Pig Zen Studio

Pig Zen Space has a small recording studio in Wilmington NC just off College Rd. on Wrightsville Ave. There is a growing list of high quality equipment available including a few great mics (AKG 414c XLS, Audio Technica AE2500), a great interface (Apogee Element 88) recording on Cubase Pro 10. Recently added is a 24 channel analog mixing console, an APB Dynasonic Spectra T24. This is a very high end 2007 model mixing board with fantastic pre-amps. When modern day digital desk builders want to test their boards against an analog board – this is the one they use. See below for more details.

The mixing desk is connected to Cubase with Canare wiring via Apogee AD/DA converters. Also available outside the box are two Aphex 651 compressors both of which were modded by Jim Williams for an exceptionally clean compression.

Currently it is possible to record and mix down using the Dynasonic’s superb parametric EQ and Burr-Brown preamps. Right now I can record sending 8 inputs though the board and another 8 from the Apogee. I can, however, only send 10 out of Cubase back to the board for mixing. In time I will expand this to 24.

The house drum kit is a Yamaha Rock Tour Custom from the 90’s. Guitar cabs include a custom 212 with Celestion G12H 55 Hz Greenbacks, and a 112 with a vintage Rola Celestion G12H Blackback from the late 70’s . There is a Music Man Stingray bass and, coming soon, a bass rig. The rates are the best in town for the quality level of the gear you can use or be recorded with. Contact me for more info. info@pigzenspace.com

About the APB Dynasonic Spectra T24:

FEATURES: 24 ANALOG INPUTS WITH BURR-BROWN MIC PRE’S + 4 STEREO LINE INPUTS
MONO INPUT CHANNELS FEATURE HIGHEST QUALITY BURR-BROWN MICROPHONE PREAMPS
8 VCA GROUPS FOR INPUTS
OUTPUT VCA SYSTEM FOR LEFT, RIGHT, CENTER AND MONO OUTPUTS
USER-SELECTABLE VCA CONTROL ON ALL MATRIX OUTPUTS
THAT® CORPORATION VCA ELEMENTS USED THROUGHOUT
12 MUTE GROUP SYSTEM (4 DISCRETE + 8 VCA-ASSIGNMENT LINKED)
10 AUXILIARY BUSES WITH PRE/POST FADER (4) AND PRE/POST EQ (2) SWITCHES
100MM HIGH-QUALITY FADERS ON AUX OUTPUTS WITH POLARITY REVERSE SWITCHES
AUX OUTPUTS HAVE PRE/POST ASSIGNMENT TO MATRIX SECTION AND ASSIGNMENTS TO LEFT, RIGHT, CENTER AND MONO BUSES
4 STEREO/SPLIT-TRACK LINE INPUT CHANNELS INCLUDED ON ALL CONSOLE CONFIGURATIONS
INSERTS ON ALL PRIMARY OUTPUTS INCLUDING AUX AND MATRIX OUTPUTS
INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED SOLO AND MUTE SWITCHES
2 OR 3 SPEAKER (LCR) CONTROL ROOM MONITORING (FRONT PANEL SWITCHABLE)
2 BUS (MONO/STEREO) SOLO PFL SYSTEM, 3 BUS (MONO/STEREO/LCR) SOLO AFL SYSTEM
LEFT-RIGHT, CENTER AND MONO (SUB-WOOFER/AUX) ASSIGNMENT SYSTEM
SUBWOOFER MIX CAN BE DERIVED FROM DISCRETE MONO OR AUX ASSIGNMENT
15 X 4 MATRIX SYSTEM WITH INSERTS AND XLR BALANCED OUTPUTS
2 MONO ALTERNATE OUTPUTS WITH TRANSFORMER ISOLATED (JENSEN) BALANCED XLR OUTPUTS
STEREO (RECORD) ALTERNATE OUTPUT WITH TRS AND RCA OUTPUTS
1/8″ AND 1/4″ HEADPHONE OUTPUT CONNECTORS
6-SEGMENT LED METERING ON MONO INPUT CHANNELS
EIGHTEEN 15-SEGMENT LED METERS FOR OUTPUT AND SOLO MONITORING
LAMP CONNECTORS (4-PIN XLR) WITH DIMMER CONTROL

THE SPECTRA-T EQ IS SWEEPABLE IN ALL FOUR BANDS AND INCLUDES SHELVING/BELL SWITCHES ON THE HF/LF FREQUENCY BANDS. THE HF/LF BELL MODE FEATURES AN ASYMMETRIC RESPONSE, WITH 2/3 OCTAVE BOOST AND 1/4 OCTAVE CUT. THE TWO MID BANDS ARE SWITCHABLE BETWEEN 1 OCTAVE AND 1/3 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH IN BOTH BOOST AND CUT. SEPARATE ON SWITCHES WITH LED ARE PROVIDED FOR SPECTRA-T/TI’S EQ AND INSERT FUNCTIONS.

HIGH-PASS FILTER SWEEPABLE FROM 20HZ TO 400HZ AT -12DB PER OCTAVE
HF SWEEPABLE FROM 800HZ TO 16KHZ AND SWITCHABLE BETWEEN SHELVING AND ASYMMETRICAL BELL-SHAPED CURVE WITH 2/3 OCTAVE
BANDWIDTH IN BOOST MODE AND 1/4 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH IN CUT MODE
HMF SWEEPABLE FROM 400HZ TO 8KHZ AND SWITCHABLE BETWEEN 1 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH AND A NARROW 1/3 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH
LMF SWEEPABLE FROM 100HZ TO 2KHZ AND SWITCHABLE BETWEEN 1 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH AND A NARROW 1/3 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH
LF SWEEPABLE FROM 20HZ TO 400HZ AND SWITCHABLE BETWEEN SHELVING AND ASYMMETRICAL BELL-SHAPED CURVE WITH 2/3 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH IN BOOST MODE AND 1/4 OCTAVE BANDWIDTH IN CUT MODE

Cubase 10 Pro / Loaded With Plenty of Plugins
Aphex 651 Compressor, Apogee Element 88 & Rosetta 800
APB Dynasonic Spectra T24 Channel
APB Dynasonic Spectra T24
Acoustic Research AR Rock Partners / AR 18s
These same speakers were used in the control room during the making of the Police’s Synchronicity.