Home The studio

Here you can find information about the Hjorthmusic studio facilities, se pictures of the current setup, and find out more about how it was built.

Drum corner

The studio at present consists of one studio room (24m2) and one control room (15m2), but plans exist for an expansion which would add a second studio room (16m2). This room would house a dedicated vocal booth, as well as an amplifier box.

The setup records up to 24 simultaneous channels of audio, as well as three channels of midi into Cubase 5. Currently there are 16 good quality microphone preamps (Focusrite, se details below), as well as two tube enhanced preamps (Presonus) that work especially well on vocals. The acoustics are suitable for acoustic instruments and vocals, but can house a live band, space being the limiting factor (hence the expansion plans). Our mobile setup can record up to 16 channels of audio and three channels of midi on location. There is a range of microphones available, our favorites being from the Oktava range. Mixing is done through a pair of Event Sp8 active studio monitors, and a pair of JPW mini monitors and Eltax Liberty 5+ (hifi speakers) are available for reference. The control room (as well as the studio itself) has been acoustically adapted to avoid resonance (as standing waves) and has a fair bit of diffusion to produce a dampened (but not dead) acoustic environment.

Control room

Bands and artists that have recorded here include:

Scaramanga (ska, pop, 7 piece band)

Svängrum (jazz quintet)

Ullas Amaranter (acoustic vocal group)

Lena Svensson (jazz and pop vocalist)

Marika Wittmar (rock/pop/folk vocalist)

Gunnar Hjorth

Öjebokören-kompet (rock/pop)

Smooth (jazz trio)

Caspártrion (classical guitar trio)

Guitars

Equipment:

Microphones

2 Oktava Mk 319 (large diaphragm condenser microphones)

1 Oktava ML-52-02 (ribbon microphone)

2 Oktava Mk-012 (matched stereo pair small diaphragm condenser microphones)

1 AKG D-112 (kick drum and bass instrument dynamic microphone)

2 Shure SM-57

2 Shure SM-58

2 Adk SC-1

Instruments:

Guitars, including:

Fender Stratocaster 1961 re-issue

Fender Telcaster 1962 re-issue

Epiphone Emperor II with Semour Duncan SH-2 pickups

Epiphone Les Paul with Semour Duncan PAF-59 pickups and hexaphonic guitar to midi pickup

Lars Nielsen Telecaster (custom built guitar)

Avalon A101 jumbo steel string acoustic guitar

Ibanez 12-string guitar

Tanglewood resonator guitar

Sakurai classical concert guitar

Guitar banjo (six-string banjo with standard guitar tuning)

Other stringed instruments:

Basic violin with bow

Ibanez mandolin

Levin mandolin

Levin mandola

Stomp boxes:

A wide range including a 1982 Ibanez tube screamer, a Dunlop JH wah wah, phasers, delays, choruses, v-amp etc.

Other guitar equipment:

Terratec Axon AX100 MK2 guitar to midi system

Stomp boxes

Basses:

Squire vintage modified jazz bass

Kasuga jazz bass (lawsuit era Japanese bass)

Keyboards:

Kurzweil PC-88 digital piano

Fender Rhodes mark I

Malmsjö upright piano (1935, not in the studio room but connectible to the session via cables)

Keyboards

Drums:

Roland TD-6 kw digital drums

Percussion:

A pair of congas

A set of bongos

Schlagwerk cajon

Lp soft shake (shaker)

Rythmtech Cabasa

Tambourine, claves, triangle etc.

Amplifiers:

Fender Bassman ten (1972 all tube combo, mint condition, 4x10 closed cabinet)

Fender Blues Junior (small 15 watt tube amplifier)

Crate G40C-XL (solid state stereo guitar amplifier)

Recording interfaces/preamps:

Focusrite Saffire pro 26 i/o

Focusrite Octopro Mk II

Presonus Firestation

Software:

Cubase 5

Wavelab 6 studio

Superior Drummer

EZ-drummer (with several expansion packs)

Pianoteq III

An assortment of virtual instruments, amp simulators and good quality effects.

Monitors

Monitoring:

Event Sp8 active studio monitors

JPW mini monitors

Eltax Liberty 5+ (hifi speakers, for reference)

Sennheiser HD 650 (open high quality headphones)

Eight channels of headphone monitoring with individual volume in the studio, and an assortment of closed headphones (AKG:s etc.).

Reel to reel:

Sony Tc-270 (1/4” stereo deck)

There is also a library of reference cd:s and a hifi setup with cd-player, turntable and a cassette deck.

The control room

If you are in the process of setting up your own recording studio, there are some photos of how studio Hjorthmusic was built...

At first there were just two empty rooms full of rubble, and there was a fair bit of renovation to be done.

New electrics, low voltage lighting, and tube absorbents (to collect bass resonating in the corners of a room).

Diffusers and absorbents.

A dampening wall at a slight angle, to get rid of some standing waves in the studio. The standing planks maintains some early reflections to avoid a dead feel to the acoustics.

Another dampening wall, this time in the control room. This one has some angles in it, for more diffusion.

More dampening, to make one wall as acoustically dead as possible.

Finally everything comes together, time to start working!