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Trying to jump start your producing career? We have a team of professional Sound Engineers and Producers who have over half a century of experience in the industry, combined, ready to teach.
You'll learn a variety of skills from making your first beat, to mixing, and mastering like a pro. Audio engineering and music production will become second nature to you, and our staff will be there to answer any questions, every step of the way.
Apollos have always sounded great, but the Apollo Twin X QUAD's AD/DA conversion takes it to the next level. When they were designing the latest generation of Apollos, UA engineers auditioned the latest leading-edge AD/DA technology, ultimately pairing elite-class 24-bit/192kHz converters with overhauled analog circuitry. The result is an ultra-pristine signal path with 127dB dynamic range. Dive in, and you'll hear for it yourself — the Apollo Twin X QUAD's AD/DA rivals any high-end standalone converter on the market.
The Focal Alpha 80 Active 2-Way Near Field Professional Monitoring Speaker features a 6.5" (16.5cm) woofer with a polyglass cone and a 1" (25mm) aluminum inverted dome tweeter. It also features a large laminar port, a 20W amplifier for the tweeter, 70W amplifier for the woofer, and has a frequency response of 40 Hz to 22 kHz (+/- 3 dB). The Alpha 65 performs well with instrumental music as well as electronic music, and is characterized by its versatility.
Since its 1990 introduction, the Reference Cardioid has become an industry standard, thanks to the deity-like presence and weight it imparts to pop, rock, rap, and R&B vocals as well as voice-overs. It's also great for capturing massive drums when deployed on toms or overheads. Saxophones rule when recorded with this mic. In fact, the Reference Cardioid enhances any source, delivering punchy, larger-than-life tracks with that elusive professional polish, right out of the box. At Sweetwater, we consider the Reference Cardioid a "just add talent" mic. It's a serious tool for making audacious statements with your music.
AVALON V5 PURE CLASS A MIC PREAMPLIFIER
Avalon DI-preamplifiers have been in use around the world since 1985. The V5 includes the best of the Avalon U5 DI functions with a studio quality preamplifier and "a new sonic addition". Two alternate solid-state topologies are cascaded to provide a rich, low midrange harmonic content not offered in other Avalon preamplifiers. This feature empowers the V5 with a new scale of sonic character.
BEHRINGER DT 770 PRO HEADPHONES
Featuring an innovative bass reflex system, these circumaural headphones have a high wearing comfort. The ear pads are replaceable and the headband has rugged, adjustable, soft pads. German made.
ARTURIA KEYLAB 49
KeyLab 49 combines a professional-grade MIDI keyboard with our powerful Analog Lab software environment. With 49 keys, 2 banks of 10 encoders, 2 banks of 9 faders, 10 assignable switches and 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, KeyLab 49 is perfect for studio and live use. Perfectly matched to the included Analog Lab software, with an integrated user interface and 6000 sounds from our V Collection line of products, KeyLab 49 is more than a controller: it is an instrument unto itself.
While originally inspired by the 5C sound cubes from decades ago, the Avantone MixCubes have become the industry standard in studios around the world and have become the #1 best selling speaker of its type in history. The Avantone Active Mixcubes are designed to be high-resolution, full-range powered mini-reference monitors for fixed or remote locations. The secondary engineering facet was to create a timeless design that compliments a single full-range transducer.
Aka Shep, is the Chief Executive Officer and head executive engineer of Obsidian Studios. In recent years he won the Best Studio award with HDE. In 2018 and 2019 he toured with PnB Rock and worked live sound on multiple tour dates across the country, specifically with Rolling Loud. In between flights he continued his work in the studio and had 13 artists signed out of his Philadelphia based studio "Section 808." Shep has produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered records for countless artists and prides himself on his ability to get tracks done correctly and fast. Its been only 2 short years since Shep started producing in Philadelphia and he has already amassed over 30 million combined streams.
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Aka Kyle Beatty, is the Marketing Director of Obsidian Studios. Arriving at the scene with tires screeching, Adey8 is taking bass music to the darkest part of the graveyard. With a sinister and almost haunting sound, this east coast producer has been steadily destroying night clubs and eviscerating dance floors up and down the Atlantic. Amassing over 30k plays on his debut album and supported by Herobust & Pixel Terror, ADEY8 is just getting started. After just a few listens, you’ll hear where this metal-born bass head finds his inspiration (Disturbed, Rezz, Slipknot, 1788-L). Using his ability to scale genres and curate mixtapes with every sound on the spectrum.
He is the studio's senior executive sound engineer with years of experience under his belt.. Tokxic has worked with some of the hottest up and coming artists in Philly to date. With countless hours logged in the studio, Tokxic is one of the most dedicated producers on the east coast. "My goal is to bring out the best of every artist I work with. Worked on multiple international and radio tracks. YOUR VISION IS MY VISION."
He is the studio's junior executive sound engineer and has spent his entire life immersed in music of every genre. He started his career apprenticing for G the Shep & Tokxic in sound engineering/production at Section 808 Studios, and officially launching his music career in 2019. Kain is a skilled recording Engineer (live/vocal), producer, & lyrical writer (Hip Hop, EDM, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Reggae-ton, Country, Alternative, Rock/Metal, Jazz & LoFi). Also having skill in Performance DJ-ing, vlogging, networking, tour organizing, and is radio voice-approved for live-broadcasting.
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