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Ultimo Productions
Audio engineer Andreas Klein

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Recording Equipment

"Superb technology in the service

of musical expression"

About Ultimo Production’s Technology

We provide the most “musical” sounding digital technology, DSD and DXD for all our recordings. These formats enable us to record, edit and master for any CD replication such as conventional CD; Super Audio CD (SACD) featuring high-definition stereo, high-definition 5.1 surround sound, and conventional 44.1kHz CD; DVD-A or any future consumer format. Depending on the final product, we can select from any sampling and bit rate, and we are equipped to transfer between a multitude of digital and analog formats.

At Ultimo Productions we utilize only high-end tube and solid state microphones in a variety of configurations such as Blumlein technique, Decca tree, and the more common A-B and X-Y setup.

In general, we adhere to the “less is better” approach, with properly positioned microphones and very little or no manipulation of the original signal path.

Recording technology and equipment

Partial list of equipment

Microphones

  • Matched pair of Brauner VMA tube microphones
  • 3 matched Neumann M150 tube microphones
  • 2 matched Neumann M149 tube microphones
  • Matched pair of Neumann TLM 170 condenser microphones
  • Matched pair of Neumann TLM 171 condenser microphones
  • Matched pair of Neumann TLM 50-S condenser microphones
  • Matched pair of Neumann KM140 condenser microphones
  • Neumann stereo microphone SM 69fet
  • Schoeps CMC6 and M222 (tube) preamplifiers with MK 2H; MK 22; MK4, MK 41, MK8 microphones in matched pairs

Microphone Preamplifiers

  • Millennia HV3-3D 16 channels
  • Merging Technologies’s Horus 16 channels

Microphones

Analog-Digital-Analog Converters

  • Merging Technologie’s Horus 16 channels A-D-A up to DSD/DXD
  • DAD Sphynx2 (Axiom) 8 channel AD-DA converter up to 192kHZ 24Bit (PCM) and DSD/DXD format

Digital Audio Workstations & Digital Recorders

  • Pyramix DSD/DXD multi-track system
  • Tascam DA-98HR (8 Channel Digital Recorder)
  • Sony PCM 800 (8 Channel Digital Recorder)
  • Sony CDR W66 Recorder (stereo)
  • Sony R500 DAT Recorder (stereo)
  • JoeCo 24 channel digital recorder 96k

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Mixing consoles

  • Studer/Revox C279 analog (6 channels)
  • Rupert Neve 5060 CenterPiece 24X2 Mixer

Monitors and Amplification

  • Krell 200 amplifier
  • B&W 801 Series 3 Reference loudspeakers
  • Genelec 5.1 DSP surround system with 8240A, 7260A
  • Grace Design m906 monitor controller

Other equipment

  • Revox PR99 Mk III Analog Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine