Built by the Goo Goo Dolls and now owned by their bassist, Robby Takac, GCR Audio is both a revolving door for world-class artists and the ideal studio for new musicians. Clients book time to record albums, singles, or collaborate with the studio’s in-house orchestration team. In addition to offering clients access to the highest quality instruments and gear to choose from in sessions, GCR’s staff is comprised of veteran engineers, studio musicians, and producers; the staff are experts in countless genres including pop, hardcore, hip-hop, gospel, and classical. Simply put, GCR is a world-class facility built by and for artists.
The Neumann 149 is the universal high-end tube microphone with a unique sound and a comprehensive selection of settings, including 9 directional characteristics and a 7-level low-cut filter! The capsule is derived from that of the legendary U 47 and M 49. This mic to me is wide open, natural in all instances. It works well on vocals, strings, acoustic guitar. In comparison to the legendary Neumann U87, it feels less boxy, more wide open, glassy, present, natural. It is a workhorse at GCR, mostly used every single day.
To Neve or not to Neve, that is not a question! Rupert Neve is a pioneer in our industry. He is primarily known for his design of professional microphone preamps, equalizers and large format recording consoles. Much of the gear he designed has been discontinued and is highly sought after in the professional audio industry. At GCR, we are lucky to have a little piece of Rupert Neve’s rich history. We have a 70′s vintage 8 x 2 Neve 54 series sidecar console. We have direct outs for all 8 channels featuring 34128 microphone preamps. The EQ’s are limited but very musical. Drums, vocals, guitars, bass….I haven’t found a single source where these preamps don’t accel.
Issue 01 The Retro 176 is a variable-mu compressor/limiter that is modeled after the original sound and design of the classic UA 176 and 175B. GCR is lucky to own serial numbers 3 and 4. These two compressors are the workhorses of our studio. While many think of the 176 as a 1176 with tubes, I would suggest it is more. Think of the versatility of a Distressor, with its ability to mimic several different types of compression with tubes! The Retro 176 also can also re-create several types of compression through its input, ratio, attack, release controls, and sidechain filter. For even further manipulation is an interstage selection and asymmetry position. Simply the 176 may be the most desirable single channel compressor/limiter in the building. That says a lot, because we have tons of amazing compressors/limiters here, including Gates,…