Comfortably in control
The overall idea at Omnivox is to keep a flexible approach and make possible for you to work in any way you feel comfortable with. You can choose between analogue and digital recording. Bring whatever equipment you need from your own studio or use our gear.
The studios Otari MX80 was owned by great producer Douglas Carr and used for recordings with artists such as Meja, Ace of Base, Leila K and Army of Lovers.
Analog recording — pros and cons
Analog recording differs a lot from digital, both in production and sound quality. How hard you hit the tape, the formula and recording speed highly affect the final result. So why go through all the extra work and also have the limitations in tracks? The simple answer is: because it sounds so much better! But there is more.
The analog recording process differs greatly from the digital one. Analog recording is a bit like performing without a safety net. In the digital domain it’s easy to edit anything and to undo decisions. In analog it’s quite the opposite. Which makes everybody, musicians included, more alert. When recording analog it is more important making a really great take, simply because it’s not so easy to make changes afterwards.
The MX-80 at Omnivox is a 24-track. If you decide to work purely in analog, thats the number of channels you have got. (There are methods of cheating – more later). Probably rewer than you are used to, but many classic albums have been recorded with less. Fewer channels means you have to take more immediate decisions. consider track-space, and think about whether you really have room for 12 mics on the drums alone.
Preparations for analog recording are more extensive than digital recording. The tape machine is demagnetized and cleaned several times during a day of recording, 2″ tapes are demagnetized and possibly baked.
If you would like to record by analog and then digitize, which is quite common here, you can borrow studio tapes for free and have them digitized, after which studio tapes are erased and then reused in other projects.
If you want to save your tape-recordings in physical form you must bring your own tapes. If you are planning to bring your own tapes, always contact us well in advance as the tape machine might need to be calibrated according your tape type.
The 2″ machine at Omnivox is set up for recording with 499-tapes.
The 1/4″ machine is set up for 900-tapes.
Hybrid technique — the best of two worlds?
We often like to track live to tape, digitize and continue working in the digital domain. It’s a hybrid technique, not strictly puritan but you get the best out of the analog domain along withe the ease and the possibilities of the digital.
(If you like the idea of keeping everything in the analog domain you might get inspired from reading this article about the realisation of Siena Root’s album “The secret of our time”.)
Mixing console: AMEK TAC Magnum, 26 channels. Beautiful analog mixer from 1991 in great shape. Overhauled and re-capped in 2022.
Monitors: Urei 813 + Genelec 1032
Tape machines: 2″ 24ch Otari MX80, 1/4″ Studer A807
Computer: MacPro 2013, 48Gb RAM, 8‑core processor, 2 TB HD.
DAW: LogicPro X
Outboard: UAD LA-610, Tube-Tech LCA-2B, Stocktronics RX4000 plate reverb, Roland RE-501, Eventide H910 etc. Outboard is easily accessed via the mixing consoles’ bantam patchbay.
Microphones: Ehrlund handbuilt tube microphones, Ehrlund Ehr, ‑D, ‑E and T microphones, Beyerdynamics and GA ribbon mics, Shure SM7, SM 57s, Sennheiser, Rode etc.
Listening: Hearback system with 5 personal mixers.