Recording

I have done recording and mixing work for a very wide variety of music, spoken word and sound effects over the years from Opera to Jazz, Death Metal to Traditional Folk, Rap to Pop, African Mbira bands to Orchestras, Hypnotists to Telephone answering service messages, talking books to movie foley and voiceover work.

Get in touch if you have a project you might want me to record for you no matter how big or small, beginner or professional.

Recording Equipment Used

I have a well equipped project studio where I arrange, record and mix the bulk of my work. I can record anything necessary there although I don’t have a soundproofed live room to record whole bands at once. I usually work by tracking up a piece instrument by instrument. For clients with sufficient budget I regularly travel to other studios to produce group vocal sessions then bring the stems back to mix on my gear.

I use a wide selection of high quality microphones including a Neumann U 87, a pair of AKG 414s, AKG D112 and the standard Shure 57s and 58s and a few others.

I use a Seck 18-8-2 Mixing Desk mainly as an input stage via a Focusrite compressor for Logic Pro X which I run on a Mac. I do all of my mixing “in the box” these days using a Roland STUDIO CAPTURE 16X10 digital/analogue audio interface.

There’s an old Fostex E-16 1/2″ reel-to-reel 16-track tape recorder in the corner which hasn’t been used for a while but should be in perfect working order if required. I hear they are making tape again!

I use industry standard Yamaha NS-10 near field monitors.

Instruments to Hand

I have a Premier Projector and Spaun Clear Acrylic live drum kits but usually use a Roland TD-8 midi kit which means I can choose the sounds later and quantise, edit and comp performances.

I use a number of keyboards including a Rhodes MK1 Stage Piano and Nord Electro 5 Keyboard. There’s also a box of percussion equipment, whistles, bells, kazoos, harmonicas, a djembe, a washboard and a cajón!

Also to hand are several 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars, ukeleles, basses and a banjo made by Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Fender, Epiphone, Italia, Takamine, Washburn, Westone and Hagström. Vox and Orange valve Guitar amps and a huge variety of effects pedals are available.

As an afterthought one thing I would recommend having professional mastering engineer prepare the finished mixes for release. I can recommend a couple of good people.