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I started this list in 1996 and was updating it fairly regularly until around 2004. Some of these companies are gone, sold or out of business, while others are still mainstays out there. The digital revolution took no prisoners and left more than a few casualties along the way. That's progress for you... technology marches on whether we like it or not. All these toys with the high gee-whiz factor are still useless in the wrong hands! 

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 Equipment Manufacturers

Aardvark: Serious analog to digital converters, master word clock sync devices and the 20/20 digital multi-track system for PC's. Its about $1000, powerful 8in/8out, ADAT compatible, and 24-bit.
Akai: The samplers we know and love and more. I own and use the S-950 and S-3000XL.
The ADAT started the digital recording revolution. There's no going back... the genie is out of the bottle. I have an ADAT-XT, the MidiVerb-4 and a nanoverb in the studio. The 24-track hard disc recorder is the bomb. It dedicates hard disc space to each of the 24 tracks so there can't be any track slipping like sometimes occurs with "random access HD recorders" (ie, the approach used by just about every other HD recorder on the market!)
First famous for the aural exciter in the 1970's, now a long line of compressors, mic pres, gates, EQ's, etc. I use the type C exciter to add a little air on vocals.
Analog to digital converters that make a DAT machine come close to 1/2" analog at 30 ips. Also make 8 channel ADA converters for matching to ADAT's and DA88's. Expensive, but worth it.
Lots of inexpensive and powerful outboard gear; Major bang for the buck. Check out the new Dual Levelar tube stereo opto-compressor($300), TubePac stereo mic pre/opto compressor($210), dual tube stereo EQ($400), Pro VLA stereo opto-comp($560)... Serious tube gear at reasonable prices. I'm using the dual tube EQ and Pro-VLA.
Cost-effective is the keyword here! I bought the multi-gate unit for $210, 4 gates with seperate parametric filters, outrageous! They make fx, compressors, boards, etc. Great value to performance to price ratio.
Sequencing and digital recording software. The audio shows up in the grid along with the MIDI events. There's a learning curve! There are less expensive entry level versions up to the full blown producer package.
Powerful multi-track recording software, free demos available, includes some nice signal processing capabilities from Syntrillium Software. Adobe bought them in 2004 and has renamed it Audition 1.5.
Some very powerful software/hardware combos for digital recording and editing with real-time EQ's and FX. They do recommend you use an Intel processor! REMEMBER to always ask the company what kind of computer their software needs to run most effectively. Their T-DAT 16 is designed to interface with (2) ADAT's for dumping to the computer for editing and then back to the ADAT's.
dbx:
A long history of compressors and noise reduction units. Now they've got tube mic pres and the new Quantum digital mastering processor. I have a 166 and 163x compressors in the rack.
Digital multi-track recording and mixing software and hardware. Speaks to ADAT's and DA-88's as well.
I'm still using Notator running on an Atari 1040-ST. It locks up like a charm and does everything I need. Finally, as of 2003 I've moved to using Cubase.
The folks that brought us the venerable SP-1200, which I have in the studio, and Proteus. They make big, powerful samplers and now, the E-mu Audio Prod.Studio for your computer.
Their new Paris software/hardware digital recording combo is interesting. I always liked the DP-4 FX unit.
These guys make the box that cleans up your dirty AC power problems.
Resonably priced powered monitors (20/20's) and the GINA (2in/8out) and LAYLA (8in/8out) digital/analog sound cards. Good bang for the buck.
They've got some pretty amazing little hard drive units here. The DMT-8VL 8-track/mixer combo for $1000.00 US and their ADAT compatible D-90 (8-track) and D-160 (16-track) recorders with removable remotes are way cool.
Lots of multi-track recording solutions for PC's. Interfaces for ADAT's and analog in/outs, word clock, etc.
The Wave 8*24 24-bit recording, 8 analog in/out, +4, -10, MIDI interface for $499! Check it out. (I think these guys are out of business, 2005.)
They were making powered monitors before it was the rage. I got my pair of 1031-A's about 1993 and mix exclusively on them. Powered monitors are the way to go. Don't take my word for it, go listen to a pair.
HHB makes stand alone cd-recorders and speakers. Genex makes optical multi-track recorders.
Lots of hardware solutions to midi/ADAT/DA-88 interfacing and syncing dilemmas! If you need to synch up different kinds of hardware, check out JL Cooper.
It sure makes all those digital 0's and 1's sound good! Compressors, EQ's, mic-pres; $300-$3000.
From the venerable M-1 to the newer Tritons and D8 harddisc recorder. I have an old A-3 multi-FX that comes in handy all the time. It works great for a quick direct guitar patch and as an extra FX unit in a mix. I use one output of the panner as a fake tremelo to imitate that old fender amp sound.
The best reverbs and they will return your tech calls! I use the LXP-1 and LXP-5 with an MRC. I also have an old model 1200C mono real-time expander/compressor which is the hippest harmonizer ever, although it wasn't designed primarily for that.
Major bang for the bucksters, new powered monitors and the awesome new digital D8B mixer under $10,000.00 US. I use the analog 32x8 mixer and (1) 24-ch.expander at my studio. The new 24 channel harddisc recorder is way hip and in the $4000 price range. Unlike the TASCAM machine, it comes with editing capabilities built-in. Like the DB8 in this regard, you simply plug an SGVA monitor, a keyboard and a mouse into the unit and start slicing and dicing.
Makers of the popular "Performer" MIDI sequencer/recording software, "Time Piece" sync boxes and the new 2408 digital recording system. The 2408 is an amazing box for $1000; 8 analog in/out, superclock, word clock, (3) ADAT lightpipe or TASCAM TDIF ready. 
Digital Wings for Audio digital multi-track recording software/hardware.
Interesting ADAT/computer interfaces, soundcards and unique MIDI solutions.
 Nice interface for the Yamaha DSP Factory and their own unique mixing software.
 They stock all kinds of digital hardware, soundcards and software. I bought the ADB Multi!Wav Digital Pro soundcard I'm currently using, from these guys.
 Very reasonably priced, high performance condenser microphones. I've heard they also have a ribbon mic available.
Makers of the popular "Vision" MIDI sequencing and recording software. Also the Studio 64 XTC digital word clock/midi sync box.
The DA7 digital/moving fader mixer from Panasonic. Also under $5000.
Their Blue Max is a great little 1/2 rack stereo compressor for about $200.00US. I'm using two of them. They also make a 2 rack space unit, the ACP-8, with 8 compressors and gates with sidechain and key inputs on every channel.
Good price:value ratio. Headphone amps, mic pres, sound contractor series, etc. and the PaqRat for archiving 24-bit stereo data on ADAT's.
All the poop on Roland gear, etc. I'm using the JV-1080, JD-800 and the ancient, Jupiter 6 in my sonic arsenal.
Modern ribbon mics for sale. The mono version is about $1200. It's gotten rave reviews.
Soundcards, Red Roaster mastering software and Samplitude multi-track recording software.
I use the SawPlus digital audio recording software all the time. Its basically a 16 channel multi-track digital editor. I record through my DAT machine into SawPlus and edit my mixes together, then spit them back onto the DAT.
Sound Forge digital editing software . I've used this a few times for the time expansion/compression feature when I need to speed up a track but keep the pitch the same. The Acid looping program has been hugely successful and there's Vegas, their new multi-track digital editing software and more.
A cool soundcard with lightpipe connections for (2) ADAT's and analog stereo monitoring.
The Digital 328 digital/moving fader mixer. Another under $5000 digital mixer to check out.
Cost-effective FX, compressors, etc.
Makers of the popular "Cubase" MIDI sequencers, digital editing and recording software.
Since the 1970's, TASCAM has been providing musicians with reasonably priced, powerful recording gear. I learned multi-track recording on one of the first 1/2" 8-tracks, an 80-8 that my partner in Bad Sneakers, Ward Camp, bought for $4000 in 1979. The DA-88, DA-38 digital recorders and digital mixing boards are on the table now. Like Mackie, they've also just introduced a 24 channel harddisc rcorder in the $4000 price range. It doesn't do editing like the Mackie machine but, still its amazing. TASCAM gear is built to last. I use a MSR-16 analog 1/2" 16-track and the DA-30 DAT machine. Every piece of TASCAM gear I've ever owned has worked like a charm.
High quality digital FX and the Wizard Finalizer for digital mastering, EQ and multi-band compression. Also the tube EQ's and compressors from TubeTech. Not cheap, but nothing sounds like these babies.
Their EWS88 MT system says 10 input/10 output/24 bit/96 khz for under $600.... that's worth a look!
Lots of tube EQ's and compressors to choose from at reasonable prices.
Voyetra has been around. They had a cool analog synth in the 80's. Now they've got PC sequencing software, soundcards and more. I recently used their notation software, MusicWrite 2000 Standard Edition, for a client who needed charts. For $50, it did the trick!
Outrageously cool 02R and 03R digital mixers, and now the 01V. The DSP Factory can turn your PC into a mini-02R with 16-track digital recording and playback. I use the SPX-90 FX unit and the TG-55 rack module.
 Music Industry Websites

 
INDEPENDENT MUSIC BUSINESS INFORMATION and PROMOTION

1. American Music Industry Source Guide: lots of music info, lists, etc.
2. Artistopia - The Ultimate Music Artist Resource:
Artistopia is the first company that delivers a clear, potent, and qualified strategy for independent music artists and music industry professionals to come together under one roof and speak one language - potential music success!
3. Harmony Central: Lots of music stuff
4. Independent Music Information(I.M.I.): more music info, radio stations, stores, etc.
5. TAXI: you can submit your tapes for review, as well find out who is looking for songs, groups, etc.
6. TAXI Archives: interviews and articles
7. TAXI/music links: other music sites
8. The Music Review
9. The Performing Artists Network(P.A.N.): an invaluable online resource for musicians since the early 1980's. I used a C-64 to access the original text only
10.The Home Recording Site: David Fiedler runs this site with lots of helpful hints on what else? home recording. Articles on gear, how to use it and where to buy it, etc.
11. Tunecore: Distribution and promotion for the independent artist in the new millennium.

  MUSIC RECORDING and PRODUCTION

1. DRT Mastering
2. Target Studios: Marc Moss
This producer/engineer and musician is now located near Woodstock in NY State.  He makes everyone sound good! Great ears, great sound, great people.

 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE and RENTAL COMPANIES

1. American Musical Supply: Everything a giant music store would have, but it's online. I've ordered several items from these guys. My experience was good; lowest prices, fast delivery and no taxes. What else could I want?
2. Carvin Musical Equipment: Guitars, amps and more direct from the manufacturer.
3. Daddy's Junky Music Stores: an incredible place to find used gear online! amps, pedals, rack FX, guitars, keys, recording and PA stuff, it's all here.
4. DigiBid: an online auction of new and used pro audio, video, musical instruments, and gear.
5. Mercenary Audio: lots of used audio gear for sale.
6. Musician's Friend Music Store: online music store, it's all here from the stage to the studio.
7. ProAudio.Net: a place for audio pros, gear for sale
8. The Toy Specialists: equipment rentals
9. Thoroughbred Music Store: online music store, stage and studio gear at competitive prices.
10. Auction Soup/Rogue Music Online: A NY veteran for used music equipment. Smaller commission charges than DigiBid.
11. Amazon.com/Audio for Sale: A "kabillion" items for sale.
12. Guitar Center: Everything music for sale on the web and locations near you!

 EDUCATION/TRADES

1. The Copyright Office/Library of Congress
2. B.M.I.:  I am a BMI writer. When music gets played on radio or TV, these people collect the money and need to know who to send it to! BMI represents writers and publishers.
3. CMJ Music Report: keep tabs on college and alternative radio.
4. University of Miami Music School: my alma mater! a great school, of course.

 

     
     
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