Good news everyone!
As we close out 2015 I decided to reflect on my studio's changes. This year I added a whole bunch of new gear to my studio so I decided to make a list of my top 5 favorite gear additions in 2015.
This undoubtedly this has been the most important addition to my studio in 2015. Before I had a pair of KRK speakers as my main monitors. After I added these boys, WOW did I find my mixes improved! I find when I mix through these guys, my mixes and masters transpose much better.
I don't want to get into the debate of "Analog Summing vs Digital Summing". All I'm going to say is that this little guy has added a vintage vibe to my mixes. For you guys who don't know what a summing mixer is, basically I send out 16 mono or 8 stereo signals and it combines them into a single stereo signal.
I admit, I was iffy when I first bought it. After using it for a couple of months though, I can definitely say that this was one of my better buys this year, so much so, I bought TWO this year! But that being said this compressor gives you the sound of the sought after UREI 1176 Rev D compressor at under $1000. The 2 WA76's have become main stays on my snare and vocal tracks.
This one, like the WA76, was also an iffy buy mainly because it was my first DIY project (where they send you all the parts and you build the compressor yourself). It definitely was an experience since this wasn't an easy build and it was my first time doing something like this. But when I have used it in mixes, I find that it brings a certain brightness to what ever I run through it.
5. Joined Dueling Mixes
This is a little bit different in that this is not a piece of gear, but a website. One of my friends turned me on to this website. It gives you music to mix with videos on what they did and little tips and tricks that they used in mixing the same song. This has helped me immensely. Not only did it give me more practice, but it also gave me insight to see what other people do when they mix. Some of the stuff I learned, I plan to use in my future mixing.
So overall this was a very productive year for Empty Road Audio. I added alot of new gear and has some new clients as well as some returning clients. I hope that 2016 is better for all of us.