Studio


Microphones:
Sony C-100, Sontronics Aria, AKG C414XLS, Audio Technica 4033a, Sontronics STC-1S Stereo Pair & another STC-1, Shure Beta56A, SM86, SM58 (x2), SM57 (x2), Sennheiser e609, e835 (x3), AKG D112, custom-made ‘sub-kick’, Tbone RB500 Ribbon mics (x2).


Recording:
27″ iMac running Reaper 6. I love Reaper. It does everything you’d expect of a pro-recording situation, but to me, just makes more sense, much more quickly.
Pre-amps: Neve 1073 SPX, SSL SiX, Audient ASP800, Focusrite Clarett 8Pre.
Mixing: Softube Console 1 & Console 1 Fader with official emulation of SSL SL4000e desk.
FX plug-ins and virtual instruments by SSL, Softube, Waves, Celemony, Native Instruments, Toontrack… too numerous to list.


Monitoring:
Genelec 8330A monitors. Avantone Mixcube.
Headphones: Ollo Audio S4X and S4R (x2), Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (x2), DT 250 (x2) and DT 100.


Instruments:
Upright piano, Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage drums, Yamaha e-drums (triggering Toontrack Superior Drummer 3), Blueridge tenor guitar, 2004 Furch S21-CR acoustic guitar, Yamaha AE500 hollow body electric guitar, Ibanez RB850 bass guitar, Tanglewood acoustic bass guitar, Casio semi-weighted 88 note stage piano/master keyboard, Ozark banjo, various percussion (djembe, bodhran, cabasa, shakers etc).
I also have a custom-made Swannell acoustic guitar, but only I get to use that!


Amps/Effects:
Laney TF300 guitar combo, Boss GT10 effects unit.


History…
When my family and I moved house in October 2020 I had to dismantle my previous studio, which had been built in the detached double garage in front of the house. I de-camped to a temporary rented space in, did my best to carry on doing some work through lockdowns and the general upheaval of moving house, and started the planning process for building a new studio from the foundations up… something I’ve never done before!
In spring 2021 work started with a local builder leading the way and my less-skilled hands helping out where possible.

The studio was completed in late summer and I then took some time to get used to the new spaces and tweak the acoustics a little.
As you can see from the virtual tour above, it’s pretty much 100% wood. Sustainable Swedish timber frame, FSC certified ply walls & ceiling, oak floor. I just love the warm, natural sound, and how it looks too! Words people have used so far on their first visits… ‘wow’, ‘cosy’, ‘inspiring’, ‘creative’, ‘relaxing’.
DB 20/11/21