Mobtown Laboratories
Microshows

Distilling all the kinetic energy and sonic kaboom of a large venue show into a teeny pint-sized house concert package, behold, the Mobtown Microshow.

Birth Defects

Microshow

Albert Bagman

Microshow
Albert Bagman - Microshow
Scroll Downers - Microshow
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The BSide Sessions

Revealing a distinctly intimate story narrated by song and sometimes-rowdy, sometimes-weary aftershow convo.

Guillermo Sexo

The BSide Session
Guillermo Sexo - The BSide Session

Hatis Noit

The BSide Session
Hatis Noit ハチスノイト - The BSide Session
 

Gear

Sound better

We’re constantly tweaking and curating our tool set. We’ve grown a well-rounded studio of analog and digital machines and a cozy collection of instruments and toys. We prefer tried and true equipment that’s built to last (though we do like a good story – ask us about what hotness our Otari tape machine saw in the 80s). Tl;dr: Every good tool has its place.

Console

  • Klontz Audio MIS-V2 Analog Mastering Console with MS Encoding

Conversion & Monitoring

  • Lynx Hilo Reference Mastering A/D and D/A Converter & Master Clock
  • Antelope Audio Zen Studio+
  • Dangerous Music Monitor ST
  • ADAM Audio P33A Mid-Fields
  • Mordaunt Short MS 3.30
  • Musical Fidelity A300 Dual Mono Amplifier
  • Audioengine D1 24-bit DAC/Headphone amp
  • AKG K712 Pro Reference headphones

Analog Recording

  • Otari MTR-10 ¼” 2-track analog tape machine
  • Tascam 424 Portastudio cassette 4-track
  • Teac A4010S 2-track ¼” analog tape machine

Equalization

  • ITI MEP-130 Stereo Parametric Mastering EQ Modules (Serial #001 / #002 – Rebuilt by Joe Malone in 2018)
  • Klontz Audio Sontec MEP-435s Mastering EQ w/ MS Encoding
  • Neve 1073 DPX EQ (2)
  • Sound Skulptor Neve EQ573 1073/1084 (2)
  • Stam Audio Pultec SA-EQP1A Tube EQ (2)

Gain Reduction

  • ADL C/L 1000 LA2A Tube Compressor
  • DBX 160A Compressor (2)
  • Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressor (2)
  • Federal AM864/U Vari-Mu Tube Limiter
  • JLM Audio LA500A LA3A Opto (2)
  • Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter Compressor w/ HP Sidechain
  • Stam Audio SA4000 SSL G Series Bus Compressor
  • Valley People Dyna-mite (2)

Preamplification

  • Altec 1589B (2) (used on The Killers’ Hot Fuss)
  • Chameleon Labs 7602 (2)
  • Classic API 312 (2)
  • Chandler Limited Germanium (2)
  • Joe Meek VC1 (Gold Edition)
  • Neve 1073 DPX Pre/EQ (2)
  • Universal Audio 2-610s Tube

Microphones

  • AEA R84 Ribobn (2)
  • AKG D12-E
  • AKG D112
  • Audio-Technica AT3060 Tube
  • Blue Mouse FET (low serial transformer)
  • Cascade Vin Jet Ribbon (2)
  • Federal US Senate Landline Phone Mic
  • Neumann KM184 (2)
  • Neumann TLM 102 (2)
  • Neumann TLM 170 (2)
  • Neumann U87 (DC101-FM)
  • Oktava ML-52 Ribbon
  • Oktava MK-319 (2)
  • RCA 77-D Ribbon (WBAL-TV)
  • Sennheiser MD441
  • Sennheiser MD421 (2)
  • Shure SM57 (2)
  • Shure SM7
  • Shure Unidyne 5455D

Plugins & Software

  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Avid Pro Tools 12ish
  • Celemony Melodyne 4
  • Eiosis e²deesser
  • Fab Filter Pro-R, Pro-L 2, Pro-MB, Pro-Q 2, Pro-C 2, Pro-DS, Pro-G
  • HOFA DDP Maker and DDP Player Maker
  • IK Multimedia T-Racks 5 Max, SampleTank 3 Max
  • iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced, RX 7, Insight 2, Neutron 2, Nectar 3
  • Lexicon PCM Native Reverb
  • Native Instruments Session Strings Pro 2, Shimmer Shake Strike
  • Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machine, VMR 2.0, FG-X, VerbSuite Classics
  • Soundtoys Native Effects V5
  • Stefano Daino DSP-Quattro 4

Various Random Fun Toys

  • Baldwin 1984 2025-A Console Upright Piano
  • Roland RE-150 Space Echo Analog Tape Delay
  • Audion Polychord
  • Casio MT68, MT140, RZ1, SK1, SK5
  • Farfisa Pianorgan
  • PAiA Vocoder
  • Roland Juno 106
  • Roland JP-8000
  • Roland CR-8000 Compu-Rhythm Drum Machine
  • Kees Enkelaar Theremin
  • Moog Etherwave Theremin
  • Texas Instruments Speak & Music
  • Silvertone 1964 Twin Twelve 1484 Amp
  • Atari 2600 Synth-cart
  • Danelectro PB&J Analog Delay
  • Sovtek 1990s Big Muff “Black Russian”
  • MXR 1980s Blue Box
  • NoiseKICK FX Baltimore Distortion 1904
  • Keith McMillen QuNexus
  • Alesis ADAT (for that nasty 16bit flavor)