Sound Studio – The Submarine Bunker

Multibeat Creative - the Osler Street big screen experience

Mohr’s current sonic surgery theatre, code name The Submarine Bunker, is an ultra-cozy mix/master room with provisions for simple vocal and instrument recording, a casual atmosphere with a kitchen area. His command station features multiple pairs of speakers and is currently configured for 360º music production. Equipment includes:

  • Ramsa (Panasonic) WR-T820 mixing console with meter bridge (upgrades by Ike Zimbel)
  • Euphonix mix control – MC Transport, MC Mix (16 channels)
  • Mackie MCU Pro mix control
  • SOTA (State Of The Art) studio monitors
  • Mackie HR824 near-field monitors
  • Yamaha MSP-5 near-field monitors
  • Yamaha RX-595, NAD 7130 amplifiers
  • Vestax PMC50A mixing controller
  • Apogee Ensemble
  • Digidesign MBox 2 Pro (x3)
  • Joe Meek British Channel VC6Q
  • TL Audio EQ-1 dual valve equaliser (upgrades by Glen Gummerson)
  • Lexicon MFX-1 reverb/multi-effects
  • ART headphone preamp
  • Korg ToneWorks tuner
  • AudioTechnica 4033
  • AKG C3000
  • Sennheiser e902, e905, e614 (2)
  • AKG D19C
  • Shure SM58 (2)
  • Mac Pro 4,1 quad-core cheesegrater, El Capitan, Pro Tools HD 12, Logic Pro X
  • Mac Pro 6,1 6-core vader helmet, High Sierra
  • MacBook Pro 5,2 core 2 duo, Pro Tools HD 10
  • Digidesign MIDI I/O
  • Yamaha P-60 digital piano
  • Novation ReMOTE ZeRO SL
  • Novation ReMOTE 25SL mk1
  • Novation ReMOTE 61SL mk2
  • Novation Nocturn
  • Peavey PC-1600
  • Native Instruments Maschine Mk2
  • Sony Bravia HD projector with cinema perf Da-Lite screen

Some of the many, many DSP plug-ins and virtual instruments we use include:

  • Apogee: Apogee FX Rack
  • Beepstreet: Sunrizer
  • Blue Cat Audio: BC DP Meter Pro 4, BC Free Amp, BC FreqAnalyst Multi2, BC Liny EQ 5, BC Oscilloscope Multi 2, BC StereoScope Multi 2, FreqAnalyst Pro, StereoScope Pro
  • Klanghelm: DC1A3, IVGI2, MJUCjr, VUMT
  • KV331Audio: SynthMaster 2.9 Effect/Instrument, SynthMaster One Effect/Instrument
  • MeterPlugs: K-Meter
  • MOTU: MachFive3
  • Native Instruments: Absynth 5/5 MFX, Battery 4, Bite, Choral, Dirt, Driver, Enhanced EQ, Flair, FM8/8MFX, Freak, Guitar Rig 5 FX/5 MFX, Komplete Kontrol, Kontakt, Kontakt 5, Maschine 2/2 MFX, Massive, Massive X, Passive EQ, Phasis, RC 24, RC 48, Reactor 6/6 MFX/6 MIDIFX, Reactor 5/5 FX, Replika, Replika XT, Solid Bus Comp, Solid Dynamics, Solid EQ, Supercharger, Supercharger GT, Transient Master, Vari Comp, VC 160, VC 2A, VC 76
  • Ohlhorst Digital: DeEdger
  • Quiet Art Ltd: WaveRiderTG
  • SingleCycleAudio: VintageDrumEleme
  • Softube: Saturation Knob, Tonelux Tilt/Tilt Live, Trident A-Range, TSAR-1 Reverb, TSAR-1R Reverb, Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer
  • Tokyo Dawn Labs: TDR Kotelnikov GE, TDR Limiter 6 GE, TDR Nova GE, TDR SlickEQ M, TDR VOS SlickEQ GE
  • UVI: Falcon, UVI Workstation
  • Voxengo: AnSpec, Beeper, Boogex, Correlometer, CurveEQ, Latency Delay, Marvel GEQ, MSED, OldSkoolVerb, Overtone GEQ, Sound Delay, SPAN Plus, Stereo Touch, Tempo Delay, Tube Amp
  • Waves: Abbey Road Vinyl/ARV Light, AudioTrack, C1 comp/comp-gate/comp-sc/gate, C4, CLA MixDown, CLA Vocals, CLA-2A, CLA-3A, CLA-76, dbx-160, DeEsser, Doppler, Dorrough, Dorrough360, Doubler2/4, DPR-402, EKramer DR, Electric Grand 80, EMO-D5, EMO-F2, EMO-Generator, EMO-Q4, Enigma, F6/F6-RTA, GTR Amp, GTR Amp 2Cab, GTR Stomp 2/4/6, GTR Tool Rack, GTR Tuner, GW MixCentric, GW ToneCentric, H-Comp, H-Delay, H-Reverb, IR-L, JJP-Drums, L1 limiter, L1+ Ultramaximizer, L2, L3 MultiMaximizer, L3 UltraMaximizer, L3-LL Multi, L3-LL Ultra, L316, LinEQ Broadband, LinEQ Lowband, LinMB, MaxxBass, MaxxVolume, MetaFilter, MetaFlanger, MondoMod, MV2, NLS Buss, NLS Channel, OneKnob Driver, OneKnob Pumper, PAZ-Analyzer, PAZ-Frequency, PAZ-Meters, PAZ-Position, PS22 Split, PS22 Spread, PS22 XSplit, PuigChild 660/670, PuigTec EQP1A, MEQ5, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q6, Q8, Q10, RBass, RChannel, RCompressor, RDeEsser, REDD17/37-51, Renaissance Axx, REQ 2, REQ 4, REQ 6, RVerb, RVox, S1 Imager, S1 MS Matrix, S1 Shuffler, Sibilance, Sibilance-Live, SSLComp, StudioRack, SuperTap 2/6, TrueVerb, UltraPitch 3 Voices/6 Voices/Shift, VComp, VEQ3, VEQ4, Vitamin, VU Meter, Waves Tune, Waves Tune LT, Waves Tune Real-Time, WLM Meter, WLM Plus, Abbey Road Saturator, Scheps Omni Channel, CLA MixHub, Maserati GRP, Abbey Road Chambers
Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip playing bass guitar at Multibeat studio on Garden Avenue, Roncesvalles district, Toronto.

Osler-era Multibeat Studio

Reposting this 2012 content below for now, just to get this website hammered into shape.

Multibeat Creative – The Studio: A Sound Lab on the Outer Rim

The operating studio has found many different configurations, with 27 locations over the past 22 years, including Québec, Austria and Scotland. Yes, this is slash’n’dash guerrilla tactics! The studio is currently in the Junction area of Toronto, Ontario. A soundproof place to record, and very close to the city centre by transit.

The focus is on techniques and knowledge, rather than boutique gear. In this way, I can offer reasonable prices for immaculate work. I strive to keep the equipment list as short and efficient as possible – computers have allowed for a ridiculous divestment of studio gear without compromising on the end product. Of the hardware gear, the Ramsa mixing desk and a few other items still remain.

The work gets done in a modest basement-level space with configurable control room / recording room. I can accommodate a maximum of 3-4 musicians comfortably, ie. a string quartet at maximum. The centerpiece, a custom Da-Lite perf screen, 88″ x 68″, with Sony Bravia projector allows for control-room-recording to picture and five/six-channel mixing. (It would be recommended to take stem mixes from Multibeat to a Dolby-approved room for one-day final balances and/or check screenings.)

Multibeat Creative studio on Osler Street in the Junction district of Toronto; sound design on Flight of the Butterflies.

Record, Mix

An Apple MacPro 8-Core, runs OSX 10.7, Pro Tools 10 with CPTK as well as Apple Logic Pro 9. Audio interfaces include Digidesign MBox2 Pro, MOTU 896, Echo Audio Gina 24. A secondary Macbook Pro is the workhorse for a sampling/softsynth universe with Kontakt, Maschine, etc. An old Mac G4 works as a doorstop but is kept for certain archival emergencies.

A Ramsa WR-T820 analog console with full meter bridge is used for additional analog mixing, treatments, monitoring and bussing. A TL Audio tube EQ-1 is used for warming the digital path. Alesis and Lexicon outboard effects are rarely used. Waves Platinum is the core 3rd party plug-in platform.

A Vestax PMC-50A professional DJ mixer is used for various monitoring and line signals.

Mix is assisted with Avid/Euphonix MC Transport and 16 channels of MC Mix. Frontier Designs Alphatrack is used for reference busses and 17th channel. Novation ReMOTE ZeRO is used for EQ tweaks. A Peavey PC-1600 and Novation Nocturn can also be used for MIDI/DJ-control. A guitar with hex-to-MIDI input for MIDI recording is on hand..

Main monitoring is Mackie HR824s, SOTAs, Yamaha MSP5s.

Sound Modules

I’m a huge fan of Kontakt, Reaktor, Maschine, Absynth, Massive and Battery to start with. Also Tone2, Arturia, Logic’s Sculpture, Sunrizer (iPad), Traktor to name a few more. The available sampler/sound library is vast and of high quality. I’m continuing to port Akai, E-Mu, Kurzweil, Casio sounds over to Kontakt with the help of the dubious sampler tools from Chicken Systems.

The secondary sound sources are: Yamaha P60S stage piano, Roland SH-32 compact synthesizer and the almighty full-size Haken Continuum.

Processing

While most digital processing is effected by Waves, DigiRack and native Logic plug-ins, there are also some analog-domain devices: Joe Meek VC6Q British Channel, Ashly CL52 compressor, (2x) Yamaha digital parametric equalizers, Line6 Floor Pod, Digitech Vocal 300, DOD Death Metal pedal, Boss OD-2 Turbo Overdrive pedal. In our digital age, the balanced patch bay can be irritating, but alas, all the possibilities are there for patching.

Microphones

The mic cabinet is sufficient to do off-site recording including coverage of a full acoustic drum kit. Microphones include: Sennheiser e902, e905, (2x) e614, AudioTechnica AT-4033CL, AKG C3000, AKG D19 (rare), various plug-in power and lav mics, Shure SM58 (2x). Lots of stands and clips.

Instruments

There is a range of acoustic and electric instruments that can be used for acoustic recording (guitars, percussion) and more can be rented from nearby Long & McQuade. If there is a budget, we can hire musicians for recording sessions on their own instruments.

Bric-a-brac

Some of the other things on hand: Thorens TD280 hi-fi turntable, Tascam DA-30mk2 DAT recorder, Yamaha cassette recorder, SCSI-1, -2, and -3 access, OS9 compatibility/apps, loads of different speakers/monitors for checking mixes.