From the requirements of an 8 piece string ensemble to the demands of tracking a band live, Studio A’s 450sq. foot (40 sq. metres) live room provides a fantastic recording environment for the modern musician. Featuring wooden floors, an isolation booth and amp cupboard, the live room was designed at every stage to provide a space that was sympathetic to the needs of the artist.
Excellent lines of sight between recording areas allow musicians to see each other no matter where they are stood, and because the live room features large windows sunlight can reach every part of this recording studio. A 14-foot (4m) high ceiling provides the acoustic ambience essential to achieving those ‘big’ drum sounds, whilst the warm and colourful decor provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
A giant movable screen allows live room to be divided into smaller recording areas, providing versatility when recording ensemble performances. The raised drum platform – a unique feature of this recording studio, can be completely enclosed using the screen which creates an acoustically dead environment suitable for everything from vocal recording to dry ’70s style’ drum sounds alike.
In addition to 9 channels of API pres and Amek BCII side-car, the control room is built around a 40 channel Trident 65 console. This console, with its powerful, musical EQ is fully integrated with Pro Tools HD giving any project the versatility of digital recording with the option of a great vintage tone.
At Urchin we believe that an inspirational sound should never be too far away, therefore we host a great selection of vintage and modern drums, keyboards, percussion instruments, amps.
Studio B is Urchin’s writing room and production suite. Acoustically treated, fully air conditioned and with a decent sized vocal booth, the studio is perfect for small scale recording projects, writing, editing and mixing on a budget.
The studio can also be used in tandem with Studio A as a secondary overdub room, and is connected via tie lines to enable its use as an additional recording space during complex live tracking sessions.
The setup in this room is specifically geared towards being able to walk in with a laptop and get to work as fast as possible. No fuss.
@jordanmackampa's new single One In The Same is out today, and to celebrate we invited him to join us for episode 1 of the new season of our podcast, out next Friday June 1st on iTunes, Spotify and Podbean. In the meantime be sure to check out some of the previous episodes via our website (link in bio)
Studies show that all you lot really want to see on here is tasty pictures of our equipment, so here's our pair of Coles 4038 ribbon microphones in Blumlein configuration approx 3 metres up in the air. For added #vintagevibes we've shot it in front of this original #1970s wallpaper, painstakingly hung by @matturchin
Quick visit from the piano doctor this morning! Our old Mornington and Weston #uprightpiano has bags of character but sometimes needs some TLC to ensure it can hold its tuning for years to come. The tuning pins had become loose so Alexander here is adding a special glue to increase the grip between them and the soundboard.