There Lies the Disc, the making of the new Cantus CD There Lies The Gear
Microphones: two DPA 4011 cardioids (ORTF pair); two Earthworks QTC40 omnis (wide-spaced pair); two DPA 4003 omnis with acoustic equalizers (on Coresound Jecklin Disc); DPA 4006 omni (spot mike, cello); Neumann M147 tube cardioid (spot mike, voice, guitar); two Neumann TLM103 cardioids (spot piano mikes, as ORTF pair).
Microphone Preamps: two Millennia Media HV3Bs, Earthworks "Zero Distortion," Forssell M2a, DPA power supply/preamp, Metric Halo ULN2.
A/D Converters: dCS 904 (master), Metric Halo ULN2 (slave), Metric Halo MIO 2882 (slave), all operating at 88.2kHz sample rate and 24-bit word length.
Recorder: Apple 867MHz Titanium PowerBook with external 120GB Wiebetech FireWire drive, running the Metric Halo ConsoleX beta Record Panel software.
Cables: Cardas, Beyerdynamic, Canare, AudioQuest.
Backup: Alesis Masterlink hard-disk recorder, Tascam DA-38 MDM tape recorder via dCS 972 and PrismSound MR-1024T, and A-One Pentium IV PC with RME Digi96/8 Pro soundcard.
Session Monitoring: Stax Lambda Pro, Sennheiser HD580 & HD600, Sony MDR-7506 headphones; HeadRoom BlockHead headphone amplifier; Benchmark DAC1 D/A headphone amplifier.
Editing & Mixing: Sonic Classic v5.3, Adobe Audition v1.0, BIAS Peak v.4.
Mastering: BIAS Peak v.5, Metric Halo MIO 2882+DSP (equalization), dCS 972 (88.2–44.1kHz sample-rate reduction), POW-R algorithm running on a Z-Systems rdp-1 (24–16-bit word-length reduction and redithering), Sonic Studio PreMaster CD v.1.1.