Cool Audio Productions

Cool Audio Productions was established by me, Michael L Stokes, in 2009 to support my work recording, mixing and mastering audio dramas, podcasts, audio books and my own musical compositions.


I have produced several award-winning audio theater productions including the 2011 Parsec winning serial audio drama HG World and the 2014 Mark Time Silver Award winner - Alone In The Dark.


In 2014 I began focusing more of my time and energy into the world of music beyond my original compositions and have begun recording and mixing music for other artists. 


Cool Audio Productions is a small home studio that has grown over the years. Our current setup includes a custom built and fully acoustically treated vocal booth, designed specifically for vocals and voice-over recording and an acoustically treated control room/live recording area.


Gear

Microphones:

  • Telefunken (CU-29 Copperhead)
  • Mojave Audio (MA-201fet)
  • Shure (SM57's) (3)
  • Sennheiser e602-II
  • Cascade (FatHead II ribbon mic, V57 large condenser and a matched pair of M39 small condensers)
  • Audio Technica (AT-2020) 
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Pre-amps:

  • Warm Audio (Tone Beast TB12)
  • Focusrite (ISA One and Saffire Pro 40)
  • Audient (iD22 & iD4)


AD/DA converter:

  • ‚ÄčAudient (iD22 - featuring Burr-Brown AD/DA converters)


Outboard processing:

  • FMR Audio RNC Stereo Compressor
  • FMR Audio RNLA Stereo Compressor


We use a Dell XPS 8700-based DAW mixing on a pair of Yamaha HS8 near-field monitors.


All mixing and mastering is performed digitally using Reaper and Harrison MixBus featuring plugins from Waves, Izotope and Native Instruments.