NTFC Studio’s desk

It’s the place where we imagine and make real our music. The studio is based around the Presonus Studio One DAW integrated with Studio 192 interface (+Digimax DP88) and Faderport 8 controller. We use Plugin Alliance, IK Multimedia, Presonus and Waves plugins. The monitors are Focal Shape Twin (with ARC3 room correction sw) and IK Multimedia iLoud MTM. As of headphones we have AKG K371 and Beyerdynamic DT100 for tracking and Ollo S4X (with CanOpener plugin) for mixing.

We decided to go for hybrid mixing consolidating all the outboard (thanks to series 500) in a single rack. The sum is achieved via an SPL MixDream SP summer with 4 hardware channel strip. Two of them are made by Rupert Neve Designs Eq+Comp while the other two are realized with API 550A Eq and IGS Audio Blue Stripe FET compressors. The master bus is handled by an SSL Fusion processor with an IGS Audio S-Type stereo VCA compressor.

NTFC Studio’s outboard for hybrid mixing

Preamps are AMS Neve (2×1073), API (512C), Cranborn (Camden), SSL SiX Channel strips (x”), Heritage Audio (HA73EQ) and IGS Audio PureTube (valve preamp). Right away we shall get a Chandler Germanium and a Shadow Hills Mono Gama. Preamps are helped by a Sound Skulptor 573 Eq, an IGS Audio Photon 500 Comp and two Lindell Audio 7x-500.

NTFC Studio’s input rack

All the outboard is connected to the 16 I/Os of the audio interface so that patch bays are no longer needed (this will definitely improve our workflow). We always track and mix at 24bit and 96KHz to limit aliasing and keep crystal clear transients.

Our mics are: Telefunken Copperhead Cu29 (tube), Telefunken M60 FET, Neumann TLM49, Audio Technica AT4040, Microtech Gefell M940. Shure SM57 e 58, sE Electronic V7.

Roland SE-02 Synth

We’ve got synts and keys (Moog, Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Arturia) and, obviously, guitars (PRS, Gibson), amps (Morgan Amplification) and basses (Yamaha with G&K ampli) plus a Helix Floor when modeling is required.

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