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Old House Studio features a large collection of various musical instruments available for client use. (Of course, you’re more than welcome to bring your own, too!) Whether you want to use our well-maintained instruments as your primary sound sources on recordings or you want to use something “different’ for a specific overdub or part, we have instruments that you should find useful.

 

We have a wide variety of acoustic drums (seven drumkits, nineteen snare drums, two large bass drums, six gongs, three conga drums, and various other percussion items), a dozen guitars (acoustic, electric, bass, baritone, and twelve-string), fifteen amplifiers (made between the 1950s and the 21st Century), and ten different keyboard instruments, (including a full-sized Yamaha grand piano and a Hammond C3 organ with Leslie cabinet), all available for client use at no extra charge. (Piano tunings and new drumheads and guitar strings are the responsibility of the client.)

 

DRUMS:
Noble & Cooley CD Maple Custom Drumkit (9×10, 9×12, 14×14, 17×20)
Noble & Cooley Studio Classic Maple Drumkit (10×10, 10×12, 12×14, 17×22)
Gretsch Vintage Round Badge Drumkit (8×12, 16×16, 14×20–1960s)
Gretsch Catalina Street Drumkit (6×10, 11×13, 12×16)
“Slingeretsch” Drumkit (1965 14×18 Slingerland bass drum, mid 60s Gretsch “Round Badge” 8×12 and 14×14 toms)
Ludwig Signet Drumkit (8×10, 8×12, 8×12, 14×14, 14×16, 15×20, 15×22)
Yamaha Recording Custom Drumkit (8×8, 8×10, 8×12, 14×14, 14×22)
Slingerland Vintage Marching Bass Drum (9×26–1950s)
Gretsch Vintage Concert Bass Drum (10×28–1950s)
Ludwig Rocker Toms (11×13, 16×16)
Remo 12” Roto Tom
Tama Octobans (#5 & #6)
Custom Aluminum Octobans (Set of four)
Ayotte Custom Maple Snare (4×10)
Gretsch Max Roach Progressive Jazz Model Vintage Snare (4×14–1960s)
Gretsch Vintage Snare (5×14–1960s)
Ludwig Acrolite Snare (5×14–early 1980s)
Ludwig Coliseum Snare (7×14)
Noble & Cooley Custom SS Solid Maple Snare (7×14)
Noble & Cooley HP Horizontal Ply Maple/Mahogany Snare (6.5×12)
Noble & Cooley Studio Classic Maple Snare (5×14)
Pearl Chrome Snare (5×14–1970s)
(2) Pork Pie Custom Maple Snare (6×13)
Pork Pie Bell Brass Snare (6×13)
Pork Pie Patina Brass Snare (7×13)
Pork Pie Pig Lite Acrylic Snare (6×14)
Rogers Powertone Chrome-Over-Brass Snare (5×14–1960s)
Tama Superstar Birch Snare (5.5×14-2000s)
Tama Swingstar Chrome-Over-Steel Snare (6.5×14–1980s)
Yamaha Recording Custom Birch Snare (5.5×14–1990)

 

PERCUSSION:
Toca Custom Congas
(10″ Quinto, 11″ Conga, 12.5″ Tumba)
Matador Chrome Timbalitos (10″, 12″)
Deagan Vintage Glockenspiel
Various bells, blocks, chimes, tambourines, shakers, gongs, and noisemakers

 

GUITARS:
Brownsville Choirboy 12 Electric 12-string
Danelectro U2 Baritone (1990s)
Fender ’62 Re-issue Telecaster (MIJ, 1986)
Gibson Epiphone Les Paul (’56 Gold Top Reissue/ P90s)
Ibanez AS50 “335” Copy (1980)
Rickenbacker 360 (mid 90s)
Steinberger Spirit
Yamaha FG75 Acoustic Guitar (red label, MIJ, 1970s)
Yamaha FG110 Acoustic Guitar (red label, MIJ, 1970s)
Fender Precision 4-string Bass Guitar w/ Hipshot D-tuner (American–1970s)
Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Guitar (1977)

 

AMPLIFIERS:
Airline 1×10 tube combo (1960s)
Alamo Jet 1×12 tube combo
Ampeg B-15N Flip Top tube bass amp (1972)
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 1×12 combo
Fender Squire 1×8 combo
Leslie 122 with Trek II combo preamp
Marshall JMP Super Lead Mk2 head (1977)
Marshall 1982 4×12 cabinet (1978)
Marshall Powerbrake
Old House Custom Fender Tweed Deluxe Clone combo
Orange AD30 2-channel tube head
Orange PPC 4×12 Power Projection cabinet
Randall RG-15 1×10 combo
Roland JC-77 Jazz Chorus 2×10 combo (1980s)
Smokey Mini-Amp
THD Hot Plate
Traynor TS-50B head
Vox AC30 2×12 combo (1990s)
Vox Pacemaker 1×12 combo (1960s)

 

PEDALS, ETC:
Arbiter Fuzz Face
Boss CE-3 Chorus
Boss TR-2 Tremolo
Boss TU-2 Tuner
Chuck Collins Interfax Harmonic Percolator
Cochrane Timmy Line Boost (v2)
Cry Baby Wah
Danelectro Sitar Swami
DOD FX-17 Volume/Wah
DOD FX-25B Envelope Filter
DOD Grunge
E-Bow
Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi (Black)
Electro Harmonix Holy Stain
Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer
Korg PME-40X Modular Pedal Board
Korg KAD-301 Analog Delay
Korg KCO-101 Analog Compressor
Korg KDI-101 Analog Distortion
Korg KCH-301 Analog Chorus
Korg KFL-401 Analog Flanger
Mr. Fazedelic Dual Phaser
(2) MXR Dyna Comp
Old House Custom DB Screamer Distortion
Old House Custom Klon Centaur Distortion Clone
Old House Custom Regulus R-VIII Fuzz Clone
Peterson Strobo-Stomp Tuner
Speakeasy T Dynovib
TC Electronic Chorus
TC Electronic Polytune
Tech 21 SansAmp Bass DI
Tech 21 Sans Amp Classic
Tokai Analog Delay
Tokai Distortion
Tonefactor Hellbilly

 

KEYBOARDS:
Ace Tone TOP-6 combo organ (1969)
Casio CS-1000 Synthesizer (1980s)
Hammond Vintage C-3 Organ (1963) w/Leslie 122 speaker and Trek II combo preamp
Hohner Model C Clavinet (late 60s)
Hohner Ocean Melodica
Melodigrand 64-key Travel-sized Spinet Piano
Roland XP-30 Synthesizer
(w/ Session, Orchestra, Techno, and Vintage Keys expansion cards)
Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano (1970s)
Yamaha CP-11 Electric Piano (1970s)
Yamaha G7 7.5-foot Studio Grand Piano (1966, factory restored in 2002)

Microphones are the start of the recording chain (just past the sound of the actual source in the room) and at Old House Studio, we LOVE microphones. Our collection features over 100 different microphones from the last 65 years of recording history. From early American, Russian, and East German tube models to American and British ribbon mics, and over 50 years’ worth of American, German, Austrian, and Japanese solid state condenser and moving coil dynamic microphones, Old House Studio has all sorts of options covered. Most mics in our collection are represented in pairs or multiples and most mics with “vintage” built-in cabling have been modified with modern Mogami mic cables.

 

Tube Condenser:
(2) Altec M11 (150/21b) Omnidirectional Tube Condenser
Altec M20/M30 (165/175) Multipattern Tube Condenser
Lawson Combo (w/ FET & tube amplifiers, L47 & L251 capsules, all interchangeable)
Lomo 19A9 Cardioid Tube Condenser
Lomo 19A10 Multipattern Tube Condenser
Lomo 19A13 Cardioid Tube Condenser
(2) Lomo 19A18 Cardioid Tube Condenser
(2) Neumann-Gefell CMV 563 Tube Condenser (w/ two M7 cardioid capsules)
Oktava MK13M Prototype Multipattern Tube Condenser

 

Large Diaphragm Solid State Condenser:
AKG C414EB (Silver) Multipattern Condenser
(2) AKG C414BULS Multipattern Condenser
(2) Audio Technica AT4047 Cardioid Condenser
Lawson Combo (w/ FET & tube amplifiers, L47 & L251 capsules, all interchangeable)
MXL V67 (Green) Cardioid Condenser
Neumann U87 Multipattern Condenser
Sony C37 FET Multipattern Condenser

 

Small Diaphragm Solid State Condenser:
(2) AKG C451E (CK1) Cardioid Condenser
(2) AKG C451EB (CK1) Cardioid Condenser
AKG C452EB (CK2) Omnidirectional Condenser
Altec M49 (195A) Cardioid Condenser
(3) Audio Technica AT4050 Multipattern Condenser
(2) Audio Technica AT4051 Cardioid Condenser
(4) Audio Technica ATM450 Cardioid Condenser
(2) Avenson STO-2 Omnidirectional Condenser
(2) Neumann KM184 Cardioid Condenser
(9) Oktava MC/MK012 Condenser (w/ nine Cardioid, three Hypercardioid, three Omnidirectional Capsules)
(2) Shure KSM141 Multipattern Condenser
Shure SM98 Cardioid Condenser

 

Ribbon:
(2) Beyerdynamic M160 Hypercardioid Ribbon
Beyerdynamic M500 Classic (Limited Edition) Hypercardioid Ribbon
(4) Coles 4038 Bidirectional Ribbon (factory-matched)
(2) Oktava ML52-02 Bidirectional Ribbon
RCA BK5A Cardioid Ribbon
(2) Royer R-121 Bidirectional Ribbon

 

Moving Coil Dynamic:
(3) Akai DM-11 Cardioid Dynamic
AKG D12E Cardioid Dynamic
(2) AKG D112 Hypercardioid Dynamic
Altec 633A Omnidirectional Dynamic
(2) Ampex 1101 Cardioid Dynamic
Audio Technica ATM25 Hypercardioid Dynamic
(3) Beyerdynamic M88 Hypercardioid Dynamic
Beyerdynamic M101 Omnidirectional Dynamic
(2) Beyerdynamic M201 Cardioid Dynamic
Beyerdynamic M380 Bidirectional Dynamic
Beyerdynamic TGX50 Hypercardioid Dynamic
(2) Electro Voice 635A Omnidirectional Dynamic
Electro Voice 666 Cardioid Dynamic
Electro Voice RE15 Cardioid Dynamic
Electro Voice RE20 Cardioid Dynamic
(2) Sennheiser E602 Cardioid Dynamic
Sennheiser E609 Silver Cardioid Dynamic
Sennheiser MD409 U3 Cardioid Dynamic
(2) Sennheiser MD421 Cardioid Dynamic
(2) Sennheiser MD421II Cardioid Dynamic
Sennheiser MD431 Cardioid Dynamic
Sennheiser MD441 U5 Hypercardioid Dynamic
(2) Sennheiser MD504 Hypercardioid Dynamic
Shure Beta 52 Hypercardioid Dynamic
(2) Shure SM7 Cardioid Dynamic
Shure SM56 Dual-Impedence Cardioid Dynamic
(3) Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic
(2) Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic
(3) Shure SM77 Cardioid Dynamic (two white, one black)
(2) Shure Unidyne III Cardioid Dynamic (early SM57)

 

Other:
(2) Crown GLM 100 Omnidirectional Lavelier Condenser
Crown PZM Boundary Condenser

Old House Studio’s outboard recording equipment represents over 60 years of the best of recording technology’s various stages. We have numerous pieces from the vintage “tube” era and early solid state devices, which are excellent for recreating sounds from a specific period in recording history or for carefully adding character to modern-sounding recordings. We also have various high-end pieces built recently, taking from the best designs of the last 100 years of recorded history, including several prototype and custom units.

 

Old House Studio has 40 channels of outboard preamps (in addition to the 36 channels of excellent-sounding preamps in our analog console), 30 channels of outboard equalizers (in addition to our console and digital plug-in EQs, as well), 47 channels of analog outboard dynamics processing (in addition to our digital plug-in dynamics), and 25 dedicated analog and digital outboard effect devices (not including over 35 effect pedals and our excellent collection of digital plug-in effect processors).

 

Preamps, EQs, DI, Etc.:
(2) API 312 (Averill-racked) Vintage Mic Preamp (1970s)
(2) API 512C Mic Preamp (1999)
(2) API 550A Vintage EQ (1977)
(3) API 550B EQ (1998)
(2) API 560B EQ (1999)
(4) Audio Technica AT8681 UniMix
(2) Avalon U5 DI/Instrument Preamp
(2) Avenson Audio Small DI
(4) AwTAC Awesome Channel Mic Preamp/Line Amp/EQ/Mixer (the first two original matched stereo AES production models)
(2) Blonder Tongue Audio Baton Vintage Tube EQ
(2) Buzz Audio Elixir Mic Preamp
(2) BSS AR133 DI
(2) Countryman Type 85 DI
(2) Daking 52270 Mic Preamp/EQ (original version)
Drawmer 1960 Stereo Tube Mic Preamp/DI/Compressor
Electrical Audio Custom Mid-Side Matrix
Intersound IVP Preamp/EQ
Inward Connections EQ-2 Custom Stereo EQ
(2) Langevin (Manley) Pultec-type EQ
(2 channels) Langevin AM16 Vintage Mic Preamp (1960s)
(6 channels) Neve 1272 (Averill-racked) Vintage Mic Preamp (1970s)
Old House Audio Pultec-type EQ
Pultec MEQ-5 EQ (1950s)
(8 channels) Presonus M80 Mic Preamp/Mixer (portable)
(2) ProCo DB-1 Passive DI
(2 channels) RCA BC-2B Vintage Tube Mic Preamp (1950s)
(4 channels) Sontec MEP-250EX Stereo EQ
(4 channels) Sphere 900 Vintage Graphic EQ (1970s)
(4 channels) Sytek MPX-4Aii (all Burr Brown mods) Mic Preamp
(2 channels) Telefunken V72 Vintage Tube Mic Preamp (1960s)
Whirlwind Imp DI

 

Dynamics:
ADR F760X-RS Compex Stereo Limiter (1970s)
Altec 436C Tube Limiter (1960s)
(3) Aphex 612 Stereo Expander/Gate
(2) Audion PS-3010 Stereo Compressor
(2) AwTAC Channel Compressor
Behringer Edison
DBX 161 (VU) Compressor (1970s)
(2) DBX 263X De-esser
Drawmer 1960 Stereo Mic Preamp/DI/Compressor
Drawmer MX50 De-esser
(3) Federal Television Corporation AM-864/U Tube Limiter (1950s)
(4 channels) FMR Audio RNC Stereo Compressor
GML 8900 Series III Stereo Compressor
Manley Variable-MU Stereo Tube Limiter
MXR 136 Stereo Limiter
(2) Neve 3310 Limiter (1970s)
Old House Audio SSL Quad Compressor Clone
(2) Old House Audio Teletronix LA2A Tube Limiter Clone
Purple Audio MC76 Limiter
Shure M62V Level Loc Limiter (1970s)
SPL TD-2 Stereo Transient Designer
Urei LA-22 Frequency-Selective Stereo Compressor

 

Effects:
Deltalab ADM 465 Delay
(2) Deltalab ADM 1024 Effectron II Delay
(2) Deltalab ADM 1030 Effectron III Delay
Dynacord DRP-15 Reverb
Eventide H3000 D/SX Multi-effects
EXR EX3 Exciter
(2) Klark Technik DN-780 Reverb
Lexicon 200 Reverb
Lexicon MPX-1 Multi-effects
Lexicon PCM60 Reverb
Lexicon PCM81 Multi-effects
MicMix Master Room Two-channel Spring Reverb
Orban 245F Stereo Synthesizer
Roland SE-201 Space Echo Delay
(2) Sony DPS-R7 Reverb
(2) TC Electronic D-Two Delay
TC Electronic Intonator
Yamaha REV7 Reverb
Yamaha SPX-90II Multi-effects
Yamaha SPX990 Multi-effects

Our analog mixing console was one that we spent some time trying to find. The Amek Angela is a fantastically under-rated mixing console and their owners rarely put them up for sale. Clean-sounding, but with a nice, useful sonic character, solid headroom, and great-sounding, totally useable equalizers, built in Islington, England between 1982 and 1991. One of the last Amek Angela consoles built, our 36-channel desk is situated in a 51-channel frame and was originally commissioned on June 29th, 1991. Old House Studio is the second owner of this fine console, which was lovingly cared-for by the folks at Roli Music in Laredo, Texas. Documentation of the console installation can be seen here on the TapeOp Message Board. The console was installed at Old House in Gastonia in June of 2008 and moved to our Charlotte facility in 2013.

 

Amek Angela M65/OBJ A51/24 (1991)

 

with 36 input modules, stereo buss VUs, phase correlation meter, and P&G 3000-Series faders

 

24 buss outputs
8 VCA groups
Master mute group
Comprehensive TT patchbay
Custom module positioning modification
Custom polarity reverse switch on channel line inputs
Custom external talkback remote switch
Custom LED mute lamp modification (for lower heat and more efficient power consumption)

Listening is absolutely no joke at Old House Studio and we’ve worked extremely hard to provide a balanced, even listening environment in our Control Room. That’s why we’ve chosen our main monitoring speakers carefully. Our Chris Pelonis 4288 speakers are non-fatiguing, with excellent stereo and 3-dimensional imaging and a near-flat frequency response below 30Hz. This means we can make difficult decisions about low frequency material without relying on a “third wheel” additional subwoofer. The result is a listening environment that translates well outside the studio with no “surprises.” In addition, we have several other sets of nearfield speaker options that make for a nice comparison to our Pelonis system.

 

For studio monitoring, we provide extremely comfortable, rugged, acoustically-sealed, and balanced-sounding Sennheiser HD280 headphones, but we have other models from available, for additional options and comfort. Our custom-designed cue system allows for each performer to “dial in” their own headphone cue mix via eight-channel Mackie mixers. Need more bass? Turn up the bass in your own headphones without affecting the other performers. Less click track? Turn it down in your headphones while the drummer can have it as loud as he needs.

 

Pelonis 4288 Mk II Speakers System
Bowers and Wilkins 805 Matrix Speakers
Genelec 1030 Active Speakers
Yamaha NS10M Speakers
Juster 95A Active Speakers
Bryston 4B NRB Amplifier
Hafler P3000 Amplifier
Alesis RA-100 Amplifier
Sennheiser HD280 Headphones
AKG K-240 Headphones
Sony MDR-7506 Headphones
Fostex T40 Headphones
Beyerdynamic DT-770 Headphones

Our primarily multi-track recording system is a modern Avid Pro Tools 10 system running on a twelve-core Mac Pro Tower with 24 channels of iZ ADA analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion and master word clock. This system represents the best possible sound in the digital realm, while maintaining the convenience and flexibility of a studio-standard computer-based recording system.

 

We also have a few other “legacy” pieces, for doing various transfers and playback.

 

ProTools 10
iZ ADA 24-channel hi-resolution digital audio converter and world clock
iZ RADAR 24 Nyquist 24-track Digital Hard Disk Recorder v3.39 with Combo Drive
(2) Alesis Masterlink 2-track Digital Hard Disk Recorder
Panasonic CD player
Fostex DAT Recorder
Nakamichi SX-202 Cassette Recorder
Tascam MK202 Dual Cassette Recorder