Digital Recording

As has been mentioned elsewhere, the actual "seed" from which Windswept Productions originally sprang was a desire to develop a digital recording studio with video-editing capability. As such enterprises rarely generate much in the way of revenue, especially in rural areas, and tend to cost a great deal of money to set up, WP's business has always been primarily that of computer-aided design, web design, photography, and other image-based activities. The studio began as a basic project studio and has evolved over the years into a state-of-the-art mixing and mastering facility, lacking only a few architectural features -- specifically a drum room and vocal isolation booth -- to qualify as a full-service facility. It is video-capable, with Final Cut Pro HD installed, but WP is not currently taking video editing work. 

The new facilities, pictured above on completion of construction in July 2004, grew from an old Macintosh Quadra 950, its Audiomedia II card, and MOTU's Digital Performer 1.7 and continued to evolve through a hybrid G3 and a succession of hardware and software additions and upgrades. Right now it's a dual-processor G5*, Digital Performer 7, and. an Auralex-treated studio space and control room, with room to grow, that will take WP from "A Little More Than A Project Studio" to "A Great Place To Record Anything". Equipment complement is listed below, and the links on the page connect to a variety of studio projects from the last 15 years or so. 

The photo above is no longer accurate, as the studio was aggressively upgraded in late 2013. Current specs are below....

Hardware:

  • Mac Pro 2x3GHZ Quad-Core (Intel)
  • MOTU 2408 (24-channel Digital/Analog IO)
  • MOTU 1224 (8-channel Analog IO), 2 of
  • MOTU MIDI TimePiece AV
  • Universal Audio UAD-2 Duo DSP card
  • PreSonus Blue Tube Stereo Preamplifier,
    2 of
  • Roland VX-88 Synthesizer
    w/(Vintage Keys & Vintage Analog Expansion Cards)
  • Alesis QS-R Synthesizer
    w/expansion cards
  • Roland SC-88 MkII
    Super Sound Canvas Module
  • AKAI S-1000 Sampler
  • AKAI MPC2000XL MIDI Production Center/Drum Sampler
  • Macintosh Beige G3 Upgraded to G4, hosting:
  • Korg OASYS PCI
  • JBL LSR-4300 Interactive near-field Monitors
  • Avalon Ultra Five Direct line amplifier/direct box
  • David Eden Traveler Plus hybrid bass amplifier & cabinet
  • Fender Twin Reverb
  • Line 6 Pod X3 Live and associated software
  • Tech 21 Power Engine 60
  • Yamaha DS-60 112 powered cabinet
    ... and a variety of odds and ends we're still fitting into the environment.

Software:

  • MOTU Digital Performer 8
  • Peak Pro 5.2
  • Reason
  • Korg OASYS Editor
  • Spark XL
  • Gforce Soft Synthesizers
    (ImpOSCar, MiniMonsta)
  • Tokyo
  • Full complement of UAD-1 DSP vintage-gear emulations

Total Track Capability:

  • 40 tracks I/O, unlimited tracks internal, 24-bit resolution
  • ADAT Sync-capable for three units, 24 tracks