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Author Topic: What is your control room?  (Read 6953 times)

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October 05, 2012, 05:17:38 AM
Do you own or do you work in a commercial studio or in a home studio or in a corner of your bedroom?
What equipment do you work with?
What hardware and software do you have to make your mix?

I have a PC running reaper with freeware plugins in my living room with behringer 2031 speakers and AT M50 headphones.

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October 29, 2012, 07:25:28 PM
When i'm not working all over the place:
My bedroom atm.
Soon to be: my own studio (oooor if the plans i got go down the drain.. a spare bedroom, i mostly do mixing -and not well..yet - and recording is usually done in bigger studios)

Hackintosh Intel i7 930 2.8ghz 8gb ram (12 really, but x58 motherboards f*ck this up)
Presonus Monitor Station
Yamaha HS50m
JBL 2325
Argon "hifi" speakers (so cheap i wouldn't call them hifi but...they work) with sub
Various plugins

When i get the money and decide on a new AD/DA converter i'll be running on my newly bought Soundtracs Topaz Project 8 32ch 8bus desk, Yamaha REV-500 and some outboard compressors =)

Edit: OMG! i forgot about the single most important piece of equipment for every engineer:
« Last Edit: October 31, 2012, 06:11:50 PM by todeswalzer »

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November 03, 2012, 04:55:27 PM
Well I'm in the corner of a double garage, I think the most important thing is the room treatment

I have an Auralex Room Kit plus 5 homemade rockwool broadband absorbers, plus a measurement mike and some software called Room EQ Wizard so I know the room is as probably as good as I can get it on a budget.

I use a Core I5, 4gb, 1TB PC

 Adam A7's on stands & Silentpeaks  , an Avantone Mixcube,  Presonus Faderprt , Focusrite Liquidmix and a FocusritePro24 DSP  and a bunch of plugins that I seem to use less and less the more I learn.  :o

« Last Edit: November 03, 2012, 06:40:10 PM by cosmicdolphin »
We never finish a mix - We simply abandon them.  Adam A7's , Focusrite Pro24 DSP, Focusrite LiquidMix, Presonus FaderPort, Sennheiser HD250 Linear II

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November 04, 2012, 06:42:57 PM
@cosmicdolphin: no lava lamp? :o Every controlroom needs a lava lamp!

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January 03, 2013, 09:50:16 AM
Hi guys,
I have a professional commercial recording/mixing/mastering studio (own building, 4 studios, 3 control rooms, 1 mastering room, 1 hifi listening chamber).
Get some inspiration here :)

my MIX hardware:
Apple Mac Pro 8 cores, 32GB RAM, OSX 10.8.
60 TB Disk array Raid 10, hot swap disks
UPS 2x230V 30min
Protools 10HD, Logic 9PRO, Digital Performer 8
PCI Audio interface Avid Pro Tools|HD Native with HD I/O 16x16 Analog ADDA
Mackie Control Universal Pro
Avid SYNC HD WordClock synchronizer

Rupert Neve 5088 Master console with 32 channel Penthouse and MeterBridge
32x Portorico 517 Pre/Comp in Penthouse positions
4x Neutrik NYS-SPP-L Patchbay

Channel strip:
4x Universal Audio 2-1176
2x Avalon M5
1x Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity
2x Summit Audio TD-100 Di box/instrument amp
1x Pro Co IT4A Transformer isolation
1x Radial Phazer
8x EL8X Distressor
2x API2500 compressor
2x Avalon VT-747SP compressor
1x TC Electronic FireworX FX processor
2x Rane ME 60S Graphical EQ
2x Rupert Neve Portico 5033 Parametric EQ
2x Drawmer DS201 Noise gate
4x Rupert Neve Portico 5015
1x Rupert Neve 5059 Satellite

2x ATC SCM150ASL main monitors with stands
2x Genelec 1037C surround monitors with stands
1x Genelec 7071A subwoofer
1x TC Electronic BMC-2 monitor management
1x AKG K 601

Guitar amps:
Egnater Armageddon 120 Watt Tube Amp Head
Marshall JVM210H 100 Watt Tube Amp Head
Orange OR50H

Guitar Cabinet:
Egnater Vengeance 412B 4x12" Speaker Cabinet
Orange PPC412 Compact 4x12" 240 Watt Speaker Cabinet

Bass amp:
Peavey VB-2 Tube Bass Amp Head

Bass Cabinet:
Ampeg PF-410HLF (4 x 10")


Power conditioner:
Furman P-2400 AR
Mastering hardware:
Toft Audio ATB08

Signal Chain:
Rupert Neve Designs Portico II MBP
Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor
Manley Massive Passive Mastering Version
Drawmer S3
Chandler Limited TG12413 Zener Limiter
Studer A80 Reel2Reel
TASCAM CC-222SLmkII CD/Tape Recorder

PreSonus Central Station Plus
2x Yamaha HS80M
2x Avantone Audio Active MixCubes
2x Behringer Truth B2031A
2x Behringer Behritone C5A
2x Genius SP-HF2.0 1255A
1x Dynaudio BM 9S subwoofer
1x Yamaha HS10W
1x Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
1x Audio-Technica ATH-M50
1x Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
1x Behringer HPS3000
1x Beats Beats Studio by Dr. Dre

HIFI sound:
PIONEER VSX-527-K Receiver
JBL ES80 Speakers
PHILIPS FWM154/12 HIFI system

Yes, everyday job in studio costs lots of money (500EUR/Q for tubes, cables, 200EUR/month for tapes and maintenance) :) That's why I get $200USD for mixing one song and I don't have any spare time for my family :)
« Last Edit: January 03, 2013, 10:21:16 AM by zusto »
Berklee College of Music - Audio Production
Trainer of Sound engineering

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January 03, 2013, 09:51:27 AM
@cosmicdolphin: no lava lamp? :o Every controlroom needs a lava lamp!
and sure, I have 3 lava lamps in there!!!! (each by different colour) :)
Berklee College of Music - Audio Production
Trainer of Sound engineering

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May 06, 2013, 09:07:08 PM
New room! :D
Moved out of my bedroom into a new dedicated room in a building with a studio and a couple of other tracking rooms (the electronic tracking kind) and some rehearsal rooms =)

(sorry for bad phone quality photo, resized using the "wonderful" free OS X app Paintbrush =P )

Gearlist now:
Mac Mini 2.3ghz i7 8gb RAM
JBL LSR2325P (soon to be replaced with Event 2030's)
Yamaha HS50M
Soundtracs Topaz Project 8 32-8-2
Lexicon MX400
TC Electronic D-Two
Yamaha Rev500
Art Pro VLA II
Toft DC-2
DBX 166 (vintage, modded with Burr soon as Norwegian Customs are done poking it and scratching their heads)

aaaaand the gem:
Antelope Orion 32 =)

Have not moved my lava lamp down there yet, but i do have a fridge for cold beer and a Moccamaster for coffee =D

Will post more pictures as i get the couch down there and get more gear in my rack =)

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May 07, 2013, 08:33:45 PM
Looking good!

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May 09, 2013, 11:31:17 PM
Im a hobbyest! ;D

Started recording my own stuff and it has just expanded since.

My control room is in my basement. My recording room is actualy the bar in the house  :D

Cubase 7 on 64 bit windows 7
Uad-2 with almost all plugs they have to date
Powercore 6000 series plugs, Virus and sonnox
All steinberg plugs
Duende plugs
Wavelab 7

Just upgraded to an Allen & heath GS-R24M with firewire.

Analog recorders:
Tascam MSR-16
Otari Mx-55T

Tl audio Fat 1
Digitech B33
Art Dsp 2 (My guitar di)
Art Tubeopto 8 (Ekstra adat ins and outs)

Guitar and bass gear:
Mesa Boogie 4x12 Vt30 classic XL cab
Vox Ac50ch head
Marshall 9100 amp
Jmp-1 preamp
Mesa Boogie rectifire recording preamp
Palmer passive reamp box
Sansamp Rbi bass preamp

Roland Xp30
Waldorf Blofeld
Roland R8

Midi control:
Korg Pad kontrol
Korg K25
Midiman sport 4x4

Rode Ntk
Shure SM57, 58
Sp B1

My speakers:
Yamaha HS80M

Have also tc electronic M-one, G-major and M2000 witch I use to aply to vocal and guitar players if they need some effects while recording theire dry signal.

Im at the moment giving my room some sound treatment  :)



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September 24, 2014, 03:52:07 PM
Changed a wee bit in the last year =D

Gone is the Soundtracs Topaz, in came the Greiner Sum.mation and my iPad..Awesome summer with automation <3
More stuff added to the rack (patchbay and a Joe Meek SC2, a Line6 Pod HD Pro rackunit and my good old Behringer ada8000 is there just for the line6 atm, will be swapped for proper preamps soon)
Events are up and tuned to my room, the yammies ended up on their sides for better imaging.
Gone is the computer screen with a 37" Samsung LCD tv.

Next on the to buy list:
Bus Compressor (drooling on the serpent..and also the buscomp from revive)
EQ (atleast 2)
And some fat preamps so i can add a bit of color to the Greiner=)