The Control Room
The control room is an acoustically treated space, comfortable for three or four people. A two seat couch is situated to the rear of the room. Central in the control room is the 1983 Soundtrax CM4400 analog mixing console. A fine assortment of modern and vintage analog outboard is availble, as well as high spec. computer system running a large selection of plug-ins, synths and sample libraries. An 88 key weighted controller keyboard is also situated in the room. Monitoring is via two Genelec nearfieds, two Avantones, and a pair of soffit mounted Tannoy HPD Gold 12” vintage monitors. AD/DA converters are Lynx and SSL providing 40×40 similtanous inputs and outputs.
The studio is configured as a hybrid system, utilising outboard analog equipment and the advantages of a modern computer D.A.W. Audio can be routed to outboard equipment via the mixing console patchbay, or directly patched in and out of the the computer/DAW system using external patchbays, allowing for much greater flexibility.
The Live Room
The larger live room was purpose built with non-parallel walls to eradiacte standing waves (sound bouncing back and forth from the walls and from the floor to ceiling). Although still a compact space, the room has a very good sound for drum recording. A ‘dead end, live end’ appraoch was taken when designing the room, where the drum end of the room has quite a lot of absorption treatment, the other half of the room has very little absorption and is left quite ‘live’. Both ends of the room also have large floor to ceiling wall diffusers.
A large selection of around 30 modern and vintage microphones are available along with D.I. and re-amp boxes. All sources are fed to the control room via a 40 channel wall muticore box.
Modern and vintage combos, amps and speaker cabs are avialable in the room for guitar and bass.
Also a nice array of pedals are on hand. The house drums are a north American maple DW/PDP Platinum Series kit, with a DW Collectors Series copper snare. Cymbals are Istanbul and Meinl. All drum hardware is DW. Also in the room are the Korg and Emu workstation keyboards with a sub-mixer and amp combo.