Gear

BMI affiliated published songwriter since 1979
Producer/engineer and A&R for Captain Blue Records since 1980

Instructor at DeMelfi School of Music since 2005


 

Equipment & Software

Custom dedicated computer system

Our latest system runs all of the software that we use on the above Lenovo computer, but this is a tower system. Not a laptop. This system boasts 32 GB RAM, 3.2 GHZ I5 Quadcord processor, 7200 RPM 500GB hard drive. Great for massive tracking projects and fast production of any large project.

  Cubase 7.5 with Steinberg UR44 interface
  This has recently become our main recording system inside the recording studio. It can be taken on small mobile jobs where a maximum of 2 inputs are required.
  As an audio interface, we currently use the Steinberg UR 22 and UR 44, depending on how many inputs our clients need.
  Maximum sample rate: 192k
  Most used sample rate: 48k
  Maximum bit depth: 32 bit floating point (used on all recordings unless otherwise requested by clients)
  Wavelab 7
  This is our main post-production mastering software.
  Our masters are generally done at 48k 32 bit FP, then lower resolution files are created as needed from that master.
  Mastering file capability: 192k 32 bit.

Microphones

Solid state

  2 Pacific Pro Audio large diaphragm condenser mics
  2 Marshall large diaphragm condenser mics
  4 Small diaphragm condenser mics (marshall, CAD & Nady)

Tube

  Marshall large diaphragm

Dynamic

  1 Sennheiser 421MD dynamic mic

Keyboards

  M-Audio Key Studio 88
  This is a midi keyboard with 88 full size weighted keys.
 

Virtual instruments

  The Grand 3
  We now have the sounds of 3 top of the line grand pianos
  Yamaha C7
  Steinberg model D
  Bossendorfer 290 97-key expressive grand piano
  Cubase contains a wide variety of 32 bit VST3 virtual instruments with note expression. We constantly upgrade our library with more sounds as needed. We also use both Cubase and 3rd party plugins for processing.

Loops

We have a wide variety of instrument and drum loops in both audio and midi format, all transposable and ready to follow the tempo of your project.

VST connect

VST connect is a time and travel saver. It allows our studio to record someone from a distance, using a high speed internet connection. For instance, we could have tracks that were recorded in our studio playing while recording a vocalist in another country.  All it takes for the remote client is a high quality audio interface, webcam, and headphones. No software is needed. Click here to watch a Youtube video on how it works.

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