For geeks who get excited with equipment lists, if you like the outboard and still don’t like Pro-Tools, Logic or whatever, then the Yamaha DM2000 & other Yamaha digital boards, attached to some 64 tracks of 24 bit Alesis digital disk recorders are sometimes used still. The ADmaze museum also has some older analogue boards which remain, fearing to part with, such as the Sound Craft 6000 and even an Allen & Heath GS3. One question asked often within pro circles: ‘What is your favourite piece of kit?’ All done on Macs and I7 multi-core PCs now, but the TC Finalizer would be up there with the best, if only the cheap Chinese power supplies didn’t keep crapping out. To be honest, still the old un-upgradeable MTU editor can NOT be beaten. Micro Technology Unlimited a company that no longer supports what is arguably the best non-linear editor ever made, but it only runs on XP. Way back in the 90s it was 24 bit. It still works brilliantly and nothing can beat it, not even Pro Tools, which sits idle here.
In the words of our dear old, now sadly departed friend and confidant, Ahmed Suleiman, head of Radio Bahrain for 100 years, ‘Just the Microphones used by Geg cost more than the entire studio of our nearest rivals.’