rooms and equipment

Welcome to Raptor Studios, a professional recording facility owned and operated by Mike and Linda Coates and located in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. On this page you will find pictures of the Main Studio, Isolation/Vocal Rooms, the Control Room and a complete illustrated list of the equipment.

If you missed it, the Studio Introduction page gives a description of the facility, the history and philosophy of our studio, and information on recent modifications and updates to the studio.

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The Main Studio

The Main Studio presents a warm, creative and intimate environment with its hardwood floors, grand piano, recessed lighting and custom-designed acoustic art panels -- a colorful abstract tryptich of the Black Hills. The Main Studio provides superior live tracking acoustics for virtually all styles of music.

 

 

 

 

Control Room

The Control Room is designed for maximum efficiency for 24-track digital recording, mixing and mastering, as well as in-house graphic design.

 

 

 

 

Click on the image below for a larger view of the "panorama perspective from the client couch."

 

 

Isolation/Vocal Booth

The Isolation/Vocal Booth (left) is a roomy 9' x 7' space for tracking of vocalists or instrumentalists simultaneously with musicians in the Main Studio. Windows provide sightlines to both the Main Studio and the Control Room. The custom hardwood floor and wall/ceiling treatment accurately replicate the acoustic properties of the Main Studio.

 

 

 

Isolation Booth 2

The Isolation Booth 2 (right) is an all-purpose acoustically treated space for separate miking of amps (guitar, keyboard, or bass amps) or additional musicians (horn players, percussionists) for group recording. This extra room makes it possible to comfortably record an entire band (drums, bass, guitar and vocals) simultaneously while achieving complete track separation.

 

 

 

Lounge/Kitchenette

Raptor-produced CDs line the walls of the comfortable and cozy lounge which features kitchenette facilities and room to relax for recording clients.

 

 

 

 

check out the equipment...


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MULTI-TRACK, MASTERING & DUBBING RECORDERS

(2) MACKIE HDR24/96 24-track Hard Disc Recorders (right)
(2) TASCAM DA-78HD 24-bit Digital Multi-track Recorders
(2) TASCAM DA-88 Digital Multi-track Recorders
TASCAM IF-88AE Interface Unit
TASCAM DA-40 Digital Mastering/Recording Deck
(2) TASCAM DA-30 Digital Recording Decks
TASCAM DA-20 Digital Recording Deck
TASCAM 122 MKIII Stereo Master Cassette Recording Deck
TASCAM 202 MKII Dual Cassette Recorder (Dubbing Deck)

 

MIX DESK

MACKIE 32x8x2 8-BUS Mixing Console with Meter Bridge
Features: in-line or split, 4-6 auxs, independent headphone busses, 48-volt phantom power, fully parametric upper mids, quasi parametric lo mids, high power-low noise design

 

MONITORING

ALESIS MONITOR 2 Midfield Reference Monitors (Control Room)
ALESIS POINT SEVEN Nearfield Reference Monitors (Control Room/Remote)
ALESIS MATICA 500 Power Amp
ALESIS RA-100 Reference Amp
INTELLIGENT DEVICES AD-1 Pro Audio Analyzer (on Macintosh computer)
TEAC LS-X7 Nearfield Monitors (Studio)
(7) FOSTEX T20RP "Semi-Open Type" Stereo Headphones
(2) FOSTEX T40RP "Enclosed Type" Stereo Headphones
BEHRINGER POWERPLAY HA4000 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amp
SONY CDP-XE400 Compact Disc Player

 


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MICROPHONES

AKG (2) C414
AKG D112
AKG SOLIDTUBE
AUDIO TECHNICA AT/4033
BEYERDYNAMIC M 422
ELECTRO-VOICE RE-20
NEUMANN KM 184
NEUMANN KM 185
NEUMANN TLM 193
BLUE BABY BOTTLE
SENNHEISER (3) MD 421
SHURE KSM32
SHURE SM57
SHURE (2) SM81
SHURE BETA-87

 

NEW! AVALON MIX COMPRESSOR

We're excited to add the world-class Avalon AD2044 stereo mix compressor to our expanding line-up of top end equipment. The AD2044, found in the world's leading recording studios and mastering houses, features transparent non-invasive compression, the benefits of traditional vintage LDR compression, and seamlessly enhances the body of the sonic image. Sweet!

NEW! PRESONUS DIGIMAX 8-channel microphone preamp

 

PARALLEL PROCESSORS

ALESIS QUADRAVERB 2
YAMAHA SPX 1000
(2) ENSONIQ DP/4 Multi/Parallel Effects Processor (4 discrete serial units or dual stereo)
 

SERIAL PROCESSORS

APHEX 105 Logic Assisted Quad NOISE GATE
APHEX 204 Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom
APHEX EXPRESSOR (Comp/Limiter w/ built-in aural exciter)
(4) BEHRINGER COMPOSER MDX2000 2-Channel Compressor/Limiter/Expander
(2) BEHRINGER PEQ305 (5-Band Parametric EQ)
DIGIMAX 96k 8-Channel Microphone Preamp
YAMAHA Q2031 Sterero 31-Band Equalizer
dbx 263A DE-ESSER
BEHRINGER 2-Channel MULTIBAND DENOISER SNR 2000
RSP TECHNOLOGIES SATURATOR (Tube Warmth for Digital Recording)
TT PRO CO Patch Bays for Insert Access

 

MASTERING & DUPLICATION

ALESIS MASTERLINK Hard Disc Recorder
T.C. ELECTRONIC Wizard/Finalizer Studio Mastering Processor
HHB CDR-850 PROFESSIONAL stand-alone compact disc recorder
EZ-DUPE 4-bay CD duplicator

 

REMOTE RECORDING/PORTABLE SOUND SYSTEM

YAMAHA ProMix 01 16-Channel Programmable Digital Mixer
features: motorized faders/50-scene memory, 2 stereo effects processors, 3 stereo
dynamics processors, 20-bit 64x oversampling A/D convertors, 20 Hz-20 kHz +1, -3 dB
digital/analog I/O, 48-volt phantom power, 2 additional auxiliaries
 
DENON DN-600F Rack Mount CD Player with RC-41 Wrist Remote Controller
JBL EON 15" two-way bi-amped powered speakers (130-watt/50-watt)
JBL EON 15" sub-woofer (250-watt; 40-150 Hz)
ULTIMATE speaker stands
POWERWERKS Model 1501 Power Conditioner
BEHRINGER FEEDBACK DESTROYER DSP1100
BEHRINGER POWERPLAY HA4000 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amp
SONY Ear Bud monitors
GALAXY AUDIO Hot Spot III Powered Monitor
GRUNDORF Travel Case
STAGECRAFT Compact Light System with Foot Control
Mics, Recorders, and Stands from Studio Collection

KEYBOARDS/MIDI EQUIPMENT

KURZWEIL SP88X 88-key weighted keyboard featuring Steinway samples NEW!
ENSONIQ SQ-2 PERSONAL MUSIC STUDIO - 32 voice polyphony, 24-bit digital FX, 16-track sequencer
ROLAND STRING ENSEMBLE M-SE 1 (String Module--more than 100 string patches)
ALESIS D4 (Trigger Drum Module)
YAMAHA P50M PIANO MODULE (acoustic pianos plus Clavinet, Rhodes, Wurlitzer & DX sounds)

 

KEYBOARD AMP

LESLIE 760 (vintage) rotating speaker w/ combo pre-amp

 

ACOUSTIC PIANO

KIMBALL 6 1/2-foot GRAND PIANO

 

GUITAR AMPLIFIERS

(2) MARSHALL SUPERLEAD 100 Watt 1959 Series (vintage 1970 & 1973 issues)
w/ 4 x 12 Slant and straight cabinets
REALLY OLD!

FENDER SUPERCHAMP (early 80s issue w/ #3 Groove Tubes) w/ speaker outs for use with 2 Marshall cabinets
MARSHALL POWER BRAKE
TRACE ACOUSTIC TA50R
LINE 6 POD DIGITAL GUITAR EFFECT UNIT
LINE 6 POD DIGITAL BASS EFFECT UNIT

 

GUITAR/BASS ACCESSORIES

BOSS DD-2 Digital Delay
BOSS CE-2 Chorus
BOSS PH-2 Super Phaser
BOSS PN-2 Tremolo/Pan
JIMI HENDRIX Octave Fuzz
GCB-95 Crybaby Wah
MAESTRO Phase Shifter (vintage)
ZOOM 506 Bass Multi Effects Processor
 
 
 

PERCUSSION

PICANTE CONGAS
REMO Leon Mobley Signature African Series DJEMBE
TOCA BONGOS
RHYTHM TECH Active Snare System (fits standard 14" snare)
RHYTHM TECH TAMBOURINE
TREE WORKS CHIMES
WOODSTOCK "Harry Partch" WIND CHIMES
JAM BLOCK
BELL TREE
GUIRO
CLAVES
CABASA
RAIN STICK
WASHBOARD
SHAKERS, EGGZ, SLAP STICK, various misc. hand percussion
 
 
 

MISCELLANEOUS

PETERSON Strobe Tuner
SABINE ST-1100 AutoTuner
 
 
 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

POWER MAC G4
XEROX 4915 PLUS Color Laser Printer
MICROTEK Scanmaker V6 USL Scanner

Software:
QUARK XPRESS 4.0
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP 5.0.2
ADOBE PAGEMILL 3.0
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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