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Apple Mac mini M1
The powerhouse engine of the studio is the new Mac mini, which is, frankly, an astonishing machine.
Our DAW of choice is the latest version of Logic Pro X.
Antelope "Orion" 32+ audio interface
The Antelope Orion is a very powerful interface with 32 channels of analogue i/o and amazingly clear and precise AD/DA conversion, plus a whole suite of top-quality plugins for signal processing both live and during mixing.
Violet Microphones "The Globe Vintage" dark & warm LDC based on the classic vintage Neumann U47 sound
Violet Microphones "The Amethyst Vintage" brighter than The Globe, but still smooth & refined, a modern twist on the classic Neumann U67 sound
JZ Microphones BH2 "The Black Hole" bright, airy and very detailed LDC, a more modern sounding mic than the Violet Vintage models
JZ Microphones BB29 transformer-balanced output makes this LDC punchy and upfront, perfect for modern pop vocals and any other instrument you want to bring to the front of a mix
AT4050 (x2) a true workhorse multi-pattern LDC
Oktava MK012 with Michael Joly's "Premium Electronics" mod matched pair with full set of interchangeable capsules (LDC cardio, plus SDC cardioid, hypercardioid & omni) upgraded to sound just like Neumann KM84's
Naiant XO mini clip-on lavalier / soundhole mic
Bash Audio RM BIV-1 (x2) matched pair
NoHype Audio LRM1 (x2) matched pair
Beyerdynamic Soundstar mkIII (x2)
Sennheaiser MD441 (x2)
Shure Unidyne III
AKG D5 (x3)
Blue "The Ball" 48V phantom powered dynamic
Wasaphone mkI Great lofi mic made out of an old telephone receiver & a flour shaker - loads of retro flavour.
Our mic locker is always growing as we add more vintage and modern mics to our very versatile collection.
Vintage Glensound analogue 24 channel mixing desk
Superb ex-BBC broadcast desk!
Studer 900 Channel strip (x2) racked pair from a 1970's desk
Handcraft Labs Affinity dual tube pre, handmade in Ukraine
RFZ V781 (x4) two modules from an old East German broadcast desk, with two preamps in each module = 4 channels of fat Neve-like transistor magic
LEV Solutions Integrity II super-clean, clear and open, ultra
hi-fi pres which show off the mic, rather than showing off itself.
That's up to 32 channels of broadcast quality and boutique high-end preamps of many different flavours from all over the world.
Ashley SC55 Stereo Compressor / Limiter
Aphex Expressor mono compressor
Computer / Interface / DAW
Desk, Preamps & outboard processors
Waves Horizon + Abbey Road + extras
huge collection of 100+ industry-standard plugins from one of the best in the business
Native Instruments Komplete 8
Huge library of sample-based software instruments from orchestras to drum machines to modelled analogue synths
East West Hollywood Orchestra
superb samples for strings and brass
the full suite of classic sound shaping tools
character compressors, chorus, delays & reverbs
Black Rooster Audio
vintage-modelled EQs, comps, and other studio classics
... plus more carefully selected plugins from Plugin Alliance, iZotope, Valhalla, Klangfreund and others
Pearl "Contempo III" vintage birch kit from 1980, MIJ
six piece shell pack, can be delicate but responsive when played with a light touch and absolutely thunderous when rocking out. Absolutely the best kit we've ever had here at the studio.
Pearl "Jupiter" 14x5 steel snare
Pearl Pro Series 14x6.5 steel snare
Liberty Drums 14x6 brass snare
Natal "Mappa Burl" 13x7 Maple Snare
Sabian 21" Raw Bell Dry Ride what Phil Collins used to play
Meinl Byzance 20" Sand Ride Benny Greb signature model
Meinl 18" 'Dragon' China Crash-Ride
Zildjian Platinum series 18" Thin Crash
Bosphorous Gold Series16" Power Crash
Meinl 14" 'Soundcaster' medium crash
Paiste Dark Crisp hihats very versatile for different styles
7.5" / 6" bongo set
Vintage 80s Rototoms set of 3 - 6, 8 & 10"
Various hand-held percussion
tambourines, shakers, claves, triangle, guiro, cowbell, gogo bells, woodblocks, coconuts ... and others I've forgotten!
Instruments, amps, etc.
Schecter Diamond-J bass Fender Jazz-style with a twist
Westone Thunder 1A bass from the famous Matsumoko factory in Japan, made in 1984
Fender Standard American Telecaster 80s vintage
Westone Thunder 1A from the famous Matsumoku factory in Japan, made in 1983
Recording King acoustic guitar 6 string, 000 size/shape
Admira Sombra acoustic guitar 6 string (nylon) classical
EKO Ranger 6-string & 12-string versions of this Italian classic
Handmade concert ukulele
1960s John Broadwood & Sons 88-key upright piano - no matter how good the midi imitations get, there's nothing like the sound and feel of a real piano under your fingertips.
Yamaha YC-25D classic transistor combo organ & synthesizer
Crumar Stratus vintage Italian analogue poly synth from 1983!
Casio VL-Tone VL-1
2.5 octave glockenspiel
Shruti box drone instrument from harmonium family
Orange TH30 30W dual-channel clean/dirty valve amp head
VOX AC15 15W tube amp with that classic sound
Traynor YGL3 Like a vintage Fender Twin, but better :)
Hohner Orgaphon 41MH crystal cleans and heavenly reverb with psychedelic tremolo!
Juketone "Royal Blood" Classic Fender Princeton tone in a 1x10 5W combo amp
Blackheart "Little Giant" - Push this 3/5W combo and it sounds *really* plexi :)
Selmer "Treble 'n Bass" RSV50 50W tube amp head w. reverb, our favourite for bass
SWR "Workingman's 12 Just the head from what used to be a Solid State Bass combo amp, it sounds much better through the EV cab!
RW 1x12 guitar cab handmade in the UK from reclaimed wood (RW, see?) and a vintage Fane 12" driver
Wharfedale 4x12 cab when things need to get BIG & LOUD ...
Electrovoice 1510 Bass cab perfect partner for the Selmer head as a bass rig, with 15" & 10" drivers for depth and detail.
Focal CMS-65 monitor speakers
The absolute best speakers we could afford to buy! Look them up, they're great. Or better still, come here and have a listen ...
AKG K550 reference headphones (control room)
For critical mix checking and control room monitoring, these are amazingly detailed musical headphones
Superlux HD662F headphones (live room)
Great for tracking - high attenuation of external noise (which also means very little headphone spill into the mics), great clarity & flat frequency response for accurate monitoring.