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Equipment 2017-10-06T15:09:45+00:00

Our main tape recorders are Ampex MM1200 2 inch machines with available 16 track or 24 track headstacks our console is a classic transformer balanced Sphere Eclipse A, we then use standard rock n roll compression, like UA 1176’s, Spectasonic 610’s and DBX 165VU series equipment.  During tracking and on the mix we run tape delays, real plate reverbs and employ our echo chamber for effects.  

Basically MMR gravitates to quality, made to last several lifetimes, analog recording equipment, the pre or before “prosumer” type of gear that imparts quality and character to recordings that we all reference back to.

In addition to our main 2 inch tape machines, we also have a beautiful sounding 1958 Ampex 300-3 1/2 inch 3 track, that we use all the time, (and yes, we even have a protools rig…although we infrequently track to it).  We mix to 2 track analog 98% of the time.

We at Memphis Magnetic believe that the multitrack recording arts reached a zenith in the late 60’s through the early 70’s and then from the mid to late 70’s started the long downhill slide into the protools world of today.  We try to make records that stay in that late 60‘s early 70‘s sweet spot.

Console

Sphere Eclipse A 28 Inputs 16 Bus (circa – 1972)

For a in-depth look at our console please read our blog page regarding our Sphere:

The Sphere Console. – Our recording console is a Rare and legendary 1970’s Sphere Eclipse A. these consoles were top of the line custom consoles made from the early to mid 1970’s. Sphere made approximately 50 and of those, only 23-25 are known to still exist…. on the planet!

These remaining Sphere consoles are Holy Grail mixing consoles…from the stone age of modern console design!

Our Sphere features 28 channels of Class A transformer balanced microphone preamps that are well regarded for their clear, warm and punchy sound.  This desk has 16 busses and is filled with a mixture of the famous graphic 910/920 EQs (these eq’s are so good that these are frequently pulled out, racked up for outboard tracking/mixing and even used by some mastering engineers). This desk was recently gone through, restored and is fully functional.  We had brand new aux/cue modules built, that update the original somewhat limited aux section.  Now this desk has more flexibility for effects and headphone mixes while also incorporating a “small fader” section to have a separate pre and post tape section making it truly a modern inline console.

Analog Tape Recorders

Ampex MM1200 2″ 16-track – 1972

Ampex MM1200 2″ 24-track – 1974

Ampex 300-3 1/2″ all tube 3-track!

Ampex 351 1/4″ Mono mastering deck – 1950’s

Ampex 351 1/4″ Stereo mastering deck – 1950’s

Ampex AG440 [3] 1/4″ 2-track mastering deck – 1960’s

Magnecorder Type PT6-R 1/4″ MONO – late 1940’s

Teac A-2300SR 1/4″ Consumer 4-track

Converters and Digital Recorders

Lynx Aurora 16

Running ProTools 12

24 bit/196 Khz, 16 analog inputs 16 analog outputs

Digidesign 002R (backup system)

Running ProTools 9

Alesis ADAT backface and goldface

Outboard

Universal Audio 1176 x2 Compressor/Limiter

Urei LA-4 x2 Opto Compressor/Limiter

Anthony Demaria Labs ADL1000 Tube Compressor/Limiter

Stromberg Carlson Compressor/Limiter

Spectrasonics 610 Compressor

DBX 160 XT Compressor

DBX 165 VU x2

Urei 555 eq High and low Pass Filter

Aurora Audio parametic eq

Outboard Effects

Roland Space Echo 201 [2]

Fender Reverb Tank

Master Room Spring Reverb

Fairchild Reverbatron [2]

Plate Reverb custom made in Nashville in the 1970’s

Memphis Magnetic Recording Co. boasts one of the biggest selections of vintage reverbs in town. Get an authentic reverb on your record with our Plate Reverb or one of our Spring Reverbs or run signal in our Echo Chamber and delay it with one of our Tape Delays.

Mic Preamps

Sphere Eclipe A console preamps [28 Ch.]

Ampex 300 [3] tube 1950’s

Ampex 351 [3] tube 1950’s

Ampex AG350 [2] Germanium transistors – 1960’s

Ampex 440 [4] transistor with beyer transformers 1960’s

Auditronics 110b [2] Plus EQ

Berlant Series 30 [3] tube 1950’s

Magnecorder PT6-R [1] Tube Mic Pre – 1940’s

Universal Audio 2-610

Tube Mixers

Berlant MCM-2, 4 Ch. tube mixer [1] Tube

Magnecorder PT6-P, 3 Ch.tube mixer [2] Tube

Microphones

Audix i5

AKG 414

AKG C451-E

AKG CE-1

AKG D12E

Audio Technica AT2500 Duel Capsule kick drum mic

Audio Technica 4050

Audio Technica Pro 37R [2]

Audio Technica ATM25

Beyerdynamic MC930

Blue Baby Bottle

Cascade Fat Head [3]

EV 635a

EV 664

EV PZM

RCA 77-DX Ribbon Mic

RCA BK5 Ribbon Mic

RCA KB2A “Paintbrush” Ribbon Mic

RCA Varacoustic Ribbon Mic

Realistic PZM

RODE NTK tube

Sennheiser 412

Sennheiser 421

Sennheiser 441

Sennheiser 309

Sony C500

Shure SM7

Shure SM57 [7]

Shure Beta 87

Shure Beta 52

Sonotone CM-10A [2]

Guitar & Bass Amplifiers

We have a huge selection of new and vintage Ampeg, Fender, Gibson (and many others) amps in our collection and we encourage you to come and try out some new sounds. Our varied and unique collection of keyboard instruments can be a great source of sonic inspiration as well.

Ampeg B15N 1965

Ampeg Jet 1964

Ampeg SB12 1960s

Ampeg SVTIII & IV 1990s

Ampeg 2×15 1970s V4 era

SWR Goliath 4×10 Bass Cab

Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue

Fender Bassman Head Stock Blackface 1965

Fender 2×10 Cab 1970’s

Premier B-160 Club Bass Custom 1950’s with 15in Jensen

Gibson BR9 1940s

Gibson Scout 1964

Silvertone Twin Twelve Head 1960s

Alamo Paragon Bass Amp 1964

ElectroHarmonix Freedom Amp 1 combo, 1 head

Electro-Harmonix pedals a variety

Guitars & Basses

At any given time, we have a rotating stock of new and vintage guitars and bases.  If you want to use something in particular, let us know and we will do our best to provide whatever you’re looking for.

Keyboards

Chickering Grand Piano 1950s?

Hammond M3 with 147 Leslie cab 1950s

Wurlitzer 200

Lowrey tube organ with built in Leslie

Korg PolySix

Estes Pump Organ early 1900s

Organaire Chord Organ

LaDuca Bros “Field Organ”

Stylophone

Spinet upright piano turning into a “tack piano”

Rosewood Zylophone full size

Drums

Gretch 70’s kit 24″ bass drum, etc

Ludwig “Ringo” Kit w/ Snare 22” bass drum, etc

Slingerland Mixed Kit 20” bass drum etc 1960s

Direct Boxes

Acme Wolf Box III (with original Triad Transformer…”the Motown Di”)

Countryman DI Type 81 [2]

Monitors

KRK V8

Yamaha NS-10M

Alec 604 (pair in the control room, pair in the tracking room)

Headphone system

Furman HDS6 6 separate mixes

HR6 Remote Mixers [6]

Extreme Isolation Headphones [7]

AKG Headphones [8]