Favorite 5 pieces of gear

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by shock, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. shock

    shock Guest

    What are your 5 favorite pieces of gear? (= gear you trust and couldn't do without - not necessarily the best and most expensive stuff out there)

    Mine are (in no particular order):

    - SM57
    - Sony DRE-S777 reverb
    - AKG K270 headphones
    - gaffer tape
    - Waves Renaissance EQ
  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    1- Yamaha NS-10's
    2- Neumann UM-57
    3- Mac G4
    4- Phoenix Audio GTQ-2 Mic Pres
    5- Advil for the headache caused by #1 (but always knowing the mix will travel well)
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
    Home Page:
    1 - Monitor chain (B&W M802 SIII's / Bryston amps)
    2 - Manley Variable-MU
    3 - Samplitude Pro!
    4 - Lavry converters
    5 - Art Pro VLA EL-Op compressor
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    WOW, this is way to hard!

    In no special order...

    1) Eventide DSP4500
    2) API Lunchbox (counts as one! - 2x512,2x525,2x550)
    3) Manley Vari-Mu
    4) Manley Massive Passive
    5) TC Electronic DBMAX
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    My patch bay (it's impossible to work efficiently without one)
    Manley EL OP
    Urei 1178
    My pre amp rack.
    (2 9098's / VMP400e / GRMP2NV / Millennia STT-1)
    Yamaha NS10m's (I could mix on them alone)
  6. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    Sebatron Vmp-2000e preamp
    797 Audio CR998 tube mic
    Joemeek VC1Q preamp
    Oktava MC012 mic
    Hafler TA1600/KRK Rokit monitoring system
  7. Duardo

    Duardo Guest

    First of, I think listing a rack full of gear is cheating! Why not put all of my preamps, effects, patchbays, interfaces and converters into one rack and count them as one piece? The API lunchbox is close to the line, but I don't think crosses it. Anyway, here's mine:

    -Auralex Max Wall (seems to make more of a difference in my studio than the speakers themselves)
    -Pair of Earthworks SRO's
    -Focusrite ISA428
    -Pair of Royer R121's
    -Patchbay (thanks for the idea Kurt, I wouldn't have thought of it but I definitely couldn't live without it)

    Honorable mention goes to my set of multicolored Mogami microphone cables, which in addition to looking cool make it much easier to remember which microphone is plugged into what, especially when I'm recording a drumset.

    I also think it's cool that John listed the Pro VLA. One of the more underrated compressors out there right now, and only three hundred bucks to boot...

  8. My ears - go on top of my list. Trust them without doubt
    SM57 - Have to put them in there 'cause you know what you get with them
    My KRK V8's
    DBX 160A - they just work :cool:
    TC Electronics M5000
  9. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    mmm-kay, that works for meeeee! :mrgreen:

    I just can't choose which of the pres I would rather be without and which one would stay ... I guess I could say, "any great pre amp" ...

    I am getting a new JLM TMP8 soon, when it arrives, we can switch my "rack of pres" for "JLM TMP8".
  10. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    1- i agree on the ears (the ringing is good for guitar tuning) :lol:

    2- monitors (amadeus icon)

    3- manley vari-mu

    4- fairman master eq

    5- rosendahl nanosynchs
  11. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    ...I'm glad someone mentioned the ears...I never go anywhere without em.....

    I could never do what I do without all those years of trial and error....wait a sec......OH ..its not over yet...cancel that thought

    allseriousness aside:

    Dbx 900 rack..specifically the overeasy egg warmer...(903 comp)

    Second the VLA(you high-end guys have gotta get one ..I keep harpin)

    My comfy chair

    The Taylor-Made Guitar...bought because it sounded the best for recording.

    At LEAST 10 year old single malt scotch...

    theres a lot of 'other crap' which borders on needs, but those are the essentials
  12. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I guess I need to review the Art Pro VLA if I can get one ...
  13. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    You really should get the new one...its got digital outs and nice converters. I'd loan you mine but it needs new tubes...its still working fine just needs a polishing....

    I mean you like the SP's.....this is more of the same...an ACTUAL quality-built and useful inexpensive piece of kit. But then you already know what I think about it...
  14. Krou

    Krou Active Member

    May 27, 2001
    - Realtraps
    - KRK V6II
    - Ableton Live
    - Kontakt
    - vinyl collection
  15. johnwy

    johnwy Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Smithtown, NY
    Home Page:
    I think that if it were the late 70's, early 80's I'd say the 5 must haves were....

    1. An 8 ball of coke
    2. 1 sharp razor blade
    3. a 100 dollar bill rolled up like a straw (or a plastic straw from McDonald's cut to about 4" in length if you blew the 100 bucks on item #1)
    4. a 6" x 6" mirror on the producers desk at either end of the console
    5. and that bottle of 10 year old scotch that davedog mentioned to wash it all down

    you can substitute #5 with a couple of coke-whore-sluts from weehawken new jersey if the liquor store was closed...... :wink:

    ........of course, sadly, those days are over :cry:
  16. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Well thank God for small favors....I think about all of the U47's I would own today had not those days descended upon me...
  17. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    My #1 favorite is my martin acoustic-electric- had it for a couple years now and is so nice...
    #2 Has to be Digital performer- I would be nowhere without it
    Next must be the front end to my recording chain, mics, pres and AD- If I must pick favorites I will have to say mic (#3) will be my old RCA D77, #4 my Grace pre and #5 My apogee rosetta
    Honorable mention goes to all my soft synths (mach Five, garritan, Atmosphere, etc)
    Kudos to all the other recording programs I use as well- where would I be without you! :D

    Hey, I left out the most important one, my computer, I'd be toast without you! 8) I must be taking you for granted, my hard working friend :D
  18. idiophone

    idiophone Guest

    Here's what makes recording easier for me:

    UA 2-610
    My Car Stereo
    Vox AC-30
    Black Beauty 6.5x14 snare
  19. Nathan_Eldred

    Nathan_Eldred Active Member

    Nov 19, 2004
    Ampex MM1200 2" 16 track
    ADAM S3-A's
    Neumann KM86 pair
    OSA Trackpack (holds a variety of pres/EQ's)
    Samplitude Pro
  20. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I only record solo fingerstyle acoustic guitar, which is, I guess, a classical-like application. Here's my list (in no particular order):

    1. Pendulum Audio MDP-1a pre
    2. 2x Schoeps CMC6/MK4 mics
    3. Microtech Gefell UMT800 mic
    4. John Hardy M-2 pre
    5. Dynaudio BM6 monitors

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