RECORDING AT ST. MARY'S
studio for music and the sonic arts
St Mary's houses an artist focused recording studio in an innovative and versatile open plan workspace.
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 SSL centered hybrid studio is equipped for stereo, multi-channel and ambisonic recording. We would be delighted to discuss your project and advise how St. Mary's would best suit your needs. Please contact us.
BOOKING A SESSION
All bookings are unique: the prices here are a guide only. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and request a quote.
All studio booking include Jamie Smith as in-house engineer - he can run your session from tracking to mixdown. Or if you bring your own engineer, Jamie will be happy to assist, make tea and generally be around to keep things running smoothly.
Recording studio hire from £250 per day. This includes engineer and use of all equipment.
Accommodation for artists hiring the studio from £30 per person per night (we have two double rooms)
Accommodation includes breakfast. Other meals are available on request.
All bookings include plenty of tea and coffee.
For your convenience we book by the day. A day usually starts around 9am and finishes when the day’s work is done or everyone is tired or has cabin fever - please remember St Mary's is our family home, so the latest we like to run until is 7pm unless there's a compelling reason!
The number of musicians the space will accommodate varies on type/loudness/bigness of instruments/etc.
eg 30-50 voice Inuit choir; 20 piece free jazz orchestra; 10 piece space rock band; 8 vuvuzela; solo ukulele.
We’re very flexible and will do our best to accommodate your needs, no matter how unusual. If it makes a noise, we can record it.
We are always happy to discuss your project and find the best way to make it happen based on your requirements and budget.
Here are a few unprocessed clips of how instruments sound in the space.
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 you bring your own instruments and amplification and use the ones here as backup or alternatives.
Monitoring (stereo and surround)
Tannoy Berkeley dual concentric loudspeakers
Quad 405 power amp
Genelec 1029a active nearfield monitors
Tapco S.8 active monitors
Beyerdynamic DT100 Headphones
Sony MDR 7506 Headphones
Various other headphones and grot boxes
Instruments, Amplifiers and other stuff
Allison Upright Piano
Portable pedal Harmonium
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
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
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
Cubase Elements 9
Plugins (many and various including):
Soundtoys 5 plugin suite
SSL Duende 6 plugin suite
Softube: TSAR reverb; Tape; Valley people Dyna-mite
Eventide 2016 reverb; H3000 factory
Blue Ripple O3A plugin suite 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
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.
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 beyerdynamic Opus 83
1 x Core sound Tetramic ambisonic soundfield microphone system
3 x Shure SM57
1 x AKG D112
1 x AKG D20
2 x LOM Usi Pro miniature omnidirectional microphones
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
SSL SuperAnalogue X Desk
SSL Stereo Buss compressor
2 x SSL Channel EQ
SSL Alpha- Link MADI AX I/O (24 analogue inputs and outputs plus 24 ADAT inputs and outputs at 96kHz)
Akai S2000 sampler
Roland XV-3080 rack synth
Evans Echopet analogue delay
Drawmer DL 241 dual compressor/gate
Focusrite 428 mic pre
SSL VHD mic pre
Focusrite octopre LE
Focusrite Trakmaster Pro
For larger session the following microphone preamplifiers may be available on request. Please check when booking and give as much notice as possible if required:
RME Octamic x 3
RME Fireface 400 x 2