©2019 by Majestic Music.

MAJESTIC MUSIC STUDIO

Majestic Music Studio combines a fully renovated 1800’s farmhouse with a modern world class recording studio.  It is an entirely unique space designed to be comfortable, welcoming and to foster creativity.  Musicians can fly in from anywhere in the world, reside in our accommodations and record music.  Depending on the budget the client can request maid service and/or a chef to prepare meals.  The location is 10 minutes from the ocean, 20 minutes from scenic Portsmouth & Newburyport and 1 hour from Boston & the White Mountains.

 
 
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RECORDING STUDIO

The recording studio is a separate wing attached to the house.  It was built by acclaimed designer Frank Comentale combined with work from Dave Malekpour of Pro Audio Design.  It features 2 live rooms, a keyboard room and a booth/amp room, each with their own unique acoustics. The gear list is second to none, featuring mics by Neumann & Telefunken, mic pres by Neve, Api, an EMT plate reverb, Yamaha baby grand piano w/Disklavier, a host of classic outboard gear and Pro Tools Ultimate & Ableton DAW with Avid S3/Dock control surfaces (see gear list).

The Majestic Music Studio is also available for commercial bookings. 

 
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GUEST HOUSE

The guest house is the original portion of the facility, built in 1803 and fully renovated to the quality of a 4 star Bed & Breakfast.  It features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a lounge in the upstairs living quarters.  Each room has 2 twin XL beds (which can be combined to king beds) comfortably accommodating 6 people.  Additionally, 2 more can be accommodated in a sofabed.  The downstairs features a full kitchen, dinning area, lounge with fireplace and a laundry room.

 

GEAR

Majestic Music’s gear represents the best of both past and present technologies with the goal of capturing the all the magic of a musical performance.


The studio features a collection of 27 microphones (Neumann, Telfunken, RCA, Royer etc), 15 Synthesizers, 7 vintage guitars, 14 vintage guitar amps, a Yamaha grand piano with Disklavier, a vintage Gretsch drum kit, 3 Ampex tape machines (MM1200 2” 16trk, 440 ¼”, 351 tube ¼”), a plate reverb and world class outboard gear.

Live Rooms:

- Room A: 32' x 18' (16' ceiling peak)

- Room B (partially within Room A, see pic): 18' x 10' (11'6" ceiling peak)

- Booth: 12' x 6' (10' ceiling peak)

- Keyboard Room: 7' x 14' (9' ceiling peak)

ANALOG RECORDING

Ampex MM1200 16 track 2” (15,30ips)
Ampex 440B 2 track (1/4” 15ips)
Ampex 351 tube 2 track (1/4” 7.5, 15ips)

DIGITAL RECORDING

Pro Tools Ultimate HD Native (64ch IO)

Ableton Live Suite

CONTROL SURFACES:

Avid S3 & Dock

Ableton Push

Native Instruments Maschine

Plugins / VI's:

Waves Diamond, NI Komplete Ultimate, Slate Everything Bundle, Sonnox, Softube, Altiverb, Autotune, Melodyne, Sound Toys, McDSP, Izotope, Eventide, Plugin Alliance, MDW, Exponential Audio and more

AD / DA CONVERTERS

64 CHANNELS IO:

- JCF Audio AD8 (transformer based AD) (2 units)
- JCF Audio DAV8 tube DA
- JCF Audio 8 ch custom built DA (transformer based, Api discreet makeup gain)

- Lynx Aurora
- Apogee Symphony

- Lavry (DB Tech) Gold MKII AD (2ch AD)
- Benchmark DA (2ch DA)

MONITORING

ADAM S3A

Tannoy Little Gold 12”

Yamaha NS10m Studio

Subwoofers: dual 15” in wall


Monitoring: Dangerous Music Monitor ST

Dangerous Liaison (switcher)


Studio Headphone System: (6) Furman HDS16 (16ch headphone mixers)

MIC PRE'S

2 Neve 1272 (vintage, converted to mic pre’s)
8 API 312 (vintage)
2 Mastering Lab (tube)
2 Langevin AM16 (vintage)
2 RCA BA 73 (vintage germanium)
2 RCA BA 31 (vintage germanium)
2 Langevin 116 (vintage tube)
2 Langevin 117 (vintage tube)
4 RCA BA-21 (vintage tube)

COMPRESSOR / LIMITERS

Manley VariMu Limiter (6386 tubes, hi pass sidechain mod)
Pendulum 6386 Vari Mu Limiter
Urei 1176 blackface (vintage D model)
Urei 1176 silverface (vintage, Steve Haselton mod)
RCA BA6b (vintage)
Thermionic Culture Phoenix
Chandler TG-1(EMI recreation)
Focusrite Red 3 (VCA w/ transformers)
Dangerous Music Compressor (VCA)
Compex F760 (vintage w/transformers)
Elysia Mpressor
Summit TLA-100
Drawmer 1968 Mercenary Edition
Empirical Labs Fatso
Altec 436A (original)
Altec 436a (Abbey Road RS124 mod)
(2) DBX 160
Valley People Dyna-mite (stereo)
SPL Transient Designer TD4

EQUALIZERS

Pultec EQP 1A (vintage)
Manley Massive Passive (tube EQ)
Sontec MEP250 (vintage)
Amek Medici (stereo mastering EQ)
(2) API 550a (vintage)
(2) Altec 9061 (vintage)

EFFECTS

EMT 140 Plate (Martinsound upgrade)
Bricasti M7 Reverb
Lexicon 480L
Lexicon PCM60
Eventide 2016
AMS RMX16
Ursa Major Space Station (vintage)
Demeter Real Reverb (tube spring)
Sony R7
TC Electronics 1210 Spatial Expander
Neve Portico tape simulator (2 channels)
RSP Saturator (tape, distortion effect)
Motion Sound R-3 147 rotating speaker
Echoplex tube tape echo (vintage)

GUITAR EFFECTS

ADA flanger (vintage), Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man (vintage), Analog Man stereo chorus, H & K Rotosphere, Heil Talkbox, Maestro Phase Shifter (vintage), Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe, MXR Flanger (vintage), Foxx Tone Machine (vintage), Roland Dimension C (vintage), TS7 Tube Screamer, Dunlap Rotovibe, Dunlap Wah, RMC3 Wah

MICROPHONES

Neumann U67 (2): 1 modified, 1 original

Neumann U47fet

Neumann KM54 (2) (cardiod, nickel capsule, tube, small diaphragm)

Neumann KM-88 (multi pattern, nickel capsule, small diaphragm)

Telefunken Elam 251

RCA KU-3a (2) (with rare bass rolloff factory mod)
Royer R122v (2) tube ribbon

Royer R121 ribbon

Soundelux U99 (multi pattern, tube, large diaphragm)

Horch RM2J (Neumann U47 replica)

BeezNeez BC12 (2) (C12 hand made replicas)

Audio Technica AT4047

Sure SM57 (2)

Sennheiser 421 (2)

AKG D112

Audix D4

EV RE-20

Yamaha SKRM-100 Subkick

Turner 211 Dynamic Bullet Mic (vintage 1940’s –blues harp etc)

Copperphone Mic (lo-fi vintage mic for telephone sound, loop effects etc)

GUITAR / BASS AMPS

Marshall JMP (vintage 1969)
Marshall JMP (vintage 1974)
Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb (vintage 1965)
(2) Fender Blackface Bassman (mid 1960’s)
(2) Ampeg Gemini (mid 1960’s)
Ampeg V4 (mid 1970’s)
Ampeg VT-40 (combo 4x10” version of V4)
Ampeg Reverbrocket (mid 1960’s)
(2) Ampeg Jet (mid 1960’s)
Silvertone Twin 12
Ampeg B15N fliptop bass amp (mid 1960’s)
Magnatone combo (1956)
THD UniValve
Marshall 4 x 12 cab (mid 1970’s greenbacks & JBL silver bell alnico)
Marshall 2 x 12 cab (Vintage 30’s)
Mesa Boogie 1x12 cab

GUITARS

Martin D-18 acoustic  (vintage 1942)
Breedlove SC25/R  acoustic
Fender Telecaster (vintage 1966)
Fender Telecaster (vintage 1960)
Fender Telecaster (vintage 1952)
Fender Stratocaster (vintage 1957)
Stratocaster (30thStreet Guitars, NYC custom relic)
Gibson Les Paul Jr (vintage 1959)
Kelly Telecaster (Built by Carmine St Guitars, NYC)
Fender Precision Bass (1974)
Hamer Special
G&L ASAT maple neck, Tele style

KEYBOARDS

Yamaha Baby Grand Piano with Disklavier system

Wurlitzer M3 Organ (with Leslie 147)

Wurlitzer 145 Electric Piano (1960’s, tube)

Rhodes Electric Piano (1969)

Moog Minimoog (rackmounted)

Moog Memorymoog

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5

Oberhiem OBXA

Oberheim Matrix 1000 (analog)

Access Virus T1

Roland Fantom (sample playback option)

Yamaha Motif rack

Roland MKS 70 analog (mid 80’s)

Roland JD990

Roland MKS 20

Yamaha TX 816 (8 dx-7’s in a rack)

Korg Wavestation

Korg MicroKorg

Korg O1/W

Voce V5 drawbar B3 organ module

Yamaha CP33 88 note weighted action keyboard


Softsynths:

Komplete Ultimate, Sonik Synth 2, Hybrid, Atmosphere,Colossus

Exotic Instruments Library, many others.

PIANO

Yamaha Baby Grand with Disklavier: Self Playing/Recording System: receives and sends midi.  The piano can play itself from a computer midi track.  You can record a performance while playing the piano (via midi), edit the performance in the computer then play it back through the piano, or use the piano as a midi controller to trigger other synths.

DRUM KIT

Gretsch 60’s Round Badge kit (a “holy grail” kit for many drummers)
8x12 high tom, 14x14 flr tom, 14x20 kick
Snare: GMS 5 x 14 maple
Snare: Beier 2mm 6.5 x 14 brass snare
High Hat: Zildjian 14” medium
Ride: 20” Bosphorus (vintage)
Crash: 16” Dream Bliss
Crash: Sabian XS 20” medium (bright)
Splash: Sabian AAX Ozone 10” (with holes)

PERCUSSION

Shakers (many), cabasa, cowbells, tambourines (5), guica, Indian manjeera bells,, elephant bells,Indian ghungroos, ethnic hand drums (talking drums, Dohlak, Khol, Mridangam, Naal), Indian Ghatam, frame drums (4), bongos, jembe.

MISC

Speck Electronics Xtramix mixer (keyboard mixer)
Tonelux 16 x 2 OTB Summing Mixer
Grenier Engineering (8ch vca’s controlled by Pro Tools)
Radial JD7 Guitar DI, reamp, splitter
DBX 120xp subharmonic synth
JCF 4 channel guitar reamp for using guitar fx boxes with Pro Tools tracks.
Direct Boxes made from vintage UTC and Lagevin  transformers.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Good sound starts with clean power and grounding.  We use a military grade Staco 8kva AVR Series motorized variac that maintains precise voltage (+-1%) with 0% distortion.  This unit feeds an Equitech Balanced Power Transformer with thick guage (4g,10g,12g) custom made JPS electric wire, dedicated ground and all silver connections.

AUDIO WIRING

Our facility is wired with Mogami.  In many cases we use the Mogami Digital 110ohm AES snakes as they have better specs (lower capacitance) and therefore are better for analog audio.  Connections are all silver.