Gear Notes

What's Behind the Curtain

OK, just kidding about the curtain. If you're curious about the equipment at All Ears Audio, here's some details.

It's a computer based studio with a very clean signal path. What that means is, the signal from the mic goes to the preamp and then directly to the A/D converter, with high quality cables. This ensures pristine sound quality.

Computer and software:

The All Ears Audio computer is custom made (in-house) for digital audio. It's got an Intel i7-4771 quad-core CPU, with solid state drives for system and storage drives, 4 TB of external backup storage, running Windows 7 x64. It's not only fast and high-capacity, it's also completely silent. Software includes Sonar X3, Adobe Audition, Waves plug-ins, and much more.

Hardware:

  • Converters: RME Fireface 800, Frontier Tango 24
  • Preamps: Hamptone HVTP2, Grace 101, FMR RNP5380, Black Lion Auteur.
  • Monitoring: Sonodyne SM100AK, Avantone Cubes. Dangerous Music Source monitor router and controller. Allen & Heath WZ4 16:2 mixer for headphone mix.
  • Headphones: AKG K271, AKG240 (4), Sennheiser HD250, Direct Sound EX-29.
  • Microphones: Neumann TLM103, AT 4033, Rode NT1 (modified by Michael Joly), Rode NT1 (stock), Shure SM81 (2), Sennheiser MD421, Cascade Fat Head ribbon mics (2), other mics by AKG, Shure, Heil, and more.

This list isn't complete, but it gives a good sample of the tools. If you're thinking of recording here, you're welcome to come and take a closer look at the facilities. Or contact All Ears Audio with any questions -- talking tech is always welcome!

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