Home Studio Registry: Neal Nagaoka

Future plans/projects

Recently finished upgrading my studio and started recording projects and would like to produce other peoples music.


ESP Horizons, ESP M-III, Gibson Les Paul, Ovation Legend, Several Fender Strat and Tele, Misc. Electric and Acoustic 6 string and 12 string Guitars, Bass, and Baritone Guitar.


Yamaha S90 88 keys Keyboard, Roland keyboard solely used as a 64 key midi controller, 2 USB Oxygen 8 keyboard

Sound modules

Roland MGS-64, EXS-24 with several AKAI Sample CD Sounds, VST Instruments


Upgraded Roland TD-12 Electronic V-Drum Set with a Simmons DA200S Drum Amp, and Roland TD-4 Electronic Drum Set Used for midi triggering. Mainly using EXS-24 with tons of different sounding AKAI format Sampled drums and percussion CDs, BFD Drums, Ultrabeat Plugin. VSTI plugins, Alesis DM5, Roland R 70,


Hardware: TC Electronics G-System, Line 6 X3 Live pedalboard, Lexicon MPX-1, Lexicon MPX-500,for Reverb and other effects , Alesis Midiverb 4 for delays, Guitar Rig 3 w interface, Rocktron Chameleon 2000 and Roland GP 16 for processing the Guitar, Various Core Audio, Audiosuite and VST Plugins


Universal Audio 710 Twin Finity Mic Pre, Neumann TLM49, AKG C414 B-XLS, Rode K2/w NOS 1961 Mullard tube upgrade, AKG C1000, AKG C2000, 3 Shure SM 57 and SM beta 58


Yamaha 16 Channel Mixer, Mackie 1604 VLZ, Emagic Logic Control, PreSonus Digimax LT 8 channel Digital micpreamp, Mackie Big Knob.

Tape decks

Alesis ADAT XT, Tascam DA 30mkII, Tascam 102mk II, Macintosh Dual 1.25 G4 w/Echo Layla, Macbook 2.0 Intel DuoCore w/Presonus Firebox

Hard disk recorders

Power Mac 1.25 Dual G4 is used for storage.


Alesis Monitor Ones, Carvin fet 1000 power amp, Genelec 8020A Monitors, Carvin PA System with 1400 power Amp, Yamaha Subwoofer, Yamaha 6.1 surround system, 2 M-Audio powered Monitors


Main Computer: Mac Pro 8 Core. OS X, Multitrack Recording System MOTU 2408mk3 and 24 I/O system with Presonus Digimax LT preamp and a Sony DSC-F707 Digital Camera, 2nd computer: Powermac Dual 1.25ghz G4 w/2 120 gig HDs and a 19" Sony Monitor running Mac OS X Server utilizing X Grid via network. with 1 Gig of ram memory. Also included is a CD-RW/DVD burner and a second 32x CD-R, connecting a Echo 8 channel Layla 24/96 for multitracking. 3rd Computer: Macbook Intel 2.0 Duo Core laptop w/Presonus Firebox audio interface, 60 gig HD space 1.5 gig ram. 4th Apple Macmini Duocore . Mainly using as a Logic Node for extra effects processing. 5th Sony PC with Windows XP. 22" Dell Monitor, Presonus Firebox and Guitar Rig 3 with Interface. Multitrack Recording System, 7.1 Surround system card. M-Audio Monitoring system. Logic Audio, USB keyboard Oxygen8 All 5 computers can be connected via appletalk/ file share networking setup via gigabit network and also utilizes Logic Nodes for increased Processing power.

Music software

Main: Apple Logic Pro 9 for my Mac Pro and Macbook Duocore Intel Laptop, tons of VST and VSTi plug-ins connected to an Emagic AMT8 Midi interface and controlled by Emagics Logic Control, Guitar Rig 3 for Mac and PC. Protools LE with several RTAS plug-ins. Overture for notation stuff and Band In A Box for practicing

Additional equipment

ENGL Savage 120 Amp, Marshall JCM 800 Full Stack, Gallien Krueger MB210 500 watt Bass amp, Marshall JMP-1, ENGL Tube Toner, Emagic AMT8 Midi interface, Alesis MEQ 230, Alesis Compressor 3630, DBX 266A Compressor Opcode Studio 4, BBE Sonic Maximizer JL Cooper Datasync for syncronizing the mac and the ADAT via Midi Time Code, Patchbays.

Additional notes

I would also someday like to upgrade my studio and add on a full Protools HD setup, a Mac Pro, a real drumset and add a few more mics and mic pres to my arsenal U87, C12, UA1176 etc....

Primary use Secondary use
Recording Commercial work
Recording level MIDI level
High High
Commonly work (with) Completed songs/demos/jingles
Other musicians More than 100