Chris "Frenchie" Smith

Chris “Frenchie” Smith founded the Bubble in 1998, and has had the honor of working with international and local acts such as Jet, The Toadies, The Dandy Warhols, The Front Bottoms , and The Datsuns. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy for his work on the Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Live À La Blue Moon album. To the studio, Frenchie brings a depth of knowledge, a passion to get the best out of every artist’s performance, and if you visit on the right day, his dog Agnes.

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Alex Lyon

Prior to joining the Bubble as a partner in 2002, Alex Lyon put in time at renowned studios across the Northeastern US, including Supersonic Studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City’s historic Skyline Recording Studios of Steely Dan fame. As The Bubble’s senior mastering engineer, Alex works to frame songs to feel just the way artists intend, in perfect balance from start to finish across audio systems and media formats.

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Recording Studio Equipment

RECORDING STUDIO EQUIPMENT

CONSOLE

API 3208 Analog Console

RECORDERS AND CONVERSION

Mac - Pro Tools HDX

Lynx Aurora (n) 32-TB I/O

Crane Song HEDD 192

MONITORING

Urei 813

Pelonis 110

Yamaha NS10

Mytex Digital Private Q2 System - 4 boxes

TUBE MICS

Telefunken 251

Neumann U67

Wunder Audio U47

Neumann UM57

CONDENSOR MICS

Neumann KM 84 (x2)

Neumann U 47 FET

AKG C 414 EB

Sony C37P (x2)

RIBBON MICS

Coles 4038 (x2)

AEA R84

DYNAMIC MICS

Sennheiser MD 421-II (x6 (4 white, 2 black))

Beyer M201 TG

Shure SM7B (x2)

Shure SM57 (x3)

COMPRESSORS

Universal Audio LA-2A

Universal Audio 1176

Urei 1176

Urei LA-3A

Alan Smart C1

Alan Smart C2

Retro Instruments 176

Chandler Limited Zener Limiter

Spectra Sonics V610 Complimiter (x2)

Abbey Road EMI RS124

Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor

DBX 160XT (x4)

PREAMP & EQ

Neve 1073 (x2)

Telefunken V72 (x2)

Chandler TG2

Abbey Road EMI REDD.47

Ampex 601 (x2)

Pultec EQP-1S3

Pultec EQP-1A3

Pultec MEQ-5 (x2)

Chandler Curve Bender

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Mastering Equipment

MASTERING EQUIPMENT

MONITORING

B&W Nautilus 802

Pass Labs X260.8 Mono-blocks

CONVERSION

LavryGold AD122-96 MX

Crane Song Solaris Quantum D/A

PEAK LIMITERS

Crane Song STC-8 Stereo Compressor Peak Limiter

Spectra Sonics 1964 V610 Analog Peak Limiter

Maselec HF Limiter

EQUALIZERS

Sontec MES-432D/9

Manley Massive Passive Mastering

API 5500

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