TRC's mixing desk is an Avid S6 M40-32-9-D. Control Room 4A also has analog channel strips (Avalon, 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 (more than 50 and counting), and is big enough to be comfortable for a rhythm section, or for overdubbing strings, horns or vocals.

“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 and Bag End. Main signal chain by Mike Schatzlein, with Trinnov crossover and amps from Hafler, Crown and Alesis. Focal Trio6 Be nearfield monitors. MTRX and DADman monitor and cue switching.

Special thanks to Avid for including us in the S6 beta program. The S6 is an awesome instrument, and it just keeps getting better.

Very special thanks to Terry Palmer, technical audio consultant and master soldering iron jockey, for giving us bulletproof audio wiring that's quiet as a mouse and ultra resistant to clicks, pops, hum, RF, and human error. If he's good enough for Garth, he's good enough for us.


Console/Control Surface

Avid System 6 M40-32-9-D, with 16 channels of DAD converters, 32 channels of Avid converters, 32 faders, display modules and 9 knobs per channel.


Studer A827 24-track (< 4500 hours, reconditioned by Steve Smith)
Studer A807 VU Mark I 2-track (reconditioned by Mike Schatzlein)
Studer A807 VU Mark II 2-track (reconditioned by Dr. Burkhardt Schwaebe)
Multiple channels of Dolby A and Dolby SR for decoding

Outboard Gear

  • Additional equipment racks have 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
  • Rupert Neve Master Bus Processor
  • Avid Eleven Rack
  • Line 6 Helix
  • MXR Bass DI+ Pedal


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 HDX2
  • UAD-2 Shark Octo



  • 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


  • AEA R44CE British Update
  • AEA R84 (2)
  • Cloud 44A
  • Rode NTR
  • Royer R-122 (2)
  • sE RNR1 Active (2)
  • sE VooDoo VR2 (2)
  • Vintage RCA Type 77-DX


  • 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
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • Les Paul 70s tribute
  • 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.