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Hello, all

I am lucky enough to have access to a studio with some nice gear, but the thing is I have never used any of them, and I won't get too much time to play around or experiement there. So, I was hoping if some of you guys could give me some pointers on what to do with the following gear and instruments, so I can make the best use of my free studio time (without any enginners there...)


Avalon VT737
DBX 586

(i am sure I'm missing some pres here, so, let's just assume we have enough pres to track the drum with max of 8 mics)


AKG Solid Tube
AKG C-418
AKG C-4000B
AKG D-112
Earth Works TC-30K x2
Audio-Technica AT825
Audio-Technica AT835ST
CAD E-300
Shure BETA 87
Shure 55SH
57 (dunno how many)
Superlux PRO-238C
Superlux PRO-268AH
Superlux PRO-248S
Superlux PRA-218B
Superlux PRA-228A

The tracking room is super dead (they use it primarily for voiceover) and size wise, it can barely fit a drum kit and a drummer in there.

The song I'm writing is somewhat similiar to "Us and Them" from Dark Side of the Moon, with clean slide and semi distorted guitars, female vocals, bass, and a upright piano.
It's a Tama drum kit and a 100w Marshall amp.

I hope this question is precise enough.

Big thanks in advance



Jun 14, 2003
Anyway, the best thing I can advise you is to hire
a sound engineer or at least get some friend who's into it and has a minimum experience, to come and direct the session. this way you would less waste your time.
recording is a tough job and takes years to learn and a few recipies you can grab there and there wont do any good. Plus most of the gear you mentionned
is rather expensive and it wouldnt be cool having to pay back a 1000$ mic because you blew it cause of a bad use...so get someone to do it and spend your precious time on your music!


ADATs, Pro Tools HD, and whatnot.
YAMAHA O2R Digital Mixer Console
The program/DAW is something I've never heard of, SADie.

what gear do you need to know? Effects processor wise, they have lots of TC electronics, Manely,etc.

Apogee PSX-100
MOTU 2408
Lynix One

My friend who works there knows how to work the system, so all I need to do is messing with dif tracking options. I know a real enginner would really help, but since it's free, I figure why not have fun with the gear I will never be able to afford:)



From memory I'm going to stab at what I remember about that song. I'm guessing the guitar was strat trough an AC30. Snare drum is loose, probably bottom & top mics. Pinstripe heads on the top of the toms, no bottom heads. Kick probably one head as well. You won't have a choice but to have a dry drum sound like the one that's on the song. Probably a P-Bass through an I dont know what.