PROFESSIONAL VOICE OVER RECORDING STUDIO
This is the recording equipment found in Dan
Wachs' voice over studio.
large condenser microphone
One of the most famous and
highly-revered microphones in the world. In
voice over, more or the world's top voice over talent uses either the U-87
(or my other mainstay, the 416, below.) than any other in the world.
Hey, if it was good enough for Whitney Houston, it's good enough for
416 shotgun microphone
legendary voice over microphone, often called the "LA mic," used by
the famous Marc Graue recording studio. The leading talent in the industry
I like to use this classic shotgun on some of my "epic voice" spots
for sports or trailers. I have other mics, but the 416 and
U-87 are the leaders of the pack.!
Tube 737sp Tube Amplifier
There is nothing as warm and beautiful as a tube
amp, and for voiceovers, this is one of the gold standards over the
years. You can hardly walk into a top flight recording studio
without seeing one or two of these staring you in the face.
Solid State Preamp-Equalizer
The classic sound of the Neve 1073 module is
perfectly replicated via this Vintech X73i discrete transformer
balanced microphone preamplifier with equalizer. Having
world-class amps, both tube and solid state, give me tons of great
recording options customized for your voice over project.
Teleronix LA-2A Levling Amp
Classic 1960's design leveling amp
Found in the finest recording studios around the world, The LA-2A is still built by hand
and the manufacturer builds them to order, one at a time.
For that sought-after "vintage" sound, this 60's-designed compressor
is a classic. Smooth as butter, the compression characteristics are unmatched.
Often called the "Swiss Army Knife"
of compressors due to the variety of sounds it creates, this is my
latest acquisition. The solid-state Distressor delivers a full
range of vocal colors and tones, found in the most advanced
recording studios in the world. Proud to have it join the
rack of champions.
FMR Audio PBC-6A
This compact, solid-state compressor give
astonishing results in terms of shaping and toning the voice. For
the money, this little half-rack box is a killer.
M-Audio FireWire Solo
This is the Firewire high-speed interface that converts the
analogue signal to digital in order to send it to the computer.
Great sound card in this baby.
Rokit 6 Powered
Studio Reference Monitors
Sound that has no color but the color of truth.
Mandatory to hear exactly what you're putting out without adding
anything, such as the excessive bass you hear on retail speakers.
These are so accurate, I can easily hear the slightest click or pop,
enabling me to edit them out of existence.
KRK 10" Sub
This big dog sub woofer gives me
the bass undertones I need to create not only an accurate sound, but it also
helps me avoid and producing files that are too "bassy" like I did in my
early voice over days. This big guy will rattle your insides if you
This is not actually audio gear, but a really cool model '55 Vette
sitting atop my Avalon. Sadly, I had to park it elsewhere with the
addition of so many new audio elements to the Dan Wachs Rack of
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