STUDIO

Sonics and Heritage

There’s something wonderful about playing a 50 year old instrument, seeing the history it’s been through – the marks and scratches, the worn fingerboard, the richness of its sound aged over time. I rarely use samples in my work – privileged to having the actual hardware/instruments that I used to have sampled has changed the human feel, performance possibilities, original identity for each film and thus the longevity of the work as a whole.

I’m really fortunate to get to use these tools. I’ve been thinking about heritage recently, and looking back over the last few years, I’ve seen that me and my wife Tash have been building our studio around specific pieces of hardware that have history, and longevity. That’s our thing, and we’ve found it’s who are by nature. We want to honour, and take forward the best of the old, and the best of the new.

We wanted to build a studio that is designed, harnessed and set apart for longevity beyond our lifetime. Something that can be handed to the next generation that has been built, like a handcrafted boat, to be able to weather and navigate the landscape of the future. It seems that in history, folks get rid of the old as the new comes, but I think wisdom shows that each compliment and reinforce each other

Prism converters form the backbone of the studio, while mostly valve based hardware help to capture and harness live recordings. I’ve compiled a list below of most of the instruments and hardware for my work in record production and film, it’s not limited to this but shows whats readily available. In addition to what’s shown below, we’ve been developing relationship with Monnow Valley Studios, Andrew Scheps’ recording and mixing facility in South Wales, UK for projects that require a larger live track count – they have an excellent 64 channel Neve 8068 Console. Feel free to shoot me a message on this email with any questions or requests when collaborating.

 

DAW
Avid Pro tools 12 HD (with Dave Hill Designs Heat)
Prism Titan HD (8X8)
Apple Mac Pro 12 Core
GTX 1060

 

Monitoring
Barefoot MM26’s
Sony HDR 7506 (X2

 

Racked Hardware
Manley Dual Mono Preamplifier
Thermionic Culture Phoenix (Mastering Version)
Lexicon MX40
Neumann V475-2B NOS Summing Mixer
Klark Technik DN 41
ZOD ID Designed/Built by Dan Deurloo
Radial JD6
Redco 96 Patch Bay

 

Microphones
Soundelux E47
Soundelux E49
DPA 4011A (Stereo Matched Pair)
Neumann KMS 105
Shure SM57
AKG D12E

 

Keyboards and Synthesiser
John Brinsmead Upright 1950
Moog Prodigy
Juno 6
Alesis SR-1
Fender Rhodes Mark 1

 

Guitars/String Instrument
Handmade Keith Robbins Stratocaster
Handmade Keith Robbins Humbucker
Handmade Keith Robbins Dreadnought Acoustic
Handmade Douglas Rawles Bass
Gibson L-1 Parlour 1951
BM Espana Nylon 1950s
Harmony Lapsteel H5 1950s
Melody Major Banjolin 1920s
Concert Ukulele
Violin (Effects)
Cello (Chords/Drones)

 

Backline
Fender Silverface/Blackface Reverb 1960s – 15” JBL D140F
Music Man Seventy Five Reverb 1980s – 2 X 12” Celestion G12T-75s

 

Stomp Boxes
BK Butler Tube Driver
Pete Cornish SS3
Wooly Mammoth Clone
Whammy WH4
Tube Screamer TS808
Analogman Memory Man
Analogman Bi-Comp

 

Wind
Native American Whistle (A Minor)
Irish Whistle (Low D)
German Accordion (Effects)
Otello Harmonium

 

Drums
Ludwig Snare (Blue Sparkle) 1950s
Unbranded 22” Kick Drum
Zildjian Avedis 15” Hi Hats 1960s
Zildjian Avedis 20” Ride 1960s
Zildjian Armand 16” Crash
Zildjian Dark K 18” Crash Ride Repaired
DW 5000 Hardware

 

Percussion
Irish Bohran
Tibetan Tongue Drum (A Minor)
Kalimba (G Major)
Glockenspiel
Roto Toms
Congas (Currently Available)
Bongos (Currently Available)
Shakers
Chimes
Digeridoo
Rain Stick

 

Additional
Sarangi (Nepalese)
Mini Dulcimer
Charango (South American)

 

Available On Request
Steinway Grand Model D
String Quartet
Gang Choir
Timpani
Concert Harp