THE STUDIO

 

Ben owns and operates a state-of-the art audio recording and production studio in Monrovia, CA (just 10 miles east of Pasadena). Built around an Avid Pro Tools HDX system, it melds the best of today's technology with tried-and-true classic gear of days gone by.

The studio features a main room with 2 adjoining isolation booths and is capable of hosting a live rhythm section. In addition, a 32" LCD client video monitor is viewable from any of the three tracking areas for composing or recording audio for video. All rooms and the mix position are acoustically treated and climate controlled. A mini-fridge, WiFi internet access, cable TV, XBox 360,laser printer/scanner, restroom (w/ shower) and outside garden patio are available for client convenience.

EQUIPMENT LIST

 

RECORDERS

Avid Pro Tools HDX w/ 192IO (expanded 16 in, 8 out) running Pro Tools Ultimate 2020.x

Apogee Pro Tools Duet interface

Arturia AudioFuse Studio interface

Arturia AudioFuse interface

Arturia AudioFuse 8PRE interface

Fostex D5 DAT

TEAC 1/4" 4 track & 2 track reel-to-reel tape recorders

Tascam 122 mkii cassette recorder

CONSOLES
 

Avid Artist Mix

Avid Pro Tools Control app (iPad)

Softube CONSOLE 1

AUDIO MONITORING

 

Dangerous Music Monitor ST (w/ custom wireless producer talkback switch)

Focal Twin 6be (pair)

Avantone Active MixCubes (pair)

Yamaha NS10 (pair)

Alesis RA-100 reference amplifier

Behringer Powerplay Pro headphone amplifier

(4) custom 4 output headphone distribution boxes

(4) Sony MDR-V600 headphones

(2) Sony MDR-7506 headphones

(1) Focal Spirit Professional headphones

(1) AKG K240 headphones

(1) M-Audio Studiophile Q40 headphones

(1) Metrophones isolation headphones

VIDEO MONITORING

Dell U2715H 27" LED monitor (primary)

Dell U2715H 27" LED monitor (secondary)

Sony Bravia KDL-32SL130 32" LCD TV/monitor (client)

MICROPHONES

Korby KAT tube mic system (w/ 47, 67m and 251 capsules)

M-Audio Sputnik

(2) AKG 414B-XLS (matched pair)

Sennheiser MKH 416-P48 shotgun mic

(2) Oktava  MK-012

AEA R44 CXE

(2) Royer R-122

Royer R-121

Shure SM7b

(3) Sennheiser MD-421

AKG D112

Shure SM-57

Shure 520B "Green Bullet" ('57 vintage)

custom 8" woofer mic

PREAMPS & D.I.s

9 ch. Brent Averill API 312 (w/ vintage API 2520 opamps)

2 ch. Brent Averill Neve 1272

Martech MSS-10

Siemens (Telefunken) V72

4 ch. Peavey VMP2

Reamp V2

ADL 200 stereo tube DI

Whirlwind DI (passive)

DYNAMICS (hardware)

ADL 1500C/L stereo tube compressor/limiter

API 2500 stereo bus compressor

(2) Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor compressor/limiters

DBX 163x compressor


EFFECTS/MISC (hardware)

Waves DigiGrid DLS

Hughes AK-100 SRS Sound Retrieval System

Sansamp PSA-1

Shure Level-Loc

(2) Little Labs IBP

- All microphone lines and outboard gear are accessible via (2) 96pt Bittree TT patchbays.

- Studio is wired with premium Mogami and Canare cabling, and Neutrik connectors.

INSTRUMENTS & AMPLIFIERS

Gretsch 5-piece drum set (early '70's, standard sizes)

+various snares, drums, cymbals and misc. percussion

Roland TD-3SW V-Drum kit

Line6 Variax 500 guitar

Line6 Variax 700 bass guitar

Hammond M3 organ ('55, "baby B3")

Orcoa Concert organ

Masterfonic accordian

Acoustic Model 450 head

Ampeg B15n portaflex head/cab with 15" CTS speaker (tube, vintage)

Ampeg BT15 portaflex head (solid state, vintage)

Fender Vibro Champ ('64, blackface)

Fender Bandmaster head ('68, silverface)

Kustom 150 combo

Vox AC50 MK III head (late '65)

Avatar G212 Traditional open back cabinet (2x12")

Leslie Model 45 cabinet w/ Leslie Combo mic/instrument interface pedal

Line6 Bass POD XT Live pedal board

+various guitar pedals and effects

M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 note weighted keyboard MIDI controller

Evolution MK-461C 61 note keyboard MIDI controller

Arturia MiniLab mkII MIDI controller

Arturia Microlab MIDI controller

COMPUTERS

"STUDIO1" ** New! **

Intel Core i9 -10980xe CPU

64GB DDR4 3200 RAM

Matrox M9140 quad-head video card

Startech 3-Port PCI-e firewire 400/800 card

10k RPM SATA (WD Raptor) media drives

Lacie D2 301906U BD/DVD/CD Burner (external)

...running Windows 10 Pro 64bit


"STUDIO2"

Intel Core 2 Duo1.86GHz CPU

4GB RAM

ATI Radeon 3450 dual-head video card

LiteOn iHES208-08 2 BD-ROM, DVD/CD Burner (w/ LightScribe)

...running Windows10 Pro 64bit

- Computers are protected by an APC Smart-UPS 1500 battery backup system


- Data is protected by a dedicated 4TB external backup drive as well as off-site cloud storage

SOFTWARE AND PLUG-INS LIST

(I proudly support the developers of these tools and only use legitimately authorized software!)

 

 

DAW AND AUDIO SOFTWARE

Avid Pro Tools Ultimate 2020.12.x ** Upgrade! **

- Avid ProTools Instrument Expansion Pack

Basehead SFX Database v.5.x

iZotope RX 8 Advanced ** Upgrade! **

Sony CD Architect v.5.2

HOFA CD & DDP Bundle

HOFA IQ Analyser V2

(Click on PDF to view complete plug-ins list...)