SOMETHING NEW (est. 1972)

Something New (est. 1972)

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 record, 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 an Avid S6 M40-32-9-D, analog channel strips (Rupert Neve Portico II and Shelford, 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. Main monitors were designed by Steve Durr and constructed by Travis Smith, with components from Altec, TAD, Trinnov, and Bag End. Vintage Crown amps. NS-10Ms for nearfield.

Special thanks to Chuck Surack, Rob McGaughey and Mike Picotte at Sweetwater for decades of great customer service, and to Avid for including us in the S6 beta program. The S6 is an awesome instrument, and it just keeps getting better.

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)

Outboard Gear

  • A fourth rack has been added since pictures were taken for the web.
  • The lists below and and in the download are correct.

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 alpha VHD (4)
  • SSL VHD (2)

Channel Strips

  • Avalon VT-737sp
  • Rupert Neve Portico II (2)
  • Rupert Neve Shelford Channel (2)
  • Trident 80B (2)
  • Universal Audio 6176
  • Chandler EMI Abbey Road
  • Manley Core tube

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)
  • Audio-Technica AT4033/CL (2)
  • Beyerdynamic MC930 matched pair
  • Blue Kiwi (2)
  • Miktek CV4 tube (2)
  • Neumann KM184 (2)
  • Neumann KM185 (2)
  • Neumann M149 tube
  • Neumann U47fet (2)
  • Neumann U87ai (2)
  • sE sE4400a (2)
  • Shure BETA91A kick drum
  • Telefunken AR51 tube

Ribbon

  • AEA R44CE British Update
  • AEA R84 (2)
  • Cloud 44A
  • Rode NTR
  • 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 and TD-50 sound module
  • Deford Bailey signature harmonica

* Download the brochure for the latest equipment list.