I use several Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, PreSonus Studio One Professional being my main recording tool. I also use REAPER, Pro Tools SE, Samplitude Music Studio 2017, Cakewalk SONAR & Cubase 8, just to name a few software tools under my belt.
My library includes many software instruments (VSTi), ranging from Native Instruments, IK Multimedia SampleTank 3, AIR Synths, AmpleSound, Ujam, Applied-Acoustics and many more. A comprehensive Audio loops and drum loops library, for many genres of music arrangements.
My current mixing desk where all microphones, guitars, synths and other instruments connect to is the Behringer Xenyx UFX1604 16 channel direct USB multi-track. It’s the center of the audio recording hub, to capture every sound clearly and true to its source. Large enough to capture a complete band.
With hardware, my main audio interface is Behringer UFX1604 USB/FireWire Mixing Desk. Depending on requirements, I also use Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL, Behringer Firepower FCA1616, M-Audio Fast-Track Ultra, and few more.
During mixing, I use the Mackie Control Universal Pro for production automation and quick editing, to speed up the process and be more creative in my mixing.
I use PreSonus Eris E8, an 8″ Studio Active Monitors for mixdown and/or mastering. Combined with an acoustically treated room, the final results do come out clean, balanced and natural sounding. Utilizing the Behringer Ultra Curve Pro DEQ2496 to correct my room acoustics, for perfectly balanced mixing and mastering.
I have various professional condenser and dynamic microphones for vocal and instruments. The MXL Genesis Tube Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone is simply great for vocals, or the latest Rode NT1 and Classic Rode NT1-A.
Some of the other microphone brands available on the shelves, Shure (SM57 & SM58), AKG, XML, JTS, iSK, Behringer, just to name a few.
Why so many microphones? Because there is an infinite number of sound sources in this universe. Each microphone has a unique frequency response. Choosing the right microphone for the expected sound source is crucial to capture every nuance or even silence.
Available are many outboard gears, like Tube and FET compressors, Equalizers, Reverb & Delay Effects, Vocal Channel Strips and more.
Some of the brands like PreSonus (Studio Channel Tube Mic-Pre), A.R.T. (Tube Mic-Pre), Tapco (Mackie), Alto, Behringer, Phonic, TC-Helicon and few more. A great way to keep or add that analogue vibe and feel of your music into the recording.
Most of my arrangement sound come from my KORG PA3X Pro 61k, professional semi-weighted keys arranger with outstanding audio quality and limitless possibilities. I also own Roland D-50 Synthesizer, CASIO AT-5 (Arabic scale) keyboard. A Massive library of Arturia Software Synths, AmpleSound VST Guitar Library plus many more.
Other musical instruments include Acoustic and Electric guitars, Ibenez Bass guitar, Fender, Epiphone & a Strat. Since I’m not a guitar player myself, I have spared my money. Most guitar players bring their own anyway. I also have few Guitar and a Bass Guitar amp available.
Recently added a brand new PEARL Roadshow Fusion Plus Acoustic 7 Piece Drum Kit, complete with 8 drum microphone setup to capture every drum strike, for multi-track drum recording.
As a home recording studio, it is a nice cozy and warm setup to inspire and create music of most genres.
Started back in 1987, in the basement of our old house using a 4 track cassette mixer/recorder, and as computers became more affordable and available, moved to multi-track recording and improving upon experience and newly available tools.
I still have my original Yamaha MT3X 4 track Cassette recorder I purchased in 1989.
Today I occupy a purpose-built soundproof studio room, acoustically treated for all my projects, inclusive of various hardware, software, microphones and musical instruments to name a few.
On my website, you will find a few tips and ideas about recording music, especially in a Home Recording environment. I do a few experiments with some hardware and software, audio editing and mixing tips.
My old studio was my study room in my house converted. Though it was acoustically treated, it was definitely not soundproof. Worked fine for simple projects, but it was time to move out into proper studio room.
New Studio During Construction
Since August 2016, I have taken on the task of personally building a complete professional, soundproof and acoustically treated studio space, to accommodate all my future recording and mixing & mastering projects. I hope to complete it by July 2017 and move in.
The complete progress of the build video can be viewed here and on my YouTube Channel. It is a very exciting moment for me to achieve it singlehandedly a project that is up to my and to a professional standard.
I hope to capture your musical creativity in my new studio very soon.
My New Studio (Since August 2017)
My newly built studio, ready to capture your music, sound and creation.
Fully soundproofed and acoustically treated. Many outboard gears like Tube and FET compressors, Equalizers, Effects units and more.
Capacity to capture vocals, guitars, keyboards as well as a 7 piece live drum set, in a comfortable and ecstatically pleasing room.
Like to have a tour? just contact me and you are most welcome to drop by and have a chat, all about music, your next song or album.