The MrVO Studio

Two Tin Cans and a String

A long, long time ago, in a world where analog was king, a boy dreamed of owning his very own recording studio. But it would’ve cost millions! Today, anybody with enough money to buy a high-mileage used car can build a pretty good digital studio in a spare bedroom.

Still, having the right stuff, and knowing how to use it, marks the dividing line between the hobbyist and the pro. Here’s what Joe Van Riper uses to work as a pro:

Studio System
MacPro Tower computer (dual core)
Macbook Air
Digital: Roland VM 3100 Pro
Analog: Behringer XENYX1204FX
Senheiser MKH 416 P48
Shure SM-57
Apogee MiC
Behringer B-1
Mic Pre-Amps
Joe Meek VC3Q
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Twisted Wave
Phone Patch Options
Google+ Hangout
Studio Monitors
Altec Lansing
Meda O-N-E 3a (lo-fi mix reference)
Headphone Monitors
Sony MCR-7506 Professonal
Sony MDR-V600 Dynamic

Throw in a few external hard drives for storage, stacks of archived CDs, a bunch of acoustic wall panels, bass traps, and heavy drapes for sound management along with a pile of sound design software, digital audio workstations, and a wine fridge, and you’ve got a pretty workable little voiceover studio.