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Randall Michael

Theta Sound Studio - because the world needs your music!

Burbank, United States
Standard Opening Days
tue. wed. thu. fri. sat.
Standard Opening Hours
From 13:00 To 23:00
Studio Type
  • Recording Studio

Services
  • Arrangement
  • Recording
  • Mastering
  • Mixing

Staff
  • Sound engineer included

Description - Theta Sound Studio

Established in 1977 by Producer / Songwriter / Composer, Randall Michael Tobin, Theta Sound has evolved into one of the most versatile and comfortable recording environments in the Los Angeles area.

Located near Walt Disney Studios in the peaceful equestrian district of Burbank, California, Theta Sound provides a uniquely special recording experience for songwriters, recording artists and composers seeking to turn their artistic visions into sonic reality.

Besides being an award-winning engineer, Randall is available to provide whatever creative services are needed for your project including: arranging, musician services, producing, collaborating, songwriting, lyric writing, album mastering, video production, online video management, album package design, CD replication, and website design.

Equipment List

Plugins

COMPUTER-BASED MIDI & DIGITAL AUDIO SYSTEMS

Intel i7 Quad Core 3.4ghz PC, 16gb RAM, 12 tb storage, Windows 7 Pro
Intel Core Duo 2.8ghz PC, 4gb RAM, 3.5 tb storage, XP Pro
Mark of the Unicorn 2408 mk I 24-Channel Digital Audio Interface

Studio Monitors

JBL 4301
Yamaha NS10M
Auratone

While working for Electrosound in 1978, Randy (our illustrious founder and still chief cook and bottle washer) became a JBL certified speaker reconer so that the blown speakers coming in from the touring rock shows (like Ted Nugent and Rod Stewart) could be repaired and sent back out on the tour. While performing this task, he had the opportunity to listen to all kinds of JBL speakers. When a pair of 4301B control room monitors arrived, he tested them out and noticed how linear they sounded. Randy bought a pair for Theta Sound and they’ve been our trusted main speakers ever since. They’ve been reconed a few times over the years but they still sound honest, which translates into mixes that sound good on almost any playback system. And just for comparison, we have vintage Yamaha NS10Ms and Auratone cubes.

Preamplifiers

FMR RNP8380 (4 channels)

We’ve never been too obsessed over mic preamps, probably because our console mic pres did a decent job and because great mic pres cost as much as a small car. But when we heard about the Really Nice Preamp, we just had to check it out. This little 2-channel jobber sounds as good as the big boys at a fraction of the price. We liked it so much, we bought two, giving us four channels of really nice input (which just happens to work great for piano and voice, guitar and voice, or a barber shop quartet!).

Dynamics

OUTBOARD COMPRESSOR/LIMITER/GATES

dbx 1066
dbx 166
dbx 163
Valley People Dyna-mite
MXR Dual Comp
Drawmer 5050 De-esser

Some engineers/mixers/producers like to work entirely “in the box” (that’s the lingo for doing all th

Microphones

AKG “The Tube”
AKG 414
Audio Technica 4047 (2)
Rode NT2A (2)
Countryman Isomax (5)
Groove Tubes Convertible (4)
Rode VideoMic (2)
Shure SM 57 (4)
Shure Beta 57
Heil PR20 (4)
Electro Voice PL-20
Beyer Double Ribbon M160 (2)
Doctor Fun’s Outrageous Tin Can Blues Harp Mic

Over the past 30+ years, we’ve acquired a versatile mic collection. Our flagship condenser microphone is “The Tube,” an original reissue by AKG of Austria. We also have a classic AKG 414, our first studio-grade mic, purchased in the early 80s. Not so common are our Countryman Isomax miniature mics used for drum overheads and for recording our grand piano when the lid is closed. Our most recent addition is Doctor Fun’s Outrageous Tin Can Blues Harp Mic, a gritty, gutsy device designed expressly for blues harp (but adds lots of character to any acoustic source).

Effects

OUTBOARD DIGITAL EFFECTS PROCESSORS

Lexicon PCM 70
Roland SRV 2000
Yamaha SPX-90
Korg SDD2000
Inter-City Aural Exciter
Alesis Wedge

Effects processors have been the holy grail of the recording world since someone figured

Keyboards

INSTRUMENTS and SOUND MODULES

Yamaha C5 Conservatory Grand Piano with the Forte MIDI Mod
Roland Jupiter-8 with MIDI Mod
Korg Triton Le
Roland XV-5080
Roland XV-5050
Roland MKS-20 Piano Module
Yamaha Motif Rack
Rol

Drums

Slingerland Drum Set with Camco Snare, Tama Hardware

OTHER STUFF

416 Point Patch Bay Matrix
Technics CD Player
Dual 1229 Turntable w/ Shure V15 Cartridge
MESA/Boogie Studio Guitar Preamp
dbx Analog Noise Reduction
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Consoles

Sure, we’ve got gear. Vintage, modern and in between. But at Theta Sound it’s not how much gear we’ve got, it’s how much we get out of the gear. Having never won the Lottery, we’ve had to make key decisions based on client needs and expected results. Our equipment is quiet and flexible allowing us to do projects of almost any nature: Big Band, Indie Singer/Songwriter, Classical, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Choral, Rock, Voice-over and Spoken Word–we’ve got you covered.

Our recordings have been compared to studios costing far more. So, even if you haven’t won the Lottery, at Theta Sound, you get winning results!

CONSOLE
Ramsa 80 x 16 x 2

Computers may have taken over many aspects of sound and video production, but there’s nothing like a console for tracking and monitoring. Our Panasonic Professional RAMSA boards (two of them linked together) have been reliable, hard-working desks for many years.

Recorders

ANALOG/DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDERS

Alesis HD24XR 24-Track Digital Multitrack (up to 96k/24-bit)
Tascam DA-88 Digital Multitrack
Tascam DA-38 Digital Multitrack (3)
Tascam MS-16 Analog 16 Track w/ dbx NR
Tascam TSR-8 Analog 8 Track w

Converters

DIGITAL CLOCK / SYNCHRONIZERS

Mark of the Unicorn Digital Timepiece
Mark of the Unicorn Midi Timepiece A/V
Fostex 4030/4035 Video/SMPTE

There was a time when tape machines needed to be synchronized with other machines, to make more tap

Instruments

INSTRUMENTS and SOUND MODULES

Yamaha C5 Conservatory Grand Piano with the Forte MIDI Mod
Roland Jupiter-8 with MIDI Mod
Korg Triton Le
Roland XV-5080
Roland XV-5050
Roland MKS-20 Piano Module
Yamaha Motif Rack
Rol

Video

VIDEO

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Creative Cloud Editors
Adobe Encore CS6 DVD Authoring System
JVC 850 3/4″ Video Editing Recorder
JVC 600 3/4″ Video Recorder
JVC RM 86U Editor
JVC Video Monitors
JVC HF-750 VHS HiFi

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$150.00