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Can they make it to THE FALLS?

The Studio

    Permanent Records is filled with high-end recording gear and instruments. From Marshall amps to Gibson and Guild guitars, Drum Workshop drums, Korg keyboards, Warwick and SWR bass equipment, plus the Digidesign and Motu audio/midi interfaces make the quality comparable to top-dollar studios.  

   Permanent Records is set up ready to record. Every purchase was painstakingly researched to bring out the best in the source material - this means excellent microphones and mic preamps. Perhaps the most important piece of gear, however, is the studio itself. Constructed over several years, the thick splayed walls and light sound treatments keep it lively but not washy. The rooms each have a distinct character to them which helps a recording come alive, compared to the small-studio norm of destroying any reflections. Audio recorded here sounds good, even before going under the knife.

   A quick look through the gear here will tell you we mean business—everything is streamlined to give maximum speed of setup and flexibility. Keyboards patched directly through the patch bay. A separate microphone patch bay to stop mucking around behind the rack. Cables neatly tucked away in categorized drawers. Every customizable feature in Protools remapped and renamed to conform directly with the studio itself.

   Perhaps the greatest piece of "gear" is the studio itself - many studios use excessive foam and other treatments to kill reflections. This studio was designed to embrace them, resulting in a pleasing, realistic, natural sound. 

   The studio is comprised of three main rooms - the Live room where most of the tracking takes place which is roughly 16x26 feet, in a slight L-shape; the Control room where some recording is done but is mainly for mixing; and the Isolation booth for cranking up guitar amps and other loud things that sound "better on ten".

   There are a few convenient breakout rooms such as the Lounge which features an arcade machine containing thousands of favourites, a 2-piece bathroom, and the Machine Room that houses all noisy gear. And of course the beer fridge!

Gear

Studio Computer

Fixed:

Custom built computer

I5 2.6 - 8 gigs ddr3 ram w/hyperthreading

1TB drive for OS and files

80 gig audio drive

Pro Tools 11.3

Mobile:

Lenovo Laptop

4 gigs ddr3 ram

Pro Tools 10.2

Outboard Gear:

ART PB4x4 power conditioner

American DJ DCD Pro-300 dual cd player

AP Audio Pro Master Patch patchbay

Apex AHA4 4-channel headphone amplifier

Apex AC1 power conditioner

Digidesign Digi002r soundcard

Digidesign AudioQuad soundcard

Digidesign 442 soundcard

Digidesign SMPTE Slave Driver

Digidesign Mbox 2

Focusrite ISA 828 8-Channel mic preamp

Focusrite Platinum Trackmaster analogue preamp with compressor and EQ

HHB CDR850 Mastering CD Burner

MindPrint En-Voice MK II mic preamplifier

MOTU MTP A/V midi patchbay and master word clock [x2]

MOTU 2408 audio converter

Sony DPS-V55

TC-Electronics G-Major

Yamaha HS80M Studio reference monitors [x2]

Yorkville AP1020 stereo power amp

Yorkville YS112m 12" wedge monitor

Yorkville Y115m 15" wedge monitors [x2]

 

Guitar and Bass:

ART SGX-2000 midi preamp/effects system 

Epiphone VJH Valve Junior amp head

Fender FM 212 DSP 2x12 guitar amp combo

Fender Jazz bass (fretless, Japanese)

Guild acoustic guitar [single cutaway dreadnought style]

Gibson Blueshawk guitar

Gibson Flying V guitar

Gibson Les Paul bass

Marshall MG15MSII head

Marshall MG 1x10 angled cab

Marshall MG 1x10 straight cab

Marshall TSL100 guitar amp head

Marshall 1960a angled 4x12 cab

Marshall  25/51b straight 4x12 cab

Marshall 1936 2x12 cab in custom Rosewood vinyl

Squire Bullet Strat with Roland GK-3 midi pickup

Snarling Dog's Whine-O-Wah+ wah pedal

SWR Studio 220 bass amp head

Takamine 12 string acoustic guitar [single cutaway dreadnought style]

Warwick 470-XT-TB 4x10 bass cab with horn

 

Keyboard/Midi:

Behringer BCF2000 fader control surface

Korg Triton Le76 keyboard/workstation

Roland GR-20 guitar synthesizer processor

Roland PC-160 midi controller

Rolls Midi Buddy midi foot controller

 

Microphones:

AKG C414 B-XLS [x2] 

AKG D112 dynamic mic

Audio Technica 2021 small diaphragm condenser

Audix D-2 dynamic mic [x2]

Audix D-6 dynamic mic

Audix OM-2 dynamic mic [x2]

Apex 460 tube large diaphragm multi-pattern condenser mic

Custom-made Subkick mic

Rode NT-3 small diaphragm condenser mic

Shure SM57 dynamic mic [x3]

Shure SM58 dynamic mic [x2]

Shure Beta 52a dynamic mic

Shure SM7b

Shure 809 boundary condenser

Sennheiser e609s dynamic mic [x2]

Sennheiser e835 dynamic mic

 

Drums and Percussion:

Drum Work Shop maple kit [10", 12", 13", 14", 22"]

Ludwig brass shell snare [14"]

Tambourine

Bongos

Sabian HHX cymbals

Small Djembe

Skull bead shaker

Zildjian Custom A cymbals

 

Misc:

The studio is wired using Neutrik or Switchcraft connectors and Canare wire, and uses Yorkville microphone stands.

 

Software:

Digidesign ProTools 11.3

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