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Lucid uses some of the best high-end studio recording equipment in the industry for our mobile recording studio equipment and our post-production studio as well.  Unlike many other mobile recording services who bring light-weight portable equipment with them to the recording sessions, we usually bring the 'big guns' with us to ensure the absolute best recording quality.  The quality of this equipment is better than what you would normally find in most studios.  

 

Location Equipment

  • Josephson C617 Microphones.  A matched pair of premium small diameter condenser mics with high sensitivity and low noise.  Usually used as the main stereo pair with a Jecklin disk in most of Lucid's acoustic recordings.

 

  • AKG C-460 Microphones.  Ten medium diaphragm condenser mics that are excellent for clear and neutral recordings of both vocals and instruments.  All extensively modified by Brook Burson with better quality components and removal of transformers to improve speed and clarity.

AKG C-460 Microphone

  • AKG C414B-XLS Microphones.  Another excellent large diaphragm matched pair with an adjustable pickup pattern that allows us to narrow or widen the audio pickup zone to match the needs of the situation.  This microphone is seen in many studios as well as on TV in many live musical performances.

 

  • Langevin CR-3A Microphones.  An excellent matched pair of large diaphragm cardioids that we usually set up in an ORTF arrangement to provide an excellent capture of the sound in the hall.  Recording with a single pair of mics such as these provides the ultimate in "Purist" recording techniques - very simple, but incredibly musical and lifelike in reproduction.

 

  • Soundfield ST-250 Surround Sound microphone.  An incredible microphone that captures sound from all directions into 4 channels (B format) and allows the production engineer to mix incredibly realistic surround sound masters.  Often used in conjunction with other stereo pairs and spot mics to produce a beautiful and natural front stereo image with the spaciousness and surround effects provided by the Soundfield B-format microphone.  Useful for both stereo and surround recordings.

 

  • Manley Baby Tube Microphones.  Matched pair of rare baby tube mics from one of the world's best microphone and recording equipment manufacturer's, Manley.  The Baby mics have excellent electronics and condenser capsule; however, we felt that the housing could be improved to minimize coloration.  We worked with a machinist to develop new housings for our Babies to resolve the coloration, and it makes these mics much better!  Warm and tubey (not tubby), the way tubes are supposed to be!  The images below show the original and modified Manley Baby mics.

Manley Baby Tube Microphone                             

 

  • Various Dynamic microphones for vocalists and instruments for jazz, pop, and rock recordings: Shure SM-57, Shure Beta 52, Audix i5, AKG D-112, Sennheiser e-906, Shure 565-SD, Shure 545SD, Electrovoice RE18, etc.

      

 

  • AEA SMP-17 Microphone Positioner.  Simply the best commercial microphone positioner available, providing the most accuracy in ensuring that the most common stereo pair alignments, such as ORTF, are set up exactly right.  This results in realistic 'soundstage' presentation of the audio when you're sitting directly in front of a well-set-up set of speakers.  The performers are spread out left to right between the speakers on the virtual 'soundstage'.

AEA SMP-17 Microphone Positioner

  • Grand Piano Microphone Mount.  The Mirizio Piano Mount allows microphones to be safely mounted inside Grand Pianos with lid open or closed, with minimal visual impact for the audience, and with positioning of the microphones for great sound.

  • Wireworld Atlantis Microphone Cables.  Cable really does make a big difference in sound.  And this is some of the best microphone cable in the world.

 

  • Canare StarQuad Microphone Cables.  High quality, low noise, and rugged microphone cables.

 

  • Merging Horus and Hapi Audio Interfaces.  Ultra-high-quality Swiss microphone preamps with embedded analog to digital and digital to analog converters.  24 preamp & A/D channels and 8 D/A output channels.  Supports all sampling rates from 44.1 KHz to 384 KHz, plus up to DSD-256.  This is the primary mic preamp and A/D converter used by Lucid for most of our recordings.

                           

  • Millennia Media HV-3R Microphone Preamp.  An eight-channel microphone preamp known world-wide as one of the cleanest, most natural sounding microphone preamps for classical, jazz, and choir recordings.  Lucid has two of these.


  • Manley Dual Mono Microphone Preamp.  One of the world's most musical vacuum tube microphone preamplifiers.  Provides a crystal clear, yet spacious and warm sound.  Especially musical for small ensembles and soloists.  Modified by Brook Burson to lower the noise floor.


Manley Dual Mono Microphone Preamp - Warm tube sounds when needed on Location Recordings

  • Focusrite Red 1 Microphone Preamp.  A four channel mic preamp that is considered to be among the top solid state preamps available in studios around the world.  Modified by Brook Burson to lower the noise floor.


Focusrite Red 1 Microphone Preamp - Beautiful sounding preamp for Location Recording

  • Alesis HD24XR Hard Disk Recorder.  The "XR" version of the Alesis is one of the absolute best sounding Hard Disk recorders available on the market.  It allows recording of up to 24 channels at 24 bits / 44.1 or 48 kHz, or up to 12 channels at 24 bits / 88.2 or 96 kHz.  Primarily used as a backup recorder with the Merging Horus, or to record additional channels beyond the 24 supported by the Horus.   Has been modified by Brook Burson with higher grade op-amps, much better power supply decoupling, and high quality audio capacitors.

Alesis HD24XR Hard Disk Recorder - Quality Sound for On-Location Recordings

  • Steinberg Nuendo Software.  This software is used to record, edit, mix, and master the final recordings - especially multi-channel or surround recordings.  Nuendo is an incredibly powerful tool that allows the operator to have a complete digital studio in a PC.



Steinberg Nuendo Software used in Mobile Recording Rig and Studio

  • Adobe Audition Software.  This software is an excellent tool for recording, editing, mixing and mastering stereo recordings, and includes many wonderful features that allow Lucid to edit out unintended noises on recordings with little to no audible effect on the actual music.  Lucid calls this process "Audio Detailing", and it a service we provide that most other recording and mastering services simply can't or won't provide. 

 
Adobe Audition Software used for Stereo Post Production

  • Stax SRM-1 Electrostatic Headphones.  Quite simply, some of the worlds most transparent transducers.  
  • RME Digiface ADAT interface for PC.  Sits between the Alesis HD24XR and a laptop PC to bring up to 24 channels of audio into the PC where it can be recorded directly to hard disk.
  • Three Laptop PCs.  Two Laptop PCs to receive network audio from the Merging Horus, recording in parallel to hard disk for safety and redundancy.  An additional PC to bring audio in via ADAT from the Alesis HD24XR using the RME Digiface.  All three laptops runs Nuendo, Audition, or Reaper to record the audio to hard disk.  
  • Yamaha 01v96v2 Mixer.  An excellent mixer when one is needed.  Used to create 'live mixes' that are available immediately after the show, as well as to interface to PA and house sound systems as needed.  Lucid also provides Live Sound mixing services, and can utilize this mixer or a house mixer for the purposes.

Yamaha 01v96v2 Mixer

  • Other equipment.  Lucid has a wide variety of other equipment, including standard and tall microphone stands, a grand piano mic mount, Jecklin disk for recordings, a variety of other microphones including ribbons, condensers, and dynamics, Mogami and Canare cables, Focusrite Octopre mic preamp, Presonus Central Station, Radial DI boxes, mic splitters, etc.  

Editing/Mastering Room and Equipment

Lucid is designing a state-of-the-art audiophile quality mastering room for acoustic recordings.  However, in the mean time, we have taken a smaller room and set it up for this purpose.  

The current room has had extensive acoustical treatment applied to turn it from an ordinary room into an excellent acoustic chamber for mastering and post production.  In addition, the room was acoustically modeled using CARA software to determine the proper placement of speakers and acoustic treatment, resulting in an excellent and neutral sound, ideal for mastering.  We have over $20,000 worth of audiophile quality playback equipment and acoustical treatment in this room, not counting the actual Digital Audio Workstation PC, including software and sound cards.

  • Rhintech CARA Acoustic Modeling and Simulation software.  Used to optimize the layout and acoustics of the mastering room, which results in better final master recordings.
  • Steinberg Nuendo DAW - Described in Location Equipment Above.
  • Adobe Audition DAW- Described in Location Equipment Above.
  • Reaper DAW
  • Voxengo Convolution Reverb including Pristine Space to produce exceptionally musical and natural sounding reverb
  • Voxengo and Melda Noise Reduction, Equalization, Compression, and Sample Rate adjustment plugins for premium post-production sound.
  • Ability to add instrumentation to recordings using advanced Midi instruments:
    • Native Instruments NI Komplete
    • Virtual Pianos: Bosendorfer, Steinway, etc.
    • StudioLogic 88 key weighted midi keyboard
    • Garritan Personal Orchestra 
  • Stax SRM-1 Electrostatic Headphones - Described in Location Equipment Above.
  • Lipinski L-707 Monitors - Superb and accurate monitors for post production.  Rated Class A by Stereophile Magazine.
  • Clearfield Diplomat loudspeakers.  Heavily re-engineered and modified by Brook Burson for incredible neutrality and clarity.
  • Counterpoint SA-220 Solid State/Tube Hybrid Power Amplifier.  Modified into an NP-220 by Alta Vista Audio.
  • Counterpoint NPS-400A Solid State/Tube Hybrid Power Amplifier.
  • Counterpoint SA-5000A Vacuum Tube Preamplifier.
  • Cables by Straight Wire, Wire World, and Canare.   
 

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