Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ANNOUNCING: George Howard's Retro Sound Suite @LanternSound



We are proud to announce George Howard's new analog mixing room RETRO SOUND, a third floor loft studio at the LSRR, built with "mixing outside the box" in mind. 

Retro Sound's George Howard has done it all, early on working at Sound of Music (Richmond VA) which was opened 1994 by Chief Engineer John Morand and Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery. George went on to be Head Engineer at Tuff City Records (NYC), and now owns & operates Plus Nine Productions, where he records the incredible weekly Jazz Jam at Bay Burger (Sag Harbor NY) and then produces those recordings for weekly broadcast at Peconic Public Broadcasting's WPPB 88.3FM (Southhampton NY).

 
The centerpiece of the room is a
24 channel Soundcraft Sudio (UK) desk,
the same mixing console Beck & the Dust Brothers used for Odelay.


From in-house machines running ProTools or Logic, or just about any portable computer or session/stem files that may walk in the door, projects can exit the digital world to be mixed in the analog realm. All matter of mixing and processing, including EQ, compression, reverbs, delays, and other effects is done hands-on "outside the box".

Final stereo mixes can be routed back to digital stereo, or over to one of the reel-to-reel tape machines (two track Ampex, four-track Otari) that reside on the first floor in the stairwell. 



 

These reel-to-reel machines are connected to both the first floor LSRR control room and Retro Sound on the third floor. Retro Sound can also be used as a tracking room to record performances from anywhere in the house.

MIXING CONSOLE
Soundcraft 24x8x2 Spirit Studio Console

I/O
Digi 003 Rack 8 ch. A/D/A
Focusrite Octo 8 ch. A/D/A
Benchmark DAC1 2 ch. D/A converter
Edirol FA-101 10 ch. A/D/A


SOFTWARE
ProTools running on OSX
Logic Pro 8 running on OS 10.6.8

RECORDERS
Ampex 2-track 1/4-inch Reel to Reel
Otari 4-track 1/2-inch Reel to Reel
Alesis ML-9600 H-Res Mastering Recorder
Technics 1500 2-Track 1/4 Inch Reel to Reel

MONITORING
Event 20/20 Nearfield Monitors
JBL4408 Studio Monitors
B&B Systems AM47 Phase Meter / VU Bridge


EFFECTS PROCESSING
Lexicon MPX-100
Digitech Vocalist VR Harmonizer
Digitech DSP 128
Line 6 Echo Pro
Line 6 Mod Pro
Line 6 Filter Pro
Antares ATR-1 Auto-Tune Intonation


VOCAL CHAIN
Summit 2BA-221 Hybrid Tube/Solid State Preamp
Summit TLA-50 Tube Leveller


DYNAMIC PROCESSING
UREI LA-4 compressors (2)
Dyna-Mite Compressors (6)
UA 565 Mastering Filter EQ Set (2)


 
GUITAR AMPLIFIERS
Fender Silverface Twin, modified to closed-back (1954 JBL Blue Back)
Fender Vibrolux
Marshall JCM 800 Vintage Head

KEYBOARDS
Korg Sampling Grand Piano

MICROPHONES
(1) 1937 RCA 74B
(1) 1970 NEUMANN U87
(2) 1968 NEUMANN KM84
(2) AGK 414 ULS
(2) VINTAGE EV 666
(1) EV RE20
(4) SHURE SM57
(4) SHURE SM58
(4) SENNHEISER e609
(2) CASCADE FAT HEAD II
(2) SHURE SM81
(1) SHURE SM7
  
DI/EFFECTS
Big Muff
MXR Distortion +
Electro Harmonix Soul Food
Ibanez Tube King
Marshall Vibro-Trem
Marshall Bues Breaker
Marshall Jack Hammer
Marshall Chorus
MXR Phase 90
Line 6 Delay
Roland Compressor
Roland Harmonizer
Roland Digital Delay
(2) Roland TU-2 Tuners
Danelectro Cool cat Chorus
Danelectro Fab Tone Distortion
Cry Baby Wah-Wah
Cry Baby 5-Q Wah Wah
DOD Distortion
Roland D2 Distortion
DOD Juice Box



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