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the recording studio

about the studio

The Machines with Magnets recording studio is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, minutes from Providence and conveniently situated between New York and Boston. In our uniquely designed studio, local, national and international artists have found an inspiring environment for making records for over a decade. 

Operated by Producers / Engineers Keith Souza and Seth Manchester, the studio specializes in recording, mixing, mastering, post production for film and video, voice-over and audiobook production. The main recording studio is a five-room acoustically designed and sound-proofed recording facility. It includes a variety of carefully chosen analog and digital gear. Equipped with Pro Tools HDX, 32 channels of Apogee Symphony I/O, an Otari 2″ 16 track tape machine, API and Thermionic Culture mixing consoles, a Yamaha C3 Grand Piano and an extensive collection of new and vintage equipment, microphones and instruments, Machines with Magnets can accommodate the needs of the most demanding recording situations. Additionally, the studio is connected to our gallery/venue via 32 channels of balanced mic/lines. This fully integrates the venue into the studio environment, allowing the studio to record live performances, large ensembles, or simply use the space as an echo chamber.



API 2448 discrete 24 mono (48 in mixdown), 4 stereo channel inline mixing console with 24 channels of mic preamplication, 8 channels of 550a equalization, 8 channels of 550b equalization, 6 channels of 560 equalization, 4 channels of 527 compression and 2 channels of 525 compression.
Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard 12 channel valve mixer


Meyer Sound HD-1 (2)
Mackie HR824 (6)
Furman HDS-


Otari MTR-90 MKII 2″ with new Otari heads 2006. Electronic upgrades by John Klett at Technical Audio. Mechanical upgrades by Jeff Gilman at MDI Precision Motor Works.
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX with 32 channels of Apogee Symphony I/O
Digidesign Pro Tools HD2 with 8 channels of of Apogee
Rosetta I/O
Digidesign Sync I/O + MIDI I/O
Metric Halo Mobile I/O
Tascam MSR-16 16-track 1/2″
Panasonic SV3800 DAT


Yamaha Subkick Heil PR40
Strasser M800
Sennheiser 407
Sennheiser e609
Sennheiser 403
Altec 175 (2)
Altec 165 (2)
Altec 195 (3)
Microtech Geffel m930 (2)
AEA r88 (stereo) Akg c414 (matched pair w/ c-12 capsules)
Audio Technica 4050
Soundelux ifet7 Shure KSM32
Telefunken U47m
Altec 165 / 175
Altec 195
Earthworks TC-30k (matched pair)
Earthworks QTC-40 (matched pair)
Josephsons e22 (2)
Shure SM-81 (2)
AEA r92 Coles 4038
Beyerdynamic m130
Beyerdynamic m160 (2)
Electrovoice V1 (restored and upgraded by Stephen Sank)
Royer r121 (2)
Royer r122 AKG d112 (2)
Beyerdynamic m69 (3)
Beyerdynamic m81
Electrovoice RE-20 Sennheiser md441 (2)
Sennheiser T2 Shure SM-7 Shure SM-57 (3)
Shure SM-58 (2)
Shure 55s (2)


Echoplate Plate Reverb
Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture
Lexicon MXP-1
Alesis Microverb 3
Alesis Quadraverb
Roland Space Echo (2)
Electroharmonix Stereo Memory Man
Ibanez AD202 analog delay
ADA Flanger
DBX 110 Subharmonic Synthesizer
Lexicon PrimeTime
Orban Stereo Synthesizer 245e/245f (2)
Orban Spring Reverb 111b (2)
 H910 Harmonizer
Eventide Instant Flange
Dangerous Music S+M

Effect pedals

Ibanez AD9
Electroharmonix Bass Microsynth
Electroharmonix Big Muff
Electroharmonix POG
PI Mu-Tron III
B-Sharp Music Malasadas (3)
B-Sharp Music Grim Rimmer
MXR Blue Box
MXR Phase 90
MXR Dynacomp
MXR Analog Delay (vintage)
Radial Tonebone
Boss Blues Driver
Boss Metal Zone
Crews Maniac Sound DPA-2B
Danelectro Free Speech
Digitech PDS-1002 Two-Second Digital Delay
Digitech PDS-20/20 Multi-play Delay
Akai headrush E2
Boomerang Phrase Sampler Line 6 DL4

Keyboards + Electronics

Wurlitzer 200A (2)
Hammond M1
Moog Rogue
Roland SH101
Roland JX-8P
Yamaha DX7
Farfisa Portorgan
Yamaha YC30
ARP Omni

CompressioN + LIMITING

API 525 (2)
API 527 (4)
Empirical Labs EL-8 Distressor (2)
Chandler TG-1
Manley Slam
Smart Research C2
Pendulum Audio PL-2
Universal Audio 1176 (2)

preamplification + equalization

Chandler LTD-1 (2)
Chandler Germanium (2)
Manley Massive Passive
Manley Slam
GML 8200
API 512 (4)
API 550b (10)
Skibbe Electronics 736-5
Vintec 573
Universal Audio 610 (2)
Sytek MPX4A

grand piano

Yamaha C3 Grand Piano

Synths, effects + Samplers

Yamaha PS70
Alesis Micron
Casio SK-1 sampling keyborad (3)
Casio SA7 Simmons SDS-8 drum module (2)
ADA Pitchtraq
Korg Electribe ER-1
Boss DR55
Soviet Drum Synthesizers (2)
Triadex The Muse
Random vintage drum modules


Fender Jaguar 1962
Gibson SG Jr. 1969
Rickenbacker 4003
Martin Acoustic Guitar
Fender P-Bass
National ValPro
CP Thornton The Classic


Ampeg SVT Classic
Soldano SLO-100
Sovtek Midget 50H (wooden)
Late 60’s Vox AC30
Roland JC120
Ampeg Super Jet
Polytone Mini-Brute V
Kay K550
Haynes Jazz King II
Kasino Little Joe w/ matching cabinet
Fender Bandmaster 1968 w/ matching 2×12 cab
Fender Bassman w/ matching 2×12 cab
Ampeg V4 1970 bass amplifier
Traynor YBA-1 1970 w/ matching 2×12 cab
Gallien-Krueger 800rb
Custom Fender Champ clone
Rascal GA10 (blue)


Ampeg 8×10
Ampeg 4×10
Leslie 147 w/ tube amplifier stage
Domenickized Traynor YT12 4 x 12
Domenickized Traynor YT15 2 x 15


70’s Gretsch kit kick 22″ snare 14″ chrome rack tom 13″ floor tom 16″
60’s Rogers kit snare 14″ maple rack tom 13′ floor tom 16″ kick drum 20″
DW Maple 22″, 10″, 14″
Yamaha maple custom kit snare 14″ toms 10″, 12″, 14″, 16″ kick drum 20″
DW snare 13″ maple
Mapex snare 14″ brass


Apple MacPro
Pro Tools HDX
Sony Oxford Plugins
Serato Pitch ‘n Time 3