WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD? (GEAR LIST)

I thought it would be valuable to have my list of the gear so that clients, especially those inclined with audio knowledge, can better understand what resources are available within the project.  I will also be updating this list once a year as new gear is added/improved along the way.

Last updated: March 2020
*Sorted Alphabetically

 

 

HARDWARE


AKG C214
– This is my main condenser microphone.  This mic is very versatile and has a professional/clean sound.
Check it out here:  https://www.akg.com/Microphones/Condenser%20Microphones/C214.html


APC 40 Mk II
– This DJ controller does it all!  Because the controller is specifically designed to work with Ableton,
the controller works well for mixing together DJ tracks AND simply navigating Ableton faster to help improve compositional/production workflow.
Check it out here:  http://www.akaipro.com/products/pad-controllers/apc-40-mkii


Audio Technica ATH M50-x Headphones
– I use these headphones when DJing and in conjunction with my subwoofer to check sub frequency balance.
Check them out here: https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/99aff89488ddd6b1/index.html


Focal Listen Pro Headphones
– These headphones are both somehow flat sounding (which is good for headphones) and have plenty of sub frequencies.
A rare find
Read a review here: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/focal-spirit-professional


Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
– This is going to be my Audio Interface for DJing moving forward.
Check it out here: https://focusrite.com/usb-audio-interface/scarlett/scarlett-2i2

 



Genelec 6010a
– These little speakers are my secondary reference monitors.
They are great for approximating car audio and since they aren’t connected to the sub-woofer
they help me hear the low-mids/bass without the distraction of sub frequencies.
Check them out here: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/genelec-6010a


M-Audio Profire 2626
– I use this interface exclusively for recording drums.
Check it out here: http://m-audio.com/products/view/profire-2626


Sennheiser e845
 Microphone – I use this mic for on-stage vocals.
Check it out here: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/vocal-microphone-dynamic-super-cardioid-e-845


Shure SM-57
 Microphone– A classic mic for recording drums, guitar amps, and punk-rock vocals.
Check it out here: http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/sm/sm57-instrument-microphone


Universal Audio Apollo Twin Mk II
– This is my main audio interface.
Check it out here: https://www.uaudio.com/audio-interfaces/apollo-twin-mkii.html


Yamaha HS-80 – These classic white-coned speakers are a staple in the mixing industry.
Having now owned them for 10 years, I’ve really come to know their colour and limitations.
Check them out here: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/yamaha-hs80m


Yamaha HS-10
– This sub-woofer is the complimentary subwoofer to the HS series speakers.
I mostly only use my sub when checking mixes towards the end of a mix.
When I’m really trying to hear (“feel”) frequencies below 60hz, I activate this sub.
Check it out here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HS10W–yamaha-hs10w

 

SOFTWARE BUNDLES (+DAW)

 


Ableton Live 10
– DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).  The software that I use to record and make full compositions.
See it in action in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Ku5ptjzKw


Arturia V Collection
– In this bundle is a wide spectrum of 25 vintage synthesizers.
Ranging from a modular rack synth, to a Mini Moog, to a Farfisa organ, this collection hosts the majority of sought after vintage synths for composition.
It has often filled in gaps of other libraries and truly is my go-to software for vintage synths.
Check out the full collection here: https://www.arturia.com/products/analog-classics/v-collection/overview#en


Cinesymphony
 – The full orchestral collection from Cinesamples.
This collection is both incredibly realistic and easy to use.
This is what I use for the bulk of my orchestral work.
Check it out here:  http://www.akaipro.com/products/pad-controllers/apc-40-mkii


East/West Composer Cloud X
–  The East/West bundles are some of the best acoustic instrument/orchestral sample packs available.
These instruments range from traditional eastern sounds, to all of the sounds of the western orchestra (hence the name).
Composer Cloud X allows me to rent their Gold Bundle monthly (valued at $15, 000 in software!).
I use this bundle mostly to fill out the instruments/sounds that aren’t included in Cinesymphony (ie. choirs).
More info/full list of products included: http://www.soundsonline.com/composercloud


Izotope Production Bundle
– The core of my mixing and mastering tools.
Perhaps my most used piece of software in this bundle is Ozone 9 (upgraded), which I use for mastering.
There are also some great effects in this bundle, among which is Trash 2, one of my favourite distortion units.
See what’s in the bundle in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRurOo4uvmY 


Komplete Ultimate 10
– Full production suite.
From synthesizers, to samplers, to effects, this was my foundation of software to getting started as a professional composer.  The sampler in this bundle is called Kontakt.
Full list of products included: https://support.native-instruments.com/hc/en-us/articles/209550369-Which-Applications-do-the-KOMPLETE-10-Content-Products-Belong-To-


RX Plug-in Pack
– This bundle is used for treating audio.
In the past I have done work for conferences where residual noise, chatter, and humming need to be removed from the original audio file.
I’ve also done audio treatment for a travel agency that was conducting an interview in close proximity to a boat, and the humming of the boat needed to be removed.
Full list of products included: https://www.izotope.com/en/products/repair-and-edit/rx-plug-in-pack.html


Soundtoys Academic Bundle
– I often use this bundle of analogue style effects when mixing bands, or creating a retro style of electronic music (ie. 80’s Synthwave).
Full list of products included: https://www.soundtoys.com/product/soundtoys-5/

Universal Audio Apollo Bundle  – This bundle has some of the very best analogue based software effects.
What makes this software unique is that it interacts with the Apollo Twin audio interface so that this software doesn’t add any additional stress to ones CPU.
Also, by running these effects you are adding the analogue sound associated with Neve pre-amps (ie. Abbey Road studios).
Learn more about the bundle here: https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/articles/209535566-UAD-2-Apollo-Plug-In-Bundles-Explained

 

 

SOFTWARE – SINGLE PLUG-INS

 


Camel Crusher
– A saturation/distortion unit that’s great for colouring the tone of a sound, and adding some grit.
Check it out here: http://www.audiopluginsforfree.com/camelcrusher/


Dimension Expander
– This unit is a great way to widen a sound.
It has it’s own unique colouring to the sound as well, so I find it’s uses very hit or miss, but the hits are spot on.
Hear it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVw-6VZ7nQM


Exhale
– A very powerful vocal engine by ‘Output’.
Used for creating ethereal textures, powerful choirs, and chopped vocals.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YONkCYwdDZI



Kick 2
– This is a synth engine that specializes in making kick (bassdrum) samples.
In dance music the kick is arguably the most fundamental component to the song.
So to really get the kick sound perfect, this plug-in is the perfect tool.
Check it out in more detail here: https://www.sonicacademy.com/products/kick-2


Lennar Digital Sylenth1
– For analogue synth sounds, Sylenth is my go-to.
Check out some of it’s classic sounds in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4Q4yVx2WBw


Softube’s Saturation Knob
– This one knob VST is a great way to add some quick saturation to high frequencies or low frequencies separately, or together.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B74Z6R4hVcA


Valhalla Room
– A classic room reverb.
Check it out here: https://valhalladsp.com/shop/reverb/valhalla-room/



Valhalla Shimmer – The most unique reverb plug-in I’ve ever had the pleasure of using.
With potentially very long tails, and pitch manipulation, this reverb unit is one of a kind.
Check it out here:  https://valhalladsp.com/shop/reverb/valhalla-shimmer/


Valhalla Vintage Verb
– One of the best vintage reverb emulators on the market.
Check it out here: https://valhalladsp.com/shop/reverb/valhalla-vintage-verb/


Valhalla FreqEcho
– An echo unit that has added frequency manipulation.
Check it out here: https://valhalladsp.com/shop/delay/valhalla-freq-echo/


Valhalla Space Modulator
– A great alternative to flanging.
Check it out here: https://valhalladsp.com/shop/modulation/valhalla-space-modulator/


Waves Bass Rider
– A great alternative to compression when mixing live bass guitar.
Check it out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIHDs1PGGa4


Waves MaxxBass
– Perfect for bringing out bass harmonics so that bass is more easily heard on smaller speaker systems.
Check it out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLyFXxnynfc


Wavesfactory SK10
– A useful tool to add sub frequencies to a kick drum (or other instruments for that matter!)
Check it out here: https://www.wavesfactory.com/product/sk10-drum-sub-kick/


Wavesfactory Snarebuzz
– This VST is used to add customized buzz to snare drums.
Hear it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXGt-_Rhl0Q


Wavesfactory Trackspacer
– This is a great tool to use to help separate space in the frequency spectrum between various instruments.
Think of it as a frequency sensitive side-chain compression.
Check it out here: https://www.wavesfactory.com/trackspacer/


Xfer Serum
– currently the world’s most powerful and detailed wavetable synthesizer.
This is easily the synth that I use the most.
Check it out here: https://splice.com/plugins/15493-serum-vst-au-by-xfer-records?utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=paid-search&utm_campaign=acquisition&utm_content=plugins

 

 

 

 

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