Equipment and Software

In addition to being a songwriter, singer, and musician, I produce my recordings, and occasionally recordings for others, in my mostly software-based home studio. Here is a snapshot of the tools I use.  I just might be a bit of a music and audio software junkie. 😀

Digital Audio Workstation:

  • Intel i7 5820k PC with:
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 8 TB hard disk (4 x 2 TB)
    • Windows 10 Professional (64-bit)
    • MOTU 828x Thunderbolt audio interface
  • Cakewalk by BandLab
  • Make Music Finale
  • Sony Sound Forge Pro 11
  • Sony CD Architect 5.2
  • Steinberg Cubase Pro 11
  • Magix Vegas Pro 14
  • Magix DVD Architect


  • E-MU PM5 Precision Monitors

Mic Preamps:

  • Focusrite ISA One


  • CAD Equitek E-200 condenser
  • Shure SM-58 dynamic
  • Studio Projects C1 condenser

MIDI Controllers:

  • Akai EWI USB wind controller
  • Roland A-800PRO 61-key keyboard controller
  • Roland A-88 88-key keyboard controller

Software Instruments:

  • Pianos and organs:
    • AAS Lounge Lizard EP-4
    • Arturia B-3 V2, Clavinet V, Farfisa V, Mellotron V, Piano V2, Stage-73 V2, VOX Continental V2, Wurli V2
    • Garritan Authorized Steinway Piano Basic
    • Native Instruments Alicia’s Keys, Noire, The Grandeur, The Gentleman, The Giant, The Maverick, Una Corda, Vintage Organs
    • Scarbee A-200, Clavinet/Pianet, Mark I
  • Synths:
    • AAS Chromaphone 3, String Studio VS-3, Ultra Analog VA-3
    • Arturia Analog Lab V, ARP 2600 V3, Buchla Easel V, CMI V, CS-80 V3, CZ V, DX7 V, Emulator II V, Jun-6 V, Jup-8 V4, Matrix-12 V2, Mini V3, Modular V3, OB-Xa V, Pigments, Prophet V3, SEM V2, Solina V2, SQ80 V, Synclavier V, Synthi V, Vocoder V
    • Cakewalk PSYN II, Rapture Pro, Z3TA+ 2
    • IK Multimedia Syntronik Memory-V
    • iZotope Iris 2
    • Native Instruments Absynth 5, Blocks Primes, FM8, Form, Kontour, Massive, Massive X, Monark, Reaktor 6, Reaktor Spark, Reaktor Prism, Retro Machines MK2, Rounds, Super 8, TRK-01
    • Steinberg Mystic, Padshop 2, Prologue, Retrologue 2, Spector
  • Samplers, loop players, and multi-function sound modules:
    • Cakewalk Dimension Pro
    • Native Instruments KONTAKT 6
    • Steinberg HALion Sonic SE 3
  • Guitars and basses:
    • AAS Strum GS-2
    • Acoustic Samples GD-6 Acoustic Guitar, Strategy, Sunbird, Telematic
    • Chris Hein Guitars
    • Indiginus The Ukulele
    • IK Multimedia MODO BASS
    • MusicLab RealEight 5, RealGuitar 5, RealLPC 5, RealRick 5, RealStrat 5
    • Native Instruments Session Guitarist – Electric Sunburst Deluxe, Session Guitarist – Electric Vintage, Session Guitarist – Picked Acoustic, Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic, Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic 2
    • Scarbee MM Bass, Rickenbacker Bass
    • Spectrasonics Trilian
    • ujam Virtual Guitarist AMBER, CARBON, IRON, SILK, SPARKLE
    • Wavelore Pedal Steel Guitar
    • Waves Bass Fingers
  • Drums and percussion:
    • Arturia Spark Vintage Drum Machines
    • In Session Audio Shimmer Shake Strike
    • Native Instruments Abbey Road 60s Drummer, Battery 4, Butch Vig Drums, Drumlab, Polyplex, Studio Drummer
    • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX with Backbeat SAGE Xpander
    • Steinberg Groove Agent SE 5
    • Toontrack EZ Drummer 2 (with Action! EZX, Alt-Rock EZX, Americana EZX, Big Rock Drums EZX, Blues EZX, The Classic EZX, Claustrophobic EZX, Dream Pop EZX, Drumkit From Hell EZX, Electronic EZX, Funk Masters EZX, Hip Hop! EZX, Indie Folk EZX, Jazz EZX, Latin Percussion EZX, Nashville EZX, Number One Hits EZX, Pop EZX, Pop/Rock EZX, Post-Rock EZX, Reggae EZX, Rock EZX, Rock Solid EZX, Seventies Rock EZX, Southern Soul EZX, Traditional Country EZX, Twisted Kit EZX, UK Pop EZX, and Vintage Rock EZX), Superior Drummer 3 (with Custom & Vintage SDX, Indiependent SDX, Music City U.S.A. SDX, New York Studios Vol. 2 SDX, New York Studios Vol. 3 SDX, The Rock Warehouse SDX, Roots SDX – Brushes, Rods, & Mallets, and Roots SDX – Sticks)
  • Band, orchestral, ethnic instruments, choirs:
    • Bolder Sounds fiddle! V2
    • East West Quantum Leap RA, Symphonic Choirs
    • Garritan Concert and Marching Band, Gofriller Solo Cello 2, Instant Orchestra, Jazz & Big Band, Personal Orchestral 5, Stradivari Solo Violin 2
    • IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik 2
    • Kirk Hunter Virtuoso Ensembles
    • Native Instruments Discovery Series (Balinese Gamelan, Cuba, India, Middle East, West Africa), Session Horns, Session Strings 2, YANGQIN
    • Sample Modeling Mr. Sax A., Mr. Sax B., Mr. Sax T., Ms. Sax S., The Trombone, The Trumpet
    • Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover

Audio plug-ins:

  • Antares MIC MOD EFX
  • Applied Acoustics Systems Objeq Delay
  • Arturia FX Collection 2 (Bus FORCE,  Chorus DIMENSION-D, Chorus JUN-6, Comp DIODE-609, Comp FET-76, Comp TUBE-STA, Comp VCA-65, Delay ETERNITY, Delay MEMORY BRIGADE, Delay TAPE-201, EQ SITRAL-295, Filter MINI, Filter M12, Filter SEM, Flanger BL-20, Phaser BI-TRON, Pre 1973, Pre TridA, Pre V76, Rev INTENSITY, Rev PLATE-140, Rev SPRING-636)
  • Celemony Melodyne Studio 5
  • Exponential Audio Nimbus, R4
  • IK Multimedia AmpliTube MAX 4, AmpliTube 5, Lurssen Mastering Console, T-RackS 5 MAX
  • iZotope Break Tweaker, DDLY, Insight 2, Nectar 3 Plus, Neoverb, Neutron 3 Advanced, Ozone 9 Advanced, RX 8 Standard, Stutter Edit 2, Trash 2, Vinyl, VocalSynth 2, Tonal Balance 2
  • Native Instruments Crush Pack (Bite, Dirt, Freak), Driver, Guitar Rig 5 Pro, Mod Pack (Choral, Flair, Phasis), Rammfire, Raum, Reflektor, Replika, Solid Bus Comp, Solid Dynamics, Solid EQ, Spektral Delay, Supercharger, The Finger, Traktor 12, Transient Master
  • Nomad Factory AMT Amp Leveling, AMT Max Warm, AMT Multi-Max, BlueVerb DRV-2080, British MCL-2269, British NEQ-1972, BT Analog Chorus CH2S-3, BT Analogy Phaser APH2S-3, BT Analog TrackBox, BT BrickWall BW2S-3, BT Compressor CP2S-3, BT Compressor FA770-3, BT DeEsser DS2S-3, BT Equalizer BQ2S-3, BT Equalizer BX2S-3, BT Equalizer GEQ12-3, BT Equalizer PEQ2B-3, BT Equalizer BEQ322-3, BT Equalizer PEQSB-3, BT ExpanderGate GX622-3, BT Limiter LM2S-3, BT Oilcan Echo TLE2S-3, BT Stereo Imager ST2S-3, BT Tempo Delay DL3D-3, BT ValveDriver ADR2S-3, COSMOS, E-3B Compressor, E-3B Maximizer, E-Channel, E-Compressor, E-Gate Expander, E-Graphic EQ, E-Maximizer, E-RetroVox, E-TubeTape Warmer, ECHOES, EQ 9063B AllTech, Liquid Compressor II, Liquid Delays II, Liquid Gate II, Liquid Mod II, Liquid Phase II, LiquidVerb II, LM Amplifier LM-662, MAGNETIC, MAGNETIC II, Program EQP-4, PulseTec EQs, Retro Film-Tone, Retro Music-Tone, ROCK AMP LEGENDS, Studio Channel SC-226
  • Overloud BREVERB, Dopamine, REmatrix Solo, TH3, VKFX Delay
  • PSP Audioware 2445 EMT Digital Reverberator, 608 MultiDelay, B-Scanner, BussPressor, ClassicQ, ConsoleQ, E27, EasyVerb, Echo, Hertzrider, InfiniStrip, Lexicon PSP 42, L’otary, MasterComp, MasterQ2, McQ, MixBass2, MixGate2, MixPressor2, MixSaturator2, MixTreble2, MixSync2, N2O, Neon HR, Nexcellence, Nitro, NobleQ, oldTimer, PianoVerb2, PreQursor, PseudoStereo, PSP 84, PSP 85, RetroQ, SpringBox, StereoAnalyzer, StereoController, StereoEnhancer, stompDelay, stompFilter, TripleMeter, Twin-L, VintageWarmer 2, X-Dither, Xenon
  • Synchro Arts VocAlign Ultra
  • Toontrack EZ Mix 2
  • Waves Abbey Road Collection, Abbey Road Studio 3, Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter, BSS DPR-402, Butch Vig Vocals, C6 Multiband Compressor, Chris Lord-Alge Signature Series, CLA Classic Compressors, CLA Epic, CLA MixDown, CLA MixHub, CLA Nx, dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter, Diamond, Eddie Kramer Signature Series, F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ, Greg Wells Signature Series, H-Series, Jack Joseph Puig Signature Series, JJP Analog Legends, Kaleidoscopes, Manny Marroquin Signature Series, Nx Ocean Way Nashville, Nx Virtual Mix Room, OVox Vocal ReSynthesis, PRS SuperModels, Scheps 73, Scheps Omni Channel, Scheps Parallel Particles, Studio Classics Collection, Tapes, Tubes & Transistors, Tony Maserati Signature Series, Vocal Bender, Waves Tune Real-Time

Last update: September 14, 2021