Gear

Console

  • Custom 32 Channel, 8 bus Console – This console is built off a mid-sized Soundcraft frame, borrowing design ideas from audio guru Jim Williams. It boasts a clean and clear, transient rich sound with a wide stereo image and super-wide bandwidth. It’s inputs are of a “trans-amp” design utilizing super-fast, ultra-low distortion, precision matched transistor pairs by Analog Devices. The eq section uses MultiCap capacitors. I would put this in the same league as any API, Neve, SSL, etc. but with a smaller footprint and a sound all it’s own. Extreme clarity, detail, depth, punchiness, wide stereo image… that’s what you can expect from this console.

Tape Machines

  • Ampex MM-1200 – 2” 24-track head assembly with an ATR-124 erase head, Flux Magnetics record head and a Flux Magnetics ME Extended Frequency Response play head. Also, available is a 2″ 16-track head assembly, fitted with a Flux Magnetics ME Extended Response playback head. Power supply has been rebuilt and upgraded. All guide posts on the machine and on the head assemblies have been replaced with rolling guides for less flutter and smoother tape handling. An Athan custom polyurethane pinch roller is used. All 24 reproduce, record, and bias cards have been completely rebuilt using the very best Dale 1% metal film capacitors, Wima, Panasonic, and Nichicon capacitors, and low-noise, high slew-rate transistors. This is simply one of the best MM-1200s you’ll ever experience.
  • Ampex AG-440 – 1/4” two-track w/ Flux Magnetics ME Extended Response playback head and Flux Magnetics record head. All the bias, record, and reproduce cards have been completely rebuilt in the same style as the aforementioned MM-1200 cards. The power supply has been rebuilt and upgraded, as well as the filter caps within the electronics units. An Innovonics Tentrol constant tension unit has been added, as well as a capstan servo kit. This machine does 15ips or 30ips flawlessly. 1/4” two-track is a classic mix-down format and the Ampex AG-440 was the most popular mixdown deck for many years.
  • Ampex 440C – 1/2” two-track with Flux magnetics erase, record and reproduce heads, the reproduce head being of the extended frequency response type. This machine has the same modified cards as above, with the addition of Lundahl 1550 amorphous core transformers on the repro cards. A TS-40 constant tension servo unit has been added, as well as a viscous dampened reel idler flywheel for improved tape stability and improved wow/flutter specs. Like all my machines, the power supply has been upgraded, as have the filter capacitors inside each electronics unit. You’ll be hard pressed to find a machine like this anywhere.
  • Tascam 112 – Two track cassette tape recorder/player. Rebuilt and ready to playback your tapes for archiving or mastering, or to record your finished masters onto a cassette for all analog cassette releases!
  • *About the Flux Magnetics ME series: These new heads are designed for 15 and 30 ips (inches per second) operation without compromise. They provide increased tape stability for thicker oxide tapes, increased bias and record drive head room and 20Hz playback wavelength response at 30 ips. All machines reproducing tape at 30 ips roll off any low frequencies below around 50Hz and have an increase of high frequencies above around 16kHz. “ME” playback heads flatten out the frequency response so that it does not significantly roll off any of the low frequencies or increase the high frequencies. 15 ips, known for it’s increased low end and rolled off high end, also gets smoothed out to have a nearly flat 20Hz-20kHz (the extent of human hearing) frequency response. In short, any machine NOT using these heads is incapable of reproducing the full audible spectrum.

Monitoring

  • JBL 4412A
  • Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube
  • Adcom GFA-555 power amp
  • Oxygen-free copper foil hook-up wire

Digital Transfer

  • Mytek 8×192
  • Motu 24Ai
  • Motu 24Ao

Preamps

  • Chandler TG-2 (stereo)
  • Chandler LTD-1
  • D.W. Fearn VT-2 (stereo)
  • Mercury Dual M72 (stereo)
  • Buzz Audio MA-2.2 (stereo)
  • Audio Upgrades High Speed Microphone Preamp (Jim Williams design, stereo)
  • Customized Console Preamps (24)
  • Classic API VP28 (pair)
  • Five Fish Audio MX-5

Compressors/Limiters

  • Chandler TG-1 (dual-mono)
  • Chandler LTD-2 (2)
  • Thermionic Culture Phoenix (dual-mono)
  • Retro Instruments Sta-Level
  • Purple Audio MC77
  • DBX 263 De-Esser (pair, with Jim Wiliams mods)
  • Tonelux TX5C
  • Foote P3S
  • Aphex 661, with Jim Williams mods (pair)

EQ

  • Shure SR 107 (pair)
  • Chandler Abbey Road Edition Curve Bender (stereo)
  • Mercury EQ-H
  • Chandler LTD-1
  • Quad Eight 4-band parametric (pair)
  • Kush Electra (pair)
  • DBD-CEQ (Calrec 1549)
  • Little Labs VOG
  • Meyer Sound CP-10 (modded by Jim Williams!)
  • IGS Rubber Bands stereo Pultec style EQ
  • ADM 1541 inductor EQ (pair)

Effects

  • Roland RE 501 Chorus Echo tape delay
  • Roland SDE-330
  • Roland SPD-SX
  • TBDD (500 series clone of legendary Roland Dimension D)
  • Dynacord Echocord tape delay
  • Tapco 4400A Stereo Spring Reverb
  • Ibanez Analog Delay AD202
  • Custom-made plate reverb with stereo returns
  • Peavey Valverb
  • Dolby “A” Type Noise Reduction, 24 channels
  • IGS Audio “Bison” Analog Mid-Side Processor
  • Yamaha Rev 7
  • Lexicon MPX 550
  • Lexicon Reflex (modded by Jim Williams)
  • Sony DPS V55
  • Bricasti M7
  • Valley People Kepex II (4)
  • Valley People DSP De-Esser (2)
  • JBL UREI 7922 Delay
  • Rockman Stereo Chorus/Delay

Microphones

  • Peluso 2247SE
  • Peluso P12 matched pair (2)
  • AKG Perception 200 (2)
  • AKG Perception 400
  • AKG C-1000
  • AKG D3600
  • Shure SM7B
  • Shure SM57 (3)
  • Shure SM58 (4)
  • Shure Beta 91
  • Shure Beta 52a
  • Cascade Fathead Ribbon (2)
  • M-Audio Nova Class A FET
  • Sennheiser 504
  • Sennheiser 609
  • Sennheiser 906
  • Audix i5
  • Audix f-12 (2)
  • Beyerdynamic M 201
  • Beyerdynamic MC930 Matched Stereo Pair (2)
  • Heil Sound PR-31 (2)
  • Heil Sound PR-40
  • Custom 10” sub-kick
  • Electro Voice 1776 (3)
  • Electro Voice 1776A
  • Electro Voice PL77A
  • Electro Voice PL77B
  • Electro Voice RE510 (2)
  • AEA R92 Ribbon

Guitar/ Bass Cabinets and Amps

  • Marshal JCM 800 4×10
  • Fender Champion 600 - with Mercury Magnetics upgrade kit installed 
  • Ampeg “straight-back” SVT 8×10 w/original speakers
  • Marshall JCM 25/50 Silver Jubilee 2555, original
  • Marshall JCM 900
  • Sunn Beta Lead
  • Carvin Pro Bass
  • Ampeg V-4
  • Roland Jazz Chorus 77
  • Vox Conqueror
  • Vox Defiant
  • Fender Bassman ('64)

Guitars

  • Fender Precision Bass with Lindy Fralin pick-ups & Angela wiring kit
  • Epiphone Dot
  • Austin Telecaster Clone

Guitar Pedals

  • 1970s “Triangle” Big Muff Pi
  • Ampeg Scrambler (clone)
  • “Jimi Hendrix” Fuzz Face (clone)
  • 70s Big Muff Pi Crying Tone
  • 70s Electro-Harmonix Memory Man
  • EarthQuakerDevices “The Hoof”
  • Mr. Black “Deluxe Plus”

Snare Drums

Ludwig

6.5 X 14:

  • 3 Ply (1950’s) Gold Sparkle w/Pure Sound wires
  • Black Beauty, Hand-Hammered, Super-Sensitive w/Pure Sound snares
  • Bronze Hand-Hammered Supraphonic w/Pure Sound wires
  • Chrome 402 Supraphonic, Super-Sensitive (1973) w/Pure Sound snares
  • Club Date (reissue)

5 X 14:

  • Chrome 400 Supraphonic, Super-Sensitive (1960’s) w/Pure Sound snares
  • Chrome 400 Supraphonic (1970’s)

Tama

6.5 X 14:

  • Solid Rosewood Superstar, extended snares
  • Birch Superstar, extended snares
  • Bird’s Eye Maple Artwood w/Pure Sound snares
  • Chrome Stainless Steel Imperialstar, extended snares

8 X 14:

  • Cordia Wood Artstar, extended snares

Slingerland

7 X 14:

  • Radio King (1950’s)
  • Chrome Over Brass

Drum Sets

Tama Superstar (Birch)

  • Toms: 9×8, 8×10, 8×12, 9×13, 10×14, 12×15, 16×16, 18×18
  • Kicks: 14×22, 14×24
  • Other: 20” Gong-Bass

RCI Starlite Custom Clear Acrylic

  • Toms: 9×13, 12×16, 16×20
  • Kick: 16×24

Percussion

  • 40” gong, cowbell, shakers, tamborine, LP congas, CP Bongos, 13 & 14” Ludwig stainless steel timbales, triangle