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Studio Equipment

TSM's studio has some of the finest high end analog processors (which sometimes can be just the thing to bring out the life in all-digital mixes), full range ultra accurate monitors (allowing us to hear what is going on in every aspect of your mix), excellent converters (allowing us to capture and monitor as  accurately as possible your tracks to and from the digital realm), sophisticated digital processors and editors, and a clean signal path that allows for easily monitoring level matched single button push a/b's between the source and the processed signal (to allow for accurate and efficient decision making during mastering). We monitor with Bowers & Wilkins  (B&W) Nautilus 802's -  powered by an ultra clean and powerful Pass Labs  X250 class A amplifier - fed by Lynx Hilo and  Lavry Blue digital to analog converters and a Coleman Audio passive monitor controller - to allow for simply one of the most accurate and revealing monitoring systems assembled. We've had renowned NYC technician Dan Zellman customize our Rupert Neve designed Amek Medici and Sontec MEP250-EX mastering equalizers to provide unbeatable sound.  Our analog rack also features excellent processing tools by  APIAvalon Design, Pendulum Audio, Focusrite,  and Empirical Labs. Our unique Sony/MCI JH110M 1/4" & 1/2" analog reel playback deck has been reconditioned by Dan Zellman and JRF Magnetics.   Analog audio is converted to the digital realm using premium Lynx Hilo and Apogee converters - allowing us to accurately and transparently capture the actual sound of the source without compromises.  All analog connections are made with custom made Mogami/gold Neutrik balanced cables routed through our Manley Backbone transfer console - which allows us to place any analog processor in or out of the signal chain at a single button push, while still maintaining a pristine signal throughout every part of the path.  Digital connections are routed through custom made Canare AES cables, with Z-Sys Detangler digital patch bays allowing us to rout to and from a multitude of digital audio players, PC workstations, recorders and converters with a single button push. We use SAWStudio Digital Audio Workstations for the power of their ultra-quick seamless editing and for the excellence of their 64bit fixed point internal processing.  We have participated in the beta testing and design for many of the excellent sounding  JMS Audioware & Sonoris SAW native digital processing plugins we use.   We also have a wide array of mastering caliber VST plugins fo r equalization, limiting, compression,  noise reduction, hum and buzz removal, stereo image manipulation, click and crackle removal, and reverberation, done cleanly and precisely in the digital realm when desired.

Analog Processors

Amek Medici  Rupert Neve designed mastering eq (custom modded) Avalon Design AD2055  pure class A 4-band dual channel equalizer Sontec MEP250-EX  legendary 5 band parametric eq (custom modded) API 5500  dual all discrete mastering equalizer (modded) API 2500  stereo bus compressor Pendulum Audio OCL-2  dual channel optical tube compressor (modded) Focusrite Blue 330 mk1  stereo mastering compressor / limiter  Empirical Labs EL-DS DerrEsser  (2x) de-essers / high frequency limiters

Digital Processors

DAW based processing (including equalization, limiting, compression,  noise reduction, stereo image manipulation, click and crackle removal, reverberation, etc.) from: FabFilter, Voxengo, Flux, PSP Audioware, Izotope, Sonoris, SPL, Universal Audio, Waves, JMS Audioware, RML Labs,  Acon Digital,  Wave Arts, Stillwell Audio, SIR Audio Tools, DDMF, Anwida,  Digital Fishphones, GVST, Brainworx and others

Monitoring

B&W Nautilus 802  full range reference monitors Pass Labs X250   class A stereo power amplifier headphones: Sennheiser HD600 BeyerDynamic DT880 Premium Ultrasone PROline 650

Analog Console

Manley Backbone  insert controller, Mid/Side matrix & transfer console Coleman Audio M3PHmkII  monitor controller

Converters

Lynx Hilo 2 channels 24bit/192kHz analog to digital 2 channels 24bit/192kHz  digital to analog Lavry Engineering 4496 w/ 2 MDA24  4 channels 24bit/96kHz digital to analog Apogee Soundscape I/O896  8 channels 24bit/96kHz analog to digital 8 channels 24bit/96kHz digital to analog 8 channels AES / TDIF / ADAT

Transports / Recorders

Sony/MCI  JH110M  1/4" & 1/2" analog 2-track (playback only) Otari MX-5050BII  1/4" analog 2-track and 1/4-track Plextor Plexwriter Premium 52/32/52  CD-R/RW recorder Plextor 760A  DVD-R/CD-R recorder Plextor PX-B940SA  Blu-Ray/DVD-R/CD-R recorder Nakamichi MR-1  discrete 3-head cassette deck Denon DN-T625  CD / cassette player Technics / KAB SL-1200mk2  turntable (custom modded) with: Ortofon 2M Bronze  phono cartridge Simaudio Moon LP5.3  balanced phono preamp Tascam MD-350  MiniDisc recorder Tascam DA-30 mkII  DAT recorder Yamaha MT4X  4 track cassette recorder Octave CD Copymaster 24/7  CD-R duplicator

Digital Audio Workstations

TSM custom Intel i7 and Dual Core PC workstations running: RML Labs SAWStudio 5.6 Sonoris DDP Creator Pro JMS Audioware Cue Sheet Generator & Batch File Generator Izotope RX4 Plextor Plextools Professional XL Exact Audio Copy FMJ Software Awave Audio Jthink Jaikoz Cirlinca HD Audio Solo Ultra MacMini i5 running: Apple Audio Mastering Tools

Digital Distribution

Z-Sys z-8.8 Digital Detangler  digital patchbay Sydec/SSL Mixtreme 192 16-channel PCI sound card

Acoustic Treatments

GIK Acoustics  bass traps ATS Acoustics  absorbers Auralex  diffusors

Metering

Logitek BV6A  6 channel LED VU/PPM meter Brainspawn Spekt-R Pro  real time spectrum analyzer Brainspawn Focus  phase correlation meter Sonoris Meter  digital PPM/RMS/LeqA meter Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

Miscellaneous

Sterling Modular Plan A   mastering console Frontier Design Alpha Track  DAW controller Benchmark Media IFA-5  4 channel line balancer Coleman Audio PS1  passive analog router Sound Anchors 801D   speaker stands Brainspawn ToneGen  test tone generator Primera Signature IV  CD printer Furman  PL-8 & RP-8 power conditioners Mogami, Canare, Apogee, JSC  cabling Rolls REQ215 graphic eq for shaping side chain signals to compressors Mackie CR3 active monitors for “trashcan” reference
digital & analog audio mastering · info@totalsonic.net · 718-594-0859 Austin / Cedar Park · Texas · USA
© 2016 Total Sonic Media

Studio Equipment

TSM's studio has some of the finest high end analog processors (which sometimes can be just the thing to bring out the life in all-digital mixes), full range ultra accurate monitors (allowing us to hear what is going on in every aspect of your mix), excellent converters (allowing us to capture and monitor as  accurately as possible your tracks to and from the digital realm), sophisticated digital processors and editors, and a clean signal path that allows for easily monitoring level matched single button push a/b's between the source and the processed signal (to allow for accurate and efficient decision making during mastering). We monitor with Bowers & Wilkins  (B&W) Nautilus 802's -  powered by an ultra clean and powerful Pass Labs X250 class A amplifier - fed by Lynx Hilo and  Lavry Blue digital to analog converters and a Coleman Audio passive monitor controller - to allow for simply one of the most accurate and revealing monitoring systems assembled. We've had renowned NYC technician Dan Zellman customize our Rupert Neve designed Amek Medici and Sontec MEP250-EX mastering equalizers to provide unbeatable sound.  Our analog rack also features excellent processing tools by  APIAvalon Design, Pendulum Audio, Focusrite,  and Empirical Labs. Our unique Sony/MCI JH110M 1/4" & 1/2" analog reel playback deck has been reconditioned by Dan Zellman and JRF Magnetics.   Analog audio is converted to the digital realm using premium Lynx Hilo and Apogee converters - allowing us to accurately and transparently capture the actual sound of the source without compromises.  All analog connections are made with custom made Mogami/gold Neutrik balanced cables routed through our Manley Backbone transfer console - which allows us to place any analog processor in or out of the signal chain at a single button push, while still maintaining a pristine signal throughout every part of the path.  Digital connections are routed through custom made Canare AES cables, with Z- Sys Detangler digital patch bays allowing us to rout to and from a multitude of digital audio players, PC workstations, recorders and converters with a single button push. We use SAWStudio Digital Audio Workstations for the power of their ultra-quick seamless editing and for the excellence of their 64bit fixed point internal processing.  We have participated in the beta testing and design for many of the excellent sounding  JMS Audioware & Sonoris SAW native digital processing plugins we use.   We also have a wide array of mastering caliber VST plugins fo r equalization, limiting, compression,  noise reduction, hum and buzz removal, stereo image manipulation, click and crackle removal, and reverberation, done cleanly and precisely in the digital realm when desired.

Analog Processors

Amek Medici  Rupert Neve designed mastering eq (custom modded) Avalon Design AD2055  pure class A 4-band dual channel equalizer Sontec MEP250-EX  legendary 5 band parametric eq (custom modded) API 5500  dual all discrete mastering equalizer (modded) API 2500  stereo bus compressor Pendulum Audio OCL-2  dual channel optical tube compressor (modded) Focusrite Blue 330 mk1  stereo mastering compressor / limiter  Empirical Labs EL-DS DerrEsser  (2x) de-essers / high frequency limiters

Digital Processors

DAW based processing (including equalization, limiting, compression,  noise reduction, stereo image manipulation, click and crackle removal, reverberation, etc.) from: FabFilter, Voxengo, Flux, PSP Audioware,  Izotope, Sonoris, SPL, Universal Audio, Waves, JMS Audioware, RML Labs,  Acon Digital,  Wave Arts, Stillwell Audio, SIR Audio Tools,  DDMF, Anwida,  Digital Fishphones, GVST, Brainworx and others

Monitoring

B&W Nautilus 802  full range reference monitors Pass Labs X250   class A stereo power amplifier headphones: Sennheiser HD600 BeyerDynamic DT880 Premium Ultrasone PROline 650

Analog Console

Manley Backbone  insert controller, Mid/Side matrix & transfer console Coleman Audio M3PHmkII  monitor controller

Converters

Lynx Hilo 2 channels 24bit/192kHz analog to digital 2 channels 24bit/192kHz  digital to analog Lavry Engineering 4496 w/ 2 MDA24  4 channels 24bit/96kHz digital to analog Apogee Soundscape I/O896  8 channels 24bit/96kHz analog to digital 8 channels 24bit/96kHz digital to analog 8 channels AES / TDIF / ADAT

Transports / Recorders

Sony/MCI  JH110M  1/4" & 1/2" analog 2-track (playback only) Otari MX-5050BII  1/4" analog 2-track and 1/4- track Plextor Plexwriter Premium 52/32/52  CD-R/RW recorder Plextor 760A  DVD-R/CD-R recorder Plextor PX-B940SA  Blu-Ray/DVD-R/CD-R recorder Nakamichi MR-1  discrete 3-head cassette deck Denon DN-T625  CD / cassette player Technics / KAB SL-1200mk2  turntable (custom modded) with: Ortofon 2M Bronze  phono cartridge Simaudio Moon LP5.3  balanced phono preamp Tascam MD-350  MiniDisc recorder Tascam DA-30 mkII  DAT recorder Yamaha MT4X  4 track cassette recorder Octave CD Copymaster 24/7  CD-R duplicator

Digital Audio Workstations

TSM custom Intel i7 and Dual Core PC workstations running: RML Labs SAWStudio 5.6 Sonoris DDP Creator Pro JMS Audioware Cue Sheet Generator & Batch File Generator Izotope RX4 Plextor Plextools Professional XL Exact Audio Copy FMJ Software Awave Audio Jthink Jaikoz Cirlinca HD Audio Solo Ultra MacMini i5 running: Apple Audio Mastering Tools

Digital Distribution

Z-Sys z-8.8 Digital Detangler  digital patchbay Sydec/SSL Mixtreme 192 16-channel PCI sound card

Acoustic Treatments

GIK Acoustics  bass traps ATS Acoustics  absorbers Auralex  diffusors

Metering

Logitek BV6A  6 channel LED VU/PPM meter Brainspawn Spekt-R Pro  real time spectrum analyzer Brainspawn Focus  phase correlation meter Sonoris Meter  digital PPM/RMS/LeqA meter Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

Miscellaneous

Sterling Modular Plan A   mastering console Frontier Design Alpha Track  DAW controller Benchmark Media IFA-5  4 channel line balancer Coleman Audio PS1  passive analog router Sound Anchors 801D   speaker stands Brainspawn ToneGen  test tone generator Primera Signature IV  CD printer Furman  PL-8 & RP-8 power conditioners Mogami, Canare, Apogee, JSC  cabling Rolls REQ215 graphic eq for shaping side chain signals to compressors Mackie CR3 active monitors for “trashcan” reference
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