ST. MARY'S SPACE

every day in the studio should be an adventure

St Mary's houses an innovative and versatile open plan recording studio, home to composer and producer Jamie Smith.

Although unconventional, the all-in-one room style of studio (pioneered by Peter Gabriel at Realworld and adopted by Paul Epworth at The Church) has many advantages over very dead 70’s type studios, not least the speed and ease with which we can achieve superb results. Overdubbing can be done in the conventional way, but with excellent communication between performers, producer and engineer the studio comes into its own when musicians play together in this beautiful acoustic.

The bookcases and log wall create a diffuse, spacious sound, while mic choice and placement allow huge flexibility over the amount of ambience on any recording. And we have screens to subdivide the space or build a booth for improved isolation or ‘in a world…’ movie trailer style voice overs.

Our hybrid studio is equipped for stereo, multi-channel and ambisonic recording.

It's easy to get a huge, epic sound here, though the many panels, screens, cupboards and rooms provide plenty of other more intimate acoustic options too.  Fabulous Tannoy Berkeley monitors reveal the nuance and depth captured by every microphone in this truly magical and unique acoustic.  

Unfortunately the studio is not available for dry hire, but Jamie is always happy to discuss how he might help bring your project to life. Please contact us.

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MORE THAN A STUDIO

artist led creative space

A large and welcoming space full of warmth and character, when not in use as a recording studio, the open plan layout lands itself to all kinds of uses. It the past we've hosted workshops, weddings, photo shoots, filming, exhibitions and masterclasses, as well as our popular house concerts - it works wonderfully as an intimate performance space.

15 x 5 meter suspended redwood floor, 8 meter high ceiling, natural light, wood burning stove, shelves of books and curios, painting easel, music and conductor stands, writing desk, 2 sewing machines, games and diversions, props, tricks, instruments and bric-a-brac,

wi-fi, hi-fi, a sound studio, various kinds of lighting, mirror ball.

If you have a project that you feel would be a good fit for St. Mary's Space, we'd love to hear about it.

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BOOKING

All bookings are unique: we'd rather price it based on requirements, so please contact us with details of your project so we can arrange a chat and tailor a quote to your requirements.

For artists working here, our Sitooterie accommodation is available at a heavily discounted rate.

Learn more about our accommodation.

All bookings include plenty of tea and coffee.

For your convenience we book by the day. Please remember St. Mary's is also our family home, so we can't have loud noise beyond 7PM unless through special arrangement.

 

The number of artists the space will accommodate depends on use/equipment/etc

eg 30-50 living statues; 20 tai chi mediators; 10 performance artists; 8 acrobats; 6 contemporary dancers; 2 action painters; solo puppeteer plus 120 medium puppets.

We’re very flexible and will do our best to accommodate your needs, no matter how unusual. As artists ourselves, we are realistic about budgets and would be delighted to discuss your project and find out how we can work with you to make it happen.

To inquire please call or email

STUDIO EQUIPMENT

All the equipment listed below should be available all the time but if there’s something specific you want to use it’s best to check in advance as things need servicing once in awhile. 
We suggest musicians bring their own familiar instruments and amplification where possible and use the ones here as backup or alternatives (many of them are rather eccentric!). 
All-in-one open plan studio

15m long x 5m wide x 8 meters to apex of ceiling.

Assorted acoustic screens can be assembled into odd looking but spacious vocal booth.

Adjoining vestry can be used as isolation room for very loud/agressive/smelly sound sources.

Microphones

2 x AKG C414 B-TLII

1 x AKG Solid Tube

1 x Audio Technica AT4050

1 x Audio Technica AT3527

2 x Audio Technica AT3528

1 x Audio Technica ATM350 gooseneck SDC

1 x Audio Technica U841A boundary microphone

2 x Core sound Tetramic ambisonic soundfield microphone system

1 x Sontronics Aria valve microphone

2 x Coles 4038

1 x DPA 4061

1 x Oktava MK-012 with omni and cardioid capsules

3 x Shure SM57

1 x AKG D112

1 x AKG D20

2 x LOM Usi Pro miniature omnidirectional microphones

2 x Line audio Omni 1

1 x Reslo ‘Beeb’ ribbon microphone

1 x Reslo RV ribbon microphone

1 x Triton audio FetHead inline mic pre (additional 27dB gain)

1 x pair Roland CM-10 binaural microphone

1 x Sony F99A stereo microphone

1 x stethoscope

2 x bugbrand contact transducer

Other assorted trash and toy mics, accelerometers, contact mics, coil pickups, etc.

The following microphones may be available on request. Please check when booking and give as much notice as possible if required:

2 x Neumann TLM103

4 x Neumann KM 184

2 x Neumann KM 183

2 x Neumann KM86

 
Hardware

Merging + Anubis monitor controller and cue mix hub

Merging + Hapi audio interface

Focusrite 428 mic pre

SSL VHD mic pre

D.A.V. BG 8 mic pre

SSL X-Logic Stereo Buss compressor

2 x SSL XR625 X-Rack Channel EQ

Audio Kitchen The Big Trees

Akai S2000 sampler

Roland XV-3080 rack synth

Evans Echopet analogue delay

Drawmer DL 241 dual compressor/gate

Monitoring (stereo and surround)

Tannoy Berkeley 15" dual concentric loudspeakers

Quad 405 power amp

Genelec 1029a active nearfield monitors in 5.0

Sennheiser HD 600

Beyerdynamic DT100 Headphones

Sony MDR 7506 Headphones

Various other headphones, monitors and grot boxes

Instruments, Amplifiers and other stuff

Allison Upright Piano

Portable pedal Harmonium

Moog Theremini

Marshall JMP-1 valve rackmount guitar preamp

WEM Dominator bass mkII amplifier

Watkins Clubman valve guitar amplifier

Watkins Westminster valve guitar amplifier

Fender Blues Deluxe amplifier

Hammond Rhythm II electric organ with leslie speaker

Harp from a Collard and Collard baby grand piano

Victorian cowbell percussion thing

Autoharp

Banjolin

Mandolin

Nashville strung guitar

Hofner Congress semi-acoustic roundtop guitar

Yamaha jumbo acoustic guitar

2 x handmade electric guitars

Yamaha electric bass guitar

Premier APK drum set

Otari MX5050 8 track tape recorder

Marmet pram full of percussion, beaters, bullroarer, etc

Many and various stomp boxes including Digitech Whammy, Demeter tremulator, ebow, Zvex Mastotron and many more.

Zoom H6 portable recorder

Zoom H2N portable recorder

 
Computer

Scan 3XS custom built silent audio PC, Intel i7 8700 3.4Ghz, 16GB RAM, 2 TB SSD storage drives

SSL MadiXtreme 64 I/O

Windows 10 Professional

Reaper v5

Plugins (many and various including):

Soundtoys 5 plugin suite

SSL Duende 6 plugin suite

Softube: TSAR reverb; Tape; Valley people Dyna-mite

PSP E27, vintage warmer, Fetpressor and more.

Gullfoss EQ

Transatlantic plate

Flux IRCAM verb; Evo channel

Eventide 2016 reverb; H3000 factory; Blackhole

Blue Ripple O3A plugin suite, Dear VR pro, ATK and many other ambisonic tools.

Selection of virtual instruments including: Soniccouture The Hammersmith & Extended piano; East West composers cloud; esoteric softsynth and sample library.

And lots more besides...

Stereo and beyond...

In addition to mono, stereo and 5.1 we can mix into HOA (high order ambisonics) and output to the following speaker layouts: UHJ stereo, 5.1, 7.1, 7.1.2 (Dolby Atmos), 3D7.1, Auro-3D (9.1, 10.1, 11.1 and 13.1), IMAX (5.0, 6.0 and 12.0), Cube, Hexagon, Octagon, Quad, etc.

In addition mixes can be rendered for "binaural" headphone output, and various immersive/head tracked audio for VR such as Quad Binaural, Youtube 360, Facebook 360.

Contact us for more information