Everyone seems to like toys and Saint Nick is no exception. We've compiled a list of his favorites, with accompanying quotes for the reasons he likes them. (Really, the reason for this is that we hope the big toy companies will give him all kinds of endorsements...)

NICK likes to record with...Lots of Cool Stuff

Mics

  • Newman M49, M48, N49, U67...U87's
  • AKG C12a C12b 414
  • Beyer 88's
  • Shure 57's
  • Szenheizer 421 441....All RCA Ribbon mics as long as they work
  • Scheops

Console

  • Any old Neve with Blue, or Burgundy knobs that go click...

Tape Machines

  • Studer 827, 820 0r 800
  • Otari or Ampex will also do nicely

EQ

  • API 550 Eq (4)
  • Neve 1066 (4-band) Mic Pre/Eq (2)
  • Pultec EQP-1's (2)
  • Amek 9000 series EQ, or GM, or equivalent "Modern" Parametric

Compressors

  • Urei 1176 Compressor (4)
  • Teletronix LA-2A's (2)
  • Distressor, Compressor
  • Drawmer 1960 Tube Compressor
  • If possible: Fairchild Stereo Compressor

Noise Gates

  • Drawmer gates (4)

Delays

  • Roland SDE-3000 delay unit(2)
  • AMS DMX-1580S delay/2 ch. sampler and delay unit

Reverb/FX

  • Lexicon PCM 70 (2)
  • Yamaha REV5 digital reverb
  • Yamaha SPX90 digital fx unit (2)
  • Eventide H3000S Ultra-Harmonizer

Rooms

  • A cozy studio preferably with a good live room (NOT too big)
  • A good sized wood room
  • A deadish small room, a bathroom with tiles that can be used to put the bass player in, (Maybe with his/her Amp.)
  • A corridor to put other loud guitar amps in to annoy the neighbors
  • A window with daylight would also be nice!
  • Oh, very important: a good assistant engineer who's into the band, and knows exactly what Nick wants before he knows himself.


In a mix studio NICK would hope they have...

Console

  • Solid State Logic SL 9000J - 64 inputs w/ Ultimation & Total Recall.
    or
  • API legacy with at least 56 channels - with Uptown automation.
    or
  • Any Neve with at least 56 channels - with working automation.
    or
  • Solid State Logic SL G or E series 64 inputs w/ Ultimation & Total Recall.

Tape Machines

  • Studer A-827 2" Analogue 24-track (2)
  • SYNCHRONIZERS: Timeline Lynx II
  • Ampex ATR-102 1/2" Analogue 2-track
  • Panasonic SV-3800 DAT's or Sony equivalent
  • Aiwa cassette machines
  • Apogee AD1000 digital converters
  • HHB, or other professional CD burner.
  • It would be useful to have a Pro-Tools rig available as an extra rental item.

Monitors

  • LOUD Large Monitors that go REALLY Loud
  • Yamaha NS-10M
  • Horrortones


Outboard Equip

Delays

  • Roland SDE-3000 delay unit( 2)
  • Lexicon PCM 42's delay unit (2)
  • Lexicon Super Prime Time multi delay unit
  • AMS DMX-1580S delay/2 ch. sampler and delay unit

Reverb/FX

  • Lexicon 480L or 224x
  • Lexicon PCM 70 (2)
  • Yamaha REV5 digital reverb
  • Yamaha SPX90 digital fx unit (2)
  • Yamaha SPX1000 digital fx unit
  • AMS RMX-16 reverb
  • Eventide H3000S Ultra-Harmonizer

EQ

  • API 550 Eq (4)
  • Neve 1066 (4-band) Mic Pre/Eq (2)
  • Pultec EQP-1's (2)
  • Amek 9000 series EQ, or GM, or equivalent "Modern" Parametric

Compressors

  • Urei 1176 Compressor (4)
  • Teletronix LA-2A's (2)
  • Empirical Labs Distressor, Compressor
  • Drawmer 1960 Tube Compressor
  • Amek 9000 series Compressor
  • If possible: Fairchild Stereo Compressor
  • DBX 902 de'essers (6)

Noise Gates

  • Drawmer Gates (4)