Equipment List:


If you are on this page, either you are a recording nerd like me, or you have entirely too much time on your hands. Originally, I thought I wouldn’t have this list because, although much the gear here is among the very finest, and is certainly worth mentioning, I think there is far too much emphasis on gear nowadays. Good equipment is a faster path from A to B, but the most important factor in any recording are the decisions that are made in the process. Having said that. And by special request… I present to you the Epic Sound Studios equipment list:




Microphones: (list subject to growth)


1 Neumann M147 tube large diaphragm vocal mic

2 AKG C414 TLII large diaphragm mics

1 Telefunken CU29 "Copperhead"Large diaphragm tube mic (my favourite vocal mic ever)

1 Ear Trumpet Labs “Louise” ensemble and acoustic instrument microphone

1 vintage CAD Equitek II medium diaphragm electret condenser Mic

1 Shure sm7b vocal mic

2 Shure sm81 small diaphragm condenser mics

2 SE8 hand built small diaphragm condenser mics (matched stereo set)

4 Shure sm57 dynamic mics

1 Shure Beta 51 large diaphragm kick drum mic

1 Audix D-6 kick drum mic

4 Sennheiser 421MD dynamic mics

1 Neumann KMS 105 handheld condenser vocal mic


Analog Front End:


2 Focusrite ISA 430 Neve designed transformer coupled channel strips

1 Universal Audio 2-1176 LN dual channel FET compressor

1 Requisite PAL Plus Mk III hand built pure tube transformer coupled Mic Preamp with T-4 optical        compressor.

1 Cartec EQ-P1A full tube and transformer Pultec equaliser

1 TL Audio PA-1 Tube-solid state hybrid transformer coupled 2 channel Mic preamp

1 TL Audio C-1 Stereo tube compressor

1 dbx 586 tube-solid state  2 channel mic preamp

1 dbx 160A VCA Compressor

1 dbx 120A Subharmonic Generator

3 TL Audio 5021 dual channel valve compressors

1 Mackie Onyx 800r 8 channel transformer-less mic preamp set

1 Mackie 32 channel 8 bus mixing console




1 pair of Mackie HR824 biamplified near field monitors

1 pair AKG K702 reference headphones

1 pair Ultrasone Proline 650 headphones

1 pair Vic Firth high isolation drummers headphones

Mackie Big Knob monitor controller

Behringer Powerplay Pro 8, 8 channel stereo headphone amplifier

Tannoy 6.5 PBM passive monitors with Alesis RA 100 stereo amplifier for monitoring in the Beat Lab











Mac G5 Power PC with Solid State system drive, internal magnetic audio hard drive, and external Firewire 800 solid state drive for sample library.


Pro Tools HD 7.4


Digidesign 7 slot expansion chassis with 7 Accell dsp processing cards installed. This means massive dsp power for running countless high end processing plugins with zero latency without ever using the host computers CPU. 


Digidesign 192 IO with 16 analog inputs

Digidesign 96 IO with 8 analog ins and outs plus 8 digital ins and outs via ADAT

Apogee Big Ben digital clock generator any synchronizer


DAW Controllers and Console


Digidesign C/24 Pro Tools controller console (24 bankable, motorised faders)

M-Audio Code 61 Synth controller 

M-Audio Keystation 88 piano controller

Drum-Tec 6 piece wooden shell, mesh head electronic drum set and real cymbals (see Beat-Lab page) with Roland TD-15 Drum Module for MIDI triggering into BFD2

Mackie Control Pro Tools controller with 8 motorised faders (for full DAW control in the Beat Lab)

M-Audio Trigger Finger drum trigger controller


Digital processing:

Waves SSL bundle

TC Electronics system 6000 reverbs

TC Electronics system 6000 Mastering Suite

Mc DSP Filterbank, Compressorbank, Analog Channel Tape and Console Saturation Emulation

Eventide Factory 3000 multi effects 

Sony Oxford EQ, Dynamics, and Inflator

Bomb Factory Classic Compressor Bundle (1176, LA-2A, LA-3A)

Drummagog 5 drum replacement/enhancement library

Many more…


Virtual Instruments:


Vienna Symphonic Library (high end symphonic scoring library full compliments of horns-strings and orchestral percussion)

Stormdrum (cinematic film scoring percussion library)

Spectrasonics Atmosphere (synth suite)

Absynth (sound designer synth suite)

Ivory (high end piano library including Steinway and Bösendorfer Grand and Yamaha Jazz pianos)

Kontakt 3 sample library

Access Virus Indigo TDM Synth engine

BFD2 Drum Sample library with BFD-Heavy, and BFD Oblivion expansion libraries.

And more…








Real Instruments:




Yamaha Recording Custom 22” 10” 12” 14” 16” shell set

Pearl Sensitone 5.5 x 14” snare


Paiste Rude cymbals, 16” 18” and 19”

Paiste 2002 20” power ride

Paiste 2002 14” medium hihat

Paiste 2002 18” crash

Zyldjian 20”  Custom Power Ride

Zyldjian 13” Custom hihat


Drum-Tec dual chain drive double kick pedal

Tama Iron Cobra Hihat stand

X-hat stand


Latin Percussion Conga set

Matador Bongo set

Assorted traps and hand percussion




Gibson Les Paul Classic1960 

Gibson SG

Fender Stratocaster

Vintage, premium aged wood G&L F-100 electric guitar

Lowden solid wood cedar top dreadnaught acoustic guitar

Musici Man Stingray 5, 5 string bass


Guitar Amps:


Vintage Fender Prosonic, two channel tube amplifier

Fender Tonemaster 4X12 cabinet with Celestial Vintage 30 speakers

Vintage Marshall JCM 2554 tube amplifier


Foot Pedals:


Dunlop Crybaby Wah Pedal

Morley Bad Horsie Mk2 Wah Pedal

Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 version

Ibanez Tubescreamer TS5 version

Morley Little Alligator Volume Pedal

TC Electronic Flashback X4 looper/delay

Boss AD-5 acoustic guitar preamplifier/processor

Danelectro Fab-Tone fuzz-distortion pedal

TC Helicon Voice Live 2





JB Systems Pro Series Turntable

The Box Subwoofer and Satellite 600 watt PA system

Behringer X-Air 18 Digital Mixer

Line 6 POD version 2.0

Line 6 POD XT Live

Rocktron Intellifex hardware effects processors (2 units)