Based on a Digidesign 003-based Pro Tools system running on a Digital Village Synergy PC, the SOS Dream Studio 2009 will also include Ableton Live, Propellerheads Reason, Digidesign’s AIR Virtual Instruments Collection and Music Production Toolkit, a suite of GForce soft synths, Toontrack’s Superior 2 and New York Studio SDX, plus restoration and mastering software from iZotope.
Shure’s SM27 and PG27, Sontronics’ STC2, an SE 4400A, a pair of AKG Perception 170s and a pair of Rode M3s will give the winner a range of mics to bolster, or even start, their mic collection, and heavy-duty mic stands from SE and Sontronics will enable them to position the mics in exactly the right spot. An SE Reflection Filter will help to improve acoustic isolation for home-studio recordings.
Monitoring will be provided by KRK, who will equip the winner with the latest RP6 G2 nearfield monitors and their 10S 10-inch subwoofer, with an Ergo to make sure what’s coming out of the speakers is in tune with the room, which Auralex will analyse and treat, to ensure any sonic discrepancies are overcome at source.
For the keys players, there’s a Yamaha Motif XS6 workstation, complete with Ulitmate Support stand, to act as a master keyboard, while a Korg MicroKorg XL will provide some extra synth flavours for the winner to mix into their tracks. A Novation Zero SL MkII will provide additional control, and an ESI M8U XL will allow the winner to connect additional MIDI equipment to the prize system.
Guitarists won’t be left out: a Washburn WI64 Relic and a Blackstar HT5 valve combo amplifier,
complete with a Radial J48 for direct-injection, will suit the needs of most noodlers, and a Moog Murf filter pedal will transport the winner to a whole new world of shimmering pattern-based resonance. On the outboard hardware side, a Focusrite Octopre will increase the number of analogue inputs and outputs of the prize system to 16, and provide eight channels of tried-and-tested mic preamps with dynamics, while a TL Audio Ebony A4 Summer summing mixer will enable the user to mix to stereo in the analogue domain. An SSL Mynx, plus two X-Rack modules of the winner’s choice, will inject that SSL sound to the winner’s mixes, and a Universal Audio UAD2 Solo will help to spice things up in the software domain, thanks to its faithful models of classic studio gear.
If that wasn’t enough, the winner will get expert Pro Tools training from Alchemea, the Home Studio Certificate from SAE, plus two hours of private guitar, piano, drums, or vocal lessons from Tech Music schools. Last, but possibly most important of all, Adam Hall will supply the necessary cabling to
connect the studio prize together. If you win, you’ll be the envy of, well, everyone at the show!
Check out the video below for an idea of just how much gear there is!
1. Entries can only be accepted using the official entry system on the Sound On Sound booth (E8) at the Sound Recording Technology Show, 2009.
2. The winner will be chosen after the show and notified by telephone or email. 3. Only one entry per person is permitted. 4. All prize winners must have suitable premises for the studio installation and agree to make themselves and their studio space available for the installation of the equipment on a mutually agreed date before 1st December 2009. All prize winners further agree to allow coverage of their studio installation to appear in Sound On Sound magazine and the web sites of contributing companies. All prizes shall remain the property of the prize draw organisers until these terms have been fulfilled.
5. By entering the prize draw, entrants agree for the details they submit to be passed on to contributing companies. 6. Employees of SOS Publications Ltd and their immediate families, and employees of companies contributing to the prize are ineligible for entry. 7. No cash alternative is available in lieu of the stated prize. 8. The organisers reserve the right to change the specification of the prize offered. 9. The judges’ decision is final and legally binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.