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
    • 6 TB hard disk (3 x 2 TB)
    • 2 TB SSD
    • 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 12
  • 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 V3, Stage-73 V2, VOX Continental V2, Wurli V2
    • Garritan Authorized Steinway Piano Basic
    • IK Multimedia Hammond B-3X, SampleTron 2
    • Native Instruments Alicia’s Keys, Noire, Scarbee A200, Scarbee Clavinet/Pianet, Scarbee, Mark 1, The Grandeur, The Gentleman, The Giant, The Maverick, Una Corda, Vintage Organs
  • Synths:
    • AAS Chromaphone 3, String Studio VS-3, Ultra Analog VA-3
    • Arturia Analog Lab V, ARP 2600 V3, Augmented Strings, Augmented Voices, Buchla Easel V, CMI V, CS-80 V4, CZ V, DX7 V, Emulator II V, Jun-6 V, Jup-8 V4, Korg MS-20 V, Matrix-12 V2, Mini V3, Modular V3, OB-Xa V, Pigments, Prophet-5 V, Prophet-VS V SEM V2, Solina V2, SQ80 V, Synclavier V, Synthi V, Vocoder V
    • Cakewalk PSYN II, Rapture Pro, Z3TA+ 2
    • IK Multimedia Syntronik 2 Deluxe
    • iZotope Iris 2
    • Native Instruments Absynth 5, Blocks Primes, FM8, Form, Kontour, Massive, Massive X, Monark, Playbox, Reaktor 6, Reaktor Prism, Reaktor Spark, Retro Machines MK2, Rounds, Super 8, TRK-01
    • Plugin Alliance bx_overhausen
    • Steinberg Padshop 2, Retrologue 2
  • Samplers, loop players, and multi-function sound modules:
    • Cakewalk Dimension Pro
    • IK Multimedia SampleTank 4 MAX
    • Native Instruments KONTAKT 7
    • Steinberg HALion Sonic SE 3
    • Waves CR8 Creative Sampler
  • 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 2
    • MusicLab RealEight 5, RealGuitar 5, RealLPC 5, RealRick 5, RealStrat 5
    • Native Instruments Scarbee MM Bass, Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass, Session Bassist, Prime Bass, Session Guitarist – Electric Mint, Session Guitarist – Electric Sunburst Deluxe, Session Guitarist – Electric Vintage, Session Guitarist – Picked Acoustic, Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic, Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic 2
    • Spectrasonics Trilian
    • ujam Virtual Guitarist AMBER, CARBON, IRON 2, SILK, SPARKLE
    • Wavelore Pedal Steel Guitar
    • Waves Bass Fingers
  • Drums and percussion:
    • In Session Audio Shimmer Shake Strike 2
    • 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 3 (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 3 (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, Dist Coldfire, Dist Tube-Culture, Dist OpAmp-21, EFX Fragments, 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, Tape Mello-Fi)
  • Celemony Melodyne Studio 5
  • Exponential Audio Nimbus, R4, Stratus 3D, Symphony 3D
  • IK Multimedia AmpliTube 5 MAX, ARC System 3, Lurssen Mastering Console, MixBox, T-RackS 5 MAX
  • iZotope Break Tweaker, DDLY, Insight 2, Nectar 3 Plus, Neoverb, Neutron 4, Ozone 10 Advanced, RX 10 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
  • Overloud BREVERB, Dopamine, REmatrix Solo, TH3, VKFX Delay
  • Plugin Alliance Ampeg SVTVR Classic, Black Box Analog Design HG-2, bx_boom!, bx_cleansweep Pro, bx_console Focusrite SC, bx_delay 2500, bx_masterdesk Classic, bx_refinement, bx_rockrack V3 Player, bx_saturator V2, bx_solo, bx_subfilter, bx_subsynth, elysia niveau filter, Schoeps Double MS, Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, SPL Free Ranger
  • PSP Audioware 2445 EMT Digital Reverberator, 608 MultiDelay, B-Scanner, BussPressor, ClassicQ, ConsoleQ, E27, EasyVerb, Echo, Hertzrider 2, Impressor, 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, Saturator, SpringBox, StereoAnalyzer, StereoController, StereoEnhancer, stompDelay, stompFilter, TripleMeter, Twin-L, VintageWarmer 2, X-Dither, Xenon
  • ReMasterMedia RMPro
  • Synchro Arts RePitch, 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, Clarity Vx, dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter, DeBreath, 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, L3-16 Multimaximizer, 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 27, 2022