January 2018

probably needs a gym ;)

there is not lots of space, but there is a kettle and there is universally accepted painters hanging on the wall ;)


Brief note on fee's

Our receptionist informs me the number of calls inquiring about 2018 fee's has increased, we understand with the Tory governments endless austerity and cheapening the sterling value our target is to keep fee's in suspension for 2018, thats 'no' more increases on per CD cost, 'no' more increase on studio rates, 'no' more increase on equipment hire, and 'no' hidden charges, we hope you have a great year ahead, look forward to seeing you in the studio & do keep me informed of your success's , past, present & future.

We'll do it my way or no way sessions

What happens when you record small groups in close space & your faced with dilemmas in recording the band 'the guitarists' way detriment to 'flow' and fidelity. Firstly in 2017 the fidelity part should be of concern only to the 'anoraks' or those who feel the 'music' part is not worth discussing.
Gear lines are of such high quality now that recording multiple sound sources in a close space , separation will be minimal & your best is just that,
three separate booths with wooden beams and acoustics free of sine wave resonances or unwanted ambience aren't for project or small group studios.

For me i'll try and polish any artists work as best i can, I once took objection to being told i couldn't play a James Taylor reference track to compare tape levels to mastered CD levels, in recording though these small quibbles are forgotten instantly and never though of again.

As far as surmising atmospheres 'after the flare up has calmed' sitting either side of the table doesn't always work, now and again you need to do whats right, pull a 180 go back and start healing old wounds, its not easy to do that when your pen can't find the words that are rite.

Perry - Ghosts June 2012

Perry Hood - Ghosts - Recorded June 2012

Orla Olanre - Teezy beat (FME mix) May 2013

Recorded in May 2013

Hayna Tanner - Blue Jean Baby

From 16/10/2012, bloody good fun on a down time day. Simon small on slide gtr, only 3 guitar parts. 5 were recorded it just didn't need all IMHO


Best thing about my compressors...

Asked last week to briefly explain why i use compressors on every channel, " If the band are in and helping with the mix, i know if one of the fellas goes to push a fader out of the hot spot or sweet zone, taking the essence of the music & highlighting a single element to much, a compressor at a ratio of 4:1 will prevent the pass from being wasted "

Last throw back for .....

Here's Julie's lead vocal on the ABBA 'Waterloo' covered again by Nick Jackson Project X band circa 2000, we have a Free song but the middle bass part is missing (the Andy Fraser riff) from the files, going to scrub that for now, if lucky it will come to hand with a little aid of the back up discs else where.


20th Century Boy Nick Jackson circa 2000 (Project X)

Recorded with Nicks live band here at FT.


Rebel Rebel - Project X 2000 ( Nick Jackson )

A new mix for one of the big steps in David Bowie's canon, recorded by Nick Jackson & his band in 2000