Studios & Equipment

Our audio engineering classes are kept small to allow you plenty of time to work directly on our studio equipment with the instructors. We offer world-class “studio-standard” analog and digital gear for you to learn recording and music production techniques on. In addition, we bring in two working professional bands for you to record as final projects over 10 class days. You’ll spend additional time learning to edit, mix and master these tracks. During the recording sessions you’ll be learning proper mic placement using our collection of high-end microphones and how to route them through one of our two recording consoles and racks of analog preamps, equalizers, compressors and various effects.

Every student will also have access to their own iMac computer with digital interface and MIDI controller loaded with Pro Tools, Melodyne and access to all of the Universal Audio plug-ins. Read through our microphone and tracking equipment list below and click on the links above to view our studios and labs. Learn on actual studio equipment instead of just looking at pictures of it in a classroom.

Studios at Dark Horse Institute

The SSL Recording Studio

The SSL Studio based around our SSL 6056E/G+ console in a control room with finely tuned acoustics. Connected to this are two isolation rooms and our main live room, great for recording drums and strings. One iso room features a 7ft. Yamaha grand piano, a standard on hundreds of pop music releases, available for artists and audio engineering students to record on or just to play after hours.

SSL consoles are some of the most coveted audio recording and mixing desks in the world, walk into most major studios and there will be an SSL. You’ll have regular hands-on access to our SSL during your audio engineering courses at Dark Horse Institute. You’ll also have a chance to use it during at least one of your full band recording projects.

The SSL 6056E/G+
 console is a 56 channel 6056 E series console from Solid State Logic with a G+ series computer for VCA based automation. Eight channels carry modified G Series channel strips with Black EQ and every channel includes the onboard compression, EQ, and routing flexibility that have made the SSL so popular as a mixing platform. It also has the infamous master buss compressor that gives your studio mixes that perfect finishing touch, emulated by numerous plugins and copied by many outboard units.

Also in the studio is a Pro Tools rig and full rack of outboard gear used every day by top audio engineers around the world, designed and made by legendary names such as API, Rupert Neve, Summit, DBX, Brent Avrill and more.

Audio Engineering Program, SSL Studio


  • G+ VCA Automation with Total Recall on 56 channels plus 8 Groups and 3 Stereo Mix paths


  • (1) API 3124+ 
(1) DBX 786
(1) Summit Preamp
(1) Roland SRV-330
(2) Lexicon PCM-80
(1) TC 2290 Digital Effects Processor
  • (1) ADL Tube Compressor/Limiter
(1) Amek 9098 Compressor/Limiter
  • (1) Yamaha 1500 Delay
  • (1) BA 1073 Preamp

The Trident Recording Studio

Yes, this is the twin sister of the Trident Series
 80 recording console at Dark Horse Recording in The Lodge – another Series 80 console modified by electronics genius Bud Wyatt, with many of the same modifications; EQ, mix, summing amp, IC chip upgrades, solo safes, etc. It features a 40-input, 24 monitor and 24-bus custom external patch bay. Input and monitor sections can be linked for a total of 64 channels during mix-down.

This recording console is the brand of choice for nearly half a century’s worth of world-renowned recording artists.

Audio Engineering Program, Trident Studio


  • AMS / Neve Flying Faders
 40 channels plus Master Fader and one group fader


  • (2) Amek 9098 Preamp

  • (1) ADL Tube Compressor/Limiter
  • (2) EL-8 Distressor

  • (1) UA 1176LN
(1) Summit EQF-100

  • (3) DBX 902 De-Esser

  • (4) DBX 903 Compressor

  • (2) DBX 904 Gate
(4) Aphex EQF

  • (4) Aphex CX-1 Compression

  • (1) Roland SRV-330

Additional Equipment


(1) AKG C422 (Stereo Condensor)
(2) AKG C-451EB
(2) AKG D-112
(4) AKG 414 TLII
(4) Audio Technica 350
(4) Audio Technica 4033
(2) Audio Technica 4050
(2) Cascade Fat Head Ribbon
(1) Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon
(1) Crown PZM
(1) Electrovoice RE-20
(2) Microtech Gefell M200
(2) Microtech Gefell M-70

(1) Microtech Gefell M-900
(3) Microtech Gefell UM-92 Tube
(2) Microtech Gefell M-71
(2) Neumann M-147 Tube
(1) Neumann U-87
(2) Neumann M-582 Tube
(1) Peavey PVM 45
(2) Royer R122
(1) Sennheiser e835
(1) Sennheiser MD 441-U
(9) Sennheiser MD 421
(1) Shure Beta 52
(1) Shure Beta 57

(1) Shure Beta 58
(2) Shure SM-7
(1) Shure SM-54
(13) Shure SM-57
(4) Shure SM-81
(3) Shure KSM-44
(2) Shure KSM-32
(2) Shure KSM-141
(1) Shure KSM-137
(2) Sony ECM-33F
(1) TOA RD-14

Nearfield Monitoring

Genelec 1031
Emotiva Monitors

Mackie HR 824

Truth Audio Monitors


Yamaha C6 Grand Piano


(2) Digidesign Protools HDx Systems
(1) Digidesign Protools HD2 Accel System

(2) Otari Radar II Hard Disk Recorders
(2) Otari MTR-90 II 24-track Analog Recorders

(24) Avid Protools 10 Mbox 3 Systems

Two-Track Mix Programs

(2) Panasonic 3700 DAT Recorders
(1) Panasonic 3800 DAT Recorder

(2) Alesis Masterlink High Resolution Hard Disc Recorders

(1) Tascam CD-RW5000 Recorder

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