Recording Studio

I don't advertise it, but I operate one of only two fully-analog studio in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Analog recording, especially live-on-location, is a particular a passion of mine. I am very choosy about the recording projects I take on. Analog recorders are costly to operate. The technology doesn't offer the pinpoint editing that most of today's bands require. While this seems to be a problem, it's the main advantage of analog: only the best musicians can make good recordings with analog recorders. The technology doesn't let you "fix it in the mix."

A band that can do an analog recording is a truly excellent band! They're very hard to find!

If you feel your band is good enough for analog, please email me and we'll talk about it.

Most of the equipment in my studio is either custom-designed then hand-made by me, or modified for the best performance possible. Merely buying some recording equipment isn't good enough. Anyone can do that, it's no particular accomplishment. But takin g th etime to design the build, or modify, the ideal equipment for the project is the only way to achieve the highest quality recordings. It's the difference between off-the-rack clothing and custom-tailored high fashion.

A partial list of my modified analog recorders includes:
• Ampex 602
• Nakamichi 550
• Revox A77 1/2-track "suitcase model" (modified)
• Revox A77 Dolby(modified)
• Revox A77 1/2-track, High Speed (7.5 ips and 15 ips or 18cm/s and 38cm/s) (modified)
• Revox A77 (modified)
• TEAC A3440 (modified)
• TEAC/TASCAM 80-8 (modified)
• Uher 4000 Report
• Uher 4000 Report S
• Uher 4000 Report L
• Uher 4000 Report IC
• Uher 4000 Report Monitor
• Uher 4200 (L Series)
• Uher 4400 (IC Series)

AMPLIFIERS & RECEIVERS
• Crown D-75 stereo amplifier
• KVG Labs 60B Williamson style amplifier, 6L6GC out, 12AX7A AF amp, 12AU7 phase splitter & drivers, 20-watts
• KVG Labs 61B push-pull amplifier, 6V6 out, 12AX7A AF amp and phase splitter 10-watts
• KVG Labs 62A push-pull amplifier, 6L6GC out, 6SN7 AF amplifier, 6V6GT phase splitter, 6SJ7 push-pull drivers, 40-Watts.

CONDENSOR MICROPHONES
• AKG C567E miniature diaphragm, super-omnidirectional, lavalier
• AKG C568EB, shotgun
• AudioTechnica AT813
• AudioTechnica AT813R
• CAD Equitek E200 large diaphragm, cardioid/omni/figure-8
• Crown SoundGrabber boundary layer
• Crown PZM-30D pressure zone microphone and custom interface.
• ElectroVoice 1776 cardioid
• KVG KCM-1 miniature diaphragm, super-omnidirectional (two)
• KVG KCM-3 "Stentorian" large diaphragm, multiple pattern; valve electronics
• MXL 2003 large diaphragm, cardioid - modified by Kermit V. Gray
• Nakamchi CM-100 with CP-1 cardioid and CP-2 omnidirectional capsules
• Nakamichi CM-300 with CP-1 cardioid and CP-2 omnidirectional capsules matched set of three
• Nakamchi CM-1000 with CP-101 cardioid and CP-2 omnidirectional capsules
• Oktava MC-012-1 miniature diaphragm, omni/cardioid/supercardioid [The Sound Room version, cedar storage case]
• Oktava MK-012-1 miniature diaphragm, cardioid [Guitar Center version]
• RadioShack/Realistic 33-1090 PZM boundary layer
• Shure KSM32 medium diaphragm, cardioid
• TEAC ME-120 with omni and cardioid capsules.

DYNAMIC MICROPHONES
• AKG D125E cardioid
• AKG D160E omnidirctional
• AKG D190E cardioid
• AKG D200E two-way supercardioid
• AKG D202E two-way supercardioid
• AKG D590 gooseneck mounted cardioid
• AKG D900 shotgun
• AKG D1000E cardioid
• AKG D1200E cardioid
• AKG D2000E cardioid
• Altec 650A
• Altec 654B
• Altec 682A
• Altec 683B cardioid
• Carvin CM68 cardioid
• ElectroVoice 635A
• ElectroVoice 644 hypercardioid
• ElectroVoice 660
• ElectroVoice 664 cardioid
• ElectroVoice 674 supercardioid
• ElectroVoice DS35 cardioid
• ElectroVoice PL5 omnidirectional (same as 635A)
• ElectroVoice PL6 cardioid variable-D (same as 660)
• ElectroVoice PL95 cardioid (same as DS35)
• RadioShack/Realistic 33-3032 instrument microphone, cardioid
• Revox M3400 cardioid (matched set of three)
• Sennheiser MD421-U4 II cardioid large diaphragm
• Shure 430 Commando omnidirectional
• Shure 515SB unidirectional [paging/talkback]
• Shure 545 unidirectional - original 5-pin model
• Shure 560 omnidirectional lavalier
• Shure SM10 headworn unidirectional
• Shure SM48 unidirectional
• Shure SM54 unidirectional
• Shure SM57 unidirectional
• Shure SM59 unidirectional
• Shure SM60 omnidirectional
• Shure VP64
• Turner 510 cardioid
• Turner 500 cardioid
• Voice of Music VMM-01 omnidirectional


RIBBON MICROPHONES
• Beyer M260N supercardioid ribbon
• ElectroVoice V4 ribbon, bidirectional
• KVG Laboratories R1a
• Reslo RBH ribbon, bidirectional, miniature
• Reslo RBT/N ribbon, bidirectional, miniature
• Shure 300 bidirectional/figure-8 ribbon
• Shure SM33 ribbon, supercardioid

ANALOG SIGNAL PROCESSORS
• ART DI/O A/D/A converter
• Burwen TNE 7000 Transient Noise Eliminator (record de-clicker)
• dbx 2BX compressor/expander
• dbx 117 compressor/expander
• dbx 150 Type I noise reduction
• dbx 150X Type I noise reduction
• dbx 124 Type II noise reduction
• dbx 200 Program Router
• dbx 222 Type II noise reduction
• dbx 224 Type II noise reduction
• dbx 263X De-esser
• Harmon-Kardon Citation eleven preamplifier
• dbx NX-4 Type II noise reduction
• KVG Labs 80A Class A valve (tube) variable-mu compressor preamplifier
• KVG Labs 81S valve (tube) variable-mu compressor preamplifier
• KVG Labs 82A Class A valve (tube) opto-compressor preamplifier
• KVG Labs 90A Echo plate
• KVG Labs 91A Shuffler
• KVG Labs 92A Equalizer
• KVG Labs 93A M/S Decoder
• KVG Labs 94A Ambient Noise Eliminator
• KVG Labs 95A Ambiphony System
• Pioneer SR-202 Reverberation Amplifier, analog spring reverb type.
• Pioneer SR-60 Reverberation Amplifier, analog bucket brigade type.
• ProCo DB-1 passive direct box.
• SAE 5000A Transient Noise Reduction (record de-clicker)
• Stanton 310 phono preamplifier
• Shure AudioMaster (EQ system)
• Symetrix 422 automatic gain control.
• Tapco 2210 Graphic Equalizer
• Tapco 2200 Graphic Equalizer
• Tapco 2230 Graphic Equalizer


ANALOG Mixers
• Shure M67
• Shure M68
• Shure M688
• Tapco 6201A
• Tapco 8201A
• TEAC/TASCAM 5 (modified).
• Uher M500

MONITORS
• AKG K240 (original version) headphones
• AKG K240 Studio headphones
• Bang & Olufsen S45 (original three-way design, not later two-way model)
• Koss Pro-4AA headphones
• Koss K-2+2 Quadriphonic headphones
• KVG Labs D-50a nearfield monitor
• KVG Labs D-516 nearfield monitor
• KVG Labs D-61A nearfield monitor
• KVG Labs D-4A B.L.I.S.S. monitor
• KVG Labs L-461 B.L.I.S.S. monitor
• KVG Labs L-51 nearfield monitor
• KVG Labs L-515 surround center/dialogue monitor
• KVG Labs L-81G midfield monitor
• KVG Labs Q8 talkback speaker
• KVG Labs M8 music instrument speaker
• KVG Labs K15 music instrument speaker
• KVG Labs D12 music instrument speaker
• KVG Labs Speedmaster 12 music instrument speaker
• KVG Labs M8A music instrument speaker
• Pioneer SE-500 (great for checking vocals).
• Sennheiser HD-414 headphones

ANALOG TURNTABLES
• Bang & Olufsen Beogram 2400, pivotal arm. This is the very rare version with grey sides.
• Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4004 straight line tracking arm.
• Dual 1009-SK
• Dual 1218
• Dual 1249
• Harmon-Kardon ST-7
• Yamaha YP-211
• Yamaha YP-D3

ANALOG PHONO CARTRIDGES
• ADC 10E Mk. IV.
• ADC QLM-36
• AKG P5ED
• AKG P7E
• Bang & Olufsen SP-14
• Denon DL-103
• Empire 2000E
• Klipsch MCZ-2
• MicroAcoustics 2002E
• Ortofon LM10
• Ortofon VMS30
• Ortofon X1-MC
• Shure M55E
• Shure M95ED
• Shure V-15 Type II
• Shure V-15 Type III
• Shure V-15 Type IV
• Stanton 500 (1970s era)
• Stanton 680EEE

MUSIC INSTRUMENTS
• KVG Labs EBG-2 Electric bass guitar, P-Bass style body, KVG Laboratories SST active pickup system.
• KVG Labs EGR-1 "White Satin" Electric Guitar, Stratocaster style.
• KVG Labs EGR-2 "Woodie" Electric Guitar, Telecaster style.
• KVG Labs K-Bass II
• KVG Labs K-Bass
• KVG Labs Acoustron 306L electric guitar
• KVG Labs Little Mayhem combo amplifier
• KVG Labs Total Mayhem combo amplifier
• Yamaha YC-30 Electronic Organ.

OTHER AUDIO EQUIPMENT
• Edison Standard Cylinder Phonograph, circa 1903.
• Victor Talking Machine Model 50 Portable Phonograph, circa 1921. This is the same phonograph seem in the movie "Sabrina" starring Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.
• KVG Labs 21C tall microphone stand.
• KVG Labs 22G microphone fishpole.
• KVG Labs 23B/23G microphone stand/long boom combo.
• Atlas MS-25 and MS-12 stands.
• AKG microphone boom stand.
• AKG H7 "pistol grip" mount.
• Various other microphone stands, shock mounts and windscreens.
• Annis Han-D-Mag tape head degausser/demagnetizer.
• B&K dual trace oscilloscope
• Eico 147 Signal Tracer
• Heathkit IT-5283 Signal Tracer
• Hewlett-Packard 200CDR Wide Range Oscillator, rack mounted
• Hewlett-Packard 400 Vacuum Tube Voltmeter
• Loftech TS-1 Audio Test Set
• Shure C/PEK-3 Cartridge Analyzer
• Superior Test Instruments Tube Tester (modified)