SOMETHING NEW (est. 1973)

Something New (est. 1973)

Sometimes music . . .

is about everything but making a profit. It’s about fueling your passion, living it day in and day out. At TRC, we produce and mix music. Not because it’s our job. But because it’s the only thing we can’t imagine not doing.

The studio

TRC's control room 4a features a tricked-out Avid S6, analog channel strips (Neve, Universal Audio, Chandler EMI, Manley and Trident 80B), racks of preamps, and a Studer 24-track. The tracking room has a robust mic locker, and is big enough to be comfortable for a rhythm section, and for overdubbing strings, horns, or vocals. A floor plan and equipment list appear below.

“Wherever the music is destined to go, you have to have reliable control room acoustics and monitoring. Without it, you’re sonically adrift, never quite finding where the music should land. That’s why we're so grateful for what Steve Durr has done for us in Control Room 4a.”
                                                                           — Mike Schatzlein

Studio Design

Our facilities were designed by Steve Durr and constructed by Chris McCollum. The control room monitors were designed by Steve Durr and constructed by Travis Smith, with components from Altec, TAD, Bag End and others. Vintage Crown amps.

Special thanks to Chuck Surack and our friends at Sweetwater for decades of great customer service, and to Avid for including us in the S6 beta program. It's an awesome machine, and it gets better every day.

Equipment

Console/Control Surface

Avid System 6 M40-32-9-D, with 32 channels of Avid converters, 32 faders, display modules and 9 knobs per channel

Tape

Studer A827 24-track (< 5000 hours, reconditioned by Steve Smith)

Mic Preamps

  • API 3124MB+ (4)
  • Shadow Hills Mono GAMA (4)
  • LaChappell tube (2)
  • Rupert Neve Portico 517 (2)
  • CS Syren tube (2)
  • Focusrite Red (2)
  • Radial Precomp (2)
  • Sunset Sound Tutti (2)
  • Cloudlifter CL-1 (2)
  • Radial Powertube (2)
  • SSL VHD (2)

Channel Strips

  • Rupert Neve Portico II (2)
  • Trident 80B (2)
  • Universal Audio 6176
  • Chandler EMI Abbey Road
  • Manley Core

Compressors, etc.

  • Elysia compressors (2)
  • CS Falcon compressors (2)
  • dbx 560 compressors (2)
  • Lexicon MX-200
  • Avid Eleven Rack
  • MXR Bass DI+ Pedal

Plug-ins

Hundreds from Avid, Universal Audio (UAD), Waves, Wave Arts, Antares, Celemony, Eventide, Focusrite, FabFilter, Izotope, Native Instruments, Plugin Alliance, Vir2, Slate Digital, Sof-tube, SoundToys, Sonnox, Drumagog, Synchro Arts, others.

Hardware DSP

  • Avid HDX
  • Waves Digigrid DLS
  • UAD-2 Shark Octo

Microphones

Condenser

  • AKG C414B (2)
  • AKG C451B (2)
  • ATI 4033 Cardioid (2)
  • Blue Kiwi (2)
  • Neumann KM184 (2)
  • Neumann KM185 (2)
  • Neumann M149
  • Neumann U47fet (2)
  • Neumann U87ai (2)
  • sE sE4400a (2)
  • Shure BETA91A kick drum
  • Telefunken AR51

Ribbon

  • AEA R44CE Classic
  • AEA R84 (2)
  • Royer R-122 (2)
  • sE VooDoo VR2 (2)
  • Vintage RCA Type 77-DX

Dynamic

  • AKG D12 VR kick drum
  • Sennheiser e609 Silver (2)
  • Sennheiser MD 421 II (4)
  • Shure SM57 (5)

Instruments and Amps

  • Yamaha C7 concert grand
  • Yamaha Motif XF
  • Kurzweil 2600 with 88 weighted keys
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Fender Twin Reverb (tubes, 69 reissue)
  • Fender Mustang
  • Les Paul 70s reissue
  • Les Paul Melody Maker
  • Roland V-drums with mesh heads
  • Deford Bailey signature harmonica

* Download the brochure for the latest equipment list.