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Arch Audio joined the ranks of studios such as Capitol Records with the Neve Genesys Recording Console. The console utilizes the vintage analog Neve sound that has shaped thousands of hit records over generations, while allowing engineers to control and recall analog settings through digital control. This work flow creates efficiency for the artists and producer, and provides a more consistent sound from song to song. There's a reason hit records are recorded in studios with large consoles; they just create magic.
Arch Audio has the most extensive, pro quality mic locker of any studio in the scenic city. Pristine sound starts at the source.
(To find out more about the microphones, watch the videos at the bottom of the page)
Maria Jordiana in a Mic Shootout
Chandler Limited REDD vs. Telefunken U47
Neumann U47 FET vs. Neumann M149 Tube
Shure SM7B vs. EV RE20
AKG C414 vs. Neumann TLM149
Manley Reference C Tube vs. Neumann U87
Telefunken AK47 MKII vs. AKG C12 VR
Ethen Martin playing a Martin HD28 Acoustic
Chandler Limited REDD vs. Telefunken U47
Royer 122 vs. Coles 4038 Ribbon Mics
AKG 414 vs. Neumann U47FET
Telefunken AK-47 vs. AKG C-12VR
Neumann M149 vs. Neumann TLM49
If you've ever been a major studio, you've seen a Yamaha C7 Grand. They are a staple in studios around the world.
There's just no sound like the real thing. The beautiful sound of a 1960's Hammond...
Gretsch Renown Drum Kit
Zildjian K & A Custom Cymbals
Pearl Sensitone Premium Maple Snare
Black Panther Mapex Maple Snare
Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano
Hammond B3 Organ & Leslie
Yamaha Montage 88 Key keyboard
Taylor 810 e Acoustic
Taylor 110 Acoustic
Fender Stratocaster Deluxe (American)
Fender Telecaster (American)
Fender Jazz 4 String Bass (American)
Fender P Bass (American)
GIbson Studio Deluxe Les Paul
Vox AC 30 Amp
Fender Reverb Deluxe Amp
Mesa Boogie Amp
Neve Genesys Black monitoring
P16 - 16 Channels of headphone mixing x 7 mix stations
Sony 440 & 840 headphones
Warm Audio WA-2A x2
Warm Audio 1176 x 2
The Secret Sauce Video Series is a weekly video series highlighting things about Arch Audio that make it the premier recording studio in Chattanooga. Subjects discussed will include the studio's mic collection, preamps, and studio characteristics. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel by clicking HERE.
Possibly the post revered microphone of all time, the Telefunken U47 stands among the best in the world. Arch Audio is possibly the only studio in the city that has one in its very own mic collection.
The Chandler Limited REDD microphone is one of the most unique microphones in the Arch collection. The technology hails from the EMI circuitry of the recording consoles from the 1960's at Abbey Roads studio in London. Chandler Limited partnered with Abbey Roads to produce a small collection of mics, preamps, and compressors from the historic electronic age that produced some of the greatest recordings of all times including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, etc.
It's tonal characteristics are very similar to the U47 but this mic includes a built in EMI REDD preamp in the microphone, a feature in no other mic in the industry can boast.
AKG created one of the most sought after mics from the 50's & 60's, the C12. Only 2,500 were manufactured from 1953 to 1963 and has been considered by some engineers to be the "holy grail" of microphones. Handcrafted in Vienna, today's C12 VR uses the original 6072A vacuum tube and dual-diaphragm design but incorporates an updated, edge-terminated CK12 capsule and state-of-the-art componentry for lower noise and distortion and reliable operation.
The Neumann U47 FET; Arguably one of the best mics in history. Arch Audio is one of the few IF not the only studio in Chattanooga that has one for clients to record on.
The Shure SM7B, a mic made Iconic by Michael Jackson, when he used it on the Thriller album.
This week's Secret Sauce video features the Royer 121 Ribbon mic. Oh Yea! This classy mic is world renown. Take a look at the video and schedule a session to record through it!
The Neumann U87 microphone is most likely the most used microphone in the world. It has been used on countless records in every genre. Arch Audio has 3 for you to use when you record with us!
The Telefunken AK47 is a go to for all the Engineers at Arch Audio. It's airy high end and warm low end make it perfect for vocals in almost every occasion.
Interesting note about this particular mic...(it is NOT a clone); This is the ONLY orange AK-47 in the world. It was painted orange when Telefunken was trying to determine the color of the mic. When they decided to go with black, this mic was sold to a studio in LA, and it made its way to Arch Audio...
The Sennheiser Dynamic mic is one of the most used mics in studios around the world. Used on toms, horns, etc, it is a "go to" in almost every session.
The Telefunken ELAM 260 Tube Mics are among the best in our locker. Ethen discusses them in detail in this video. We used them in almost every session...
The Coles 4038 was created in 1952 and remains largely unchanged to this day. It's made it's way into studio history as one of the most used studio mics in the world.
Audio Engineer Tyler Reddick gives you a behind the scene look at a professional recording studio session.