The studio is equipped with a large table that is adjustable for height and seats up to four people. Each place is equipped with a Shure SM 7B studio microphone mounted on a Yellowtec MiKA YT3701 boom and with Sennheiser HD-280 Pro headphones . The headphones are connected to a Behringer HA400 preamplifier , which in turn is connected to a Zoom F8n audio recorder that also the microphones are connected to. As needed, further audio sources can be hooked up via XLR, 1/8” or 1/4” plugs, or a Lightning jack. While recording on SD cards, the F8n can simultaneously be used as a USB interface.
Inserted into the table top, there are two hatches. In the boxes below them, there are Schuko plug sockets, USB power outlets, RJ45 network connectors and USB 3.0 sockets that connect to the recording computer. Besides, there are the 1/8” jacks for the headphones as well as currently inactive HDMI sockets.
In the middle of the table, there are two LG UltraFine 4K monitors. These have Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connectors and can be linked to the recording computer (MacBook Pro) or some other computer as a daisy chain, i. e., with just one cable. The four people at the table can thus be provided with the same display at any time. If the monitors are not needed, they can easily be removed.
Beside the table, there’s a couch for an additional two people. These can be equipped with one Sennheiser E835 S microphone each. Headphones and monitors are not available.
When I record with, say, Andre in Hamburg, while being in Dorsten myself, I use the beyerdynamic DT-297-PV/80 MKII headset with the beyerdynamic K190.40-3,0m cable . I connect this headset to the computer using the Shure X2U XLR-to-USB interface . This requires an adapter with a 1/4” jack and a 1/8” plug. For a VoIP connection with high audio quality and low latency, I use Studio-Link.
When recording anywhere outside the studio, I use the Zoom H6 audio recorder . The microphones that I use are the Sennheiser E835 S , each with a Sennheiser MZW4032ANT wind screen and a K&M 23325 microphone stand if necessary.