This section I think is interesting for professionals and amateurs in the field of audio and video production. In it, I’ll introduce you my home studio, with its hardware and software.
First I want to point out the following: I have a very negative attitude towards piracy, despite the fact that Russia is still very pirated, all software and sample library in my studio was purchased from manufacturers and official sellers, all the software is licensed. Friends let’s be honest with yourself and others! Especially because now practically all the software can be purchased via the Internet in downloadable versions without boxes and deliveries and prices are not that great today.
The heart of my studio is PC with Microsoft Windows 7 64bit:
Monitor: Samsung LCD 21,5″ P2250 [1920×1080, 1000:1(DC 50000:1), 2мс, 170гор/160вер, DVI, TCO03]
Second monitor: Samsung LCD 21,5″ S22E200
Case: Gigabyte MidiTower Luxo M1000 Black + Chieftec (APS-650C) 650W ATX v2.0,Active PFC
Motherboard: Gigabyte LGA1156 GA-P55A-UD4
CPU : Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz 4.8GT/s 8Mb 2xDDR3-1333 LGA1156
RAM: Total 16 Gb DIMM DDR-III PCI 10600 1333MHz Samsung
Video : PCI-E Gigabyte GeForce GT220 (1024Mb, 128bit DDR3)
HDD1: SSD 2.5″ 128 Gb Plextor M5S SATA 6Gb/s
HDD2: SSD 2.5″ SATA-3 480GB AMD Radeon R3 (R3SL480G)
HDD3: 2tbt Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST2000DM001
Keyboard: Chikoni Black
Pointing device: Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan T-RB22
CD-R\RW DVD+-R\RW: Asus DRW-22B2L
Audio interfaces (Firewire) : M-Audio NRV10 and M-Audio ProFire 2626
Audio interfaces (USB) : Behringer XR18
Mic Preamps :
Preamp/dinamic processor Long Stereo Channel
Two Channel Tube Compressor/Leveling Amplifier ART Dual Levelar
Two Channel Tube Microphone Preamplifier ART Dual MP
Main: Blue Baby Bottle – 2 pcs.
Shure Beta 58, Shure SM 57, Shure Beta 57A, Shure Beta 52, Sennheiser E604, Beyerdynamic OPUS 83, AKG D112, Shure SM81 , AKG D3800M.
For a long time the main microphone in my studio was a Shure Beta 58 ( not SM). With this mic was recorded a lot of tracks. A very versatile microphone. Strongly recommend for budget studios !
Electric guitar: Fender Stratocaster. Made in Japan. I record guitar plugging it to ART Dual MP further through ART Dual Levelar and then to my audio interface. Processing guitar – NI Guitar Rig 5 (a best soft guitar processor).
Acoustic guitar: Samick Greg Bennett Design. For record acoustic guitar I use two Baby Bottle Mics plugging it to Long Stereo Channel.
Studio audio monitoring:
Main: Yamaha NS-10 M studio monitors + Ashly SRA-120 studio amplifier.
Second: M-Audio Studiophile SP-BX8a D2 , Vega 35 АС-105-1 + Sansui AU-607 amplifier
Headphones: Blue Microphones Lola, Sennheiser HD 650, Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, AKG K240 MKII , Sony MDR-7506.
Headphones distribution amplifier: 4-channel Behringer Powerplay PRO-XL HA4700,
Music Workstation Roland XP-50
And now about the Main… Soft…
The main workstation (DAW) is and has always been a Cakewalk
At the moment this is Sonar Platinum with lifetime upgrade
The program I am satisfied at 100%, in terms of price / performance leading the world.
In addition to virtual synthesizers and sound processing plug-ins included in the Sonar I often use the following programs:
Virtual instruments (synthesizers, samplers):
Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate
Absynth 5, Battery 3and 4, Massive, Kontakt 4 and 5, FM8, Reaktor5 and many Great Sample Libraries for Kontakt such as Sonokinetic Capriccio, Vivace…
Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2, StylusRMX, Trilian, Sugar Bytes Guitarist, Virtual Guitarist (IRON, SPARKLE and AMBER), Sonic Academy KICK and KICK2…
Virtual effects processors:
iZotope (Ozone 7 Advanced, Neutron, Alloy 2, Nectar 2, Trash 2, Vocal Synth, Stutter Edit), Waves Gold Bundle, Waves Vocal Rider, Waves SoundShifter, Waves Renaissance DeEsser, Waves C6 Multiband Compressor, CamelSpace, CamelPhat3, PSP Vintage Warmer 2, NI Guitar Rig 4 and 5, Arts Acoustic Reverb, OhmForce OhmBoyz, Valhalla VintageVerb
Pitch editing: Celemony Melodyne Studio 4
Audio Restoration Soft: iZotope RX4 and RX5 Plug-in Pack