Digital consoles are high-end, cost-effective mixing boards that use computer technology instead of analog circuitry. These consoles usually sync with DAW software applications to streamline workflow for the audio engineer.
High-quality audio interfaces are typically rack-mountable units consisting of analog inputs and outputs, as well as class-leading A/D + D/A conversion. Many of these interfaces will also come equipped with digital signal processing.
Rackmounted signal processors are often analog units capable of treating your audio signals with dynamics, EQ and effects. Mic preamps are also available in analog rack units.
500 Series modules are perfect for creating custom signal chains by piecing together multiple analog units into a 500 Series rack. 500 Series gear allows for unique creativity while maintaining a small footprint.
Digital signal processing utilizes software modeling to mimic classic outboard recording gear. Using an interface or satellite with DSP takes the load off of your computer's CPU when using software plug-ins.
Elite-level condensers are ultra-sensitive microphones made from the best materials. Specs to look for include sound pressure level (SPL) handling, frequency response and impedence rating.
Ribbon mics utilize magnets and thin films of metal foil to produce smooth-sounding recordings. Use ribbon mics to record brass, piano, drums, percussion, vocals and more.
The tonal characteristics of tube mics produce recordings that are rich and warm in nature. Use tube mics on vocals and instruments alike.
When selecting studio monitors for major studio sound, it is important to take elements such as size, frequency response, desired SPL and output power into consideration. Great studio monitors are meant to help you mix by showing you exactly what your music sounds like, without coloring the sound.
Be sure to use closed-back headphones in the booth when tracking, and some recommend using semi-open or open-back headphones when mixing.
Acoustic treatment is one of the most important elements of any studio. Because every space is different, there is no universal solution for acoustic treatment. Utilize different products, such as foam wedges, SonoLiteTM panels, diffusers, bass traps and ceiling clouds, to acheive your acoustic goals.
Streamline your workflow by using ergonomic studio furniture—workstations, desks, sidecars, racks, monitor stands and chairs. A comfortable work space is essential when creating a productive environment.