Specification

Our facility is based around three rooms, which are designed to achieve maximum flexibility and the highest natural sound quality. The live room and room two offer different sonic possibilities which allow more creative options.

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Live Room

Custom designed to our own specification, the live room offers a warm and open natural acoustic, with a range of sound and micing possibilities. The high ceiling and portable acoustic panels in the larger portion of the room are balanced by the lower-ceilinged and heavily treated ‘dead’ end. This combination allows us to achieve great sounds for almost any instrument as well as providing many creative possibilities.  Apart from being a great room for drums and other individual instruments, the size of the room and our custom-built acoustic screens allow us to accommodate groups wishing to play ‘live’, with all players in the same room, for a more natural or vintage vibe.

Room Two

Smaller than the live room, and more heavily treated, room two offers a completely contrasting range of acoustic possibilities. Perfect for tracking vocals or guitar amps, amongst many other things, room two allows instruments to be recorded very ‘dry’ whilst offering complete isolation from the live room. The large soundproof window allows for great communication between rooms.

 

Control Room

Recordings at Blackdown studio are made using, ProTools 11 and Logic Pro. Rather than opting for a classic large-format console, we have chosen to combine the best in modern technology and use rack mounted pre amps and EQ to give us the warmth and quality of outboard analog gear. We use a combinations of pre-amps including 2 Heritage audio 73 JR’s, a Neve Portico II pre-amp, EQ, and compressor with the highly rated ‘silk’ function, our Universal Audio Apollo interface has very crisp fast pre-amps built in and the Audient ASP 880 Mk has 8 high quality modern Pre-amps. The control room is both a relaxed, creative environment with space to chill out, and a sonically neutral mixing room which allows us to provide very translatable mixes.

Tech Spec/Equipment

Computer:

2 x Macbook Pro 16g Ram Retina Display

AD/DA Conversion:

Universal Audio Apollo 16

Software:

Software from top designers including:

  • ProTools 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • UAD Apollo Suite
  • Sound Toys
  • Slate
  • Sonnox
  • Izotope
  • Ohmforce
  • Celemony

Hardware:

  • 2 x Heritage 73 Jr (Highest quality modern Neve 1073 reproduction)
  • Rupert Neve Portico II
  • Cranesong Falcon Valve opto Compressor
  • Radial Workhorse
  • Universal Audio Apollo
  • Audient ASP 880 MKII

Microphones:

  • 2 x AKG 414 P48 EB condensers 
  • 2 x AKG 451 EB pencil condensers
  • 2 x Earthworks TC25 omni “high-definition” condensers
  • 1 x Earthworks SR25 cardioid “high definition” condenser
  • Electrovoice RE-20
  • 2 x Shinybox Ribbons (matched)
  • Brauner VM1 large-diaphragm multi-pattern valve condenser
  • 2 x Senheiser MD421
  • 2 x Shure SM81 condensers
  • 2 x Shoeps pencil condensors
  • Audix D6
  • 2 x Shure SM57 dynamics
  • 3 x Shure SM58 dynamics

DI boxes:
2 x Raindirk Super DI (active/passive/re-amp)
Radial ProD2 (2-channel passive)
Cloud lifter CL2

House instruments:

  • 6′ 1930s Grand Piano, “George Steck”, London
  • 1980s Fender “The Twin” guitar amplifier
  • U.S. Fender Stratocaster Custom electric guitar
  • U.S. Fender Telecaster Deluxe electric guitar
  • Harmony H62 (early 1960s) electric guitar
  • Taylor Big Baby acoustic guitar
  • Cole Clark acoustic guitar
  • Moog Voyager Select
  • Moog Minimoog Model D (legendary analog synth)
  • Yamaha DX-7 (classic FM synth)
  • Roland Vocoder Plus VP-330
  • Sequential Circuits Prophet V analog poly-synth
  • Gretsch Catalina Club drum kit (18″ Kick, 12″ rack tom, 14″ floor tom)
  • Various snares including Ludwig, Yamaha Akira Jimbo Signature Series, Gretsch, and more…
  • Various small percussion instruments

Available on demand:

  • Kawai MP4 stage piano (88-key, weighted action)
  • Nord Electro 2 (73-key, waterfall keyboard)

Also available for hire (call for details):

  • Sonor Custom Drum Kit with 22″ kick, 2 rack toms, and floor tom
  • Gretsch Renown (maple) with 2 rack toms
  • Various other snares, cymbals, percussion