Control Room Classics: Large-Format Analog Studio Gear

Yes, the modern recording studio is certainly shrinking and becoming more computer/DAW-based, but from the dawn of the commercial studio and through the 1990s, control rooms were designed around three major elements -- an analog console, multitrack and mix-down tape machines, and soffit-mounted main monitors. Discrete Neve consoles, API sidecars and SSLs with "kitchen sink" functionality, 2" Studer and 1/2" Ampex recorders, and custom-designed Augspurger main monitors showed us size does occasionally matter. Today, these classic beasts can be had on the used market for pennies on the dollar and new studios are being built around old-world technology. Shop this handpicked collection of classic control room gear and find the best deals for your studio.

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