RAINDIRK LN1 "Symphony" 48 channels
RCA Broadcast mixer BC-7A
GENELEC 1031A x6
DYNAUDIO SUB BX30 x2
available 5.1 system in control room with 5 Genelec 1031, 2 Dynaudio BX30 Dolby 5.1 calibrate
YAMAHA P 2160
NEVE 1073 Vintage x2
UNIVERSAL AUDIO 8110
TRIDENT B-RANGE x2
RCA BA72 x4
CADAC G320-J x2
CALREC PQ1785 x2
MCI JH-400 channel
TUBE-TECH MP 1A
SPL Area 5.1
TAPE MACHINE / RECORDER
2 MCI JH-24 24 tracks 2"
Dolby XPS SR noise reduction 24 tracks
SOUNDCRAFT series 760 16 tracks 2"
PRESTO N6 mono vinyl recorder
1 APPLE MACPRO 5.1 ( 2x2,66 Ghz 6 core ) intel xeon processors
whit Avid HDX
1 APPLE MACPRO 1.1 ( 4x2,5 Ghz ) intel xeon processors
whit Digidesign PCIe PRO-TOOLS HD 3 ACCEL
1 APPLE POWERMAC G5 dual processor
TASCAM DA-98 HR
TASCAM DA-78 HR
RECORDING / EDITING SOFTWARE
PRO-TOOLS HD 12.4
PRO-TOOLS HD 10.3.10
PRO-TOOLS HD 8.1
LOGIC PRO 10.2.2
LOGIC PRO 9
AUDIO DIGITAL INTERFACE
AVID 16 I/O
DIGIDESIGN 192 I/O whit 192 A/D expansion card 8 in *
2 DIGIDESIGN 192 I/O whit 192 D/A expansion card 8 out *
LYNX AURORA 16
DIGIDESIGN MBOX 2
DIGIDESIGN Sync I/O x2
EMAGIC Unitor 8 mkII
ALTIVERB 7 XL
AAX dsp/native [PRO TOOLS HD 12.4 - HD 10.3.10]
TDM/RTAS [PRO-TOOLS HD 8]
PRO-TOOLS HD PACK 6 / 5.0
MASSIVE PACK 5
2 UREI Teletronix LA-2A
MANLEY Variable MU Limiter/Compressor
EMPIRICAL LABS EL8X Distressor
AMEK (Rupert Neve) System 9098 Dual Compressor/Limiter
SSL clone VCA (DBX 202) Stereo Compressor with ext side chain
2 EMT 257 Limiter
ADR Vocal Stresser F769X-R
SPL Transient Designer 4 ch.
3 DRAWMER Dual Gate DS 201
Aphex Compellor 300 vintage
Aphex Compellor 320
Aphex EasyRider 4ch
Crest CPL 1288 Dual Compressor
NEUMANN W495 2ch Equalizer
ECHOLETTE NG51 TAPE DELAY
LEXICON PCM 70
LEXICON MPX 500
2 YAMAHA SPX 90 II
Spring Reverb PEAVEY ValveVerb
APHEX Aural Exciter Type C
APHEX Aural Exciter + Desser mod.602
GML 9550 DIGITAL NOISE FILTER
GML HRT9300-H AD CONVERTER
LEXICON A/D CONVERTER 20/20 AD
2 AKG D 12
AKG D 112
5 AKG D 224 E
2 AKG C 414 B-ULS
AKG C 414 B-TL II / stereo matched pair
2 AKG 451 EB
2 AKG the tube
BEYERDYNAMIC MC 740 N
BEYERDYNAMIC MC 742 N (C/7)
BEYERDYNAMIC M 88 TG
BEYERDYNAMIC M 69 TG
1 DPA 5100 surround array
4 DPA 4006 / surround matched
2 DPA 4011 /stereo matched pair
2 DPA BLM 4060
2 DPA 4060 miniature
EARTHWORKS QTC 50K / stereo matched pair
2 JOSEPHSON E 22 S
2 TELEFUNKEN U 47 ( '50s)
NEUMANN CMV 563 M 9
NEUMANN CMV 5/B M 7 (1937)
NEUMANN M 49
2 NEUMANN U 67
2 NEUMANN TLM 170
1 NEUMANN KMS 85
1 SUBKICK custom made (ns10 woofer)
1 SHURE SM 7 B
4 SHURE SM 57
1 SHURE SM 81
4 SHURE beta 56
ELECTRO-VOICE N/D 868
2 SCHOEPS Colette CMC 5U
2 SCHOEPS MK4 Stereo Match
1 SCHOEPS MK41
MILAB VIP 50
MILAB LSR 1000
3 SENNHEISER MD 441 U
5 SENNHEISER MD 421
AEA N8 Stereo Set
2 RCA RIBBON BK-5B
2 ROYER R 122 mkI
ALTEC RIBBON 639
1 RNDI Rupert Neve DI
2 Active DI custom made
2 Passive DI custom made
2 Passive ReampBox custom made
1 RADIAL JDI
1 RADIAL REAMP PASSIVE
Vienna Symphonic Library
GEM PRO2 digital realpiano
MCI JH-110 1/4"
STUDER B-67 1/4"
NAGRA T 1/4"
REVOX B-77 1/4"
TASCAM DA-60 MK II
TASCAM CD -RW2000
TASCAM CD-RW 5000
TASCAM 301 MK II MD
TASCAM 102 MK II
6 BEHERINGER HA 4400
8 BEYERDYNAMIC DT 250
2 AKG K-141
Our microphones and outboard equipment are constantly maintained, therefore it might happen that not all gear is available at all times.
Please contact us for any special requests.
Acoustic Piano STEINWAY & SONS model B
Electric Piano FENDER Rhodes Mark I
Electric Guitar Gibson ES-125 TCD '69
Electric Guitar Fender Stratocaster American
Electric Guitar Fender Stratocaster Japan '89
Electric Guitar Eko Barracuda 62 (335 style) 12 strings
Acustic Guitar Yamaha 12 strings
Acustic Guitar Cort 6 strings
Banjo 6 e 8 strings
Electric Bass MacGuitar Jazz Bazz 4 strings
Electic Bass Warwick Thumb 4 strings
Electic Bass Laurus Quasar SL20 5 Strings
Drum Ludwig 4 drums whit
- 22" Kick
- 16" Floor Tom
- 2x 13" Tom
- 14" Snare
- Hardware HH
- 2 x Cymbal Stand
- DW 9000 Kick Pedal
Various etnic instruments
Bass Guitar Amplifier Ampeg SVT-Vr
Bass Guitar Cabinet Ampeg SVT-410HLF
Bass Guitar Amplifier SWR Working Man 15"
Electric Guitar Amplifier Fender Deville
Electric Guitar Amplifier Custom (Fender Super Reverb / Bassman style)
Electric Guitar Amplifier CORLAND (vintage italian combo)
Electric Guitar Amplifier DAVOLI Professional 8036 (vintage italian combo)
Electric Guitar Preamp SOLDANO SERIES II
Electric Guitar Preamp BRUNETTI CENTOUNO
Electric Guitar Preamp MARSHALL 9000
Roland TR 909
Roland TR 808
Roland TR 707
Roland TR 606
Roland CR 68
Roland CR 78
Roland CR 8000
Roland MC 303
Boss dr 55
Boss dr 110
Boss dr 220
Korg Volca beats
Novation Drum Station
Analogue Solutions Europa sequencer
Korg ms20 mini
Korg ms20 MK1
Korg Microkorg XL
Korg Volca bass
Korg Volca fm
Korg Electribe 2
SCI Pro One
Kawai Sx 240
Roland Jupiter 6
Roland Jx3p + programmer Pg200
Moog Realistic mg1
Moog Slim Phatty
ARP Pro dgx
Teenage Engineering OP1
Logan String Melody
Shin ei FY6
Ibanez Standard Fuzz
Empath UFO fuzz
Empath percussive tremolo
Empah perculator clone
Visual sound Jekyll & Hide 1
DOD trash master
Boss dd3 delay
Boss pn2 stereo tremolo
Boss ps5 pitch/delay
Boss bf2 flanger
MXR phase 100
EH memory man deluxe vintage
Digitech XP300 space station
Korg Kaoss Pad 3
Moog Ring Modulator MF 102
Roland Space Echo RE - 150
Roland Space Echo RE - 301
Korg Stage Echo SE 300
Rickenbacker 4001 1974
Acoustic 370 bass head
Fbt Jonas Hellborg bi amplified bass system
Davoli Thrilling combo tube/solid state made in Italy early 70's
Selmer TV8 blue grey truevoice with tremolo made in U.K. late '50 / early 60'
Control Room (8 m x 5,3m)
designed by French acoustic designer Christian Malcurt (APIA)
Recording Room A (8,5 m x 6 m x 4,5 m)
designed by French acoustic designer Christian Malcurt (APIA) &
Studio Sound Service
Recording Room B (5,4 m x 3,7m x 2,7m)
S.A.M. Studio, founded by Mirco Mencacci during 80's, is located in the precious 12th century village of Lari, in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful countryside, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of Italy. Next to Lari castle, this residential recording studio offers Christian Malcurt designed control room is a 48 channel LN1 Raindirk Symphony console, several racks of vintage valve gear as well as modern equipment, Pro Tools rig as well as a 2" 16-track Soundcraft machine; a main live room (8.6m x 6m x 4.5m ) that houses a Steinway grand piano and a smaller recording room, in addition to countless microphones (a few of which are very rare) and backline instruments. Away from the session guests will have the sole use of a stylish apartment just 70 meters from the studio. Everything is inside the medieval walls of a lovely small village, that offers relaxing culture, good food and exceptional wine.
Lari is the ideal location to concentrate on the joy of creating music. This is a truly stunning place to make a record, in fact many artists having produced albums here; from Mauro Refosco to Irio de Paula, Stefano Bollani to Anthony Sidney, from Ornella Vanoni to Tony Scott, from Sportfreunde Stiller to Playing for Change, from Nguyên Lê to Marina Rei and more. We have also welcomed major independent Italian rock bands such as Teatro degli Orrori, One Dimensional Man and Zen Circus, as well as jazz musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Luca Flores, Enrico Pierannunzi, Danilo Rea, Enrico Rava and Eddie Wied, as well as sound engineers such as Patrick Dillet, Tommaso Colliva, Raffaele Stefani, Ivan Rossi, Giulio Ragno Favero.
SAM Studio's control room measures 8m x 5.3m. Here you can find a 48-channel Raindirk Symphony LN1 console, a model that has recorded or mixed live concerts such as the Three Tenors, the Barcelona Olympics, Pavarotti in the Park and "The Wall" concert in Berlin. ELO and The Traveling Wilburys used a Raindirk Symphony LN1 in their studios. The control room is equipped with vintage valve gear as well as modern equipment and clients have the option to use a 2" 16-track Soundcraft analog recording system or Pro Tools (32In / 56out). The control room at SAM is brilliantly designed to create a highly accurate acoustic. There is also a 2-seat sofa set away from the main area allowing clients to relax without having to leave the room.
During your session there will be two technicians always at your disposal. Wi-fi access and an FTP address are available as is a coffee bar and terrace with views of the hills.
RECORDING ROOM A
Recording Room A measures 8.5m x 6m and is 4.5m high. It features a beautiful Steinway grand piano and boasts a distinguished acoustic thanks to the abam hardwood diffusors installed into the walls in 2012. The room also provides some moveable acoustic isolation screens made from stone on one side and insulating material on the other, making it possible to modify the acoustics and/or to separate the musicians.
RECORDING ROOM B
Recording Room B (5.4m x 3.7m x h 2.7m) is characterized by a short reverberation time and is separated from Room A by a large window giving a clear line of sight between musicians. This room is also equipped with moveable acoustic isolation screens. Room B can also be turned into a second control room (24 in 8 out), offering the possibility to record and edit while other productions are carried out in the main control room - an indication of SAM Studios' versatility.
The machine room is situated above Room B, but thanks to specific wirings it can also be used as an amp booth. In addition to this isolation area, the stairwell of the studio is often used as an excellent echo room and is popular with all the sound engineers and musicians who come here.
A relaxing room equipped with sofa, armchair, conference table / dining room, kitchenette, work desk with speaker's.
SAM Recording Studio offers a comfortable studio flat consisting of a kitchenette, a living room with a sofa bed, a double bed in the sleeping area, a bathroom and air conditioning. It is located 70mt away from the studio.
Analog/digital for both live and overdub recordings, using two recording rooms. Live room A is 230m³ (8,5m x 6m x 4,5m) and Live room B is 55m³ (5,4m x 3,7m x 2,7m), both designed and built to be versatile in sound captures.
A wide range of acoustic, electric and electronic instruments to satisfy every creative/musical request.
A wide range of microphones and pre-amplifiers to create the right blend in every situation.
We also offer upon request on site/external recording, extending the gear according to the creative requirement.
A 110m³ control room designed by architectural acoustic designer Christian Malcurt, a vintage analog Raindirk LN1 Symphony 48 channels in line console, AVID PRO TOOLS digital system and numerous outboard signal processors allow any digital or analog recording to be mixed, exploiting the potential of both state-of-the-art digital machines and valued vintage machines.
We offer an online mixing service, please contact us to request estimates and methods to upload your multitrack recordings.
AUDIO RESTORATION, ARCHIVING AND TRANSFER
In order to preserve you audio archives, SAM Studio offers archiving, sound restoration and digitizing services from any format, having available numerous reading devices for vinyls (33, 45, 78 rpm), audio tapes (from 2 to 16 channels, 1/4" 1/2", TASCAM DA-98, TASCAM DA-78, ADAT, Minidisc, DAT) or Hard Drives (Alesis DD8).
SOUND DESIGN FOR CINEMA AND THEATRE, MUSIC PRODUCTIONS
Our staff made up by highly qualified cinema, theatre and music professionals, is internationally experienced and offers creative expert advice to implement your projects, from concept to production with our 3D recording proprietary system. Staff at SAM Studio will be glad to explain you the potentiality of this system that can become a new writing emotional key.
Besides the recording, editing and mixing services, SAM Recording Studio provides outdoor installations, video creations and live performance services for specific events thanks to an agreement with the Municipality of Lari and the openness e reception of the village's inhabitants. Furthermore, the studio has an agreement with the Theatre of Casciana Terme, Teatro Verdi, for the staging of musical and theatrical performances.
S.A.M. Studio is located in the precious 12th century village of Lari, in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful countryside.
Lari's medieval walls create an intimate and cosy atmosphere around the castle of Lari. Everything is within easy reach: the comfortable apartment, the coffee bar, the wine bar, the typical Tuscan cuisine restaurant, the 19th century tobacco shop, other small typical shops, the barber, the historical Pasta Martelli factory, the small theatre, and of course the studio itself. In addition, there is an ice-cream parlour, a cash dispenser, a bank, a library, a post office, a coin laundry, a pharmacy, a tourist information point, a medical center and more.
From the Medici castle, which is right in the middle of the village, you can see not only the Tyrrhenian sea and the Apuan Alps but also, on a clear day, Volterra and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
You can choose from a rich selection of accommodation options: farm holidays, bed and breakfasts, resorts, hotels, rented houses and villas, according to needs and tastes.
Staff at SAM Studio will be glad to help you find the best place to stay.
You can stay at a bed and breakfast just a few steps away from the studio or find a place nearby to enjoy the countryside or a swimming pool, no farther than 15 minutes from the studio.
Here is a list of accommodation options nearby.
SAM studio flat
Lari (1-minute walk from the studio) Villa Carlotta B&B
Via IV Novembre 2, Lari (3-minutes walk from the studio)
Tel. +39 0587 684117 / +39 333 8955979
Average price: 35€ / per person Residence Il Vigneto
Via Rimembranza 9, 56035 Lari (7-minute walk from the studio)
Tel. +39 392 7174611
Price: 280€ - 700€ / week (it depends on flat size / beds
Website Hotel Villa Margherita
Via Marconi 20, Casciana Terme (12 minutes by car from the studio)
Tel. +39 0587 646113
Price: 50€ - 65€ per person / per night
Website Villa Letizia
Cevoli di Lari (7 minutes by car from the studio)
Price: 4000€ - 6000€ / week (12/13 beds)
Website Villa Mimosa
via Torce e Malvento 12, Boschi di Lari (9 minutes by car from the studio)
Tel. +39 050 531601 / +39 347 0639594
Price: 1900€ - 2900€ / per week (12-16 beds)
Website Borgo di Gramugnana
Via Rimembranza 9, Lari (6 minutes by car from the studio)
Tel. +39 338 3298480
The price depends on flat size / beds
Website Vecchia Fattoria Castelli Farm house
Via Petrarca / Via della Cella 4B, Usigliano di Lari (10 minutes by car from the studio)
Tel. +39 335 5920686
Average price: 40€ / per person
Website Il Querceto Farm house
Via Querceto 20, Lari (3 minutes by car from the studio)
Tel. +39 0587 685256
Average price: 60€ / per apartment/per night (5 beds)
Website And many others
EAT & DRINK
You can eat and drink in the close proximity of the studio or find a place nearby to enjoy Tuscan world-famous traditional cuisine and fantastic panoramas.
Restaurants offer typical dishes made with local produce, like the typical t-bone steak or sliced fillet, pasta with wild boar or hare ragu, lasagne, ricotta and spinach tortellini, mixed meat or fish grills and much more.
Staff at SAM Studio will be glad to help you find the best place to eat and SAM studio has special agreements with all the coffee bars and restaurant of Lari.
Il Ponte Coffee Bar and La Bottega delle Specialita'
Via Armando Diaz, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio) Il Violino Rosso Wine Bar
Piazza Tommaseo 10, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio)
Tel. +39 0587 684084
Price: €10 - €20
Closed on Wednesdays Antica Osteria Al Castello Restaurant
Piazza Matteotti 13, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio)
Tel. +39 329 2088155
Price: €32 - €55
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays I burattinai
vicolo Pagolo da Lari 10, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio)
Tel. +39 0587 685453
Price: €20 - €30
Closed on Wednesday
Website Sister Fox Sandwich Shop
Via Trento e Trieste 8, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio)
Tel. +39 339 4035605
Average price: €5 / per sandwich Il Gallo Restaurant
Via Belvedere 1, Lari (3 minutes by car, 10-minute walk from the studio)
Tel. +39 0587 685233
Price: €10 - €30
Open every day Il Querceto Restaurant
Via Querceto 20, Lari (3 minute by car from the studio
Tel. +39 0587 685256
Price: €20 - €35
Open on request Osteria Bacco Perbacco Restaurant
Via delle Vigne 16, Boschi di Lari (7 minutes by car from the studio)
Tel. +39 0587 686119
Price: €15 - €30
Closed on Wednesday
Website Vecchia Fattoria Castelli Restaurant
Via Petrarca / Via della Cella 4B, Usigliano di Lari (10 minutes by car from the studio)
Tel. +39 335 5920686
Price: €25 - €40
Open on request
Website And many others
WHAT TO DO
SAM is 45 minutes from Florence, 30 minutes from Pisa and 40 minutes from the sea. You can also conveniently reach the Tuscan art cities in one hour, such as Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Siena, Lucca, San Giminiano, etc. And also you can go to the sea and beaches, Casciana Terme SPA or make the Tuscan Wine Routes or an horse riding.
56035 Lari - Pisa
Mobile: +39 348 3362787
Phone: +39 0587 351010
Fax: +39 0587 351009
Direct To Vinyl
A Vinyl Recording Session
First take it is!
The truth of music directly on vinyl
It is not a nostalgic operation, but an initiative that gives to musicians a unique experience that allows them to understand the essence of their artistic expression: a live room, a few basic tools, no fx or technological artifact, a monophonic microphone and a single recording channel, appropriately amplified and directed to the vinyl cutting lathe machine. And so, the musical performance ends directly on lacquer disc with a duration of few minutes.
The idea was born here, at SAM Recording Studio, where digital technology and vintage equipment coexist in the name of high-quality music production. Usually, SAM makes multitrack music productions with maximum digital resolution, but the value of a musical composition cannot be improved only by the use of technical possibilities offered by modern recording technologies. Indeed, too often today digital "correction" prevents artists from being aware of their limitations and committing themselves to overcoming them, improving themselves. Instead, what happens if we place the technological limits that give back to the musicians the truth of their composition and the task of arranging "in real time" playing together?
In this way Direct To Vinyl was born, real sessions of recording directly on lacquer disc, these are experiences that enhance the relationship between the musician and musical composition through true, unfiltered live recording, without technological mediations.
The first bands involved in the project (Zen Circus and Emma Morton & The Graces) have chosen consistently a song with vintage timbre, performed in essential formations: voice, guitar, bass, drums and piano or Hammond organ or only acoustic guitar and voice. The acoustic mix, curated by the sound engineer, did not involve any faders, but was obtained through an appropriate positioning of the sound sources (the instruments and possible amplifiers) compared to the microphone. That’s how they used to do it, starting around one hundred years ago. This is how each musician can listen to and control his own sound within the overall band. The vocalist, without any fx (like reverb or delay), and all the other musicians, must give the best of themselves trying not to make mistakes and never prevaricate others, because once the cutting enginner started to cut the lacquer disc (even after some appropriate general test of adjustment of musicians and equipment) nothing can be corrected.
In the SAM control room, the digital recording on Pro Tools (192 kHz, 32 bit) serves as a safety back up and a way of monitoring what is cutting on the lacquer disc, because repeated listening of the master disc, as you know, ends up damaging the support and, consequently, the quality of the playback.
When the lathe's arm is lifted from the newly cut lacquer disc and the reproduction phase begins, then all together, musicians and engineers, listen again to the unique and unmodifiable work of a unique performance, realised with the maximum commitment of everyone and, for this reason, holds great artistic value.
If you want to experiment your performance on lacquer disc, contact us!