KEY CREW: Ron Vento
CONSOLE: Focusrite Control 24 Console with 16 pres
COMPUTERS: Macintosh G5 w/ dual 2.5GB processors with Pro Tools HD3 ACCEL, Digidesign 192 I/O, 96 I/O, Sync I/O,
PRES: dbx 386, Drawmer 1960 Tube, Focusrite Voice Master Platinum, Neumann True Precision 8
MONITORS: Alesis Monitor One, ElectroVoice T52+, Mackie HR824, Tannoy PBM 6.5 II, TOA 22 ME, 312 ME
OUTBOARD: Alesis DM5, Empirical Labs Distressor EL8, Lexicon PCM 80, TC Electronics Wizard Finalizer, Valley People Compressors
MICS: AKG 414, 535, C 2000 B, C451 B matched pair, D112, Audio Technica 3525, Clip Mics, ElectroVoice ND 408B, PL20, Neumann TLM 103, U87, Sennheiser 421, Shure Beta 57, 57A, 58, KSM32, SM57, SM81, SM94
PLUG-INS: Access Music Virtual Indigo, Antares Autotune 4, Autotune 4 Bass, Bomb Factory Bf-3A, Cosmonaut Voice, Fairchild 660, 670, JOEMEEK SC2, VC5, Moogerfooger Analog Delay, Lowpass Filter, Ring Modulator, 12-stage Phaser, Purple Audio MC77, SansAmp PSA-1, Slightly Rude Compressor, Tel-Ray Variable Delay, VoceAr Spin, Voce Chorus/Vibrato, Digidesign Bruno Reso, Chorus, Click, D-Fi, D-Verb, D-Verb-AS, Dig Rewire, Dither, Dynamics II, EQ II, Flanger, Impact, Invert/Duplicate, Maxim, Mod Delay II, Multi-Tap Delay, Normalize- Gain Change, Ping-Pong Delay, Pitch, Reverb One, Reverse-DC Removal, Signal Generator, Smack, SoundReplacer, Stereo Mixer, Surround Mixer, Time Comp-Exp-Pitch Shift, Time Adjuster, Trim, Eventide H949 Harmonizer, Focusrite d2/d3, Line 6 Amp Farm, Echo Farm, Massenburg Design Works MDW High Res Parametric EQ, MCdsp Filterbank, MC2000, Sony Oxford OXF-RE EQ, Soundtoys Soundblender, Speed, Trillium Land Labs TL Space
MISCELLANEOUS AND BACKLINE: Alesis ADAT, DA88, RA100, Ampeg SVT-4-PRO, 4x10, 1x15 Crown PowerTech 2, Dean Markley 4x12, Furman HDS6, HR6 Boxes, Genz Benz 2x15, Hafler Transnova P3000, Marshall 800 4x12, 900 4x12, JCM 900, Mesa Boogie 4x12, Triple Rectifier, Red Box, Roland XP30, Sony TC WR 665, Tascam 202 MKII, CD 4000 MKII, CD RW5000, DA 40 2, Whirlwind Director, Hot Box
NOTES: There are two reasons why the those who are, those who aspire to be, and those who are content just pretending to be top dogs in the Washington area flock to Nightsky Studios when the time comes to throw down their tracks. First off, and most obvious of all, Nightsky’s got have some pretty swank gear. Secondly, they don’t charge standard pro rates. Hell, as of 2005, you could mosey on up and hire Ron Vento’s expertise (at being an expert) for a meager $50 an hour.
The result is that Nightsky’s business has exploded. According to Vento, “there isn’t a style of music we DON’T do.” Jazz, hip-hop, small classical projects, pop . . . oh yeah, and metal, of course (in his time away from the boards Vento acts as the “everything-but-drummer” for veteran blitzkrieg death metal band Aurora Borealis). Plus, since he’s such a pal and a true supporter of the music scene, he’ll even let you stay with him if he especially likes you while you record at Nightsky — just keep your hands off of the metal relics and don’t even look at the Pringles.
And as far as the self-appointed “production fascists” go, Vento is the nicest jackbooted console totalitarian you’ll ever come across. But he puts the foot down if he gets wind of a band conspiring to record at Nightsky and then mix elsewhere. Vento, craftsman that he is, takes the entire process of production of an album personally, and seriously.
Vento's credo? “It’s all about sound. There’s no ‘always’ in recording. If you fall into a rut ‘always’ doing something, you’re not making albums right, in my opinion.”