Equipment

Audio production isn't about the gear. Yet over the years I grew fascinated with the impact that electronic circuits have on sound reproduction. So much so that I decided to start a study on electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences here in Rotterdam. Starting out my audio engineering in the times where everything was still analog while becoming a 'professional' (sic) in the time where everything was becoming digital in the timespan of just a few years. Feeling 'at home' in the analog realm has always kept me charmed with analog equipment and a fascination for what makes it sound like it does. Therefore I build many replicas of classic analog designs, often in a handful of variations to really try to grasp what is it in the circuitry that makes it sound like it does. Something that can not ever be attained by working entirely digital. When it comes to precision and neutral sound reproduction however, I rely entirely on digital processing as this can provide me surgical precision without coloration and the huge added benefit of being able to recall a session many years from now.

Here is the equipment I currently use

Mixing consoles
Midas Broadcast 2000

- 28 (dual) mono inputs /w EQ and limiter per channel
- 12 (dual) stereo inputs /w EQ and limiter per channel

- 2 stereo auxiliary

- 4 mono auxiliary
- 8 stereo busses 

- 8 stereo returns

- 8 mix minus busses

- 4 VCA/mute groups

- 2 mono master busses

- 2 stereo master busses

- Extensive monitor section with several outputs and external inputs

Crest XR-20
- 8 mono inputs

- 4 stereo inputs

- 4 mono busses

- 1 stereo auxiliary

- 4 mono auxiliary

- 1 master bus

Monitoring
4x Klein & Hummel o96

2x Klein & Hummel OY

2x Klein & Hummel o108TV

2x Yamaha NS-10M studio
1x Bryston 2B amplifier
1x Saba Telewatt / Klein & Hummel VS-60 tube amplifier

2x Saba 60L 4-way high fidelity speakers

DAW / Plugins

- Protools
- Reaper 6

- Fabfilter, Soundtoys, Plugin Alliance, Lexicon, Klanghelm, Harrison, Overloud, Eventide, Empirical Labs, Youlean

AD/DA
1x RME madiface USB
1x Ferrofish A32 32ch I/O
1x Ferrofish P16 16ch I/O

Outboard

1x Empirical Labs EL8X distressor

1x DBX160X compressor

1x DBX166 dual compressor

1x BSS DPR-901 dynamic EQ
1x BSS DPR-404 quad compressor / de-esser
1x BSS DPR-504 quad gate
1x Gyraf audio SSL stereo VCA bus compressor

1x API2500 stereo VCA bus compressor
1x API525 compressor

3x Siemens W295A EQ
2x Classi Pultec passive EQ

2x Sound Skulptor Pultec passive EQ
1x DRIP Pultec passive EQ
1x AML Fairchild 627 active tube EQ

2x AML Neve 1073 pre/EQ
2x API312 preamplifiers
1x Audient Mico dual preamplifier
1x Audient ASP008 8x preamplifier

1x Sansamp PSA-1

1x HH electronic ECHO UNIT small tape loop
1x HH electronic ECHO UNIT long tape loop
1x Binson Echorec B2 Export

1x Lexicon 300 LARC
1x Lexicon PCM60
1x Lexicon LXP15
1x Yamaha SPX990

Microphones
A crazy amount of dynamic, condensor and ribbon mics, new and vintage

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