STUDIO

Sonics and Heritage

Heritage is something that I value highly. I’m a firm advocate that harnessing the sonic character of the best of the vintage stock available, married with the best from the new analog stock is one key to forging music with longevity.

I’ve sourced a select range of instruments, and hardware right from the 1950s forward to the present day. 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 or its keys, the richness of its sound aged over time – and writing new stories with that same instrument today. 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.

Prism converters with Avid HDX form the backbone of the studio, while mostly valve based hardware help to capture and harness live recordings. Recording in acoustic spaces is something I love to do when possible. There’s an entire world of tones sonically that recording in a certain room gives the film, that reverb plugins honestly fall short on. In addition to the solo string and brass players we work with, the string quartet, and brass ensembles are available in different configurations. I’ve compiled a list below of most of the instruments and hardware available for my work on 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 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.

 

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

 

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

 

Monitoring
Neumann KH120s
Sony HDR 7506 (X2)

 

Racked Hardware
Manley Dual Mono Preamplifier
Manley Stereo Pultec
Altec 1589B
Lexicon MX400
Klark Technik DN 410
Radial ProD8
Redco 96 Patch Bay

 

Microphones
Soundelux E47
Soundelux E49
Neumann KMS 105
Shure SM57
Shure SM57B
Sennheiser MD441
Sennheiser MD421 (X2)
Electrovoice RE20

 

Keyboards and Synthesisers
John Brinsmead Upright 1950s
Hammond Organ M100
Moog Prodigy
Juno 6
Alesis SR-16
Fender Rhodes Mark 1

 

Guitars and Strung Instruments
Handmade KSR Stratocaster
Handmade KSR Humbucker
Handmade KSR Dreadnought Acoustic
Handmade Douglas Rawles Bass
Gibson L-1 Parlour 1951
BM Espana Nylon 1950s
Harmony Lapsteel H5 1950s
Melody Major Banjolin 1920s (Currently Available)
Hammered Dulcimer 1950s (Full size 16/15)
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
Keeley Katana
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)