This is the livinghumans studio where we record, mix and master our music.  Occasionally, some of the music is recorded at other locations and shipped back here for mixing, but this is where we do most of our recording.


techie stuff

We typically record at 24 bit 44.1 KHz into a Cakewalk Sonar Platinum Win7x64 Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) through an RME ADI8-QS A/D/A converter and an RME HDSP9652 PCI host interface. We use very good mics and preamps to get the best possible sounding audio source signal. Mixdown and mastering are also done in our studio. The finished stereo tracks are deployed right from the studio out to the Internet.

a thousand words

A swipeable slider tour of the livinghumans studio.

the machinery

Every recording studio employs some collection of gear to get the music from ethereal musings and emotive expression to something that other people far, far away can actually hear.  This is how livinghumans does it...


AKG C1000C (2)
AKG C451B (2)
Bock 195

Neumann TLM 193
Neumann U87
Shure SM57 (4)
Telefunken M80

mic preamps

A-Designs Ventura
Avalon vt737sp
JLM Audio Dual 99V
Universal Audio 610B [6176] (2)


Avalon vt737sp
Dave Hill Titan
Drawmer 1968 Mk II
Universal Audio 1176LN [6176] (2)

outboard processing

Alesis Quadraverb2
Marshall 5002A Time Modulator (Stephen St. Croix's genius box)


DAW - Intel Core i7 950 / Win7 x64 / RME HDSP9652 / Sonar x64
Mackie d8b desk + D8Bridge v1.1 as MCU DAW controller
Frontier TranzPort DAW controller


Cakewalk Sonar Platinum x64
Presonus Studio One 3 x64
Reaper 4 x64
Celemony Melodyne Studio 4
Sound Forge 10
iZotope RX 5
iZotope Ozone 7
FXpansion BFD 3
Vienna Symphonic Library
True Pianos Amber
XLN Addictive Drums 2
Dimension Pro
Various other soft sonic goodies

a/d/a conversion



Audient Centro monitor controller
Polk Audio Monitor 10 + Carver PMD300 main monitors
Mackie HD824 active nearfield monitors
JBL Control 5 + Alesis RA-100 nearfield monitors
Avantone MixCube active nearfield monitors
Rane HC-6 headphone distribution amplifier
Sony MDR-7506 headphones (5)


dbx PB-48 patch bay (4)
M-Audio Digipatch S-PDIF/TOSLINK/ADAT patch bay
Frontier Apache ADAT patch bay
JL Cooper MSB+ Rev2 MIDI patch bay
Aten CS-1004 KVM
Furman power conditioning


1967 Hagstrom H12 solid body electric 12 string, ash / rosewood
1968 Gibson SG Standard, mahogany / rosewood
1999 Fender American Deluxe Telecaster, alder / rosewood
2005 PRS 20th Anniversary Custom 24 HH, mahogany / rosewood
2005 Tom Anderson drop-top HSH chambered electric, alder / rosewood
2015 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster SSS, ash / maple
2013 SGR electric 5 string bass, mahogany / rosewood
1993 Takamine G334 dreadnaught acoustic, spruce / rosewood
2013 Taylor 814ce concert florentine acoustic, spruce / rosewood
2014 Taylor 616ce concert florentine acoustic, maple / maple
1992 Washburn M1S/TS 8 string mandolin, maple / rosewood
2004 Fessenden U12 8+5 pedal steel
Soldano Lucky 13 100w 2x12 (Eminence) combo guitar amp
Vox AC15 (NOS Alnico Blue, 1962 NOS Mullard ECC83) combo guitar amp
Mesa Boogie Triaxis guitar preamp
Mesa Boogie Simul-Class 2-90 guitar power amp + 2x EV12S
ART SGX 2000 guitar preamp and processor, X15 MIDI foot controller
Alesis QuadraSynth keyboard synthesizer and MIDI controller
Yamaha P-45 weighted action 88-key MIDI keyboard controller
Miscellaneous pedals and processors

live solo rig

QSC KW153 1000W powered 3-way loudspeakers (2)
Westone ES20 in ear monitors
Mackie 1604 mixer in 10x4 SKB rack case
TC Electronic M350 delay and reverb
Drawmer MX60 voice processor
dbx 166A stereo buss compressor
TC Helicon VL3X voice processor
Telefunken M80 dynamic microphone
Furman power distribution and line conditioners


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