LARRIVEE ‘Parlor’ - spruce/mahogany acoustic steel string
  • DOBRO ‘60-D’ squareneck resonator guitar

ELECTRIC GUITARS

  • GIBSON GK-55 solid body electric w/original PAF pickup (1980's)
  • FENDER Strat Ultra USA (1989)
  • FENDER Telecaster (1960s reissue)
  • FENDER Bullet S-3 (1970s)
  • FENDER Tele-Sonic w/DeArmond pickups (1990's)
  • Z-VEX Drip guitar (w/proximity wah probe)
  • BRIAN MOORE ‘i7’ custom electric
  • DANELECTRO 6-string baritone electric
  • DANELECTRO Corvette hollowbody acoustic/electric
  • CRUZTONE 6 string lap steel (with Lollar/Aiello pickup)

BASSES

  • MIKE LULL ‘MV4’ 4-string active ‘P’ model
  • FENDER Jazz Bass (1980’s) with Moses Graphite Neck
  • WARWICK ‘Fortress Flashback’ active bass
  • TACOMA ‘Thunderchief’ 4 string acoustic

KEYBOARDS

  • YAMAHA ‘C7’ grand piano (maintained by Murray’s Piano Tuning, Watsonville)
  • FENDER RHODES ‘Suitcase 73’ (maintained by Peter Cooper, CAE Sound, San Mateo)
  • HAMMOND ‘B-3’ with 147 Leslie (maintained by Bob Schleiker, Oakland, CA)
  • MOOG ‘Voyager’ synthesizer
  • FARFISA vintage ‘Mini-Compact’

AMPLIFIERS

  • 1973 FENDER 'silverface' Pro-Reverb 2x12"  (6L6's)
  • 1964 FENDER/DUMBLE 'blackface' Bandmaster head (with Howard Dumble modifications)
  • 1967 VOX "Cambridge Reverb" with reverb/tremolo
    1961 MAGNATONE 421 10 watt tube amp with electronic vibrato
  • 1962 GIBSON GA-5T "Skylark" 5 watt
  • 1965 EXCELSIOR "Citation" (Valco) all tube 10 watt tweed combo
  • 1965 SILVERTONE 1464 'Twin Twelve' 60w tube reverb/vibrato
  • 2002 BOGNER 'Shiva' 2 channel modern hi-gain 1x12" combo (hi voltage 6L6's)
  • 2006 VICTORIA ‘20112’ 20 watt 6L6 early Fender Tweed Deluxe clone
  • 2007 ORANGE ‘Tiny Terror’ 7/14 watt tube amp
  • MESA/BOOGIE 1x12" open-back cabinet w/EV 'Black Shadow' speaker
  • Z-VEX 'Nano-head' ½-1 watt mini tube guitar amp
  • DANELECTRO 'Honeytone' battery powered amp (perfect for hard to reach places...)
  • AGUILAR DB680 hi-fi bass all-tube preamp
  • AMPEG BA-112 bass combo amp
  • BAG END 1x15 subwoofer bass cabinet
  • EPIFANI 1x10" "Ultralight Series" bass cabinet
  • QSC 1202 and 1602 power amps

DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

  • SUGAR PERCUSSION SIGNATURE STUDIO 'FIDDLEBACK MAPLE' DRUM KIT
    (Kick: 20x13", Rack Tom: 7x12", Floor Toms: 11x14", 13"x16")
  • SUGAR PERCUSSION 'BIG BOY' CUSTOM 'RED CEDAR DRUM KIT
    (Kick: 24"x11", Rack Tom: 9x13", Floor Toms: 13x16", 15"x18")
  • LUDWIG 14"x5" 1970's SUPERPHONIC SNARE
  • ZILDJIAN 15" Quick Beat" HiHats
  • ZILDJIAN 16" K "Dark Crash"
  • ZILDJIAN 17" "A Custom "Projection Crash"
  • ZILDJIAN 18" K Custom "Dry Crash"
  • ZILDJIAN 21" A "Sweet Ride"
  • ZILDJIAN 21" K Custom "Dry Ride"
  • PAISTE 22" "Prototype Ride"
  • LP "MATADOR" Bongos
  • TAMBOURINES
  • SHAKERS
  • ASSORTED KNICK KNACKS

 

Recording Equipment

MICROPHONES

  • MANLEY ‘Reference Cardioid’ tube mic
  • RCA "77DX" ribbon mic [mid 1950's]
  • NEUMANN "TLM103" (matched pair) (x2)
  • NEUMANN "M147" (tube condenser)
  • GROOVE TUBES "6TM" variable pattern (tube condenser)
  • ROYER LABS "R-121" (modern ribbon)
  • ROYER LABS "R-122" (phantom-powered ribbon)
  • BANG & OLUFSEN "BM3" (vintage ribbons, modded by S. Sank) (x2)
  • BEYER DYNAMIC "M-160" (dual-ribbon hypercardioid)
  • CASCADE DESIGNS 'Fathead' ribbon mics (matched pair) (x2)
  • BLUE 'Kiwi' variable pattern (condenser)
  • BLUE 'Dragonfly Deluxe' (matched pair) (x2)
  • BLUE 'Baby Bottle' condenser
  • RODE "NT-4" Stereo X/Y microphone
  • RODE "NT-1" condenser
  • RCA "MI-6207" "Aeropressure" vintage omnidirectional dynamic
  • OCTAVA "MK219" large diaphragm condenser
  • ELECTRO-VOICE "RE-20" (dynamic broadcast mic) (x2)
  • SHURE "SM7" broadcasting mic
  • AKG "C3000" mk I
  • AKG "C418" (with mounting clip)
  • AKG "D112"
  • AKG "D330BT"
  • SENNHEISER "MD421"
  • SENNHEISER "E835"
  • SENNHEISER "E906" [guitar cab mic]
  • SHURE "SM53" [vintage cardiord] (x2)
  • SHURE SM81 (matched pair) (x2)
  • SHURE Beta 98A (with drum mount hardware) (x3)
  • SHURE SM57 (x4)
  • SHURE SM58 (x2)
  • SHURE Beta 57 (x3)
  • SHURE Beta 58 (x2)
  • SHURE Beta 52 kick drum/bass mic (x2)
  • SHURE 'Green Bullet' hi-Z
  • SHURE Brothers SM57 (vintage - from early '60s)
  • K & K SOUND 'Hi-Hat' mic w/mount
  • AUDIO TECHNICA 4033SE
  • AUDIO TECHNICA 4040
  • AUDIO TECHNICA 4051 (matched pair) (x2)
  • ELECTRO-VOICE RE18
  • RODE NTG-2 shotgun mic
  • AUDIO TECHNICA AT899 sub-miniature lavalier mics (x2)
  • CROWN ‘PZM’ (pressure zone) condenser microphones (x4)

MIC PREAMPLIFIERS

  • API "3124 "  4-channel solid state mic preamp 
  • SUMMIT AUDIO MPC-100 tube preamp/tube compressor
  • UNIVERSAL AUDIO "6176" all-tube preamp/1176 comp/limiter
  • QUAD EIGHT "Coronado" [x4] in sidecar from vintage console
  • GRACE DESIGNS "Model 101" ultra transparent mic pres
  • GREAT RIVER MP-2NV (2 channel modern Neve 1073 clone)
  • UNIVERSAL AUDIO "2-610" tube preamp
  • SCULLY "280" preamps racked from 1970's reel-to-reel (x2}
  • LANGEVIN "Dual Vocal Channel" 2 ch discrete class A 
  • SYTEK "MPX-4A" (Burr Brown mod on channels 3/4)
  • SUMMIT AUDIO "2BA-221" tube/solid state/DI
  • FMR AUDIO "Really Nice Preamp" 2 ch class A
  • UNIVERSAL AUDIO "4-710d" 4-channel hybrid preamp
  • FOCUSRITE "Voicemaster" channel strip
  • YAMAHA 02R96 (16 extra mic/line inputs available)
  • MACKIE ONYX 1640i 16 channel mixer
    (Firewire equipped and perfect for live sound/location recording)

OUTBOARD PROCESSING

  • MANLEY ‘MASSIVE PASSIVE’ stereo tube equalizer
  • GREAT RIVER ‘EQ2-NV’ stereo equalizer
  • SUMMIT AUDIO ‘FeQ’ mono hybrid tube/solid state equalizers (x2)
  • MANLEY  'Variable-Mu' Stereo Tube Compressor/Limiter
  • UNIVERSAL AUDIO "2-LA2A" stereo tube limiter/compressor
  • LANGEVIN stereo limiter (sidechain of Dual Vocal Channel)
  • UNIVERSAL AUDIO '1176' compressor/limiters (w/stereo link) (x2)
  • UNIVERSAL AUDIO ‘6176’ preamp/compressor/limiters (x2)
  • UREI 1176 clone (built by Alex Nitta of Sonic Wizard Designs)
  • SUMMIT AUDIO MPC-100 (tube compressor/tube mic pres) (x2)
  • FMR AUDIO RNC 1773 stereo/dual mono compressor (x2)
  • DEMETER 'Real Reverb' analog spring reverb unit
  • TC ELECTRONICS 'M-One' stereo/dual multi-FX
  • ANTARES ATR-1a auto-tune processor
  • ELECTRIX 'Mo-FX' (time-based and modulation effects)
  • ELECTRIX 'Filter Factory' (analog filter/tone generator)
  • ELECTRIX 'Repeater' (loop sampler)
  • ELECTRIX 'Warp Factory' (vocoder)
  • ELECTRIX 'Filter Queen' (analog filter/tone generator)
  • ELECTRIX 'EQ-Killer' (EQ effects)

HEADPHONES AND MONITORING

  • DYNAUDIO ACOUSTICS ‘BM-6A’ active nearfields
  • TANNOY ‘TS10’ 300w active subwoofers
  • KLARK-TECNIK  ‘DN410’ parametric equalizer 
  • ALESIS Monitor One passive nearfields
  • AUDIO TECHNICA 'ATH-M50' studio headphones (x7)
  • SONY '7506' studio headphones (x5)
  • ALESIS RA-100 studio power amplifier
  • RANE ME-15B 15 band graphic equalizer 
  • BEHRINGER Truth 2031A active nearfield monitors
  • DOD R-430 15 band graphic equalizer (for tuning monitors to room)
  • ALTEC-LANSING (cheap-ass computer speakers)
  • MOGAMI professional wiring throughout facility
  • SWITCHCRAFT TT ("Tiny-Telephone") Patchbays and connectors
  • FURMAN 48 pt patchbays (x2)
  • NEUTRIK 48 pt patchbay (x2)
  • ETA power distributors (x2)
  • JUICE GOOSE 8.0L power distributor
  • BELKIN and TRIPP-LITE 30 min Uninterruptible Power Supply for protection of digital devices

RECORDERS

  • AVID Pro Tools HD2 (software version 10 and 11)
  • APPLE Mac Pro (dual 3.2GHz quad-core)  -- upgraded with 16GB of internal RAM, 12TB of HD space
  • APPLE 15" MacBook Pro (2.6 Ghz i7 quad core) -- upgraded with 256 GB SSD and 16GB RAM)
  • LYNX Aurora 16 hi-resolution AD/DA converter (with Pro Tools HD)
  • LYNX Aurora 8 hi-resolution AD/DA converter (with Pro Tools HD)
  • APPLE 'Logic Pro X'
  • SONY CDR-W66 professional CD recorder
  • SONY PCM-R500 DAT recorder
  • REVOX A77 1/4" analog 2-track
  • TASCAM 102mkII cassette recorder