I operate and manage Droptone Studio in Excelsior, MN.
We run Pro Tools HD with Genelec monitors.
Pre-amps and Compressors:
- Universal Audio 6176 tube pre-amp/compressor
- Drawmer 1960 tube pre-amp/compressor
- Martech MSS-10 pre-amp
- Summit Audio DCL 200 compressor
- Nightpro Preq3 pre-amp
- ART Dual MP tube pre-amp
- Avalon U5 DI pre-amp
- Mackie ONYX mixer
- Neumann U87
- Neumann KM 184’s
- AKG 414’s
- Electro Voice RE20
- Beyerdynamic M160
- Beyerdynamic M88 Classic
- Sennheiser 421’s
- Shure SM57’s
- Shure Beta 57
- Audix D6
- Cascade Fat Heads
Instruments and Amps:
- 1998 Taylor 814ce acoustic guitar
- 1995 Taylor 710 acoustic guitar
- 1999 G&L Legacy electric guitar
- 2000 G&L ASAT Special Semi-Hollow electric guitar
- 1993 G&L Legacy Bass
- Mesa Mark IV guitar amp (tube);
- Splawn Street Rod guitar amp (tube);
- 1965 Fender Twin Reverb Reissue guitar amp (tube)
- Fender Rumble 350 Combo
- Premier drum kit (Signia Maple) with Zildjian cymbals
- Roland XP-60 Workstation
- Casio CDP-120 88 Weighted-Key Digital Piano
The signal chain combines the best of old and new school equipment. We start with great classic mics ranging from Neumann U87 to AKG 414’s. In the pre-amp stage we skip harsh mixing console pre-amps so every channel goes directly to a full rack of class “a” tube pre-amps and compressors ranging from UA1176 and 610 to Martech, Drawmer’s, and Summit/Neve. This gives us the warmth and compression of tape without losing the control to keep things as hot and loud as possible. From the classic mic and pre-combos we go directly to Pro Tools HD. In this environment we can edit quicker, fix the little things, and make great use of those “great energy and feel-yet a few mistakes” type takes. Recording this way allows artists and bands to relax and really get into the performance of their music without worrying about “studio” perfection and having to endlessly re-perform material. Mix-down time is also quicker and more efficient with automation, a large array of plug-in tools and effects, and never having to start from scratch. Bands are often surprised that half the mix-down was done even while they were recording. Finally, we monitor on the highly esteemed full spectrum Genelec system.
Combining the warmth and power of classic high-end equipment with the stress free efficiency and modern edge of Pro Tools has been ideal for us to make songs and albums that compete with the very best studios around the world. We consider ourselves a production studio geared towards working with artists and bands through song completion and long term projects with the gear and space of high-end commercial studios. We thrive on repeat business so it’s all about artist and band success and satisfaction. We have an exceptional history of clients continuing to work with us on all their projects. Besides independent recording we produce for several independent labels and their artists and some of the big labels too.
Every project is catered according to budget concerns whether or not a producer or solely an engineer is working on your project. Arrangement and musical instrument performance are available for solo singers with just about any preferred genre. We also have a great reputation of making instrument and sample based, creative, edgy, and hard hitting Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B track production. We are comfortable recording and/or producing any style of music having 20 years experience recording rock, hip-hop, pop, R&B, world beat, reggae, blues, jazz, classical, folk, and many others. We also offer recording only, mixing only and/or or mastering only services.