Facilities

The Master Studio
The Master Control Room
Equipment & Gear
Instrument Listing

Kopperhead’s Master Studio complex was designed by John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group, New York, New York. Kopperhead is linked on the WSDG Client List.

Having wonderful acoustical clarity and definition, Kopperhead’s Master Studio is both spacious and beautiful. All wood is mahogany and an appropriate “kopper” color. Earth tones and soft textures were chosen specifically to enhance the comfort and well-being of the performers. Overhead, three wooden “clouds” are suspended from the ceiling offering superb acoustical diffraction. Appearing triangular, four trapped bays of differing dimensions offer better isolation for guitar and bass amps if desired. Likewise, the drum booth can be used with or without front baffles for variable levels of isolation. Of course, when needed, drums can be recorded outside the booth to utilize the studio’s awesome acoustics.

Using the fourth trapped bay and curved wooden resonators, our Baldwin Grand Piano has it’s own place with special acoustical treatment. It too may be placed in different locations to acheive varying amounts of “room” sound required of different musical styles. Three custom cabinets offer microphone and headphone connections while enabling convenient storage of cables and headphones. Often overlooked in studio design and construction, Kopperhead’s Master Studio and Control Room each have their own heating and air conditioning systems. This not only assures performer comfort, but also keeps each room’s sound isolated to that room. Furthermore, all studio lights are on dimmers to create that special “mood” required for some performances. Simply put, Kopperhead’s Master Studio is a very special acoustic recording space that is unique to this region and the Midwest.

The Control 24 mixing interface incorporates 24 touch-sensitive motorized faders and dedicated switches letting one record and mix very efficiently in Pro Tools, and its extensive analog routing section means this controller/preamp/router is the centerpiece of a Pro Tools rig. Each control strip offers the functionality of a multi-function knob (which defaults to pan), dedicated buttons to open dynamics or EQ plug-ins assigned to that particular channel, and switches for mute, solo, record arm, etc. Even the most complex Pro Tools functions can be turned into a series of simple steps, offering incredible freedom in recording and letting those us of used to working on an analog console concentrate on making music rather than navigating screens. The Control 24 is far more than just a world class control surface. It contains 16 award-winning Class A discrete transistor-based preamps, the Focusrite Platinums. These are not your run of the mill inputs and are known for smooth, flat response and great sound

To complement the expanded power and quality of the Pro Tools HD system, we have chosen Digidesign’s high-definition 192 Input/Output interface. This unit breaks new ground in sound quality and performance, and supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz. It provides a multitude of connection options and offers 16 simultaneous channels of high-definition I/O to choose from, including 16 channels of pristine analog I/O, 16 channels of ADAT digital, 8 channels of AES/EBU digital, 8 channels of TDIF digital, and 2 channels of AES/EBU, ADAT or S/PDIF digital. All of these can utilize the real-time sample rate converter chips for streaming digital signals with any sample rate into a Pro Tools session. With the 192 I/O, interface, the full power of the Pro Tools HD system is available.

MULTI-TRACK RECORDING:

Pro Tools 10 HD-3 Accel Digital Recording System:

  • Control 24 Mixing Control Surface & interface
  • Digidesign 192 I/O with analog expansion & soft clip
  • Digidesign 96 I/O
  • Digidesign MIDI I/O with Time Stamping
  • Waves Mercury TDM & Audio Suite Bundle Plug-ins
  • Digidesign ReVibe Reverb Plug-in
  • Plug-Ins, Virtual Instr’s, and support software
  • Mac Pro Dual Quad Intel 2.6 Ghz Computer with 26 GB RAM
  • Viewsonic 2025wm 20” LCD monitor
  • LG L1780Q 17” LCD monitor

Pro Tools Digital Recording System 2

  • Control 24 Mixing Control Surface & interface
  • Mac Pro Computer & Cinema HD Display
  • Digidesign 003 Rack 8 Channel Interface
MICROPHONES:
  • Neumann: U-87s, KM-84s, KM-85i
  • Mojave MA-300 tube mic with variable polar pattern
  • 2 Earthworks QTC-30 high definition omnis
  • Earthworks SR-20 cardiod with vocal windscreen
  • AKG 214s
  • Sennheiser: 421s
  • ElectroVoice: RE-320, RE-20s, RE-15
  • Rode NT-5s and stereo NT-4
  • Cascade Fat Heads Blumlein Pair
  • Cascade X-15 stereo ribbon
  • Audio Technica: AT-2020s, AT-2010s, AE-3000s
  • Sony: ECM-50
  • Crown: PZM-6Ds (matched pair)
  • Teac: ME-120 reference omni
  • Shure SM7B dynamic vocal micropohne
  • Shure: SM-57s and Granelli Audio Labs G5790
  • Shure: Beta 57A super cardiod
  • Audix: Fusion drum mics
MONITORS & HEADPHONES:
  • DynAudio BM6A 2-Way Active Monitors
  • Urei 813A Time-Aligned Monitors
  • Tannoy TS10 Subwoofer
  • Yamaha NS-10M Monitors
  • JBL 4311 Monitors
  • SVS Ultra Bookshelf Monitors
  • SVS SB-2000 Powered Subwoofer
  • Equator Q10 Monitors
  • Legacy Monologue Monitors
  • Event SP-6 Biamplified Direct Field Monitors
  • Sennheiser: HD545 Headphones (2) and various
  • Fostex: TR-20s, T20RPs
PREAMPLIFIERS: (hardware)
  • Focusrite Liquid Channel
  • UA 4-710d; 4 ch of blendable tube & FET preamps NEW!
  • Control 24 Focusrite Platinum Mic/Line Pre’s (16)
  • Presonus M80 (8 channels with Jensen transformers)
STEREO RECORDING: (hardware)
  • Marantz CDR-640 compact disc recorder w/remote
  • Tascam DA-30MKII DAT recorder w/remote
  • Sony PCM-F1 Digital Audio Processor
  • Tascam 22-2 Analog 2-track recorder
  • Denon DRM800 Cassette recorder
MIXING & SUMMING: (hardware)
  • Studio Technologies Studio Comm M-60
  • Roland M-1000 5 pair digital mixer
  • Mackie LM3204 16 stereo line mixers (2)
  • Mackie Mixer-Mixer
PITCH & EQ: (hardware)
  • Orban 622B Dual Parametric Equalizer
  • BiAmp Dual 10 band EQ
  • Symetrix Quad Gate
REVERB & DELAY: (hardware)
  • Lexicon PCM-60 digital reverb
  • Korg DRV-3000 digital reverb
  • Yamaha Rev-7 (2) digital reverbs
  • Yamaha SPX-90 digital reverb
  • Orban 111B spring reverb w/parametric EQ
  • Yamaha D1500 (2) digital delay
  • Roland SDE-1000 digital delay
  • MXR (Classic Blue) digital delay
COMPRESS & GATE: (hardware)
  • Presonus ACP-88 (8 channels compression & gating)
    Adjacent channel linking
    DSS variable “warmth” control per channel
    8×2 internal mixer
  • Valley People Dynomites VCA
  • dbx 166s; Over-easy compression
INSTRUMENTS:
  • Baldwin Grand Piano
  • Steinway M Grand Piano
  • Minimoog synthesizer (original Model D)
  • Roland D50 keyboard
  • Roli Seaboard Rise 5 Diminsion Keyboard & Equator Software
SYNCLAVIER DIGITAL MUSIC SYSTEM:
  • Synclavier3 Thunderbolt Interface and Software
  • 27″ Macintosh Retina i7 Computer
  • Visio 48″ HD Monitor
  • Orion 32+ Thunderbolt Interface; 32 AD, 32 DA
  • Pro Tools 12 Recording Software
  • Custom Velocity/Pressure Keyboard with Custom RT Pedals
  • 64 voice system with sampling, synthesizing, & resynthesis
  • 200 track memory recorder
  • 100kHz sampling
  • Multi-channel outputs
  • SMPTE and MTC synchronization
  • Stereo Sample outputs
  • Stereo Synthesis outputs
  • EditView, MidiNet, and Transformation Options
  • Extensive custom instrument sample library
  • Extensive FM synthesis/resynthesis library
MIDI MODULES:
  • Roland JV-1080
  • Roland JV-1010
  • Roland P330
  • Oberheim Matrix 1000
  • Yamaha TX81Z & FB-01
  • Ensonic SQR
  • 360 Systems Midi Patchers
VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS:
  • East West Orchestral Library; Brass, Strings, Percussion, Winds
  • East West Quantum Leap Goliath Library
  • M-Tron Mellotron complete
  • Xpand! sample-playback/synthesis
  • Plug-Ins, Virtual Instr’s, and support software

The Master Studio

Kopperhead’s Master Studio complex was designed by John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group, New York, New York. Kopperhead is linked on the WSDG Client List.

Having wonderful acoustical clarity and definition, Kopperhead’s Master Studio is both spacious and beautiful. All wood is mahogany and an appropriate “kopper” color. Earth tones and soft textures were chosen specifically to enhance the comfort and well-being of the performers. Overhead, three wooden “clouds” are suspended from the ceiling offering superb acoustical diffraction. Appearing triangular, four trapped bays of differing dimensions offer better isolation for guitar and bass amps if desired. Likewise, the drum booth can be used with or without front baffles for variable levels of isolation. Of course, when needed, drums can be recorded outside the booth to utilize the studio’s awesome acoustics.

Using the fourth trapped bay and curved wooden resonators, our Baldwin Grand Piano has it’s own place with special acoustical treatment. It too may be placed in different locations to acheive varying amounts of “room” sound required of different musical styles. Three custom cabinets offer microphone and headphone connections while enabling convenient storage of cables and headphones. Often overlooked in studio design and construction, Kopperhead’s Master Studio and Control Room each have their own heating and air conditioning systems. This not only assures performer comfort, but also keeps each room’s sound isolated to that room. Furthermore, all studio lights are on dimmers to create that special “mood” required for some performances. Simply put, Kopperhead’s Master Studio is a very special acoustic recording space that is unique to this region and the Midwest.

The Master Control Room

The Control 24 mixing interface incorporates 24 touch-sensitive motorized faders and dedicated switches letting one record and mix very efficiently in Pro Tools, and its extensive analog routing section means this controller/preamp/router is the centerpiece of a Pro Tools rig. Each control strip offers the functionality of a multi-function knob (which defaults to pan), dedicated buttons to open dynamics or EQ plug-ins assigned to that particular channel, and switches for mute, solo, record arm, etc. Even the most complex Pro Tools functions can be turned into a series of simple steps, offering incredible freedom in recording and letting those us of used to working on an analog console concentrate on making music rather than navigating screens. The Control 24 is far more than just a world class control surface. It contains 16 award-winning Class A discrete transistor-based preamps, the Focusrite Platinums. These are not your run of the mill inputs and are known for smooth, flat response and great sound

To complement the expanded power and quality of the Pro Tools HD system, we have chosen Digidesign’s high-definition 192 Input/Output interface. This unit breaks new ground in sound quality and performance, and supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz. It provides a multitude of connection options and offers 16 simultaneous channels of high-definition I/O to choose from, including 16 channels of pristine analog I/O, 16 channels of ADAT digital, 8 channels of AES/EBU digital, 8 channels of TDIF digital, and 2 channels of AES/EBU, ADAT or S/PDIF digital. All of these can utilize the real-time sample rate converter chips for streaming digital signals with any sample rate into a Pro Tools session. With the 192 I/O, interface, the full power of the Pro Tools HD system is available.

Equipment & Gear

MULTI-TRACK RECORDING:

Pro Tools 10 HD-3 Accel Digital Recording System:

  • Control 24 Mixing Control Surface & interface
  • Digidesign 192 I/O with analog expansion & soft clip
  • Digidesign 96 I/O
  • Digidesign MIDI I/O with Time Stamping
  • Waves Mercury TDM & Audio Suite Bundle Plug-ins
  • Digidesign ReVibe Reverb Plug-in
  • Plug-Ins, Virtual Instr's, and support software
  • Mac Pro Dual Quad Intel 2.6 Ghz Computer with 26 GB RAM
  • Viewsonic 2025wm 20” LCD monitor
  • LG L1780Q 17” LCD monitor

Pro Tools Digital Recording System 2

  • Control 24 Mixing Control Surface & interface
  • Mac Pro Computer & Cinema HD Display
  • Digidesign 003 Rack 8 Channel Interface
MICROPHONES:
  • Neumann: U-87s, KM-84s, KM-85i
  • Mojave MA-300 tube mic with variable polar pattern
  • 2 Earthworks QTC-30 high definition omnis
  • Earthworks SR-20 cardiod with vocal windscreen
  • AKG 214s
  • Sennheiser: 421s
  • ElectroVoice: RE-320, RE-20s, RE-15
  • Rode NT-5s and stereo NT-4
  • Cascade Fat Heads Blumlein Pair
  • Cascade X-15 stereo ribbon
  • Audio Technica: AT-2020s, AT-2010s, AE-3000s
  • Sony: ECM-50
  • Crown: PZM-6Ds (matched pair)
  • Teac: ME-120 reference omni
  • Shure SM7B dynamic vocal micropohne
  • Shure: SM-57s and Granelli Audio Labs G5790
  • Shure: Beta 57A super cardiod
  • Audix: Fusion drum mics
MONITORS & HEADPHONES:
  • DynAudio BM6A 2-Way Active Monitors
  • Urei 813A Time-Aligned Monitors
  • Tannoy TS10 Subwoofer
  • Yamaha NS-10M Monitors
  • JBL 4311 Monitors
  • SVS Ultra Bookshelf Monitors
  • SVS SB-2000 Powered Subwoofer
  • Equator Q10 Monitors
  • Legacy Monologue Monitors
  • Event SP-6 Biamplified Direct Field Monitors
  • Sennheiser: HD545 Headphones (2) and various
  • Fostex: TR-20s, T20RPs
PREAMPLIFIERS: (hardware)
  • Focusrite Liquid Channel
  • UA 4-710d; 4 ch of blendable tube & FET preamps NEW!
  • Control 24 Focusrite Platinum Mic/Line Pre's (16)
  • Presonus M80 (8 channels with Jensen transformers)
STEREO RECORDING: (hardware)
  • Marantz CDR-640 compact disc recorder w/remote
  • Tascam DA-30MKII DAT recorder w/remote
  • Sony PCM-F1 Digital Audio Processor
  • Tascam 22-2 Analog 2-track recorder
  • Denon DRM800 Cassette recorder
MIXING & SUMMING: (hardware)
  • Studio Technologies Studio Comm M-60
  • Roland M-1000 5 pair digital mixer
  • Mackie LM3204 16 stereo line mixers (2)
  • Mackie Mixer-Mixer
PITCH & EQ: (hardware)
  • Orban 622B Dual Parametric Equalizer
  • BiAmp Dual 10 band EQ
  • Symetrix Quad Gate
REVERB & DELAY: (hardware)
  • Lexicon PCM-60 digital reverb
  • Korg DRV-3000 digital reverb
  • Yamaha Rev-7 (2) digital reverbs
  • Yamaha SPX-90 digital reverb
  • Orban 111B spring reverb w/parametric EQ
  • Yamaha D1500 (2) digital delay
  • Roland SDE-1000 digital delay
  • MXR (Classic Blue) digital delay
COMPRESS & GATE: (hardware)
  • Presonus ACP-88 (8 channels compression & gating)
    Adjacent channel linking
    DSS variable “warmth” control per channel
    8x2 internal mixer
  • Valley People Dynomites VCA
  • dbx 166s; Over-easy compression

Instrument Listing

INSTRUMENTS:
  • Baldwin Grand Piano
  • Steinway M Grand Piano
  • Minimoog synthesizer (original Model D)
  • Roland D50 keyboard
  • Roli Seaboard Rise 5 Diminsion Keyboard & Equator Software
SYNCLAVIER DIGITAL MUSIC SYSTEM:
  • Synclavier3 Thunderbolt Interface and Software
  • 27" Macintosh Retina i7 Computer
  • Visio 48" HD Monitor
  • Orion 32+ Thunderbolt Interface; 32 AD, 32 DA
  • Pro Tools 12 Recording Software
  • Custom Velocity/Pressure Keyboard with Custom RT Pedals
  • 64 voice system with sampling, synthesizing, & resynthesis
  • 200 track memory recorder
  • 100kHz sampling
  • Multi-channel outputs
  • SMPTE and MTC synchronization
  • Stereo Sample outputs
  • Stereo Synthesis outputs
  • EditView, MidiNet, and Transformation Options
  • Extensive custom instrument sample library
  • Extensive FM synthesis/resynthesis library
MIDI MODULES:
  • Roland JV-1080
  • Roland JV-1010
  • Roland P330
  • Oberheim Matrix 1000
  • Yamaha TX81Z & FB-01
  • Ensonic SQR
  • 360 Systems Midi Patchers
VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS:
  • East West Orchestral Library; Brass, Strings, Percussion, Winds
  • East West Quantum Leap Goliath Library
  • M-Tron Mellotron complete
  • Xpand! sample-playback/synthesis
  • Plug-Ins, Virtual Instr's, and support software