Equipment

“These are a few of my favourite things”

Outboard Gear
Monitoring:
Focal Professional
Beryllium series.

Focal4__250_x_180_.jpgI love these speakers. Their flat response makes them so revealing and allows me to hear things I haven’t heard with other speakers. From this I’m able to make crucial adjustments I know will translate the way I intend into the real world and other playback systems.Focal Professional Division have been designing and manufacturing speakers & their related amplifiers from the ground up, longer than some of us have been around. (Maybe not me but some of you guys for sure!)

Click here to view short video of Grammy Nominated Mastering Engineer David Kutch, on why he loves & uses these Solo6 Be Monitors in his NewYork Mastering Suite.

Avantone Cubes.

These are great to quickly and easily check mono compatibility and phasing problems and to hear how the songs translate onto smaller bass challenged systems.
i.e. computer speakers, mp3 players etc.

Tannoy Monitors.

Great extra reference speakers.

Tonelux Equalizers.
(No relation!)

These little babies are like my children. They are so musical. Four bands of fully sweepable EQ with a frequency range from 21 kHz all the way down to 16 Hz. These have the good fat (you know, fish oil & avocado). They give me the ability to clean up, shape or add beautiful tone to your songs. I would definitely take these on a deserted island with me (and a few bottles of good red wine!!) These EQs come from the legendary audio designer & engineer Paul Wolff (Paul was also the former owner, designer & engineer of the famous and well respected API products).

Crane Song HEDD192     A-D-A Converters.

Word Clock.
Tape Compression & Tube Exciters

Crane Song are renowned for their extremely high quality   converters, which this unit has. What it also has is tape & tube emulation that I think is unrivaled. It has all the characteristic sounds of tape, without the problems associated with tape. American mastering guru & audio professional of more than 30 years Bob Katz, says this about the Crane Song - “ Comparing the analogue tape version to the Crane Song version is like comparing two fine wines. They both have body, they taste only slightly different but both have good blush & bloom. I will go out on a limb to say that the Crane Song HEDD 192 has truly nailed analogue tape simulation.” End quote.  

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Joe Meek SC3 Mastering  Compressor

Made in England with modifications by Joe Meeks’ designer & founder Ted Fletcher. This vintage box glues all the different instruments in your songs together, making it all so smooth. It's ability to fatten up a weak bass, or bring forward a vocal or snare drum, is truly amazing! To visualise its sound, picture silk & chocolate! It has the ability to be transparent, or turn it up for dark chocolate! 

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SPL Vitalizer
Stereo mk2
(Stereo Expander)

Although I don’t find the need to use the vitalizer section of this unit very often nowadays, it’s stereo expander side is a killer. Used subtly, its ability to spread the stereo spectrum of a song without causing phasing issues is amazing. Fantastic for creating a little more space in a song, or opening it right up beyond the speakers.

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My aim has always been to produce high quality masters with wonderfully rich but clean tone. Some mixes come to me with "tone a plenty", in which case I tone back my equipment, to create a sweet & neutral sound. Other mixes come to me with a hefty bout of "Digititus", in which case I can "tone it up" to the rich sound I mentioned earlier. Having the equipment and "ear" to correct either of these extremes (and everything in between) is the trick, or what is often refered to as "The Art of Mastering" Over the years I have tried different Mastering Equipment in my Mastering Chain. With the equipment mentioned above, as well as the digital processors mentioned below, I am able to create Wonderfully Musical & Unique sounding Masters that help your music stand out & sound their very best! 



                                 api550b.gif   Digital Mastering Tools
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Sequoia. Professional Editing & Mastering Suite. 
Samplitude. Professional Editing & Mastering Suite.
Sony Sound Forge Professional Editing & Mastering.
Sony CD Architect.
Protools.
Sonnox Limiter.
Sonnox Inflator.
Sonnox Dynamics & Eq's.
SSL Eq's & Compressors.
iZotope Ozone3 64 bit Mastering System.
iZotope RX Noise removal.
     Sony Noise reduction.
       Waves L3 Multimaximiser.
     Waves API Equalizers.
     Waves API Compressor.
     URS Channel Strip Pro.
     & many more!

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Extra Hardware
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Other equipment available for extra tracking in case you decide last minute that you’d like to add that extra vocal or tambourine track etc.
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Red Vintage Class A Tube Mic.
Rode NTK Tube Mic.
AKG  C451B Mic.
Heil PR40 Mic.
Sure 57 & 58 Mics.

SPL (Sound Performance Labs) Valve Channel Strip, Mic Pre.
Grace Design Model 101 Mic Pre.
RNC Compressor.
Fostex Headphones.
An assortment of acoustic & electric guitars from Martin, Maton etc.
Laney VC15 all valve guitar amp.
 Amplitube guitar amp emulators.
Assortment of hand percussion instruments (Djembe etc).
Rhodes, Wurlitzer & Hammond organ & electric piano emulators.
(These are awesome & fully adjustable).
 
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