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Michael Dean’s tools at Intergalactic Prairie Studios:

HARDWARE

Controllers:

Nektar IMPACT LX25+ MIDI Controller (6th record and on)
M-Audio Keystation 61 II (4th & 5th records)

M-Audio Keystation 49 II (first 3 records)

ChromaCast keyboard stand (with the Nektar IMPACT LX25, I put a board and a towel on the stand, and put the controller on that, which leaves room for a cat to sit!)

Korg nanoPAD2

Sonnus G2MV3 Universal Guitar to MIDI Converter

MICROPHONES:
Sennheiser E835 (9th record on for MWD)

Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (with foam windscreen). for MWD and PW, first 4 albums. Phil for all albums.

MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (with pop filter). For MWD 5th album on.

(Both mics with this Boom stand.)

MICROPHONE CHANNEL STRIP
SM Pro Audio TB202
Mic preamp, compressor, limiter, EQ. It’s stereo but I use it mono, both channels chained in series; one channel into the other with a little compression on each.

I started using this about halfway through recording the 7th album.

ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER (Mostly for microphone for singing and talking)
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen)

MWD used this for the first 7 albums. MWD and Phil both used this for the 8th album on:

BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC204HD

THEREMIN
SYNTHROTEK Optical Theremin DIY Kit

Gave away after the 7th record.

AKM320 micro keyboard. Used on first record, gave away to Phil. He didn’t use it, and gave it back to me for the 8th record on. I actually like it. Doesn’t take up much desk space. And only 35 bucks!

GUITAR
Fender Squire (don’t use it much, mainly use to trigger midi.)

HARDWARE SYNTH
Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer (Only on first 3 albums, and only on part of them. Then went full soft synth and gave this away as a gift.)

MIXING SPEAKERS
PreSonus Eris E4.5 (first 7 albums)
JBL 305PMKII 5″ 2-Way Powered Studio Monitors (8th album on)

Under those, I use; Studio Monitor Isolation Pads for 5” Inch Monitors

HEADPHONES
For mixing: Sony MDR-7506

For listening to music I make (and listening to all music): Skullcandy Hesh 3


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SOFTWARE

DAW:
Cubase 5.1 (vintage! 32-bit!) (First 7 Records)
Reaper 64-bit (8th record on)

VSTis (many are 32-bit, because my Cubase was 32-bit, even though my computer is 64-bit. Now that I’m on 64-bit Reaper, I still run many of these 32-bit VSTs, when a 64-bit version is not available):
ShinyDirt
LuckyWorm
Alphatron
SuperTron
Alphatron
MiniMogueVA
Synth1
Czar
Arminator
TS-808
DreamDrum
Trominegt
Retromine
Marvin
Blooo
Scroo
Stigma
Mps
Deputy
Nabla
ENSIDESA
mda JX10
MedBell
p8
Scorpius
Vurtbox
Ganymed
Brzoza
Super Spook Keys
Cymbiant
Swierk
LUCID
tetra
DVS Guitar
Rangor
Raptor
wavesynth
Kontakt
Reaktor (esp. Travelizer)
Drum Pro 32
Addictive Drums
MT Power Drum Kit 2
DVS Microtron
RedTron MKV
TapeWorm
RealStrat
Tyrell N6
TAL NoiseMaker
TAL BassLine
TAL-Elek7ro
Tal -NO-60
TAL-Elek7ro
Crystal
Syntronik
FB3300
One-SF2
IVOR2
XenFont2
Xen-FMTS 2
AnaMark
Sforzando

NO LONGER USING, DON’T WORK ON REAPER 64-BIT:
Alter-Ego
Goth Thang
HALionOne
Prologue
Mystic
Stringz
Embracer
Monologue
LoopMash
Spector

NO LONGER USING FOR OTHER REASONS; 

Harmony Box (has a click, like the samples are corrupted, or attack is a negative number.)

MASTERING
SoundForge (all albums)
Elephant (first 3 albums)
LANDR (4th album and later)
Lurssen Mastering Console (6th album and later)
Izotope Ozone (7th album and later. And on some songs, I EQ to pink noise curve, or 6 dB curve in Ozone, then export that file, and master that in Lurssen Mastering Console.)



Gear me baby, all night long!

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