Studio A

OBSIDIAN ELITE

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AVALON V5 PURE CLASS A MIC PREAMPLIFIER

Avalon DI-preamplifiers have been in use around the world since 1985. The V5 includes the best of the Avalon U5 DI functions with a studio quality preamplifier and "a new sonic addition". Two alternate solid-state topologies are cascaded to provide a rich, low midrange harmonic content not offered in other Avalon preamplifiers. This feature empowers the V5 with a new scale of sonic character.

BEHRINGER DT 770 PRO HEADPHONES

Featuring an innovative bass reflex system, these circumaural  headphones have a high wearing comfort. The ear pads are replaceable and the headband has rugged, adjustable, soft pads. German made.

ARTURIA KEYLAB 49

KeyLab 49 combines a professional-grade MIDI keyboard with our powerful Analog Lab software environment. With 49 keys, 2 banks of 10 encoders, 2 banks of 9 faders, 10 assignable switches and 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, KeyLab 49 is perfect for studio and live use. Perfectly matched to the included Analog Lab software, with an integrated user interface and 6000 sounds from our V Collection line of products, KeyLab 49 is more than a controller: it is an instrument unto itself.

AVANTONE MIXCUBE

While originally inspired by the 5C sound cubes from decades ago, the Avantone MixCubes have become the industry standard in studios around the world and have become the #1 best selling speaker of its type in history. The Avantone Active Mixcubes are designed to be high-resolution, full-range powered mini-reference monitors for fixed or remote locations. The secondary engineering facet was to create a timeless design that compliments a single full-range transducer.

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APOLLO TWIN

Apollos have always sounded great, but the Apollo Twin X QUAD's AD/DA conversion takes it to the next level. When they were designing the latest generation of Apollos, UA engineers auditioned the latest leading-edge AD/DA technology, ultimately pairing elite-class 24-bit/192kHz converters with overhauled analog circuitry. The result is an ultra-pristine signal path with 127dB dynamic range. Dive in, and you'll hear for it yourself — the Apollo Twin X QUAD's AD/DA rivals any high-end standalone converter on the market.


ALPHA 80

The Focal Alpha 80 Active 2-Way Near Field Professional Monitoring Speaker features a 6.5" (16.5cm) woofer with a polyglass cone and a 1" (25mm) aluminum inverted dome tweeter. It also features a large laminar port, a 20W amplifier for the tweeter, 70W amplifier for the woofer, and has a frequency response of 40 Hz to 22 kHz (+/- 3 dB). The Alpha 65 performs well with instrumental music as well as electronic music, and is characterized by its versatility.


MANLEY MIC

Since its 1990 introduction, the Reference Cardioid has become an industry standard, thanks to the deity-like presence and weight it imparts to pop, rock, rap, and R&B vocals as well as voice-overs. It's also great for capturing massive drums when deployed on toms or overheads. Saxophones rule when recorded with this mic. In fact, the Reference Cardioid enhances any source, delivering punchy, larger-than-life tracks with that elusive professional polish, right out of the box. At Sweetwater, we consider the Reference Cardioid a "just add talent" mic. It's a serious tool for making audacious statements with your music.

 

Studio B

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Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor

This proven 2-way powered studio monitor produces the flat, natural sound quality professionals count on to consistently create honest, accurate mixes. With its 8 in. woofer and 1 in. dome tweeter, the Yamaha HS8 carries enough weight to give you full-bodied sound without a subwoofer, yet also deliver the clarity you expect in the midrange, and the finesse to reproduce clean, smooth highs. Since every studio is unique, the Yamaha HS8 active monitor lets you tailor its response to fit your space with custom room control and frequency response switches.

FOCUSRITE SCARLETT 2i2

Scarlett has gone platinum. Sitting on the desks of a huge global community of musicians, producers and home-recordists, the iconic 2i2 has already helped make more records than any other interface in history. And with the 3rd Generation, you’re going to sound better than ever.
 Two of the best performing Scarlett mic preamps the range has ever heard – now with Air – for miking up guitars or recording vocals
 Two high headroom instrument inputs, for plugging your guitar or bass straight in
 High-performance converters, allowing you to record, mix and play back audio in studio quality, anywhere
 Easy Start tool, making it easier than ever to get up and running

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Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone

The HD 280 Pro is Sennheiser's most significant closed, around-the-ear headphone to be introduced in years. Designed to exceed the demands of the professional environment, the HD 280 Pro boasts extremely robust construction combined with the sound quality, modular design and aggressive noise isolation the necessary in the field. The unique collapsible design, combined with swiveling ear cups, offers maximum flexibility in any application.

M-AUDIO OXYGEN 49

M-Audio pioneered the portable MIDI controller market with the Oxygen series of keyboard controllers. Today, M-Audio continues to be a leader of this technology by developing intuitive controllers for software-based music production and performance. Thanks to continued innovation over the course of nearly a decade, the new Oxygen series controllers offer more control, deep hardware/software integration, and come equipped with a reliable build that enables you to make music on the go or implement these controllers into any studio.

Our staff

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GSHEP

Aka Shep, is the Chief Executive Officer and head executive engineer of Obsidian Studios. In recent years he won the Best Studio award with HDE. In 2018 and 2019 he toured with PnB Rock and worked live sound on multiple tour dates across the country, specifically with Rolling Loud. In between flights he continued his work in the studio and had 13 artists signed out of his Philadelphia based studio "Section 808." Shep has produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered records for countless artists and prides himself on his ability to get tracks done correctly and fast. Its been only 2 short years since Shep started producing in Philadelphia and he has already amassed over 30 million combined streams.

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Kain

He is the studio's junior executive sound engineer and has spent his entire life immersed in music of every genre. He started his career apprenticing for G the Shep & Tokxic in sound engineering/production at Section 808 Studios, and officially launching his music career in 2019. Kain is a skilled recording Engineer (live/vocal), producer, & lyrical writer (Hip Hop, EDM, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Reggae-ton, Country, Alternative, Rock/Metal, Jazz & LoFi). Also having skill in Performance DJ-ing, vlogging, networking, tour organizing, and is radio voice-approved for live-broadcasting. 

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TOKXIC

He is the studio's senior executive sound engineer with years of experience under his belt.. Tokxic has worked with some of the hottest up and coming artists in Philly to date. With countless hours logged in the studio, Tokxic is one of the most dedicated producers on the east coast. "My goal is to bring out the best of every artist I work with. Worked on multiple international and radio tracks. YOUR VISION IS MY VISION."

Kultivate

Kultivate aka Victor Khattar is one of the studio’s senior producers and junior sound engineers coming all the way from Moscow, Russia. Since a young age, Kultivate has been involved in music and has made a name for himself in the music industry over the past few years. The EDM world is where his music mostly lives. His tracks have been signed to some of the biggest labels in EDM. For Example, Buygore, Subsidia and Welcome Records. Kultivate also has worked with top level artists including Borgore, Chayonash, T-Pain, Felmax, Pixel Terror etc. Kultivate is suited for all your production needs ranging from EDM and Hip Hop to Reggae-ton to Punk Rock and more.