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We view the studio as a place to capture and to create emotion, or at the very least to heighten it. Sometimes it ‘s just a matter of right microphone, right preamp and right processing, and other times it’s that plus creating the right atmosphere where the recording artist feels enabled to reach deep and come up with a convincing performance. Great gear is important, nice monitoring, the same, but in the end it’s about performance .



My production style has been described as “retro with a modern edge”, and I think that’s an apt description. I can work totally “in the box” with the latest digital processing, or I am equally comfortable working in analog on the Amek console, with analog outboard processing, or as is the case most of the time, somewhere in between. It’s a matter of finding the best answer to the demands of the music, and the client. I bring a knowledge and respect for the music of the past with an enthusiasm for the possibilities of the new.

-Mike Harvey



Actiondale is an amazing spot to mix your record. Best-in-class monitoring over a real classic British designed Amek mixing desk. This is no project studio – we’ve got top shelf analog EQs, classic compressors and legendary FX processors which plugins just can’t replace… though we have a staggering collection of those too.



Mastering is the crucial finishing process for your record or release.  From CD, to iTunes, to YouTube, your mix can experience a dizzying array of release formats. Apple’s Mastered for iTunes and other new digital standards programs are revolutionizing how the worlds’ best mastering studios create and prepare for iTunes and similar file formats, resulting in better sound quality from iTunes, YouTube and even CD than we’ve ever see before… and we’re on top of it so you don’t have to be.

-Sam Rees

Full Gear List

Mixing console

Amek BIG 32 channel in-line console


“A” – Focal Twin6 Be Reference Monitors

“B” – Genelec 1030s

“C” – Yamaha NS10s


Original Leslie

Matchless DC-30

Marshall JCM 800 w/4×12 and 2×12 cabinets

Orange 120

Hiwatt 50

Mesa Boogie Simulclass 2C Combo Amp

70s Fender Vibrolux Silverface (modified)

60s Fender Vibrolux Blackface

Fender Vibrochamp

SVT Pro-3 Bass Amplifier

Hammond M-100 plus Leslie



Digital Gear:

Avid HD Native PCIe

Digidesign 192 IO (2)

Apogee Big Ben Master Clock

Universal Audio 2192 Stereo Mastering IO Converter

Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Plugin DSP

2014 ‘Trash Can’ 6-core Mac Pro with 64GB of RAM


Bricasti M7 Stereo Reverb Processor

Lexicon PCM 90

Lexicon LXP 15

Yamaha SPX-90

TC Electronics M-3000


Tube-Tech CL1B OPTO-Compressor

Summit TLA-100A Tube Leveling Amplifier

Empirical Labs Distressor with British Mod

Valley Dynamite 2 Channel Dynamics Processor

UREI LA4 Blackface Compressor (modified)

UREI LA4 Silverface Compressor (modified)

DBX 160 (2)

DBX 160X Compressor (3)


Focusrite Red 3 Mix Buss Compressor

Safe Sound Dynamics ToolBox

Joe Meek SL2.2

Mic Pre’s, EQs, and Channel Strips

API 512c Discrete Preamp (2)

API 550b EQ (2)

Tube-Tech MEC1A Recording Channel (Tube preamp, EQ, and opto compressor)

Universal Audio 2108 2-channel Preamp

Wunder Audio PEQ2R Neve-Style Preamp (2)

TL Audio C-3 Stereo Tube Pre-amp & Compressor

16 Amek BIG Discrete Console Preamps

Software Packages:

Avid Pro Tools 11 HD

Apple Logic 9

Apple WaveBurner

Apple Mastered for iTunes Tools



Diamond Bundle

-Abbey Road J37 Tape

-API Collection

-Butch Vig Vocals


-DBX 160 Limiter

-EMI TG12345


-Kramer Master Tape

-Kramer PIE Compressor

-Marroquin EQ

-REDD Collection

-RS56 Passive EQ

-Reel ADT

-Schepes 73

-Vocal Rider

Soundtoys Native Effects Bundle

Soundtoys Devil Loc

Soundtoys Radiator

Soundtoys MicroShift

Soundtoys Little PrimalTap

UAD 1176 Classic Limiter Collection

UAD Legacy Pultec EQ

UAD Legacy LA-2A

UAD SSL E Series Channel Strip

UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

UAD Manley Massive Passive Mastering EQ

UAD Helios Type 69 EQ

UAD Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb

UAD EMT 140 Plate Reverb

UAD EMT 250 Plate Reverb

iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced Mastering Suite

iZotope RX 4 Advanced Toolkit

Slate Drums 4 + Blackbird Samples

Slate Virtual Bus Compressors (Focusrite Red 3, SSL Bus, Fairchild 670)

Slate Virtual Console Collection

Slate FG-X Mastering Processor

Slate Revive

Slate Trigger 2 Deluxe + CLA & Terry Date samples

Antares Auto-Tune 7

Melodyne Editor 2

Serato Pitch n’ Time Pro 3

Eiosis AirEQ Premium

Eventide UltraChannel

DUY Analog Bundle

Sonnax Oxford EQs

Avid Joe Meek SC2 & VC5

Avid Tel-Ray Variable Delay

Avid ReVibe

Avid Smack

Avid Space

Avid Impact

Avid Reverb One

East West Symphonic Orchestra VI

Native 8 Komplete Virtual Instruments Collection


Manley Reference Cardiod

Shure SM7b


Neumann U-87 (2)

AKG 414 B-ULS (2)

Audio Technica 4050

Audio Technica AT-25 (4)

Audio Technica 4041 (4)

EV-RE20 (1)

AKG-D112 (1)

Sennheiser 421 (2)

Shure SM-81 (2)

Beyer M-500 (3)

Shure SM-57 (3)

Audix D6

Audix D3

Audix D2 (2)

Audix D1


Shure SM-58


Countryman Type 85 DI

Wunder Hi-Z Input (2)

API Hi-Z Input (2)

Tube-Tech Hi-Z

UA Hi-Z Input (2)