This is a mobile rig that goes into the club. Since the setup is 100% digital (except mics and monitors) the mixes are all done on a Digital Audio Workstation.

Typical Live Set Up Scenario

Typical Mix Down Scenario

The house mix's mics are split and a separate feed is supplied to the mic preamps. If the house / band engineer leave something out, additional mics are added to the recording feed. If there are 2 tracks still available a stereo microphone is pointed at the audience to be mixed into the tracks where appropriate. Each mic has its own track on the digital multi-track recorders. If there are any extremely hot mics, attenuators are added to reduce the risk of overloading the preamps.

Mobile Gear:

  • Alesis Studio 12R Mixers / Mic Preamps (2)
  • Presonus Digimax 8 Digital Mic Preamp (2)
  • Frontier Designs Tango 24
  • Aphex 107 tube mic preamp (2)
  • ProCo isolated / ground lifted mic splitters (16 channels)
  • 250' of 16 channel mic snake in 25' lengths to allow for modularity
  • Octava MC319 Large Diaphragm Condenser mics (2)
  • Matched Pair Octava MC012 small condensers. (2)
  • Studio Projects C3 Multi-Pattern Large Pressure Gradient Condenser Microphones (2)
  • Studio Projects C1 Large Pressure Gradient Condenser Microphone
  • AT Pro35x instrument clip-on Condenser mics (4)
  • AKG C1000s Hypercardioid small condensers. (2)
  • Beyer Dynamic mics (2)
  • Assorted Shure and other mics (9)
  • AT Stereo mic for audience
  • RME HDSP Hammerfall 24 Channel 24bit interface.
  • Emagic emi 2|6 96K audio interface for simple 2 channel recordings
  • Dell Insperion 8100 Notebook for location recording of up to 24 tracks.
  • Lots of Velcro :-)
  • Some Lasers (sue me, we grew up when Laserium was a big deal)


All tracks are recorded directly  to the DAW via ADAT lightpipe through the RME Hammerfall HDSP interface in 24 bit 48K format. Due to the nature of live recording and stage setups the tracks get cleaned up and gated in Sound Forge where needed. Mixdown takes place in Nuendo where full automation is utilized to make the best mix possible. If left to my own devices, the stereo image is created to duplicate the original stage setup. Bands who want to produce can dictate otherwise. When a tune is mixed down, it is opened in Wavelab where it is mastered.

Mixdown Gear:

  • RME HDSP Hammerfall 24 Channel 24bit interface.
  • Steinberg Houston virtual console
  • Event 20/20 monitors with 20/20/12 Sub.
  • NAD 2200 Power Amplifier
  • Custom 1.8 GHz PC with UAD-1 DSP hardware
  • Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase SX DAW software (preferred) 
  • Sound Forge 5 or Wave Lab 4 for track editing / Mastering
  • Waves complete plugin collection for effects
  • All of the studio hardware goes on the road for mobile recording. The exact same hardware is used whether the DAW is a notebook or a workstation.


The original DEC VAX based digital audio workstation. Mono 8 bit 22K. $380,000 in 1976

Click to see a bigger picture. We need a newer picture as some of the stuff has been upgraded.

Special Situations

We are very accommodating so if there is something you need, contact us and we can work out a plan to make it happen.





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