We are the proud poppas of a spanking new Pro Tools HD system. For the tech-savvy, it’s an HD2 Accel system on PCIe, running on an 8-core Mac Pro with 6 GB of RAM. The interfaces are 2 Lynx Auroras, which give us 32 channels of I/O at up to 192kHz. They are clocked by an Antelope OCX, which is widely considered the finest digital clock available. For the non-tech-savvy, it’s a kick-ass system that we are thrilled to offer our clients at the same low rate of $450/day (engineer included).
Stephen Jarvis, the premier gear rental guy in the Bay Area (possibly in the state), has a storage space in our building. He is now offering N,IR an exclusive, HUGELY discounted rate on tracking and mixing racks of vintage, high-quality gear. See below for a picture of the mixing rack, which houses an AMS dmx 15-80s delay, AMS rmx 16 reverb, Eventide SP2016 reverb, TC 2290 delay, Neve 33609C compressor/limiter, 2 Focusrite ISA131 dynamics processors, 4 dbx 902 de-essers, and an RCA BA6A compressor!!! All of this for only $150/day or $750/week! This is highly recommended if you’d like to take your mixes to the next level. Of course we like our own outboard gear quite a bit, but this is a rack full of history at an extraordinarily low rate, and we’re looking forward to many of our clients taking Stephen up on his generous offer. He also rents incredible mics and preamps, like the ELA M 251 microphone and GML/EAR chain used on Deerhoof’s vocals for the Offend Maggie album, or the AEA A440, Brauner VM-1, and Schoeps M222s used for a recent Ben Goldberg/Greg Cohen/Kenny Wolleson recording for the Tzadik label.
In late 2007 we decided to keep true to our name by embarking on a serious construction project. It was done in stages, so we could continue to run sessions throughout the process. Improvements included a couple of new recording spaces, improved acoustic treatment to the existing spaces, and better isolation from the rest of the building. Our good friend and fellow engineer Brian Hood (Strychnine, Everything Must Go) helped us enormously with the process, and we are grateful and very excited. Here is a sketch of the new floor plan.