July 9, 2008

So, I have never actually updated the studio situation.

Basically, we got evicted from our first ‘ABCD’ studio which you can read about here:

We then took on a new one at the marina, in Brighton. It was adjacent to another studio that had been there for a while. We suffered a similar death there as the noise levels were to much for them to record.

Also, steve, our main gear man went to india for a year, so we have wound up with loads of gear and nowhere to play with it… i mean use it. Its a bit of a sod. In fact that reminds me i gotta remember to collect the reel to reel… dont worry Steve I will do that!

We are now semi thinking about finding a new studio.

This is because Flash Bang Band: ( ) has started getting itself together and are anticipating practicing regularly, and as i have made clear in blogs before, i find it much more interesting and better etc… to have your own studio space. esp when you share it with some musical mates…

The new place we may take on is a studio near my house that is essentially an office – it posing the same kind of problems – i see it all going a bit tits up but you never know, with a bit of soundproofing it could work out just fine.

An amazing thing is that as well as the office, the landlords have a 1 mile long tunnel up for lease! Its way out of our budget but imagine using it as a natural reverb or having a rave? Or recording a car inside it? Its massive and very cool. But its also damp and would need stupid money. We dont have stupid money – “Back to the office” then i guess. The tunnel used to be a railway tunnel. Its actually pretty darn clean inside, a bit damp and what have you, but its huge and inspiring to say the least!

So thats that really. Im making most of my music at home as a result but even thats a bit hindered at the moment due to old computer syndrome… My mac done good though seriously!

ABCD STUDIO 25/04/07

April 25, 2007

So we have arrived! Finally, after about six months of scraping for cash, gear, hoping for a result, the studio has been completed. We actually can hardly believe the fact. It has been a mission! We still have a few issues with various people regarding our existence but there we go.

The studio is below a dojo, next to another dojo, has rubbish electrics, no real light in the live room, and people trapse through the studio every five minutes to go and train their po-na na skills or whatever they do.

All in all we are totally chuffed with having our own studio which is kitted out like so:

1 x 24 track SOUNDCRAFT analog mixing desk (used to belong to Dave Watts of the Tornadoes / as in produced by Joe Meek!),

1 x 16 track Fostex p-90 multitrack reel-reel tape recorder,

1 x apple mac powerbook running Pro Tools 7.x LE 16 simultaneaous channels of audio via

1 x MOTU 896 lightpipe audio interface,

Loads of mics, some really nice ones: ribbon, dynamic, omin’s (!!!)

Gear: Vox ac 30, marshal j90, fender studio, hand made Halliday Guitars (compliments of my father, acoustic guitar and bass), vintage tama drum set, peavey big bass stack, orange cabs, effects: Ibanex ad-90, line 6 delay, tla 5056 compressor, aural exciter, loads of plug ins… millions of cables etc etc…


heres some pictures –

studio ,drum kit, ben and i,