BLAST STUDIO

Our studio has been designed to the highest specification by world-renowned designers, with studio hardware from the leading names in the industry such as Solid State Logic, Crane Song & Brauner.


The live room (approx. 460sq ft) has a beautiful real oak floor which gives the space a great live sound. Both the control room (approx. 288 sq ft) and live room are acoustically engineered with fully floated concrete floors on rubber mounts which are three layers thick.

The live room features a large vocal/instrument booth and a open studio space. We’ve recorded everything from rock bands to choirs to brass bands in here!

Our control room setup centres around our incredible SSL AWS 900+ Console, with a selection of the world class modern and vintage outboard pre-amps, EQ’s and dynamics available from the likes of Neve, Cranesong, Universal Audio and Chandler. Monitoring comes in the form of Exigy Type 515’s, ADAM S3A’s and Yamaha NS-10Ms.


Blast Studio can be hired with one of our experienced engineers or producers or as a 'dry-hire' to professional sound engineers and producers for their projects.


Blast Studio offers the following services:

Recording, Production, Mixing, Mastering

EQUIPMENT

An SSL AWS 900+ console with Automation and Total Recall

Key Features:

Combined SSL console and DAW controller

Legendary SSL SuperAnalogue™ mic pres and signal processing

Full monitoring system up to 5.1 surround

Direct control of DAW recording, editing and mixing functions

Flexible signal routing


Console info

SSL AWS 900+

Tighter integration and enhanced DAW control (Logic Audio, Nuendo, Sonar, Digital Performer, Pro Tools)

Love analogue? Work digital? Offering a unique combination of a compact world-class analogue mixing console and a comprehensive DAW controller, SSL’s AWS 900+ provides everything you need to record, edit and mix professional audio.

The original AWS 900 established a new category in modern console design.

Every inch a 'real SSL', it scooped the 2005 TEC Award in the Large Format Console category – despite measuring just 56'' across!

Installed in more than 150 of the most prestigious project studios in the world, this unique console has already notched up an impressive catalog of credits from the Rolling Stones’ ‘A Bigger Bang’ to Alicia Keys’ ‘Unplugged’ and Barbra Streisand’s ‘Guilty Pleasures’.

Now the new AWS 900+ builds on the successful formula by adding even tighter integration and better control over major DAW platforms, enhanced displays and meters, and a sleek ‘platinum’ styling.

Superanalogue Mic Pres and signal processing, comprehensive monitoriing and superb workflow-orientated ergonomics make working on the AWS 900+ fast, simple and inspiring.

Solid State Logic mixing systems are the de facto standard in audio production, valued for their unrivalled audio quality and control ergonomics. SSL was the first company to integrate automation and machine control into the mixing console, and it pioneered surround mixing.

The AWS 900+ delivers the same powerful integration benefits to DAW users, who face similar challenges with an array of equipment (Mic Amps, Effects, Controllers etc.) to produce professional results from a modern DAW.

People say we have the best collection of mics around... They're right

There are so many things that go into making a decent recording, the first thing in the recording chain is usually a mic, if your mics can’t capture the performance then no matter what happens down the line you will always be compromising.

That is why we have invested heavily into our collection

Studio Microphones

Wagner U47w x2

Neumann U87 Vintage x2

Soundelux Elux 251

Soundelux U195

Royer 121 Ribbon x2

Josephson C42 Matched Pair

Josephson E22s x4

Microtech Geffel M295

Audix D6 Kick Mic

Audix SCX 25 Condenser

Rode Classic II

AKG C200B

AKG D12 x2

Milab LC25

Rode NT5 Pair

Shure SM57 x2

Shure SM58 x2

PZM Flat Mount x2

Brauner VM1

Realistic PZM x2

So you want to hear it loud?

Monitoring is a critical part of the recording process, if you cannot trust what your ears are telling you then we all may as well pack up and go home.

We have a number of monitoring options right from the soffit mounted mains in the control room through to the iPod HiFi in the lounge.

It is important to us that our recordings translate well onto all formats.


Some info on the main monitors

Exigy Type 515 Monitor System

The type 515 loudspeaker is the first of a series of monitor systems for use in control rooms where the cabinets will be visible.

This bass reflex loudspeaker cabinet uses a 400mm (16′) driver for LF, a 75mm soft dome for MF and a 25mm soft dome for HF.

It is designed for critical monitoring in small to medium sized control rooms where the mix position is not more than 4m from the monitors where it will provide accurate low distortion monitoring of all SPL’s up to 122dB peak per pair with music material, at 4m, in half space.

The cabinets are fully active and digitally controlled by a BSS 24bit 96kHz processor providing excellent performance with comprehensive room matching facilities and driver protection systems.

The system may be driven with a stereo digital input.

The amplifiers are by Chevin Research, type Q6. This is a 4 channel high performance amplifier and is used to power all current Exigy systems. It uses high frequency power supplies that provide excellent continuous output capability in a small lightweight package.

Each channel gives 350W RMS into 8 ohms and 600W into 4 ohms. Two channels may be bridged to provide 1200W into 8 ohms.

The amplifier boasts excellent distortion, noise and CMRR figures, comprehensive protection systems and has a fantastic reliability record in many years of studio use.


ADAM S3A

Exceptionally tight and punchy low end without compromising midrange performance, for demanding recording engineers who need to monitor deep bass in mid sized control rooms.

The Adam S3A is the choice for demanding recording engineers who need to monitor deep bass in mid sized control rooms. One woofer acts as a full-range driver with the second woofer joining it only below 150Hz. This unusual approach effectively doubles the area and power of the woofer when it needs to respond to deeper frequencies, resulting in an exceptionally tight and punchy low end without compromising midrange performance.

The S3A has three 150W amplifiers that deliver outstanding dynamic performance. It can be used either horizontally or vertically, so that very flexible positioning within the studio is possible. You get the same superior resolution above 2 kHz from these monitors that sets all Adam loud speakers apart from their competitors and by applying moderate equalization to the low end nearly an additional octave in bass response is achieved compared with a passive system.

The S-3A woofers and tweeter are each powered by separate 150W RMS amplifiers and are actively crossed over at 150Hz/1.8 kHz. The system's frequency-response has highs extending all the way to 35 kHz and lows down to 32 Hz (±3 dB). Tweeter gain can be adjusted 4 dB up or down with a pot on the panel. Also found on the panel of the S3-A are contour controls (+/- 6 dB) for high- and low-shelf filters at 6 kHz and 150 Hz, respectively. The balanced analog input is on a balanced XLR connector.


Yamaha NS-10M Monitor Speakers

Pro Tools HD9

ProTools HD9 with all the plugins and programs you would expect from a pro DAW, take a look:

Recording Environment

Mac Pro, Dual 2.66GHz Intel Xeon

12GB RAM, 120GB SSD, Superdrive

24" LCD Monitor

Glyph GT II Chassis including 4x 250GB 10K RPM Disks

Various firewire backup drives (both FW400 and FW800 speeds)

Digidesign Pro Tools HD9

2x Digidesign 192 I/O Interfaces (Expanded I/O)

Digidesign MIDI I/O

BenchMark DAV - 1 D/A Converter


Plug Ins

Abbey Road Briliance pack TDM

Antarez auto tune EFX and EVO plus AVOX and harmony TDM

Celemony melodyne editor

EMI mastering pack TDM

Focusrite red range TDM

Lexicon bundle

Massey mastering limiter CT5 De Esser tape head TDM

McDSP filter banks TDM

Native instruments guitar rig 5, Contact 5, Massive and Reactor 5

Soft tube amp rooms

Sonnox noise reduction and Oxford limiter

Sony Oxford EQ and dynamics TDM

Sound toys native effects

Valhalla room and vintage verb

Waves Mercury TDM

Isotope ozone

Mic Pre-Amps

Chandler TG-2 x2

D.W. Fearn VT-2

Martech MSS-10

Neve 1073 Rack Pair

Phoenix DRS-2


DI

Aguillar B900 DI

Littlelabs IBP Phase Alignment x2

Littlelabs Redeye DI/RE-AMP x2

Littlelabs STD Instrument Cable Extender

Tab Funkenwerk V71

Tab Funkenwerk V78M


EQs

Crane Song Ibis

Manley Massive Passive

Compressors/Dynamics

Crane Song STC-8

Drawmer 1960

Drawmer DS201 x3

Drawmer DS404

Emmpirical Labs Distressor x2

Pendulum Audio ES-8

SPL Transient Designer (4 channel)

Universal Audio 2-1176

UREI 1178


Other Outboard/Effects

Alesis Microverb 3

Alesis ML9600

Aural Exciter Type C

Bel BD8OS Delay Sample

Cranesong Hedd

Dolby 361 (Modified with expansion card)

Kurzweil Rumour

Lexicon Alex

Sonifex Redbox RB-DAG Distribution Amp

T.C Electronics M.One

T.C Electronics Reverb 4000

Tascam DV-RA 4000

Yamaha Rev 500

Yamaha SPX90

Classy synths, guitars, drum machines and amps.

Guitars & Basses

Rickenbacker 330 12string Electric guitar

Gibson 355 Bigsby (Custom shop)

'57 Gibson 225 with Bigsby

Guild Starfire 5 with Bigsby '66

Fender Jaguar (Johnny Marr Sig. Ed.)

Fender Relic Stratocaster (Custom Shop)

Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12string Acoustic

Gibson Les Paul Standard

Shuker Bass Guitar (Fender Pre/Jazz)

Epiphone 70's Bass (Short Scale)

Martin M-18 Acoustic


Pedals

EH Cathedral Reverb

Made By Mike Custom Compressor

Made by Mike TS909 and OCD

Eventide Time Factor

Keeley Modded DD3

Keeley Modded TR2

Fulltone Soulbender Fuzz

Suhr Shiba Drive

Boss TU2


Amps

Vox AC15 combo Handwired 50th Anniversary Ed.

Marshall JMP1C 1970s Combo 50th Anniversary Ed.

Headstrong Lil' King reverb amp

Selmer Treble & Bass 50 vintage head

Simms Watts 110W Plexihead

Marshall 4x12" cabinet

Orange AD30R Combo with Mullard valves

AMPEG BA-115 Bass Combo

Blackstar Artisan 30H head

Blackstar Artisan 412 B vintage cabinet

Soldano Decatone 10T-100 amp head

Soldano Decatone 4x12 cabinet

Warwick X-TREME Bass amp head

2 x Warwick WCA 411 Pro cabinets


Synths & Controllers

MOOG Subsequent 37

Roland RS09

Yamaha U1 Piano

G Force M-Tron Pro

G Force String Machine

G Force Oddity 

G Force Oddity 2

G Force Imposcar 2

Hohner Piano 

Novation Remote SL25 MkII keyboard

M Audio Keystation 61 ES controller keyboard


Drum Machines

NI Maschine 2

Akai MPC1000


Drums (available upon request)

Custom DW Collectors Series Drum Kit with DW 9000 hardware

5" Ludwig brass Black Beauty snare drum

6.5" Ludwig brass Black Beauty snare drum

13" Pearl brass piccolo snare drum

Paiste 2002 cymbals


Percussion (all LP)

Long shakers, Maracas, Egg shakers

Cowbells medium & large

Cyclops tambourine

Glockenspiel


Misc

Ebow plus

Technics 1210 Mk5G Turntable (on request)



Our Clients:

Listen to some of our work on Spotify

Take That

Arctic Monkeys

Snow Patrol

Maximo Park

Marmozets

RAT BOY

Little Comets

Thin Lizzy

Therapy?

New York Dolls

Frankie and The Heartstrings

Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)

Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)

Ryan Jarman (The Cribs)

Joe McElderry

Lulu James

Detroit Social Club

The Unthanks

Dear Superstar

The Quireboys

The Karma Heart

The Lake Poets

Sam Fender

Avalanche Party

Jake Houlsby

Lets Buy Happiness

Tessera Skies

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour

The Sons of Bido Lido

Tygers of Pan Tang

Boy Jumps Ship

The UK Legends