Apple Mac Pro 2.7GHz / 64GB
UAD Apollo interfaces
The powerhouse and engine of the studio is our super-souped-up Mac Pro running the latest version of Logic Pro X.
Two Universal Audio Apollo units combine to make a very powerful interface and zero-latency monitoring system with amazing AD/DA conversion.
Violet Microphones "The Globe Vintage" dark & warm LDC based on the classic vintage Neumann U47 sound
JZ Microphones BH2 "The Black Hole" bright, airy and very detailed LDC, perfect for pop vocals
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.
Line Audio CM3 SDC matched pair
Naiant XO mini clip-on lavalier / soundhole mic
NoHype Audio LRM1 (x2) matched pair
ShinyBox 46MXL with Lundahl transformer
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.
Focal CMS-65 monitor speakers (pair)
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
For critical mix checking and control room monitoring, these are amazingly detailed musical headphones
Soundcraft Spirit M8 mixer
8 mono channels plus 4 stereo channels with a plethora of routing options, this great little desk enables us to set up for full band rehearsals and live recording sessions with multiple headphone mixes that musicians can dial in for themselves direct from the desk.
Superlux HD662F headphones
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.
Bishopsound Alpha 15 PA speakers
For when you need to rehearse without headphones, these speakers allow us to set up the live room as a practice space.
UAD 1176 Channel Strip the classic pre/comp combo
Studer 289 Channel strips racked pair from vintage desk
Studer 900 Channel strip (x2) can't get enough Studer stuff :)
Focurite ISA2 What Rupert Neve did next :)
Handcraft Labs Affinity dual tube pre, handmade in Ukraine
Warm Audio WA12 (pair) very nice API312 clones
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.
DAV Broadhurst GDNS No. 2 4 channels, based on the classic Decca Studios' preamp circuit design
Audient ASP880 8 channels of pristine, uncoloured hi-fi sound
That's up to 24 channels of boutique high-end preamps of many different flavours from all over the world. We think the variety of tone available from all these different choices gives us more flexibility in getting the right sound for you than a single mixing desk loaded with preamps which all sound the same.
Ashley SC55 Stereo Compressor / Limiter
Aphex Expressor mono compressor
Computer / Interface / DAW
Preamps & outboard processors
UAD - EQ, comps, limiters, reverb, amp modellers, etc.
Waves Platinum (+ other selected options) - huge collection of plugin processors of all types
NI Komplete 8 - virtual instruments & sample sets
EastWest Hollywood Orchestra - Diamond edition
East West Hollywood Brass
Soundtoys 5 - the complete suite! Some of the best sounding EQ, compression, drive & delay plugins we've heard.
We do most of our mixing and processing "in the box".
We have an extensive range of the best plugin processors available including many modelled on legendary hardware (Neve, API, Fairchild, Pultec, Teletronix, etc.) to give you those classic vintage tones, and others which are of the more clinical variety at which the digital domain excels.
Vintage late-1960s Hayman 3 piece drum kit
looks beautiful, sounds great - big, punchy, classic vintage sound.
Gretsch Catalina Maple 5 piece drum kit
A great versatile modern recording kit - from open and jazzy to heavy rock, with tonnes of tone.
Premier 2000 series 14x5.5" snare very musical and responsive, but packs a big BANG too.
Meinly Byzance 20" Sand Ride Benny Greb signature model
Bosphorous Gold Series 22" Ride big, loud and low
Zildjian A Medium 20" Rock Ride
Sabian AA 20" Flat Bell Ride mmmm, jazz
Bosphorous Gold Series16" Power Crash
Zildjian Platinum series 18" Thin 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!
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
Burns Steer 2003 reissue
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
Handmade concert ukulele
Yamaha YC-25D classic transistor combo organ & synthesizer
Crumar Stratus vintage analogue poly synth from 1983!
Casio VL-Tone VL-1
2.5 octave glockenspiel
Shruti box drone instrument from harmonium family
Fender Bassman 100W head roars like nothing else
Marshall JMP2104 vintage 50W 2x12, classic Marshall tone
Traynor YGL3 Like a vintage Fender Twin, but better :)
Fender Super 60 late-80s 60W guitar tube combo amp - the best chiming Fender cleans we've ever heard
Gem Mars 1x12 vintage hybrid combo solid state input stage with tube driven output and oversized cabinet makes this amp bright and warm, crunchy and lush
Juketone "Royal Blood" Princeton tone in a 1x10 5W combo
Crate "Blackheart" - Push this 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 12" Solid State Bass combo amp
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.