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What is YOUR favorite vintage recording equipment?

August 14, 2017

Here are some of the responses we received when asked the simple question "What is YOUR favorite vintage recording equipment?". 

Robert Margouleff, engineer/producer. “Ampex MM1000–Nice”. Stevie Wonder, Ritchie Havens, more.


Warren Zanes, solo artist, Del Fuegos, author, professor. “Paul McCartney is definitely my favorite piece of vintage recording equipment.”


Paul Wolff, API owner from 1985 to 1999, Previous Tonelux owner and current owner of FIX audio designs. “One of the old api consoles I designed going into a Stephens machine. The original “Discrete Series”.


Marc DeSisto, Recording/Mixing Engineer. “With all gear we are looking for a result that once you hear it it can be "that's it or a starting place you can come back to and improve on or go back too. The first hour in the control room after the microphones are placed is all about the engineer. Once you are set and have a great feeling about the 32 mics and patches allows me to be flexible and take the bands sound this way or that way. Having more inputs than necessary allows the recording flow to continue without having to stop and wait for another mic to be set up. Be ahead of the curve in every step, including you DAW.” Favorite eq API 560A Fav compression is Stereo 670 Tube Fairchild. Black faced 1176. On the mix bus it's the SSL. The best modern compressor is the Distressor. Dwight Yoakam Melissa Etheridge Michele Branch Www.marcdesistoaudio.com


Josh Alan Friedman, writer-guitarist. “Mainly the Neumann U87 for vocals. And Neumann KM-84s for all sorts of stuff.”


Linda Thompson, Singer. ”Neumann M-149. Great mic.”

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