RL Studio features a collection of classic keyboards, a 24 track digital recording rig, 4 track analog recorder, and is located close to downtown Nashville.
Neumann tlm 102 x2
shure super 55
Radial 8 di
ART PRO MPA II (replaced with better tubes)
DBX 160a compressor (typically used for bass)
BBE 882i sonic maximiser
Saffire pro 40 x2
ultragain pro 8 digital
teac A-3440 (1/4” late 70s 4 track tape machine)
mackie logic control (8 motorized faders)
yamaha HS8 monitors
about 300 records and 250+ cds for mix references
wurlitzer 200a (late 70s)
rhodes mk1 (1978)
hammond m3 (1950s with trek ii mod)
korg arp odyssey
62 reissue fender telecaster with bigsby (made in japan)
fender precision bass (made in mexico)
ibanez artcore hollowbody
bridgecraft jazz bass copy
austin acoustic guitar
5 piece basic kit with dw hardware
pearl suprasonic style snare
zildjian mastersound hi hats
zildjian armand ride with sizzle chain
akai mpx8 (loaded with classic drum machine sounds)
neo ventilator ii (dr lonnie smith approved leslie pedal)
ehx the worm
catalinbread SFT (great ampeg svt sim)
morley alligator volume pedal
fulltone supa trem (same one used by Dawes!)
MXR phase 90 script (Steely Dan Rhodes phaser)
EP-07 tuner pedal x3
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Interview with RL Studio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recently engineered, mixed, and mastered Joel Forlines - Talis. It was a great two day session and he was able to leave with a cd to be proud of.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My second EP, Guttersoul
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: digital, but if its really important to the sound we can bounce the bass and drum tracks to tape and back.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: do you know your songs?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: yamaha mo8, tlm 102, pro 40, macbook, hs8 monitors
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to do things with the classic studio guys: Bernard purdie, Chuck Rainey, Steve Gadd, James Jamerson, Larry Carlton, George Duke, Jeff Porcaro, Tom Scott, Willie Weeks, Carol Kaye, Hal Blane, Billy Preston, Richard Tee...Etc. Do people still play like that? With those guys on the track, anybody would sound good!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't leave a bunch of high end in the drum overheads.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I write and produce R&B for myself, but with clients it can vary.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: If its needed, I can play some great feeling keyboards, bass, and drums parts. I play guitar as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a 24 track digital project studio with some great mics, gear and instruments.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: music: Vulfpeck, Steely Dan, Anderson Paak, Beatles, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, and the list goes on and on. I have about 300 records, 250 cds, and all music is free to stream now.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: tracking a solo artist and playing all the supporting instruments. Sometimes I get to record bands as well, which is fun.