The Stuff at Commodore Recording

Next to the talent and experience of the engineer…

…the equipment is probably the second most important aspect of any recording studio. And it’s not always about designer-label brand names: all of Commodore’s gear is selected based on its sound quality. You’ll find a mix of pricey and not-so-pricey stuff here, including many vintage microphones with unique sonic characteristics.

Recording Studios & Audio Restoration - Frederick MD

A small sampling of contemporary and vintage mics from “the locker.”

Equipment List

 

MICROPHONES

AKG
C460B condenser w/CK61 capsule (1970s)
D200E dual-element dynamic (3) (1970s)
D202 “sound rocket” (2) (1970s)

American Microphone Co.
D4 “salt shaker” (2) (1950s)
D9 “skyscraper” (2) (ca. 1942)
D22 “full vision” (late 1940s)

Audio Technica
AT 4033 condenser
AT 814 dynamic (1970s)

Avantone
CK-40 stereo condenser
CR-15 ribbon (pair)
CV-12 tube condenser

Blue Microphones
“Bluebird” condenser
“Woodpecker” active ribbon

CAD
E-1000 condenser (pair)

Custom made
8″ woofer subkick

Electro-Voice
654 slim dynamic (3) (1950s)
676 “Jim Morrison” (1960s)
726 “Cardyne I” (ca. 1946)
731 “Cardyne II” (ca. 1945)
PL-76B condenser (1970s)
PL-78 condenser (1970s)
RE-15 studio dynamic (3) (1970s)
RE-20 studio/broadcast dynamic (1970s)
RE-50 broadcast dynamic (1970s)

JJ Audio
Custom V63m mod with Russian K67 capsule

Philips
LBB 9080/55 condenser w. power supply (ca. 1970s)

RCA
Double-Button Carbon (ca. 1935)

Realistic
33-1070 dynamic (early Japan version, new old stock)

Shure Bros. (vintage)
51 “Sonodyne” (3) (1940s)
55 “Unidyne” (Fat Boy) (ca. 1948)
55S “Unidyne” (Elvis) (2) (1950s)
508B “Stratoliner” (ca. 1940)

Shure (contemporary)
SM-57 dynamic (9)
SM-58 dynamic (6)
SM-58 wireless (2)

Stellar
RM-7 stereo ribbon

Studio Projects
C4 multi-pattern condenser (pair)

Turner
22D “rocket fin” (1940s)
33D “shark fin” (2) (1940s)
51D TV broadcast (1950s)
500 dynamic (2) (1960s)
510 broadcast dynamic (2) (1960s)
777 dynamic (3) (1960s)
TC-11S “Richie Havens” (ca. 1972)

Universal Microphone Co.
Model BB single-button carbon spring (ca. 1920s)

Western Electric
600A double-button carbon spring (ca. 1920s)

PREAMPS/CONVERTERS

Universal Audio 4-710D 4-channel hybrid preamp/converter
Summit Audio 2BA-221 3-stage tube preamp
Behringer SRC2496 AD/DA converter mod, hot-rodded by Revive Audio
Aphex 107 stereo tube preamp (vintage)
ART DPSII stereo digital tube preamp/converter (2)
ART TubeOpto8 8-channel tracking preamp/converter (2)
Behringer ADA-8000 8-channel preamp/converter
Cloud Lifter CL-2 dual channel mic activator
Cloud Lifter CL-Z variable-impedance mic activator
Custom made carbon mic power supply (single button)
Custom made carbon mic power supply (double button)
 M-Audio stereo preamp/interface
Olmstead Audio Carbon PS power supply (double button)
Shure M64-A phono/tape preamp (vintage)

MIXER-INTERFACES

Tascam DM-4800 digital mixer/interface/control surface w/ 2-Seemy display adapter
Allen & Heath ICE-16
USB interface/recorder
Digidesign Digi 002 digital mixer/interface/control surface
Mackie 1202 compact analog mixer
Alesis 12R rack mount analog mixer

PLAYERS/RECORDERS/WORKSTATIONS

Alesis ADAT 16-bit (blackface)
Alesis ADAT  XT-20 20-bit (2)
Audio Technica ATP-12T transcription arms (vintage)
DBX 124 4-channel type II noise reduction (vintage)
Marantz CDR 630 CD recorder
Olympus LS-10 professional digital recorder
Pioneer RT-909 reel to reel deck, fully rebuilt
Rain Livebook Intel core i7 quad-core, nicely loaded
Realistic 8-track player/recorder (vintage)
Rek-O-Kut Rondine 3 transcription turntable
Rek-O-Kut “Transcribe” tonearm
Sony CD Player
Sony Minidisc Recorder
Stanton STR-8 100 customized variable pitch digital turntable
Sweetwater DAW Intel core i5 quad-core, nicely loaded
Tascam 112 Studio cassette deck, (vintage, newly refurbished)
Tascam 234 4-track cassette deck (dbx noise reduction)
Tascam DA-20 mkII DAT recorder
Tascam DR-608 8-channel professional portable flash recorder
Teac A-2300SD 1/4″ reel-to-reel recorder (vintage)
Teac AN-80 Dolby Stereo Noise Reduction Unit (vintage)
Technics SP-15 turntables (vintage)
Various phono cartridges (Shure, Empire, Grado + many custom styli)
ViewSonic 27-inch monitors (2)

SOFTWARE

Avid Pro Tools 12 and 10
CEDAR Audio Duo series Declickle
(hardware module)
CEDAR Audio Duo series Auto-dehisser
(hardware module)
Diamond Cut DC8
Finale 2011
Izotope Nectar
Izotope RX
Izotope Mastering Bundle
Sony CD Architect 5.2
Sony Sound Forge 10
Sony SpectraLayers Pro
Virtual instruments
Waves Diamond + many extras incl. Eddie Kramer & Abbey Road plugins,
Waves Restoration

MONITORS

Neumann KH310 (tri-amped, 30-20k flat response)
Avantone Mix Cubes
(alternates)
Gemini SR-8 (live room playback)

OUTBOARD GEAR

Alesis Microverb III (vintage)
Antares ATR-1 Autotune Processor
Aphex Aural Exciter Type C (vintage)
Behringer DSP 8024 Digital EQ
Rane RE-15 stereo graphic EQ (vintage)
Symetrix 525 stereo compresser/gate (vintage)

INSTRUMENTS/CONTROLLERS/SOUND MODULES

Yamaha G3 grand piano (6’1″ – built 1976, fully restored)
Yamaha studio upright piano (in lounge/rehearsal room)
Korg digital piano (in control room)
Korg M-1 keyboard (vintage 1988)
Ludwig “Vistalite” drums (vintage clear set ca. 1977)
Nagoya M-28 acoustic guitar (vintage 1970s)
Lucida Artista LG-777 classical guitar
Aria AC50A Requinto (alto) guitar
Tacoma CB10C “Thunderchief” acoustic bass guitar
Englehardt ES-1 Supreme upright bass (w. French & German bows)
Eminence RN4 portable upright bass
Peavey Fury electric bass w/Lace Sensor pickups (vintage 1989)
Washburn MS3-AB Mandolin
19th-century open-back 5-string banjo
Autoharp
E-mu Proteus 1 module (vintage)
E-mu Proteus 2 module (vintage)
Alesis D4 drum module (vintage)
Alesis NanoPiano (vintage)
Korg NanoKontrol II
Korg MicroKey 37
Alesis MMT8 sequencer
(vintage) (2)

INSTRUMENT AMPS

Fender G-DEC Jr 15-watt guitar tracking amp
Peavey KB-60 60-watt keyboard amp

PERIPHERALS

Monster Power Conditioners
Various pop/plosive guards
Various DI boxes
Various headphone amps
Various headphones
Various patchbays
Various impedance matching transformers
Lots of mic stands, music stands and cables
Guitar tuners
Acoustic piano tuning tools