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Tucked away in a corner of our #mixroom is one of two #Studer multitrack #tapemachines in our facility.This one is an #A...
04/27/2022

Tucked away in a corner of our #mixroom is one of two #Studer multitrack #tapemachines in our facility
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This one is an #A80, and it’s perfect for mix room duties
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Studio A has a nice #A800; a later machine that’s a bit better-suited to tracking workflows
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While the A80 sounds absolutely stunning, it lacks the microprocessor transport control of the later machine, so punching in and out is a little trickier and less reliable
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In a mix environment this isn’t really a concern, so we can just enjoy its unmistakable, wonderful sound
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Both of our machines are parked next to Dolby SR rigs, so #Dolby compatibility across rooms is ensured
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#DolbySR was the last (and best) noise reduction system for analog tape. Dolby SR allows analog recording with noise performance that rivals sixteen bit digital—extremely impressive
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With these and our small array of two-track machines, we can do all-analog projects from tracking through mastering (all in-house)
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#analogtape #analog #analogrecording #tapemachine #studertapemachine #studermultitrack #studera80 #atrtape #atrmagnetics #analogmixing #mixengineer #analogaudio

Did you know that the color of a @neumann.berlin microphones badge will tell you a lot about how the mic itself is desig...
04/26/2022

Did you know that the color of a @neumann.berlin microphones badge will tell you a lot about how the mic itself is designed and works?
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Most older Neumanns (like the #SM23c in this photo) use black badges. Since Neumann is a very old company, for much of its history the mics used #vacuumtubes as their active elements
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When solid-state devices like field effect transistors (FETs) became more widely-used, Neumann introduced their #FET80 series of mics in the 1960s. These included the famous #U87, #KM84, #KM86, etc.
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The FET80 mics had violet-colored Neumann badges instead, and still do to this day
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At this time, most microphones (and a lot of other gear) relied on a transformer to help convert the impedance to something suitable for use in a pro audio environment. Beginning in the 1980s, semiconductor devices were developed that could perform this job pretty well.
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Along with most other companies, #Neumann begun to offer such active-balanced (“transformerless”) mics. To their credit, they never abandoned the transformer-coupled mics that had become (and remain) industry standards. Also to their credit, they recognized that active-balanced mics were a different breed and deserved an easy identifying feature
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Neumann’s active-balanced mics like the TLM (“transformer-less microphone”) series have red badges instead of black or violet
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More recently, two other badge colors have come into use—green for moving-coil dynamics (something that Neumann never offered in large numbers until recently) and blue for mics containing an integral analog-to-digital converter
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There can be a slight bit of overlap at the transitions—some early FET mics continued to use black badges, and the first few TLM mics had violet. There are also some anomalies like the older U77—a very early transformerless FET mic that nevertheless sports a black badge (we have one, it’s great!)
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But for the most part, these rules hold true
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#neumannSM23 #myneumann #vintageneumann #neumannmicrophone #neumannSM23c #NeumannSM2 #stereomic #stereomicrophone #studiogear #Microphonehistory #recording #recordingengineer #miclocker #studiogearfacts #recordingfacts #recordinghistory #neumannhistory #mic

In a tracking workflow, the mic preamp/EQ modules at the top of the frame here are the most important part of our #Neve ...
04/25/2022

In a tracking workflow, the mic preamp/EQ modules at the top of the frame here are the most important part of our #Neve consoles
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We have two consoles full of these #Neve31102 modules—a forty-eight input desk in our larger Studio A, and this twenty-four input #Neve8058 in Studio B
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With Class A discrete transistor electronics and St Ives/Marinair transformers on inputs and outputs, the mic preamps have a certain larger-than-life character that’s pretty much universally-loved
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The EQ is inductor-based, and has two bands of shelving (hi and low), one band of bell (mid) and high-pass and low-pass filters
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Compared to the EQs on our #mixroom SSL, these are broad-strokes tone shaping devices. The SSL channel EQs are fully parametric, meaning the steepness of the curve (Q) is adjustable along with boost/cut and fully-sweepable frequency selection
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These Neve EQs, on the other hand, offer a handful of selectable frequencies, and the midrange bell has a “hi-Q” switch to select either a “broad” or “steep” curve
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While the SSL may be better-suited to micro-targeting something specific, the Neve is very adept at broadly altering timbre and just making things sound great—perfect for EQ to tape in a tracking environment
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To be honest, most analog EQs aren’t quite as precise or informative as something like a FabFilter EQ plug-in, and we use all of these tools together, because each has its strengths
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#analogEQ #nevemodule #nevemicpre #neveeq #neve8068 #neve8088 #analogrecording #vintageneve #vintageneveconsole #neverecordingconsole #nevemixingconsole #trackingstudio #NYCtrackingstudio #NYCrecording #NYCrecordingstudio #recordingengineer #recordingengineers #mixengineers #trackingroom #nevestudio #rupertneve #80seriesneve

Posts about #mic stands don’t tend to attract a lot of engagement, but a #studio couldn’t work without them.Since they h...
04/24/2022

Posts about #mic stands don’t tend to attract a lot of engagement, but a #studio couldn’t work without them
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Since they have less of a direct impact on the recorded sound than the mic itself (or the preamp, or the converters…), they’re often treated as something of an afterthought
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But a poor-quality or inappropriately-applied stand can frustrate artist and #recordingengineer alike, can spoil takes, and can even make editing difficult (it’s hard to comp between takes when the mic has sagged progressively over the course of the session!)
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We use stands from a few different manufacturers, but our favorites are from @latchlake (no sponsorship—we just like them!)
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We have several of the larger, heavier rolling models (like the #micking2200). These stands are expensive, but will support the heaviest mics (like the ten-pound RCA #44BX) in pretty much any position conceivable, and keep them there
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Almost as good (and much more affordable) is the #micking1100 pictured here. It’s Latch Lake’s first tripod-base stand, and thoroughly outclasses all other tripod stands. An innovative nested counterweight system makes it perform nearly as well as its much-more-expensive cousins, even with the ultra-heavy vintage ribbons
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It’ll also support an #RCA44 easily, even with considerable boom extension
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It’s not as exciting a purchase as a new (or old) microphone, but if you’ve been frustrated by annoying stands before, you might be able to appreciate the value of a good stand to a #recording workflow
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#latchlake #latchlakestands #latchlakestand #latchlakemicking #micking #studiogear #studiolife #recordinggear #recordingsession #recordingengineer #recordingengineers #rca44BX #44BX #studioacoustics #studiorecording #NYCstudio #NYCrecordingstudio #NYCrecordingengineer #bunkerstudio #bunkerbrooklyn

Phaser-lover’s phaser: the #mutronbiphase!.#Musitronics (or Mu-tron) was founded in the early 1970s just a little ways a...
04/23/2022

Phaser-lover’s phaser: the #mutronbiphase!
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#Musitronics (or Mu-tron) was founded in the early 1970s just a little ways across the Hudson River in Rosemont, NJ
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Their most popular product was the first envelope-controlled filter, which became a staple of clavinet, bass and guitar sounds since its introduction
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But the #biphase is our favorite #mutron pedal
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It’s essentially two phasers in one that can either operate independently or be linked in a variety of ways
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They’re pretty pricey on the vintage market these days, but there’s really nothing like them—it’s one of those devices that inspires ideas from the moment you first hear it
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#phaserpedal #phasor #vintagephaser #vintagephasor #guitarpedal #studiogear #guitarpedals #vintagepedals #stompbox #vintagestompbox #mutronphasor #guitargear #vintagegear #recordinggear #mixgear #mixstudio #creativemixing

The music world is full of influential figures—humans who contributed to the art in ways that radically changed the land...
04/22/2022

The music world is full of influential figures—humans who contributed to the art in ways that radically changed the landscape as we know it
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Some of these individuals are famous and highly visible, but others are mostly hidden to all except enthusiasts
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Ikutaro “Taro” Kakehashi is one of the latter. As founder of Ace-Tone, @rolandglobal and Boss, he designed, oversaw and manufactured numerous technologies that have become core parts of global music culture
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He almost didn’t get the opportunity. As a teenager in Osaka, he suffered from tuberculosis—a disease that claimed the lives of both of his parents—before recovering thanks to participation in a clinical trial for then-experimental Streptomycin
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An autodidact who taught himself electronics engineering, he spent time hanging around Hitachi in his hometown of Osaka before opening his own shop to repair watches and radios
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In the 1950s, still a twenty-something, he decided to perfect the transistor combo organ (he eventually sold organs and drum machines under the Ace-Tone brand). In the 1960s, Ace-Tone marketed what most experts consider to be the first drum machine, the R1 #RhythmAce
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In the 70s, he founded Roland to make #synths for the masses. While ARP, Moog, EMS, Buchla and others targeted professionals and academics, Roland made #synthesizers user-friendly. Kakehashi (like Leo Fender, a contemporary with whom he shares many parallels) had no musical training, and was keenly aware of the opaque nature of contemporaneous instruments
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He is also largely responsible for #MIDI, as he spearheaded a consortium that included Dave Smith, Tom Oberheim and representatives from Yamaha, Korg and Kawai to hash out a standardized protocol. He and Dave Smith premiered MIDI in the early-1980s. The standard is still in use today
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BOSS was a spin-off of Roland that primarily sold guitar effects. Some early effects (like the #RE101 #SpaceEcho seen here) had the #Roland branding, but most small pedal-form devices (and the #RX100 #reverb seen here) were sold under the BOSS mark
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#ikutarokakehashi #tarokakehashi #guitareffects #bosseffects #bossRX100 #RolandRE101 #RE201 #tapeecho

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Run around NYC with us and catch clips of us in the studio at The Bunker Studio Introducing the music video for: S K Y S C R A P E R https://youtu.be/7DRDFkHTyqw Shot by us: Aaron and Jacque Edited by: Kate Bennis
FINAL SINGLE OUT TODAY: COME ON KIKI! 🤍 https://emilywells.lnk.to/RegardsToTheEnd “Come On Kiki” contains many images, beginning with the sculpture ‘Tied to Her Nature’ by the artist Kiki Smith. The song was written immediately after reading from ‘In the Shadow of the American Dreams: the Diaries of David Wojnarowicz’, in which Wojnarowicz describes dancing with Kiki Smith in the aftermath of their friend Peter Hujar’s death, though the song doesn’t tell this story. It tells, in part, my own, one of wanting more of exactly what I have, of desiring to move in time circularly, inside of all that has been experienced, and therefore gained. I was thinking a lot about Harry Nillson when arranging and recording: instruments and melodic phrases moving in and out of frame like dancers or extras in a play, set against the steady voice as storyteller. If I have a pet song on the album, this is it. Live Drums: Mike Thies Upright Bass: Evan Runyon Bass Clarinet, Clarinet: Hideaki Aomori French Horn: Jim Wells Live drum recording engineered by Nolan Thies at The Bunker Studio
Aaron was tired of making computer constructed music so he put a band together. November 1st of 2021, at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, we cut “Skyscraper” to the Studer 24 track tape machine with @aaron_nevezie on guitar, @johndavisnyc on bass, @danrieser on drums and @nolanthies producing the live session. I pinch myself that these class act incredible talents touched this track. The dearest dudes I heart so much! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Swipe ➡️ to see the making Album shot by: @edouglas528 Shots in studio: @nolanthies
Dreaming of the spring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ftrGPwJADw Archive footage edited by Clare Elliott Song produced and mixed at New Warsaw Studio by Riley McMahon. Recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. Spottiswoode: Lead vocals John Young: bass Tim Vaill: cymbals Kevin Cordt: trumpet Riley McMahon: mandolin Tony Lauria: accordion
!! Beyond the Bomb x Melt - we are so excited to release a video of our song Walk to Midnight. We recorded this live version in our last hour of studio time The Bunker Studio this summer – the studio isn’t the only place where we run short on time though. Today the @Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists made their annual announcement of how much time remains until nuclear “midnight” via the #DoomsdayClock. We're at 100 seconds, the closest to midnight that we've ever been. But, together, we can reverse the Walk to Midnight! #TurnBackTheClock
2022 spring tour + NEW SINGLE + Vinyl/CD preorders: https://emilywells.lnk.to/RegardsToTheEnd I’ll be touring the US this spring, a handful of dates supporting the fabulous band Son Lux and headlining the rest. Tickets go on sale this Friday Jan. 14 at Noon EST. After two years (mostly) alone in my studio writing and recording this album I truly can’t wait to bring these songs fully to life through your ears, imaginations, and physical presence. LOVE SAVES THE DAY out today! I joke that this song is my magnum opus because it took me several years to write the arrangements and complete. It has been stripped and redressed in various frocks of production but it wasn’t until I found my compositional voice for the new album that I knew how it was suppose to live. The cover is a painting, “April 14, 2018 (RIP David Buckel)” by an artist whom I deeply admire, Michael Stamm … more on that soon. And, PREORDER Regards to the End now via my website. Find all the things at the link above! Incredible insane performances on the clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute by Hideaki Aomori, the real star of this recording. + extreme delights and mind bending performances from Mike Thies on live drums which were engineered by Nolan Thies at The Bunker Studio + Topu Lyo on percussive piano & cello + Evan Runyon on upright bass + Jim Wells (my pops) on French horn + Damian Primis on bassoon. With production assistance from Chulo Records and mixed with Christopher Botta. 📷📷📷PHOTO by Rachel Stern
Happy New Year! Here’s my little arrangement of John Coltrane’s ‘Impressions’ from Robby Ameen’s latest album ‘Diluvio’. . . . Vandoren USAVandoren Musician's Advisory Studio NYCVandoren ParisPearl DrumsThe Bunker Studio
Beautiful way to end my studio dates for the year… Excited to share this one with you all soon. 😊 Troy Roberts 🎷 Paul Bollenback 🎸 John Patitucci 🎻 Jimmy Macbride 🥁…. . . . The Bunker Studio Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio NYC Vandoren USA 📷 Anna Yatskevich
Trombone solo on Clover from the Sofijazz Livestream Concert from The Bunker Studio. Full concert on my YouTube /elliotmason channel • Carlos Henriquez 🎻 Sullivan Fortner 🎹 Kayvon Gordon🥁 Sofija Knezevic 🎙 Elliot Mason📎 • Todd Whitelock - Mixing @lukemarantz 🎥 • •
Last week I had one of the most challenging recording sessions ever with Tina Deng at the The Bunker Studio The piece recorded was the new work by the champion of The 1st Hong Kong International Chromatic Harmonica Composition Competition, @ellioteyteo from London. It is titled ‘Street Scenes’. It will be released later together with a number of brand new compositions by the composers from the competition from all around the world. It was truly my pleasure and honour to interpret such masterpiece! 🔥 Can’t wait to share the full version with you all! Photo by @kerojpeg @hk.iccch #moderncomposition #mordernclassicalmusic #harmonica
She’s here! Now go get lost in it! 🖤 Introducing “Summer Resurrection - Strings Version” 🖤 https://smarturl.it/t0egsu * Song by: RYAL (Jacque Ryal, @aaron_nevezie) & @christopher.white_ * Strings by @saracaswellvln * Recorded & Mixed by: @aaron_nevezie at The Bunker Studio * Mastered by: @alexdeturk at The Bunker Studio
Trombone solo on Superhero from the Sofija Knezevic Livestream Concert from The Bunker Studio Full concert with high quality audio on my YouTube /elliotmason channel. • Carlos Henriquez🎻 Sullivan Fortner 🎹 Kayvon Gordon 🥁 Sofija Knezevic 🎙 Elliot Mason 📎 • Todd Whitelock - Mixing Luke Marantz 🎥