STUDIO NAME: Phat Funk Productions
LOCATION: Marshalltown, IA
KEY CREW: Matt Roelsgard
MIXER: Behringer Eurorack MX1804X
MONITORS: M-Audio BX8S
EFFECTS: Digitech RP7 valve guitar effects processor,Kurzweil PC2R keyboard/synth effects rack, Morley Mark Tremonti power wah
EQs: DOD SR430QXLR
MICROPHONE PREAMPS: Behringer VX2496 Ultra Voice Digital, SM Pro Audio PR8
MICROPHONES: AKG C-1000S condensers (2), Nady DMK7 drum microphone set, Studio Projects C1 condenser, CAD 25A dynamic, Nady SP5’s (6), Audio-Technica ATR55 shotgun mic
COMPUTERS: Dell Dimension 8200 Desktop 2.0GHz, Dell Inspiron 5100 Laptop 2.6GHz — both Pentium IV running Windows XP
DAW: Terratec MT8, TASCAM US-122
SOFTWARE: Adobe Audition 1.5, miscellaneous Direct-X plug-ins, including BBE’s Sonic Maximizer plug-in
ACOUSTIC TREATMENT: Indoor/outdoor carpet — glued directly to the sheetrock. The BEST!
INSTRUMENTS: Carvin Lb75 5-string electric bass guitar, Carvin AC175 acoustic/electric guitar, ESP M-1000 electric guitar, Jackson DR7 7-string electric guitar, Yamaha Fg312ii 12-string acoustic guitar, Yamaha Cg150 classical acoustic/electric guitar, Rogue 4-string fretless electric bass guitar, custom-built Phat Funk electric guitar, Studiologic 88 Key Controller — fully weighted keys
STUDIO NOTES: We were going to intro Matt’s bit with a, well not a disclaimer, but something sort of explaining, once again, that studios are, as studios do, and that exercising trade passion, though not the same as yielding to tech lust, has a place too. But then we figured we’d let Mr. Matt do all the heavy lifting and so here he is ladies and gent (yes, singular. We know our audience): “Hey, EQ! How about giving up a spot for a down-to-earth, real life mid-western boy making great recordings without using all of the fancy 5- and 6-figure price-tagged gear everyone drools over and insists we need for a decent sound? Well, I’d say my studio fits that bill . . . or budget . . . a small budget . . . a teeny tiny budget. You won’t find brand-name acoustic treatment, and you won’t find a closet full of astronomically priced mics here. You won’t find 100% soundproof walls or mic pre-amps that cost more than a good quality used car. You won’t find a million software plug-ins or 10 different host applications to commute sessions to-and-from and back-and-forth. Nor will you find anyone relying exclusively on gear and equipment to do the work that only a good pair of ears can accomplish.
We’re in our third year of business and we offer the following services: full service audio recording, mixing and mastering, audio restoration, transferring video to DVD, custom digital photo slide show creation, and various other multimedia audio/video tasks. Because of limited space (12' x 18' recording/control room), recording full bands using live takes can prove to be ‘a bit close for comfort’ in some instances, but that’s ok. Some of the biggest sounds have come from studio rooms no bigger than a 4-foot-wide walk-in closet.
Bottom line is: I love the music, I love the trade. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t.”