NK SOUND TOKYO Installs World’s Largest Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console
Tokyo, Japan – Originally opened in 2015 by engineer Neeraj Khajanchi, NK SOUND TOKYO has recently made a large update to its main studio with the addition of an 80-input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console, which is the largest 5088 sold to date. The console was provided by Rupert Neve’s longtime Japanese distributor Hook-Up Inc. and is loaded with 48 channels of Shelford 5052 Mic Preamp / Inductor EQ modules.
NK SOUND TOKYO is divided into four rooms: AQQA, a mastering room; RUBY and SILVER, two dubbing / mixing rooms; and GOLD, the tracking room that houses the new 5088 – one of the largest of its kind in the world. “Originally, we had a 48 channel SSL E Series,” comments Khajanchi. “When we revamped the studio in 2019, I had been trying Rupert Neve Designs’ Portico 5024 4-channel preamps, then purchased two Shelford Channels. Overall the stability, sound quality, ease-of-use, and customizability of the 5088 is amazing.” The studio also has a massive XLR patchbay for its impressive collection of outboard gear, so Khajanchi said that keeping all of the studio’s connections XLR to XLR was important to him.
Khajanchi works on a large variety of musical projects at NK SOUND including J-Pop, video game music, commercial music for television, rock, and high fidelity jazz recordings. “The 5088 is just super clean,” says Khajanchi. “I get out of it what I put into it, which is great! Having all that headroom really helps give me the beautiful reverb tails and super clean sustain on all my instruments. But when I do need some character, I go straight for the SILK switch and add color to my tracks that way.”
Since re-opening the studio in September 2019, Khajanchi says they have been extremely busy. “Just within the past two months we have tracked albums for over fifteen artists, and are now in the process of mixing all the albums…recording and mixing on the 5088 has sparked my love for analog gear once again!”
Introducing the Sequential Pro 3 & Pro 3 SE Synthesizers
The Pro 3 synthesizer is the latest generation of the company’s Pro 1 monophonic synthesizer. The original Pro 1, introduced in 1981, is revered as one of the most important monophonic synths of its time. The Pro 3 expands on the original’s capabilities in many ways, with a more powerful synth engine, better build quality, a more capable sequencer, duophonic operation, effects and more.
The Pro 3 SE is Sequential’s “Special Edition” version of the new synth. It features a multi-angle tilt-up panel and full premium-grade walnut trim.
The Pro 3 SE features the same sound engine as the standard edition Pro 3: three oscillators, three vintage filters, three LFOs, four loopable envelopes, a massive 32-slot mod matrix, and a 16 x 16 x 4 sequencer. In addition, it features dual digital effects and four control voltage ins and outs.
Sequential describes the Pro 3 SE as ‘a hybrid of solid, old-school analog synthesis paired with versatile digital technology’.
Its two voltage controlled oscillators provide warmth and presence while its third wavetable oscillator provides digital edge and grit. With 32 tables of 16 waves each and wave morphing, the tonal possibilities are immense. Tuned feedback with grunge, and analog distortion deliver industrial-grade nastiness on demand.
Designed, hand-built, and tested to strict quality standards in Connecticut, USA, the Alchemy Microphone Series is TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s TEC Award nominated next generation of large diaphragm tube condensers. These new microphone models feature unique sonic profiles developed from the ground up. The bold new voicings of the Alchemy Microphone Series are the TF29, TF39, TF47, and TF51.
Korg ARP 2600 FS – Pre-Order Yours Today at Awave!
Once, and for All
The ARP 2600 is brought back to life in a single, one-time-only production run. Now is your opportunity to own one of the most sought after and coveted instruments from the vintage synthesizer era. This limited-edition release is a loving reproduction of the 2600, handcrafted in Japan and includes USB and DIN-style MIDI connections, XLR audio outputs, plus the improved ARP 3620 Duophonic Keyboard with an added arpeggiator / sequencer. Your new ARP 2600 will arrive in a custom-branded hard shell case, complete with casters.
The Total Package
More than a synthesizer, the ARP 2600 is a complete sound design studio. Even today, the ARP 2600 stands as a bridge between the individual elements of modular synthesis and the immediacy of a production / performance instrument. Included are an ample supply of oscillators, envelopes, a filter and amplifier – all of the building blocks of analog synthesis. But the ARP 2600 goes even further, with a spring reverb tank and even a pair of built in monitor speakers. Also present is much of the versatility of a vintage modular system, including a ring modulation, lag and voltage processors, an envelope follower, audio preamp, a clock-able switch, noise source, a sample & hold module, signal inverters, an auxiliary mixer, and even a set of parallel-wired/multi jacks.
The ARP 2600 FS reproduces the sounds of these components at the circuit level. Under the supervision of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, parts were carefully selected and every detail was adjusted to replicate the original unit’s distinctive synthesis.
Which Manley Reference Microphone is right for YOU?
People often ask us what the sonic differences are between our Reference Cardioid, Gold, and Silver tube microphones. In these three videos, you can hear each of them on both vocals and acoustic guitar, where the differences are clearly audible between the three mics.
You’ll probably hear the Reference Cardioid as bright, present, and “larger than life”. This mic is often used for a very forward, immediate sound: pop vocals and voiceover work really shine with this mic, making it our best-selling product, and the world’s #1 modern tube vocal mic.
The Reference Gold is much more flat and natural, capturing heaps of sonic detail without tonal exaggeration. If you’ve got the perfect source in the perfect room, and you want true realism with a touch of class, the Gold mic is definitely the way to go.
Finally, the Reference Silver has a smooth, rich, buttery sound with a nicely rounded tonality that works perfectly for singer-songwriter material. Note: for this particular singer and this particular guitar, it would be our first choice of these three mics.
The track is ‘NightSweats’, performed by Chris Holloway with his 1946 Gibson J-45 recorded through a Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel mic preamp, with no EQ or compression applied
It is our belief that great audio products can be created without charging thousands of dollars for them. Our microphones and speakers are used in studios around the world- From home project studios to world renowned multi million dollar facilities. We are very sensitive to the real-world operating budgets of studios as well as the struggling artist/songwriters who are very passionate about creating great music but have budget limitations based on common sense spending. Now even those on a budget can get world class sound in their studios.