What preamps and output gear are available for use and what sources would you use the most? We have a whole pallet of preamps. SSL VHD Preamps, we have a rack of those, some Neve Clones, APIs, we have some Earthworks Preamps, which are really super, super clean and clear. Let’s see, Rupert Neve designs, 517, we have a bunch of 500 Series Preamps as well. We also have 500 Series EQs and compresses, API EQs, Purple EQs, a bunch of stuff. We have a Bettermaker EQ as well, which is a pultec model, which sounds fantastic. We also have SSL EQs and compressors, we have racks of these X-Rack compressors, so the actual compressors and EQs from the consoles we have racked. The choice of outboard stuff is pretty much limitless. What about the preamps models of [inaudible 00:01:11]? Oh, that’s right. Okay. Also, on our actual interface we have modeling of preamps. The actual preamps is really clean but they’ve also introduced a way of imparting the sound of API, Neve, and a bunch of other brands so you get that vintage sound, as well. We have a huge pallet. Okay, great.
Tell me a little bit about the live room. What is … The live room is actually something that I hold close to my heart because Josh and I treated it together. I think that it is pretty special. Mainly because I knew what it sounded like before. Now what it’s turned into is this very welcoming and clear atmosphere that when recorded is extremely transparent. I would attribute most of that to the ceiling treatment, which is a stretched piece of fabric. After that was done you could really feel the vibe had changed in there.
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How have you acquired so much gear? Well, we are Pro Audio dealers. I won a company called Little Fish Audio and a lot of the equipment that we get, really high-end equipment we get as trade-in or … We buy and sell a bunch of stuff. We’re also authorized dealers for over 70 product lines, so a lot of the stuff we get pretty heavily discounted. All of the software, fortunately for us, we get for free, so we have, I don’t know, maybe 30 or 40 manufacturers of software and we have all of their software installed on the computer. McDSP, Universal Audio, IK, Waves, we have all of it, and it’s legal. You’re not dealing with cracks which are shutting a session down. That becomes a mess. We own everything outright and we own what we like to use.