Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lantern Sound Recording Rig - Facilities & Gear

Mick Hargreaves in the first floor control room at the LSRR. 


Formerly a bedroom in this 1920's farmhouse, the control room is directly adjacent to the main "live room", where drums are usually recorded. The vertical rack behind Mick houses twelve mic preamps that feed into an Echo Audiofire12 A/D/A I/O, which is Fire-wired to a Mac Pro tower running Apple Logic Pro DAW. Mix monitoring is done through Equator D5's. On the left, there is a dedicated MIDI workstation position, with a Korg K49 controller.

The main live / drum room a the Lantern Sound Recording Rig.
Rogers Holiday Drum Kit, early 60's "Dayton" era.

Front Parlour, Baby Grand Piano & Vocal/Acoustic Alcove

First Floor:

LSRR Analog/Digital Suite & Live Performance Area

Twelve input channels from anywhere in the house feed into the analog front-end in the first floor control room: A selection of modern/vintage solid state and tube microphone preamps with a monitoring/control environment and a dedicated MIDI workstation. Two separate headphone monitor mixes go back out to the floor: A live drum/band room with wood floor and ceiling (hanging cloud baffle over drum position). The adjacent front parlor with baby grand piano and vocal/acoustic booth can be isolated by closing French pocket doors. There are two guitar amplifier isolation booths, one bass amplifier isolation booth. Microphones are often placed in the three-story stairwell to capture ambient sound & reverb.

     LSRR First Floor Control Room

Echo Audiofire12 A/D/A I/O - 192 kHz
Digi 002 Rack I/O - 96 kHz
Intel Xeon Macintosh Mac Pro (OS 10.6.8 - 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core)
Apple & Sony Cinema Displays
Logic 8 Pro
Presonus Faderport Controller w/ motorized fader
Tascam DV-RA1000 Hi Def Audio Master Recorder
Waveburner (Pre-Mastering Checks)

Equator D5, KRK K-ROK, TOA Auratone reference monitors
Velodyne subwoofer
Sennheiser, AKG, Sony headphones
Symetrix & Behringer 8-channel headphone amps

ANALOG MIC PREAMPS/PROCESSING (listed top to bottom):

Solid State Mic Preamp Rack
FMR RNP 2 channel mic pre
FMR RNC 2 channel compressor (2)
FOCUSRITE ISA 2 channel mic pre
FOCUSRITE Platinum Voice Master mic pre / processor (2)
TRIDENT 4T Celebration mic pre

I/O & Valve Mic Preamp Rack

ECHO Audiofire12 A/D/A
AP Audio Patch Bay
DBX 286a mic pre / processor
ART MPA Gold 2-channel mic pre / Tung-Sol 12AX7
DBX 166 Stereo Compressor
AMPEX 602 2-channel mic pre (x2) RCA 12AX7

Preamps/Processing Not Pictured:
ART DPS II 2-channel mic pre
Electro-Harmonix 12AY7 mic pre
DBX 163X compressor (2)
SYMETRIX SX-202 dual mic pre

AKG D112
Sennheiser e609 Silver
Shure RE320
Shure Sonydyne II
Shure SM7B 
Shure SM57 (x2) 
Shure SM58 (x4)

AT Pro 37 (x2) 
AT2020 (x3) 
Crown PZM (x2)
Røde NT-1 (Original MK1 Australian Build)
12-Gauge "Red" (Omni)
12-Gauge "Black" (X-Y Stereo)

MXL R144

12" Sub-Kick Transducer
Cloudlifter CL-2
AT SB-48 Phantom Power Supply


1920 Hazelton Brothers (NYC) Baby Grand Piano.
(Recently serviced and tuned by Serge Amar of Metz, France)

Korg CX-3 Organ (visiting)

MIDI Workstation

Korg K-49 MIDI controller keyboard
Roland U-220 Sound Module
Roland JV-880 Synth Module

Guild D-50 6-String Acoustic
Rogue Hi-Strung 6-String Acoustic

Fender Telecaster Thinline 1991 MIJ
Fender Stratocaster 2001 MIM (visiting)
Franken-Fender Telecaster Deluxe
Jay Turser Hollow Body Jazz Box

Fender Champ
Fender Blues Jr.
Polycarbonate Smokey Amp
Sears Silvertone (loaner)
Vox Pathfinder
ZT Amps Club 12  (loaner)

Carlo Robelli Acoustic Bass  (flatwound strings)
Cruccianelli Beatle Bass (black nylon tape flatwound strings)
Danelectro 6-String Bass (roundwound strings)
Fender 1966 Precision Bass (flatwound strings)
Fender 2006 Jaguar Bass (roundwound strings)

Ampeg B-15N Portaflex (1964)
Fender Rumble 150 (15” Combo)

1960’s Rogers Holiday drum kit, Dayton era: 9x12, 9x13, 16x16, 14x22
1970's Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum
Samson and Modern snare drums
Sabian B8 Hi Hats
Yamaha and P&G hi hat stands
Yamaha, DW and P&G cymbal stands
Pearl Kick Pedal
Sakae throne

Ampeg SCR Bass DI
Belcat Tremolo
Boss CS-3 Compressor (Monte Alums Mod)
Boss RE-20 Space Echo
Boss LS-2 Line Switcher
Foxrox Octron
LR Baggs Para-Acoustic DI
Radial J48 Active DI
Radial Passive DI
Seymour Duncan Twin-Tube Classic

Edirol F-101 I/O  (10 input channels)
MacBook Pro 17" w/ Logic 8, Mac OS 10.6.8
Zoom H4n digital recorder (Four inputs)

Announcing... New for 2017...

George Howard's 3rd Floor
Analog Mix/Tracking Room
at the LSRR
Construction began in the summer of 2016.