Inside The Studio: Drake & Noah Shebib Pro Audio Studio Gear Set-up

27th Jul 2018

Inside The Studio: Drake & Noah Shebib Pro Audio Studio Gear Set-up

Here at Music Matter We Take A Look At Drake's Producer Noah Shebib's Studio Set Up & The Pro Audio Gear That He Uses Including Monitors, Mics, Controllers, Keys & More.

Noah Shebib, better known as 40, is most synonymous as the record producer & musical collaborator of superstar rapper Drake. Shebib's down-tempo & Ambrient style of production has become thr main driving force & Inspiration of Drake's music. Shebib and Drake together also founded OVO Sound label. Shebib has also worked with & for many other artists such as Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Action Bronson, and Jamie Foxx.

Here at Music Matter we give you a run down of all pro audio equipment & studio that Neoh uses that are available with us. This includes Studio Monitors, MIDI Keyboard, Controllers, Microphones, Software, Synthesizer & any other equipment known publicly.

Noah Shebib Studio Equipment Set Up

Studio Monitors Drake & Noah Uses:

Focal Twin6 BE

The Twin6 Be active monitors are designed for near/mid field monitoring and should be placed at a distance between 1 and 3 metres from the listener, pointing towards the listening position. They can be sitting on the console top or placed on appropriate stands. In any way it is recommended that the tweeter is at a height from the floor approximately equivalent to that of the listener’s ears. If required it can make sense to place the speakers upside down so that the previous rule is better fulfilled.

Genelec 8050b

Powerful wideband bi-amplified monitor, Versatile controls for matching the monitor to difficult acoustic environments, Low distortion amplifiers power the drivers, Overload protection for each driver, Volume efficient MDE (Minimum Diffraction Enclosure) enclosure and long, curved, flow optimized reflex port combined with low distortion drivers provide solid, clear, low frequencies, Gently curved sided and front MDE enclosure and advanced Genelec Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) provide exceptionally smooth on and off axis frequency responses, Iso-Pod (Isolation Positioner/Decoupler) eliminates coloration of the sound by decoupling the monitor from its mounting surface, Integrated mounting point on the rear of the enclosure.

Avantone Mixcube

The full range, rugged, mini-reference monitor features a cabinet design made from dense MDF for high rigidity and inherent low-resonance characteristics, finished with a black Polyurethane high gloss. The Mixcube also features high-end nickel plated, machined solid metal binding posts (Dual banana spacing) mounted on a black anodized, milled and silk-screened aluminum terminal plate. On the base of the Mixcube there is a 7mm thick neoprene pad to serve as a skid-resistant acoustic isolator. Additionally, for creative mounting situations, an industry standard 5/8"-27 mic stand mount is fitted into the base.

Studio Microphone Equipment Drake & Noah Uses:

Neumann TLM 103 Studio Condenser Mic

The Neumann TLM 103 is a transformerless microphone that features an electronic circuit instead of a traditional output transformer. This innovative design ensures excellent rejection and prevents interference that commonly influences the balanced audio output. Capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138dB without distortion, the TLM 103 microphone delivers a dynamic range of 132dB (A-weighted).

Shure SM57 Pencil Condenser Mic

The legendary Shure SM57 is exceptional for musical instrument pickup and vocals. With its bright, clean sound and contoured frequency response, the SM57 is ideal for live sound reinforcement and recording.

The SM57 has an extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern that isolates the main sound source while minimizing background noise. In the studio, it is excellent for recording drums, guitar, and woodwinds.

Outstanding performance, reliability, and application diversity make this "workhorse" the choice of performers, producers, and sound engineers worldwide

Aston Halo Reflection Filter

In a market awash with differing versions of an ageing design concept, the Aston Halo is a huge leap forward in reflection filter technology.

The Aston Halo uses the latest patented acoustic materials and proprietary moulding techniques, which bring massively improved performance along with designer looks.

Studio Headphones Drake & Noah Uses:

Audio Technica ATHM70X

The latest addition to the critically acclaimed M-Series line, the ATH-M70x professional monitor headphones feature proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers and are tuned to accurately reproduce extreme low and high frequencies (5 to 40,000 Hz) while maintaining perfect balance.

They are ideal for studio mixing and tracking, FOH, DJing, mastering, post-production, audio forensics and personal listening. Crafted for lasting durability with space-saving design, the headphones provide excellent sound isolation and are equipped with 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring.

MIDI Keyboards Drake & Noah Use:

Akai MPK Mini MKII

Make music anywhere with the MPK Mini. You get 25-keys of synth-action fun, plus a 4-way thumbstick to twist your sounds in any direction imaginable. Trigger your sounds with the eight MPC-style pads, and control your plug-ins and more with the eight assignable control knobs. Throw this controller in your backpack and make music wherever creativity strikes!

M-Audio Keystation 49 II

Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 49 keyboard controller from M-Audio. Keystation 49 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. It features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow.

Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record with your music software without using a mouse or trackpad. Keystation 49 also includes a 1/4” (6.3mm) sustain pedal input that lets you use an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain.

ROLI Seaboard Rise 49

The Seaboard RISE 49 lets music-makers control sound through Five Dimensions of Touch. This marks a progression from the piano keyboard where only one dimension of touch - Strike - controls sound. With the five dimensions of touch you can strike the notes as usual, glide side to side for seamless pitch bending, slide up and down to modulate a sound with cutoff, brightness and more, press down and continuously apply pressure to the keywave surface to simulate the natural dynamics of an instrument, and lift off the keywave to change the sound's resonance. The Seaboard RISE 49 provides you with far more expression allowing you to play and create music like never before.

Controllers Drake & Noah Use:

Native Instruments Maschine Studio (Black)

Maschine Studio - Black is Native Instruments new flagship groove box style music production controller that comes fully loaded with Maschine 2.0 software built-in, giving users all the benefits of NI’s production software without the need to connect it to a computer. With two extra large high resolution colour display screens you can view Maschines sampler, pattern editor and lots more visual information to enable a fuss free workflow.

Native Instruments Maschine Jam (Black)

MASCHINE JAM is the modern digital instrument – your shortest avenue from inspiration to reality. Capture ideas and create tracks in an intuitive production ecosystem. Sequence and arrange on the fly with an 8x8 multicolor click-pad matrix. Shape and perform sounds in inspiring ways using eight dual-touch Smart Strips. And bring it all together with the power of the included MASCHINE software.

Synthesizers & Drum Machines Drake & Noah Use:

Waldorf Blofeld Module

The Waldorf Blofeld Modular Synthesizer combines incredible-sounding analog-modeled circuitry with the power, convenience, and accessibility of modern digital features. The elegant chassis is uncluttered and easy to use, with solid aluminum control knobs and well-placed buttons for accessing parameters and functions in the Blofeld. The large, easy-to-read display allows you to navigate through the Blofeld's 1,000-plus sounds and settings. In addition to its incredible tweakability, you get easy USB connectivity for editing and management functions on the Blofeld.

Teenage Engineering OP-1

OP-1 is the all-in-one portable synthesizer, sampler and controller. with additional features like a built-in FM radio and an assignable G-force sensor for motion controlled effects, there is quite nothing like it. its modular architecture enables endless sound possibilities without making the workflow complicated or distracting. the compact design and real physical interface makes it inspiring to create music, no matter who you are or how experienced you are.

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Keyboard

The Prophet 12 also features a tuned feedback path, a four-tap stereo delay per voice, expanded arpeggiator functionality, deep modulation capabilities and bi-timbral operation. The LFOs, delay and arpeggiator can all be synced to MIDI, and there are two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive touch sliders as well as the standard pitch and mod wheels.

Roland System-8

Roland’s universally acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior approach accurately recreates historic analog sounds with forward-thinking technology. The SYSTEM-8 is equipped with the most advanced ACB engine yet, which offers eight voices of polyphony, three oscillators (including a sub oscillator option), and silky-smooth filters with ultra-detailed resolution. It’s easy to dial up warm pads, fat basses, expressive lead tones, and more, all inspired by the rich sonic character of the legendary SYSTEM series. Reaching beyond the retro vibe, the versatile SYSTEM-8 is also capable of producing crisp, dynamic tones and evocative textures that are ideal for modern sound designers.

DAW, VST & Plugin Software Drake & Noah Use:

Ableton live 10 Suite

Ableton Live 10 features a range of new features and enhancements designed to improve workflow and your creative ideas. Create new sounds with the new Wavetable synth, and shape and morph your sound using wavetables derived from analog synths, and a range of other instruments and sounds. Explore the rich sounds Wavetable has to offer and begin creating completely new and fresh sounds. A new Echo plug-in brings together the sound of classic analog and digital hardware delay, with a range of editable parameters for creating the perfect delay effect. Pedal brings the character of analog stomp boxes to Live, allowing you to add subtle or completely reckless effects to vocals, synths and instruments. The new Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for your drums.

Add warmth and distortion with ease, shaping transients, compression, and your low end with the dedicated controls. Live 10 remembers your ideas, so when you're jamming and you forget to press record, Ableton 10 has you covered. Use Capture after you've played an idea, and Live will match your tempo and timing to create a perfect loop. Ableton Live 10 also offers a range of workflow enhancements including an improved browser, ability to create groups within groups, optimised Arrangement view for quick editing, multiple MIDI clip editing, and a cleaner and clearer interface, complete with a collection of new, ready-to-go sounds. Max for Live is now fully integrated into Live 10 Suite.

Native Instruments Komplete 11 Ultimate

The Komplete 11 Ultimate bundle features the entire range of Komplete instruments, effects and audio tools, ranging from synthesizers and classical sounds to delays, reverbs and mastering tools. The entire range features 18000 individual sounds, giving you the ability to manipulate, edit and craft sounds from a huge library of sounds. All the favourites of audio professionals have been incorporated including Symphony Essentials, Emotive Strings plus all K11 Additions.

Softube Heartbeat

Heartbeat is likely to cause severe palpitations. It is the drum synth of your dreams, combining modeled analog synthesis of yesteryear with forward-thinking features and flexibility. The modeled analog sound engine, the Auto Layer Machine and the included top-of-the-line effects turns Heartbeat into a killer package for your beats.