Professional studio gear is essential to achieve depth, clarity, warmth. We use a combination of valve, analogue and digital equipment which is truly world class. No matter what you listen to, these are the very same studio-classic tools deployed in recording some of your favourite albums.

However, studio gear is only a part of the full picture. Sound engineering skills, room acoustics, dedication, creativity, a good understanding of the production process and the ability of establishing good working relationships are indeed as significant and valuable.

Truth is that all the right elements must be in place if you want to make a great recording - one that is vibrant and alive - and being able to choose the right recording and production techniques depending on material, style and way of playing is a very important but often overlooked aspect...

We have years of experience in bringing out the best sound and performance from people playing all different kind of styles.

While we generally encourage playing "live in the studio" without much overdubbing, there is no standard recipe. It all comes down to indentifying what inspires you. What works best specifically for you. And then set things up accordingly. In a way that not only isn't obstructive or intrusive, but that enhances your performance.

Having said all that, what makes us quite unique is that you don't really find equipment of this calibre in recording studios charging our rates. Please don't take my word for it, google a few of the names below, then do the same for other Edinburgh studios in our price range: you may be in for a bit of a shock!


MICROPHONES

VALVE:
- Wunder Audio CM7-GTS
- Telefunken AR51

LARGE DIAGPHRAM:
- Neumann U87
- AKG 414b xls (two)

SMALL DIAGPHRAM:
- Neumann KM184 (stereo pair)
- Shoeps cmc5 with MK4 capsule (stereo pair)

RIBBON MICROPHONES:
- Coles 4038
- Beyerdynamic M160
- Beyerdynamic M260

DYNAMIC MICROPHONES:
- Shure SM7b
- Sennheiser 421
- Sennheiser 441 (pair)
- Electrovoice RE20
- Shure SM57
- Shure SM58

Clip MICROPHONES:
- DPA Dvote 4099 (pair)

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GUITARS

ACOUSTIC:
- Martin D28
- Gibson Hummingbird
- Martin 00015m
- Gibson j45
- Taylor GS5
- Larrivee P03z
- Guild M120

ELECTRIC GUITARS and BASSES:
- Fender Stratocaster American Special
- American Standard Telecaster
- Japanese Fender '52 Telecaster reissue
- Gibson Les Paul Studio
- Fender American Standard Precision Bass

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GUITAR AND BASS AMPS

- Fender '57 Tweed Twin (custom shop series)
- Watkins Westminster (vintage amp, 1959)
- Fender Vibrochamp (vintage amp, 1978)
- Vox AC15 H1TV (hand-wired series)
- Ceriatone JTM45
- Fargen Micro Plex
- Ampeg BA 112

All amplifiers are fitted with the best quality, military grade vintage valves from 1950s, 60s and 70s. Those deliver a sound that no modern production valve can get even near to.

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OUTBOARD

MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERS:
- Neve 1073 DPA
- Universal Audio LA-610
- DAV Electronics BG2
- A-Designs Pacifica

COMPRESSORS AND LIMITERS:
- API 2500 stereo bus compressor
Neve 535 (two)
- SSL G 4000+ compressor
- Manley "Vari Mu"
- Mohog Audio Mofet76
- Pendulum Audio ES8 tube limiter
- Pendulum Audio PL2 limiter
- BAC 500 (two)
- Valley People Dyna-mite compressor
- Leviathan APA opto compressor (two)

SPECIAL PROCESSING:
- Portico 542 tape saturator (two)
- Little Labs VOG 500 (two)
- Zulu by Handsome Audio (passive tape simulator)
- Kush Audio "Fatso"
- Overstayer Saturator NT-02a

EQUALIZERS:
- Portico 5033 parametric EQ (two)
- Neve 551 (two)
- Kush Audio Clariphonic (two)
- Kush Audio Electra (two)
- Chandler "Little Devil" EQs (two)
- A-Designs EM-PEQ2 stereo equalizers (two)
- API 550b (pair)

REVERB UNITS:
- Bricasti M7
- Klark Teknik DN50 (spring reverb)
- Demeter Real Reverb (spring reverb)

DI BOXES AND REAMPING:
- A-Designs Reddi
- Little Labs - Redeye 3D
- Radial JDI stereo

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CONVERTERS

- Mytek 8x192 ADDA
- Burl Audio Bomber DAC and ADC
- RME RayDat PCIe card

MONITORING

- Monitors: PSI Audio A17-m
- Headphones: Sennheiser HD650, 3 x Sennheiser HD280, Beyerdynamic DT770m

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SOFTWARE and HARDWARE

Custom built PC with Intel i7 quad core processor (3.6 ghz), 32 gigabytes of RAM and solid state drives.

Pro Tools 11
Cubase Pro 9.5
Plugins by Waves, Softube, FXpansion, Sound Toys, Native Instruments and Fabfilter

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DRUMS & KEYBOARDS

- Yamaha SY55 keyboard, 61 keys
- Studiologic SL990 PRO keyboard, 88 fully weighted keys
- Custom built hybrid drum kit (more details HERE)

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