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
Music Video Production, Voiceover Recording, Live Location Recording
An SSL AWS 900+ console with Automation and Total Recall
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
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
Wagner U47w x2
Neumann U87 Vintage x2
Soundelux Elux 251
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 D12 x2
Rode NT5 Pair
Shure SM57 x2
Shure SM58 x2
PZM Flat Mount x2
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.
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:
Mac Pro, Quad-Corel 2.66GHz Intel Xeon
14GB 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
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
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
Chandler TG-2 x2
D.W. Fearn VT-2
Neve 1073 Rack Pair
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
Crane Song Ibis
Manley Massive Passive
Crane Song STC-8
Drawmer DS201 x3
Emmpirical Labs Distressor x2
Pendulum Audio ES-8
SPL Transient Designer (4 channel)
Universal Audio 2-1176
Alesis Microverb 3
Aural Exciter Type C
Bel BD8OS Delay Sample
Dolby 361 (Modified with expansion card)
Sonifex Redbox RB-DAG Distribution Amp
T.C Electronics M.One
T.C Electronics Reverb 4000
Tascam DV-RA 4000
Yamaha Rev 500
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
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
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
Marshall Valvestate 8008 Guitar rack power amp
Marshall JMP-1 Stereo pre-amp
Synths & Controllers
MOOG Subsequent 37
Yamaha U1 Piano
G Force M-Tron Pro
G Force String Machine
G Force Oddity
G Force Oddity 2
G Force Imposcar 2
Novation Remote SL25 MkII keyboard
M Audio Keystation 61 ES controller keyboard
NI Maschine 2
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
Premier Genista Vintage Drum Kit with Yamaha hardware
Percussion (all LP)
Long shakers, Maracas, Egg shakers
Cowbells medium & large
Technics 1210 Mk5G Turntable (on request)
Our Clients include:
Listen to some of our work on Spotify
New York Dolls
Frankie and The Heartstrings
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)
Ryan Jarman (The Cribs)
Detroit Social Club
The Karma Heart
The Lake Poets
The Hairy Bikers
The Yada Yada Yadas
Lets Buy Happiness
Bridie Jackson & The Arbour
The Sons of Bido Lido
Tygers of Pan Tang
Boy Jumps Ship
The UK Legends