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KIT LIST

Large Diaphragm Condenser MICS

Beesneez Sally:

Absolutely lovely sounding boutique microphone from Australia. Beautiful on vocals and many other sources - my 'go to' tube microphone.

Vintage AKG C414EB w/ brass CT12 Capsule:

A classic mic with highly sought after & rare brass ring capsule designed by Tim Campbell.

Neumann U87ai:

Found in almost every pro studio the world over, this is the industry standard for vocal microphones and useful for many applications.

2x AKG C414 XLS:

Industry standard workhorse mics that do a great job of sounding natural on a variety of sources escpecially when needing a stereo set of multi-pattern mics.

Small Diaphragm Condenser MICS

2x matched Beesneez Lulu:

Incredible mics based on vintage Neumann KM84

2x matched Rode NT55 with custom MJE-384K capsules:

Multi-pattern mics  great on a variety of acoustic sources with several sets of capsules including a pair by highly respected mic modder Michael Joly of oktavamod.

Earthworks Icon:

Premium vocal mic for speech and broadcasting. 

4x matched Line Audio CM3:

Neutral cardioid pencil mics for a more natural sound. Hand made by a small company in Sweden.

2x matched Line Audio OM1:

The omni version of the CM3 microphone.

2x AKG C1000s:

workhorse multi-purpose mic.

2x matched Samson C02:

Useful for high SPL sources.

2x Samson C02H:

Mini pencil condensers for micing in tight applications.

Dynamic Microphones

Vocal Mics:

Telefunken M80:

A premium dynamic vocal mic.

Shure SM7b:

Radio broadcast quality large diaphragm dynamic mic.

SE V7:

Wonderful live vocal mic for voices that don't suit SM58s.

5x Shure Beta 58a:

Great mics for live vocals and a step up from the SM58.

3x Shure SM58:

Industry standard dynamic vocal microphone.

Instrument Mics:

Beyerdynamic M201 TG: Clear, crisp & punchy mic for snares, amps & instruments.

2x Sennheiser MD 421:

Classic tom tom/brass/amp mics found in most studios.

2x Shure Beta 57a:

Great all-round dynamic microphones for instruments.

3x Shure SM57:

Industry standard dynamic mic.

Bass Drum Mics:

Shure Beta 52a:

Classic mic for a powerful kick. 

AKG D112:

Classic tight kick/floor tom mic.

Subkick:

For capturing extreme lows.

Other Microphones

Condensers:

Shure Beta91a:

Classic plate-style half cardoid condenser mic ideal for kick drums or interesting when placed inside an upright piano.

Earthworks Icon Pro:

High quality vocal mic designed of broadcast/voiceover//podcasting.

Audio Technica Pro 70:

tie clip mic primarily used for speech or as a banjo/instrument pick-up.

Ribbon Microphones:

No Hype Audio LRM-1/L with Lundahl transformer:

Gorgeous ribbon microphone sourced and constructed by J-P Gerard in Belgium. Perfect for capturing violins, brass and more sibilant voices.

Other:

Custom Contact Mic + preamp: Designed by Yann Seznec.

DI Boxes:

10x Orchid Electronics DI boxes: High quality, made in England & used by most of top UK folk acts.

5x MTR DI boxes:

Both passive and active.

2x Leem DI boxes:

Both passive and active.

CONSOLE, PREs & DIGITAL

Preamps/Console

Allen & Heath GSRM24:

24 channel analogue mixing desk with two valve channels for summing & tracking plus flying faders. Beautiful, warm preamps, flexible, musical EQ and the magic of an  analogue sound with the convenience of digital routing. 

Allen & Heath ZedR16:

Small format version of main console.

AMS Neve 1073 DPA:

Classic 2 channel characterful preamp often considered the best ever designed.

Neve Portico Channel:

Single Neve preamp with EQ, compressor, de-esser & 'silk' mode. Neutral but brilliantly big.

Line Audio 2MP:

2 channel clean preamp designed and hand made in Sweden.

3x Triton Audio Fethead:

In-line pre-amps of 20db clean gain for dynamic and ribbon mics.

Conversion:

Lynx Hilo:

Some of the highest quality DA/AD Conversion around.

RME Digiface USB:

Rock solid 32 in/out ADAT interface.

Cymatic Audio LR16:

16 channel line level audio interface for portable recording.

Computers:

Apple Hardware:

I work with Cubase on an Apple Silicon Mac Mini with dual screens. Easy access Thunderbolt cable enables your Mac laptop to become the heart of the studio.

LIVE AUDIO PA EQUIPMENT:

Allen & Heath ZedR16:

Small format version of my studio console with the same wonderful preamps/EQ over 16 channels.

OUTBOARD PROCESSING

Compression:

Neve Portico Master Buss Processor:

A wonderful addition to any mix that includes a transparent compressor & limiter, a 'silk' circuit, stereo width controls and EQ depth.

Manley Variable MU: Legendary stereo valve compressor that adds analogue tube mojo.

SSL Bus Plus:

The magic ingredient for thousands of hit records that glues the mix together.

EQ:

Great River Stereo Mastering Equaliser:

A mastering EQ for gentle shaping of the highest quality.

Kush Clariphonic MS:

A sweetening EQ for finishing mixes with options to process in Mid/Side.

Custom Audio Germany HDE-250:

A custom built stereo EQ for mixing/mastering of the highest quality for deeper, surgical sculpting.

Other FX:

Neve Portico 5042:

Stereo tape emulation of the highest quality passing audio through magnetic tape heads.

TC Electronic M2000:

Classic stereo digital reverb rack unit for outboard FX.

Behringer V-Verb Pro:

Now discontinued, this is one of the few pieces of old Behringer gear that turned out to be really high quality - a fantastic stereo digital reverb unit that's still highly sought after and competes with gear 20x the price.

LIVE AUDIO PA OUTBOARD:

2x DBX 215:

Stereo graphic eq, one for mains, one for monitors.

1x Behringer V-Verb Pro:

Racked up for live use.

MONITORING & HEAPHONES

Mains:

ATC SCM25a:

Main monitors found in high end studios worldwide that give rich deep bass response and sweet high definition - a joy to listen through and great for mixing beautiful, full sounding music, yet translate well into other systems.

Yamaha NS-10M powered by a Quad 520F amplifier:

Industry standard studio reference speakers used  due to their hyped midrange that helps check mixes. Powered by a classic British amplifier.

Avantone Mixcube:

Classic mono 'grotbox' for checking a mix's sound  on less than ideal listening devices.

Drawmer MC 2.1 Monitor Controller:

Easily switch between speaker sets and input sources.

Monitoring Headphones:

Sennheiser HD600:

Open headphones for a rich hi-fi sound to check mixes.

Sennheiser HD25:

Closed headphones with a flat, neutral response when checking mixes.

Apple AirPods:

These days, if your mix doesn't sound great on AirPods, then it isn't mixed right.

Tracking Headphones:

3x Beyerdynammic DT-770:

Closed back & comfortable.

Beyerdynammic DT-100.

Closed back, & extra isolated.

Powerplay Pro XL HA4700:

4 channel headphone distribution amplifier.

HAR60 6-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

6 channel headphone distribution amplifier.

MTR HPA-2:

2 channel headphone distribution amplifier.

LIVE AUDIO PA SPEAKERS:

2x JBL Eon 515 (powered):

Lightweight but powerful enough for venues up to 300..

4x Behringer B210D :

Powered stage monitors that can also handle small gig FOH.

INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT

Guitars:

2002 Martin HD28V:

Quite simply the best acoustic guitar I've ever played.

Collings Soco Deluxe Bigsby:

Beautifully versatile electric guitar & impeccably made.

Gretsch '57 Select:

Famous Gretsch sound & style.

Fender Gold Foil Jazzmaster:

Triple pickups for cool 'quack'.

Epiphone Casino:

P90 hollow body, Beatles cool.

Reverend Baritone Guitar:

Strung B-B for texture & growl.

'Runecaster' Stringbender:

Telecaster with B & G benders.

Hofner Classical Acoustic:

For nylon string sounds.

Fender Dobro Resonator:

That acoustic blues vibe.

Lapsteel:

Country/Hawaiian slides.

Basses:

Ken Miller Double Bass:

Plus me to play it.

Fender Jazz electric:

For when the groove is electric.

Hofner Violin 'Cavern' bass:

Flatwound strings just like Paul.

Other strings:

1892 Lyon & Heally banjo:

Plus me playing clawhammer.

Goldtone WL250 banjo:

Open back, old-time style.

Keys:

Yeung Chang upright piano:

Beautifully bright with a characterful soft pedal sound.

Bina Portable Harmonium:

For folk and trad textures.

Artura Keylab Essential MIDI Keyboard & Controller:

For synths and pads.

Percussion:

Pearl 5 piece drum kit:

inc hi-hat, crash and rides.

Various percussion:

inc tambourines, Calabash, shakers & The Freedom Boot.

Guitar Amps:

Fender Blues Jnr

Vox DA5

Other:

Accordion, Harmonicas,

Glockenspiel + more oddities

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