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Gail Selkirk - Songbird of Swing!

Our Recording Hardware Tools:

We did a lot of research in choosing our recording gear - research that is ongoing - as we periodically acquire new gear for our studio.

  • Neumann TLM 103 Microphone

    The Neumann Microphone Company has a reputation for making some of the world's most highly esteemed microphones.   We have their TLM 103 model,  a beautiful sounding large condenser microphone that sounds like it was made for Gail's voice. 

  • Rode NT2 Microphone

    The Australian Rode Microphone company produces a high quality line of microphones.   We use their Rode NT2,  a large condenser model.   It gives us clean,  accurate recordings with lots of presence.

  • Royer/Mojave MA200 DIY Tube Microphone

    The MA200 is a DIY microphone that is built by removing the original electronic guts of an ADK microphone and replacing it with new,  tube based electronic guts designed by Dave Royer (of Royer Labs ).   This retrofit,  known as the Royer mod',  is based on the electronics of the highly prized Neumann U47 microphone.   Royer mod kits are available from Mojave Audio.   We've just started using this microphone and our initial impressions are very favourable.   I have a feeling that it's going to be one of our favourites.

  • Studio Project C1 Microphone

    The Studio Project C1 is another large diaphragm vocal microphone that we use.  We have done a number of A/B comparisons and shoot-outs with other microphones and this one has come out as one of Gail's favorites.  As a matter of fact, almost every female vocalist that we had try out the C1 absolutely fell in love with it.

    An EQ change we have started to use sometimes with our C1 mic's is as follows:

    • -5.1 dB & 12.4 kHz, Q=1.4
    • +2.4 dB & 9.3 kHz, Q=0.98

    This EQ change results in smoother sounding vocals as it attenuates the C1's large presence peak at 12.4 kHz and creates a smaller presence peak at 9.3 kHz,  (somewhat similar to what you'd find on the frequency response curve for a U87 microphone).

  • Studio Project C4 Stereo Microphones

    The Studio Projects C4's are a pair of small diaphragm microphones.   They come with interchangeable cardiod and omni capsules.   We use them to record our grand piano.   They are versatile microphones that can be used for a variety of stereo mic'ing applications.

  • Stedman PROSCREEN 101

    Normally we wouldn't bother listing a microphone pop filter as it is a pretty routine piece of studio paraphernalia.  But... Jay Riehl had us do an A/B test between the Stedman PROSCREEN 101 and a conventional pop screen in his Signature Sound Studio. We were really impressed with how much more transparent the Stedman pop screen was.  In fact, we went out and bought one the next day.

  • Manley Labs Voxbox

    The Manley Labs company is renowned for superb audio gear. We chose their Voxbox because we wanted to have the best possible preamp/compressor/EQ vocal chain possible. The Voxbox integrates all 3 of these functions into one 3U rack sized box. We've found that recording vocals through the Voxbox results in a clarity and presence that is breathtaking.

  • PreSonus M80 8 Channel Mic Preamp and companion ACP88 Eight Channel Compressor/Limiter/Gate

    The PreSonus M80 8 channel preamp and the matching ACP88 compressor/limiter/gate are what we decided to go with instead of a conventional outboard mixer.  We felt that using this rack mount combination gave us a better quality signal input chain as well as plenty of flexibility with compression, limiting or gating if we require it.

  • Event 20/20bas Near Field Studio Monitors

    For mix-down work, we decided on the Event 20/20bas biamplified near field studio monitors.  We chose active monitors because we liked the idea of a monitoring system that has integral amplification built in and works as a tuned system.

  • Mackie Universal Control Surface

    To improve the productivity and quality of our mixes, we decided to purchase a control surface.   We did quite a bit of research and settled on the Mackie Universal Control Surface.   Why did we pick this unit?   It was pretty straightforward - we heard so many good reports about this unit - regarding its quality and durability as well as its high level of integration with Sonar (and other programs),  that we felt it was a good choice.   After we've spent some time using it (we just got it), we'll add our own impressions here.

  • Behringer Powerplay Pro HA4400 - 4 Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier

    This Behringer rack-mount headphone distribution amplifier is a pretty flexible unit.  As well as sending it a main mix, you can also send each of the 4 channels an additional signal that can be mixed in with the main mix, allowing each player/singer to have his/her instrument/voice at whatever level they prefer and it won't affect the mix in the other musician's headphones.

  • Fostex T20RP Headphones

    We use Fostex T20RP headphones. They are a comfortable closed-cup style headphone that have an excellent sound.

  • Digital Audio Workstation

    We used to use a Tascam analog recording system.  This year, after reading Pete Leoni's "Roll Your Own Thunderbird" article, we took the plunge and rolled our own!

    For the A/D and D/A conversion, we used M-Audio's: M-Audio Delta 1010 - 10x10 PCI Based Digital Audio System

    For a MIDI interface, we used Midiman's: USB MIDISPORT 8x8/S

    You can find details on both the Delta 1010 and the MIDISPORT 8x8/S on the M-Audio Web site.  (Note: you'll have to have a Macromedia Flash plug-in installed on your computer to browse the M-Audio web site).

    Here's what's inside the box in case you're interested:

    • IWill DD266Plus-R Motherboard
    • Installed Memory: 768MB
    • Video Adapter: Matrox Millennium G450
    • Drives:
      • 1.44 MB Floppy disk drive (A:)
      • 20 gig Maxtor Ultra IDE (C drive - System)
      • 60 gig Maxtor Ultra IDE (D drive - Audio) - Removable
      • 60 gig Maxtor Ultra IDE (E drive - Audio Backup) - Removable
      • Acer 16/10/40 CDRW drive (F drive)
    • M-Audio Delta 1010 - 10x10 PCI Based Digital Audio Card with remote converters
    • Mackie/UAD-1 DSP card (runs the UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins)

    The Operating System and Driver Info:

    • Windows 2000 Professional, Service Pack 2
    • Delta 1010 Driver Version:

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