Although the original intent was to create a stereo/surround mixing room with a small overdub booth big enough for an acoustic guitar or voice recording, the new space has a room that can comfortably accommodate a full set of drums … or two to three acoustic musicians … or a larger background vocal group, with bi-directional video communication.
The unique array of diffusers and absorbers encourages any type of capture, from dry and tight – to a wide, sparkly Mid-Side microphone array.
The microphone and mic preamp collection is eclectic, complete and first rate.
- Neumann U67 (early sixties)
- Neumann Vintage M9 Omni (with mount for Blue/AKG)
- (2) Neumann TLM-103
- Blue Bottle (w B6 and B8 capsules)
- Mojave MA200 (tube)
- AKG 414 XLS
- (4) Shure KSM27
- (2)Oktava MK319
- Neumann KM184
- (2)AKG 451-2 with bayonet conversion to accept BLUE and Neumann capsules
- (2) Sony ECM-22p
- Shure SM-81
- (2) Blue Hummingbirds
Moving Coil Dynamics
- Shure SM7B
- ElectroVoice RE 20
- ElectroVoice RE 15
- Sennheiser MD409
- (4)Sennheiser MD421
- (2)Shure SM-57
- AKG D112
- Shure 707A (Harp)
- AEA R-84
- (2) Neve 1073-DPX
- (2) API 512C (with 550b EQ’s)
- (2) Rupert Neve Designs 517 (with 551 EQ’s)
- (2) Rupert Neve Designs 511 (with 551 EQ’s
- Manley Force (4) vacuum tube mic preamps
- (2)Grace M103 Channel Strip
The Workshoppe East records with Apogee interfaces (34 channels A/D In, 50 channels D/A out), typically 24bit/96k into Pro Tools Ultimate 2021.6 software powered by Pro Tools HDX and enhanced by a UA “Octo” card. A comprehensive collection of plug-ins from Avid, Waves, Native Instruments (Komplete 12Ult), Mc DSP, UAD, Softube (Console 1), Sound Toys, Ik, BX, Celemony, Oelsound and others is constantly being updated.
Eight audio stems and talkback are routed to a rolling mixer in the live room affording the performer control of his/her own headphone balance.
Recent Projects and Comments
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“In twenty years of recording, in London, Toronto and cities all over America, I have never had a better experience in the studio than I did with Kevin Kelly at Workshoppe East. Anyone who cares about excellence, paired with a very reasonable rate, should work with him as often and as soon as possible.”
–Rupert Wates, Singer/Songwriter
After working with Kevin Kelly at The Workshoppe East on The Ballad of Three Finger Brown, I knew I’d be returning for my next project. Kevin tries to find exactly what each song needs, and combines a technical wizardry with his passion for collaboration, and helping every track realize the songwriter’s vision.
–Ray Lambiase, Singer/Songwriter
“Kevin Kelly is a sound engineer and producer with the highest degree of expertise that you need when it comes time to record your music. I cannot begin to find the words or phrases to sing his praises. Actually, here’s one: kickass!”
–Toby Tobias, Singer/Songwriter
“I am amazed at the details Kevin Kelly makes immaculate in my recordings. His level of skill plus his affability are a true rarity in this business.”
–Nico Padden, Singer/Songwriter