The heart and soul of our sound comes from our late 70's MCI JH 618 (affectionately known as Marci). Equipped with 18 channels of John Hardy MPC-600 mic pre-amps, vari Q EQ's, and a nice, recently over-hauled set of guts, this board sounds every bit as timeless and clean as it looks.
Designed as a true 'hybrid studio', here at Watershed Sound we offer the sound and experience of vintage, analog gear coupled with the convenience and flexibility of digital recording. Our beautiful old board is escorted into the digital world by a Lynx Aurora 16, which offers 16 channels of 192kHz A/D/A conversion between the board and our Mac, or, for that matter, straight to your laptop, via the USB 2.0 expansion card.
That said, we've long identified with the feeling of being an "analog [dude] in a digital world", and for those artists that feel kindred, we're happy to offer the option of recording to tape as well. For tracking, we have a fully serviced Teac 80-8, and for mixdowns/mastering, a gorgeous, vintage Scully 280 2-track. Please let us know at least two weeks in advance if you're interested in using these machines, and we can discuss getting the tape you reel-y need. (ha.)
In addition to the board, we offer a variety of outboard gear for use with your sessions. All options listed here (plus additional inserts, if you'd like to bring your own gear) are wired directly into the MCI's onboard patchbay, to offer you maximum mixing conveniece.
(4) API 512C preamps, Universal Audio 2-610 preamps, Joe Meek VC6Q
(2) Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressors, Universal Audio 2-1176, SPL Dynamaxx (2 ch), Urei LA-2A Compressor, (2) API 550b eq's
Roland SRE-555 Space Chorus
Lexicon 300L, Yamaha Rev 7, Lexicon PCM 60, Lexicon PCM 70 Reverbs
Dynaudio BM5A Active Near-Field Monitors
Sennheiser HD280 Headphones (4) w/ Presonus HP60 Headphone Amp
They say a signal chain's only as strong as its weakest link, and here at the Shed, we made damn sure not to have any. Our whole studio is lovingly hand-wired together with Belden cable and Neutirik connectors of the highest quality. We also make all of our own microphone & instrument cables, just like grandma used to.
AKG C414-XLS (2)
AKG Perception 200
Beyerdynamic MC930 (2)
Neumann TLM 102
Neumann TLM 149
sE Electronics z5600a Tube Condenser
Sennheiser MD421-II (2)
Shure SM57 (2)
Royer R121 Clone
Fender Rhodes 73 Mark II
Vintage Sterling Pump Organ
Assorted guitars, basses, mandolins, etc of all kinds (Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, Martin, weird vintage no-name, etc.)
Gretsch & Ludwig Drums
1967 Ampeg Gemini II
Bugera V Tube Amp 5w
Hohner 1550 Keyboard Amp
Legend Rock & Roll 50
Leslie Cordovox Rotary Speaker
Line 6 Flextone Plus 60w
1950's Sears-Roebucks 60 BXL