The Studio

Andy Pickering working on a mix in his analogue studio. Compression, reverb, EQ

Our bespoke studio utilises a growing collection of analog gear from reel-to-reel tape machines, a vintage transformer mixer and outboard effects.

By adding tape delay and echo it will help digitally recorded music into the realm of the 1960’s era like The Stones, The Animals, The Beatles, The Doors and The Kinks.

We can produce high quality finished recordings ready for mastering. Mixing music is an art form which is sometimes sterilised in a DAW with plugins and relying on zeros and ones to separate everything. Bringing digitally recorded music into the analog realm allows for a more organic and nuanced sound with much more richness, depth and texture.

Using these techniques will help glue your track together and give it a more realistic and authentic production.

Mixing

The easiest way to work with your finished song is to send over your individual digital song elements and for Andy to mix and produce the track under some instruction form you.

The first thing is to get a static mix of your song or songs and once you’re happy with that we will then create the analog effects needed to create your finished track. Once mixed to tape it’ll be of a more unique high quality finish feeling more glued together, generally sounding more like a “Record”

We can’t wait to hear your music!

Analog Equipment

1968 Revox A77 Quarter Inch Two Track

High quality professional tape machine that creates hi-fi sound with a great low end and beautiful analogue tape distortion. Amazing for a true 60s sound!

1983 Tascam 32 Quarter Inch Two Track

This rock solid workhorse of a recorder also runs at high speed for more polished sound to the finished mix.

1983 Tascam 38 Half Inch Eight Track 

A really great eight track multitrack tape machine recording on half inch tape. We sum and transfer your mix onto this if you require the multitracks to be analog.

Marantz PMD 740 Four Track Cassette

A high end four track cassette machine that sounds great ! If you are working from cassette this can be utilised for session overdubs.

Tascam m30 Mixer

A rock solid eight channel mixer that has transformer inputs. Used for analog summing before mixing to tape or running tracks through for distortion.

Vermona VSR 3.2 Vintage Spring Reverb

A lush sounding analog reverb which is a huge part of getting the vintage sound either across the instruments or used on vocals in conjunction with tape delay.

KT – 76 (UA1176 Compressor Clone)

A nice example of a classic compressor, mostly used to compress or limit the reverb.

EQP – 76 (Pultec EQ Clone)

This copy of an ionic passive tube EQ is best used to equalise the audio before hitting the reverb chamber.