GEAR PHILOSOPHY

Magic in a recording studio is the aggregate of thousands of good decisions. Great composition, great arrangement, clean preamps and converters, the right microphones and mic technique, a great room and, hopefully, a great engineer, are all essential to a magical recording.

First Wave Recording Studios has no interest in snake oil. We have a variety of mics that are all purpose built and deployed to get the most out of any instrument, voice, and sound. Our main monitors, Genelec 8351's, are tuned perfectly with our acoustically treated rooms. For the tech gurus: we record 24 bit, 96 kHz WAV files. For the acousticians: we have custom built absorbers made from Rockwool. All of these choices allow us to manipulate everything from violin concertos to rock ballads in a very precise, beautiful manner.

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Sound Capture, Manipulation, and Reproduction Devices

Mics: 

Peluso P87

Peluso P84 (2)

AKG C414 XLS (2)

AKG C535 EB

AKG D112

Sennheiser MKH416

Shure SM57 (2)

Shure SM57 Unidyne III 

Shure SM58

Shure PG81

MXL 990 with RK47 mod

Audio-Technica AT4033

Audio-Technica Pro31 (4)

Behringer C2 (4)

Behringer ECM8000

Assorted FX mics

Amps and Instruments

Fender Blues Jr (Cannabis Rex)

Fender Acoustasonic Jr

Acoustic B200H (with B410)

GH 412 (with Celestions)

G&L Strat

PRS SE24

Fender Telecaster

Yamaha FG700S

Ibanez Gio Bass

Korg Kross 2

Adams Marimba

Gretsch Catalina Club

Rockwood Drumset

Zildjian Custom K Ride

Sabian B8 Crashes

Assorted snares and percussion

Monitoring:

Genelec 8351a (2)

Yamaha HS8 (2)

Yamaha HS80M (2)

Behringer Powerplay P16

Behringer P16-M (3)

Sennheiser HD600

Audio-Technica AT30

Tascam TH-200x

Tascam Th-02 (3)

Shure SRH440

AKG K240

Vic Firth SIH2

Harbinger PA

Converters:

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre (2)

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 

MIDI:

AKAI MPD32

AKAI MPK Mini

Casio Privia

M-Audio Keystation 61

Computers:

Custom Built PC 

HP Envy (2)

Software:

Cockos Reaper 

Izotope Ozone 9 Advanced

Izotope RX 8 Standard

Izotope Neutron 3 Advanced

Izotope Insight 2

Izotope VocalSynth 2

Exponential Audio Nimbus

Exponential Audio R4

Slate Virtual Mix Rack

Slate Virtual Bus Compressors

Slate Repeater

Slate Verbsuite Classics

Waves C6

Waves CLA-3A

Waves DBX160

Celemony Melodyne 5

Waves Realtime Tune

Waves Tune

Overloud TH-U

Xfer Serum

And many, many more...

Photo/Video Capture, Manipulation, and Reproduction Devices

Cameras: 

Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro (4.6k)

Nikon D5100 (2)

Lenses:

Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm F4-5.6

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm F3.5-5.6

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6

Quantaray 70-210mm F1.4-5.6

Monitors:

BenQ PD2700U

Feelworld T7 (2)

Lights:

GVM 800D (2)

Software: 

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Premier

Adobe After Effects

OBS Studio 

Stands:

Manfrotto 1004BAC with extension (2)

DJI Ronin SC

Manfrotto 526-1 Fluid head (645 FAST Twin legs)

Coman Tripod (2)