Control Room 1 is Mikko Raita’s professional home. It is built around a 24-fader D-Command control surface and a Pro Tools HDX system, with 5.1 Dynaudio and stereo Yamaha monitoring as well as a Neve-style Vintagedesign rackmount summing amplifier, high end analog gear like an EMT 140 plate reverb as well as a Knif Vari-mu compressor, Joiku tube spring reverb and V804 tube preamp.
The setup is optimized for cutting edge mixing work with special emphasis on undisrupted creativity, a comfortable vibe and complete, near instant total recall. With a reliable system of taking snapshots of all the analog gear we have the luxury of being able to work in a parallel fashion on album projects, honing individual tracks side by side until the sonic big picture of the album is clear. The equipment and software is well suited for achieving an ”analog desk-like” classic sound but combined with the precision and enhanced workflow of a modern digital audio workstation room.
It is also a very comfortable overdub room with a nice big window to our live room and a very relaxed vibe for performing. Obviously, a lot of critical lead vocal work is being done here with the help of our lovely Neumann mics! Oh, and there are big windows for daylight as well.
There’s also an adjoining acoustically treated client space with a comfortable napping couch, and an office desk/ web computer setup, as well as tie lines for those last minute recordings and for use as an iso booth in larger recording sessions. And a very funky upright piano.
Avid ICON D-Command
Avid Pro Tools HDX
AVID HD I/O and Apogee AD/DA16X converters
Vintagedesign SU-1 Neve-style summing amp/mixer
Logitech keyboard and Mice
Dynaudio BM15A 5.1 monitors with BM14S II Sub
Yamaha NS-10M Studio pair
Logitech desk speaker pair
AKG K-240 Studio headphones
Knif V804 2-channel preamp
GAP Pre-73 DLX preamp (2)
FMR Audio RNP 2-channel preamp
RME Octamic II 8-channel preamp
Knif Vari-Mu tube compressor (SN 002)
UA LA610 tube preamp/compressor
EMT 140 Plate reverb
Knif Joiku tube spring reverb
A massive plug-in selection from brands like Soundtoys, Softube, Slate, Massey, Sound Radix, Exponential Audio, Fabfilter, HOFA, Izotope, Native Instruments, Antares and Waves.
USB MIDI keyboard, weighted keys available on request
Sonuus G2M USB pitch-to-midi converter
Otari MTR-10 ¼” tape machine (under maintenance)
Lava lamps (on request)