BLAST RECORDING STUDIO

About

Blast Recording is the leading SSL based recording studio and production facility in the North East of England.

Blast is designed and built to the highest specification by world renowned designers, Whitemark Ltd. (Hit Factory- New York & Miami, Real World – Bath, Strong Room – London & The Wool Hall – Bath).

The studio offers endless creative possibilities in a professional, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

With studio hardware from the leading names in the industry such as Solid State Logic, Crane Song, Brauner, DW Fearn, Chandler, Soundelux and Royer to name but a few and instrumentation matched in quality. Blast can provide their clients with a comprehensive and professional service from beginning to end.

Clients

Take That
Arctic Monkeys
Snow Patrol
Maximo Park
Marmozets
Little Comets
Thin Lizzy
New York Dolls
Therapy?
Frankie and The Heartstrings
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Dave Stewart
Joe McElderry
Lulu James

The Unthanks
Dear Superstar
The Quireboys
The Karma Heart
The Lake Poets
Lets Buy Happiness
Tessera Skies
Bridie Jackson & The Arbour
The Sons of Bido Lido
Tygers of Pan Tang
CHILD
Richard Wisker
Tyga
The UK Legends

Studio Spec

An SSL AWS 900+ console with Automation and Total Recall.

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.

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

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

- 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

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.

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

- Cranesong Ibis
- Manley Massive Passive

Compressors/Dynamics

- Cranesong 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