The Recording Booth studio has made its home in a unique purpose-built facility in the little village of Bedfield, Suffolk, UK. There's a pub, a school and not much else apart from the wildlife... oh, and lots of peace and quiet, which is why we like it here! That said, we're hardly off in the middle of nowhere as we're just ten minutes drive from both the historic market town of Framlingham and the picturesque and remarkably well-served village of Debenham.
Most of the action happens in the main 5m x 4m room, which has a lovely natural sound. The direct communication afforded by the engineer and performers being in the same room together is something I like, so when I built the studio in Autumn 2017 I decided to go down this route. In addition to the main room, there's a smaller room with a dedicated, acoustically-controlled vocal recording area, and the entrance lobby to the studio which can be pressed into action as an extra recording space. This is also where you'll find the kettle (tea, strong, just a splash of milk) and door to the loo!
The studio and toilet are fully wheelchair accessible.
Microphones: Sontronics Aria, Sontronics STC-1S Stereo Pair, AKG C414XLS, Audio Technica 4033a, AKG C2000B, Shure Beta56A, SM58 (x2), SM57 (x2), Sennheiser e835 (x3), custom-made ‘sub-kick’, Tbone EM700 (x4), BD-300 & drum kit set.
Recording: SSL SiX. iMac running Reaper 5. Focusrite Clarett 8Pre interface. FX plug-ins and virtual instruments by SSL, Waves, Slate Digital, Celemony, Native Instruments, Toontrack... too numerous to list. Weighted 88 note stage piano/master keyboard, Alesis Q49 controller keyboard.
Monitoring: Genelec 8330A monitors. Headphones: Ollo Audio S4X and S4R, Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (x2), DT 250 (x2) and DT 100 (x2) headphones. Sonarworks Reference 4 room calibration.
Instruments: Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage drums, Yamaha e-drums triggering Toontrack Superior Drummer 3, Fylde Touchstone mandolin, Blueridge tenor guitar, 2004 Furch S21-CR acoustic guitar, Yamaha AE500 hollow body electric guitar, Ibanez RB850 bass guitar, Tanglewood acoustic bass guitar, Ozark banjo, Primavera cello, 1/2-size double bass, various percussion (djembe, bodhran, cabasa, shakers etc)...
Amps/Effects: Laney TF300 guitar combo, Boss GT10 effects unit.