Professional Sound - April 2017 - Page 29

M ic collection GEAR LIST Control Hardware & Software Avid Control|24 Surface Apogee Symphony I/O (24 x 24) Apple Mac Pro Apple Logic Audio Avid Pro Tools 12 Monitors & Headphones Avantone MixCubes Genelec 1031As Yamaha HS50Ms Yamaha HS80Ms Yamaha HS10W Subwoofer Bryston 3B Amplifier (x 2) Fostex/AKG/Sony Headphones Realistic/Optimus Bookshelf Speakers Preamps & Equalizers API 512b (x 4) API 550b (x 2) BAE (Neve) 1073 (x 6) BAE (Neve) 1084 (x 2) Chandler Limited Germanium Pre/DI Focusrite ISA220 Great River Electronics MP-2NV Manley Massive Passive Stereo Tube EQ Neve 5432 Sidecar (34128 Modules x 8) Vintech 473 Compressors ADR Vocal Stressor F769X-R Alan Smart C1 dbx 160 (x 2) dbx 161 (x 2) Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressor Empirical Labs Fatso Standard Audio LEVEL-OR (x 2) Summit Audio TLA-100 SPL Transient Designer (4-channel) Tube Tech CL1B Universal Audio 1176 (x 2) Universal Audio LA-2A Vintech 609CA using a large format console. Down the line, however, Bonenfant is hoping to add a smaller format board to their audio arsenal – perhaps an API 1608. “Even though we went away from the console format, I think people are coming back to it now,” he says, adding that most audio manufacturers have developed gear that fits well with the way Dream House functions and its clients work. “So, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see something like that as a part of the studio.” With that, and every other decision they make in terms of upgrades and improvements, their focus remains on enhancing the atmosphere and ensuring clients can inhabit a space that’s conducive to creation. “We’re both music fans and that is always going to be at the forefront,” Bonenfant enthuses. “We’re also fans of individuals, of people, and we want to champion people with vision and a tireless work ethic. I think that’s been the culture here over the years.” The community has changed over time, but its members share that ethic, as well as a love of songs – regardless of their differing tastes, styles, and processes. Going forward, Gough sums up: “I think it would be really cool to continue what we’ve been doing for another five, 10, or 20 years – as long as we can, because when we first opened the studio, I know that both of us…” “…DIDN’T THINK THE STUDIO WOULD LAST A COUPLE OF MONTHS,” Bonenfant puts in. “Even if Dream House isn’t in this building, I think the community we’ve worked with, we’ll continue to work with for years to come. They’re an extended family to us. I don’t think any of us are focused on being gear nerds or studio nerds; we’re all focused on the people we work with and the songs we work on. I think that perspective will never change.” Kevin Young is a Toronto-based musician and freelance writer. Condenser Mics AKG 451 (x 2) AKG 414 (x 2) Blue Microphones Kiwi Lawson L251 (tube) Lawson L47FET Neumann U87 (vintage) (x 2) Neumann 582 (vintage tube) Neumann M 149 (x 2) Shure Beta 91 Dynamic Mics AKG D112 (x 2) Electro-Voice ND-468 Electro-Voice RE-20 Sennheiser 421 (x 2) Shure Beta 52 Shure Beta 57 Shure SM57 (x 2) Shure SM7 (x 2) Yamaha Sub Kick Ribbon Mics Apex 210 (x 2) Beyerdynamic M130 Beyerdynamic M160 (x 2) Beyerdynamic M260 Coles 4038 (x 2) Royer 121 DIs & Misc. Avalon U5 Radial JD7 Radial JDI Radial X-AMP PROFESSIONAL SOUND • 29