Michael Franti at Spicemix
Michael Franti at the console at Spicemix putting the finishing touches on the "All People"
album that would reach the top 10 albums overall on iTunes.

 

Spicemix's gear collection is one of the most comprehensive in Northern California.
We have invested in the things that make the biggest difference and offer the smoothest workflow.

All outboard gear and DAW controls are directly tweakable from the ideal listening position.
Carefully maintained instruments and effects form a spicy palette to make the most of each song.
Everything is always at arm's reach, ready to be explored for your productions.

Workstation
  • Mac Pro 8 core Westmere 2.4 64GB/8TB, 3xSSD, Drobo 15TB NAS, Wiebetech ultradock v4 external drive interfacing
  • Pro Tools 11 HD & 10 HD, 256 tracks, 256 busses, surround capable
  • Logic Studio X, Ableton Live, Reason, Garageband
  • Solid State Logic MADI Xtreme64
  • UAD-2 (10 cores)
  • izotope RX 3 Advanced restoration
  • Vast quantities of paid-for plugins from UAD, Soundtoys, FabFilter, Softube, Melodyne, Auto-Tune, Altiverb, Digidesign, Zynaptiq, etc.
Mixing and Conversion
  • Solid State Logic Superanalogue X Console (32 faders, 64 inputs)
  • Solid State Logic Alphalink MADI-SX with 48 simultaneous i/o
  • Euphonix MC Control, MC Mix (3) with 28 channels of moving fader automation
  • Tascam DV-RA1000HD DSD-capable mastering deck, DR-680 (2) and DR-1 portable recorders, 302 cassette
  • Dangerous D-Box
  • UA 2192
Monitoring & Acoustics
  • ADAM S3A
  • Genelec 7060B Sub
  • Yamaha NS-10M Studio w/RA500
  • Avantone Mixcubes (passive) w/RA100
  • GIK 6", 4" and 2" rockwool bass traps in all corners and monitor reflection points
  • Auralex Diffusion on all ceilings and instrument reflection points
  • Furman HDS-6, HR6 (6) pure analog six channel cue mixers
  • ATHM50, K701, Beyer DT770 Pro, HD280 Pro (6), MDR-7506, Ultrasone Proline 750, Denon AH-D2000 and other headphones
  • Mostly Mogami quadcore cabling, but also Canare, Gotham, Whirlwind, etc.
Microphones
  • Neumann M149, U87, KM184 (2)
  • Josephson C720 (one of 20 in the world), C42MP (2)
  • Schoeps Colette Series CMC6 (4) with MK2 Omni Capsules (2) and MK4 Cardioids (2)
  • AKG C12 VR, D112
  • Royer R121 (2)
  • Charter Oak SA538 (2)
  • Mojave MA200
  • AT4060, 4051a (2)
  • Groove Tubes MD1b FET
  • Avenson STO-2 (2)
  • Shure SM7B, 55SH II, SM58, SM57 (5)
  • Beyer M500, M88, M201 (2)
  • EV RE20, ND868
  • Sennheiser MKH416, MD421, e906, e604 (3)
  • Audix D4, i5
  • Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon
  • Oktava MK012 (4, Joly PE Mod, Red LDCs)
  • Studio Projects CS5 (2)
  • Ear Trumpet Labs Josephine
  • Placid Audio Copperphone
Mic Preamps, Channel Strips & DI
  • Neve 1073 DPD
  • API 3124+ (2) (total 8 channels of 312)
  • Forssell SMP-2
  • Thermionic Rooster
  • Millenia Origin STT-1 (2)
  • Retro Instruments Power Strip
  • TAB-Funkenwerk V78M
  • UA 4-710d, Solo 610
  • AEA TRP
  • Symetrix 202
  • Mindprint DTC
  • Mackie Onyx 800R
  • ART Tube MP Studio (2)
  • A-Designs REDDI
  • Radial JDI, JDI Duplex Mk4
Equalization
  • Pultec EQP-1A3 (2), MEQ-5 (2)
  • Manley Massive Passive, Mini Massive
  • Avalon AD2055
  • Dangerous BAX EQ
  • API 5500
  • BFE Filtek Mark III (2)
  • Ashly PQX-572
Dynamics
  • SSL G Series Bus Compressor
  • Neve 33609/JD
  • Thermionic Phoenix
  • UA LA-2A, 1176LN
  • Tube Tech CL1B
  • Avalon AD2044
  • Empirical Distressor (2)
  • Aphex 622 Gate (2)
  • Art Pro VLA 2, Pro VLA (both w/NOS tubes)
  • dbx 166 blackface
Outboard Effects
  • Bricasti M7
  • Lexicon PCM96, MX400
  • UA Apollo 16
  • Eventide TimeFactor, PitchFactor
  • Kurzweil Rumour
  • Funk Logic Palindrometer
Guitars
  • Anderson Atom
  • Fender '93 Strat Deluxe, '72 Tele Thinline reissue
  • Paul Branin Strat clone with Wilkinson tremelo and Fender N3 Alnicos
  • Epiphone ES5 reissue, Les Paul Classic
  • Taylor '95 412
  • Guild DV4 Dreadnought (made in Tacoma)
  • Orpheus Valley Fiesta FC Cedar/Rosewood Classical Guitar
  • Seagull SM12 Spruce 12 String
  • Art & Lutherie Cedar Parlour
  • Lucero Spruce/Mahogany Classical Guitar
  • Sadowsky MS5 5-string J bass
  • Warwick Corvette Std V Bass Fretted and Fretless models (bubinga, ovangkol, wenge)
  • Fender Marcus Miller IV Jazz Bass
  • Musicman '98 Sterling 4 Bass, jazz neck
  • Michael Kelly Club 4 Acoustic Bass, w/Fishman Rare Earth Bass pickup
  • Rogue Fretless 4, Hofner copy, Mandolin
Guitar Amplifiers
  • Swart Atomic Space Tone II Head & 1x12 Cab
  • Marshall 2061x Lead & Bass 20 (Handwired Plexi-era reissue)
  • Lee Jackson XLS1000 boutique JCM800-style head
  • Vox AC30 reissue head w/ Vox Alnico Blue 2x12 cabinet
  • Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb reissue, Weber F150 speaker, JJ Tubes
  • Blackstar Artisan 100 (handwired boutique 4xEL34)
  • Soldano JCA100HDM (4x6L6)
  • Avatar 4x12 Vintage Cab, Hellatone 30 (2), Vintage 30 (2)
  • King 1x15 Cabinet w/Jensen speaker
  • Fender Blues Deluxe
  • Traynor Custom Valve 40 w/ Extension Cab, JJ Tubes, Jensen Speaker
  • Orange Tiny Terror
  • Danelectro Nifty Fifty
  • Epiphone Valve Jr (2, modded and upgraded)
  • Ampeg Heritage SVT (300W Tube Bass Amp Made In USA)
  • Ampeg Heritage B-15
  • Fender TBP-1 Bass Preamp
  • Ampeg SVPCL Bass Preamp
  • Crown 600 watt Power Amp
  • Aguilar GS-112 Bass Cab
  • Avatar B210 Neo 2x10 Bass Cab
  • Radial X-Amp Reamp
  • THD Hot Plate (2)
Guitar Effects
  • Diamond Memory Lane II
  • Eventide TimeFactor, PitchFactor
  • Moogerfooger Analog Delay, Lowpass Filter, Ring Modulator, Freq Box, MuRF
  • Keeley 4-knob Compressor
  • Fulltone Distortion Pro, Clyde Deluxe Wah
  • Red Witch Deluxe Moon Phaser
  • Electro-Harmonix Stereo Poly Chorus
  • ZVex Vexter Box of Rock
  • Blackstar HT-Boost
  • Dunlop Cry Baby (w/Fasel inductor)
  • Peterson Stroboflip Tuner
  • Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Classic
  • Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde
  • Ibanez AD-9 Analog Delay
  • Marshall Guv'nor, Reflector
  • MXR Phase 90 w/R28 "Script" Mod, M-108 Ten Band EQ
  • Vox Tonelab ST
  • Line 6 Echo Park, Space Chorus, Liqua-Flange
  • Ernie Ball 6166 Volume Pedal
  • Guyatone ST2 Compressor
  • Digitech Bad Monkey
  • Arion Tubulator (w/adjustable voltage adapter)
  • Boss AD-5 Acoustic Processor, ML-2 Metal Core, MT-2 Metal Zone, NS-2 Gate, TU-12 Tuner, DB-12 Metronome
  • Ashdown Envelope Filter
  • SansAmp Bass Driver DI
  • Voodoo Lab Amp Switcher and Radial ABY
  • Moog & Roland Expression Pedals, Boss Footswitches, Ebow
Keyboards
  • 1984 Steinway Grand Piano Hamburg Model A (The pinnacle of perfection in modern piano making, offering the clearest, most detailed, most expressive recordings available.)
  • 1926 Steinway Grand Piano Model L (With all original components and in outstanding condition, this "golden era" piano, ideal for studio recording, is a must-play.)
  • Peterson 12/11 Hammered Dulcimer
  • Moog Minimoog Voyager RME with VX-351, VX-352, CP-251
  • Korg MS-20 (1978 modular synth), R3 synth/vocoder, Monotron
  • Roland Juno-60 (1982 polysynth), A90EX 88 key weighted controller
  • DSI Mopho monosynth
  • Korg Wavedrum, padKontrol
  • Vermona DRM-1 MkIII
  • Jomox MBase 11
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Trilian
  • Bluthner Digital Model One piano
  • Art Vista Virtual Grand piano
  • Synthology Ivory + Italian Grand
  • NI Komplete 9 Ultimate
  • Korg Legacy Collection Complete
  • Arturia Moog Modular V, Novation V-station
  • EWQL Symphonic Silver
  • Garritan Stradivari Violin, Gofriller Cello, Personal Orchestra 4, Jazz & Bigband
Drums
  • DW 6pc "Short Stack" maple, with fast toms 10 12 14 16, 5x13, and unique 20x10 Kick
  • Gretsch 7pc Maple Renown, 20x22, 8, 10, 12, 14x14, 16x16, 6.5x14
  • Ludwig 1969 Superphonic 5x14 snare
  • Rodgers 1966 Powertone 5x14 snare
  • Leedy 1953 Mahogany 7x14 snare
  • Ludwig 1920's Universal 5x14 single-bead steel snare
  • Crockett Tubs 6.5x14 hammered bronze snare
  • DW X-Shell Birch 5x14 snare
  • Orange County custom 10ply 5x14, 7x13 maple snares
  • Pork Pie Big Black 6.5x14 snare
  • Tama Metalworks 6.5x13 snare
  • Pearl 3.5x14 free floating maple piccolo, 3x14 brass piccolo, 5x10 "firecracker" snares
  • Hi-hats: Zildjian K Custom Hybrid 14.25" & 13.25", K-Z Combo 13", Post-Sabian Trash hats 14", Stagg 10"
  • Ride Cymbals: Zildjian K Custom Hybrid 21", K Custom Dark 22", A & Cie 20", 80's Ping 22", Meinl Soundcaster Fusion Powerful 22", Stagg Heavy Raw 20"
  • Crash Cymbals: Michael Paiste Handmade Concert 20", Dream Bliss 20", Zildjian Constantinople 18", K Custom Dark 18", Sabian Ozone 18", Diril 16", Ufip Natural 16"
  • China Cymbals: Sabian Paragon 19", Holy China 17", Chinese Trash 20", Thai Trash 12", Chinese Gong 22"
  • Small Cymbals: Ufip Natural 10" and 8" Splashes , ZBP 8", Stagg 8" and 7" Bells
  • Stylus RMX, Steven Slate Trigger Platinum, Drumagog, BFD2, Superior 2.0
Percussion
  • PaulE 100% wood Djembe and Dumbek "Burg-E" and "Bill-E"
  • Hand-carved Djembes from Guinea, Mali
  • Small and large Udus
  • LP Aspire Conga y Quinto, Bongos
  • Gon Bops Bongos, Meinl Bongo Cajon, Cuica, Tamborims
  • Chromatic Orff Alto and Soprano Xylophones
  • Leedy Glockenspiel c. 1930
  • G minor pentatonic tongue drum, African Kalimba
  • Full range of Grover, Pearl, LP, RhythmTech woodblocks
  • Spectrasound Mark Tree, Thai Ceremonial Bells
  • Wood and Bamboo Didgeridoos, Harmonicas, Melodica, Samba Whistle
  • Claves, Triangles, Tambourines, Castanets, Agogos, More Cowbell
  • And nearly anything that can be hit, shaken, or struck with

 

All items are available at all times and are in flawless operating condition.
There is a $150 tuning and maintenance fee, good for 30 calendar days,
for use of a Steinway. All other instruments are available at no extra charge.

Spicemix is a solar powered facility.