The Mono Suite

About

Welcome to The Mono Suite, the North’s boutique production and mixing suite. Housing a plethora of premium outboard, effects, and instruments, The Mono Suite has a fantastic array of quirky and classic equipment centered around an Oram BEQ-24 console with Lavry, UAD & Cranesong convertors to give your mix and production the extra something it was looking for.

Established in 2012 by producer Mick Ross and James Hennin, The Mono Suite is becoming the go-to music production hub in the creative & vibrant environment of Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley. As part of the Mono collective, it’s joined by the record label, graphic design and live events companies.

The Mono Suite can be hired with one of our experienced and creative house engineers or producers. We can also offer the following services:

Mixing/remixing
Pre and Post-Production
Recording & overdubbing.
Sync writing
Mastering

Clients

James Bay
Frankie & The Heartstrings
Lake Poets
Bridie Jackson & The Arbour
Tessera Skies
Ajimal

Studio Spec

Balance your mix on our great sounding console

​Oram BEQ 24channel

Key Features:

Oram Pro Audio BEQ 24
24 channels inline console (24 channels + 24 returns tape)
4-band EQ, 10 Aux Sends per channel, a noise gate on each channel,
assignable mute groups, direct outs on each channel, all inputs and outputs are balanced.
Pro Console.
British sounding EQ

Record and overdub through our tasty mics and pre-amps:

Our extensive mic and pre-amp collection are a big part in getting the precise sound you need.

Studio Microphones & Pre-amps

A Designs Pacifica
Culture Vulture Red Ltd Ed. Mastering Version
Warm Audio WA12 Pre
Golden Age Pre73
Royer R-121
Soundelux U195

Copperphone Mini
Shure SM57
Aston Mics
SE Electronics SE1
SE Reflection Filter​
Klark Technik DN100 DI box x2

A selection of lovely speakers and headphones for you to monitor on

ADAM S3A
Exceptionally tight and punchy low end without com-promising midrange performance, for demanding recording engineers who need to monitor deep bass in mid sized control rooms
3-way active bass reflex speaker
Woofer x 2: 186 mm / 7 inch HexaCone
A.R.T. tweeter
Frequency response: (+/- 3 dB): 32 Hz - 35 kHz
Max SPL in 1m: 112dB or Greater
Panel (front-mounted): Input/HF gain, Hi/Lo EQ adjustment, standby

THE TANNOY SYSTEM 800A NEAR FIELD MONITORING SPEAKER
Driver: Eight-Inch Dual Concentric Type 2046
Magnet: Dual Magnet Assembly
Crossover Frequency: 1600Hz
Freq. Response: 44 Hz – 20 Khz
Built-In Amplifier Power: RMSHF 90W + LF 90W

MSP5 STUDIO POWERED MONITOR SPEAKER

Monitor info

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.

THE TANNOY SYSTEM 800A NEAR FIELD MONITORING SPEAKER
"I was mixing some Pop/R&B music and I used the main monitors for getting sounds (EQ, compression, gating etc.), establishing track size and gauging overall top and bottom qualities. I do all this at loud levels and often return from the near-fields to check on anything that might not show up at softer levels. After I have rough track mix going, I switched down to the Tannoys. Immediately I noticed that all tonal perspectives pretty much stayed the same as the large monitors. Before I hooked up the Tannoys I had already determined that the mains (in this particular studio) were a little bright and lack some bottom end. The 800A's confirmed this right away reproducing the missing lows and pulling down the top. One of things I liked, and the reason why different sets of speakers are a great luxury, is that the 800A's have a warm upper bass/lower mid-range quality I miss on some other systems. This makes them easy to balance music on and very non-fatiquing to my ears. Barry Fox at TGI says "the dual puts more total energy into the room at the crossover point than a regular two-way system and basically behaves as a single full-range drive unit with a single point-source."

The mix project went well with all the mixes holding up well on a variety of playback/speaker systems. I didn't get bass heavy, dull mixes that can happen with small, bright and bass-light speakers and there was no change in the intrinsic musical balances I got using the 800A's only. “

MSP5 STUDIO POWERED MONITOR SPEAKER
Like the larger MSP7 STUDIO, the MSP5 STUDIO is a two-way bi-amplified bass reflex system that delivers outstanding monitoring precision for digital or analog production in stereo or surround formats. The more compact dimensions of the MSP5 STUDIO make it an ideal choice for smaller project studios and DAW based production systems. The MSP5 STUDIO features a 5 inch cone woofer driven by a 40-watt amplifier and a 1 inch dome tweeter driven by a 27-watt amplifier. Other than woofer size, enclosure size, and amplifier power, the MSP5 STUDIO takes advantage of the same advanced materials and design technology that are behind the extraordinary performance of the MSP7 STUDIO. The woofer and titanium-dome tweeter feature advanced magnetic structures that achieve exceptionally low distortion, and the tweeter works with a unique waveguide horn that achieves broad, uniform high frequency dispersion over 120 degrees for optimum balance regardless of listening position. Advanced driver and enclosure design — including the low-diffraction rounded baffle — also ensure smooth, uniform dispersion across the system's full reproduction range. Flat frequency response out to 40 kHz makes the MSP5 STUDIO great for mastering, where high sample and bit rates are the norm.

Pro Tools 10&11, Logic and Cubase

The Mono Suites has Pro Tools 10&11, Logic and Cubase at your disposal, running from a Mac, naturally.

Conversion

Universal Audio Apollo interface ADDA
Cranesong HEDD ADDA with tape emulation
Lavry DA11

Plug ins

Please contact us for a full list

EQ:

Cranesong Ibis
Retro Instruments 2A3
Thermionic Culture Freebird (on request)
Kush Audio Clarifonic

Compressors/Limiters:

Manley Vari Mu compressor, with T-Bar mod and high pass
Empirical Labs EL8XS Distressors with Brit Mod (Pair)
Inward Connections TSL3 Limiter
API 2500 bus compressor
Universal Audio LA-3A Leveller
Purple Audio MC77 Compressor/Limiter

Reverbs & Delays:

Bricasti Design M7 MkII Stereo Reverb
Eventide H3000 Ultra Harmonizer
Roland RE201 Space Echo
Roland RE501 Chorus Echo
TC Electronic M One Delay
Yamaha Rev500 Reverb

Misc:

DBX 120 DS Subharmonic Processor
Signex CPT96 Isopatch bantam patchbays

Classy synths, guitars, drum machines and amps.

Instruments

Guitars & Basses

Rickenbacker 330 12string Electric guitar
Gibson 335 '63 Block (Custom shop)
Guild Starfire 5 with Bigsby '66
Fender Jaguar (Johnny Marr Sig. Ed.)
Fender Telecaster (USA)
Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12string Acoustic
Gibson Les Paul Custom (on request)
Shuker Bass Guitar (Fender Pre/Jazz)

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.
Headstrong Lil' King reverb amp
Selmer Treble & Bass 50 vintage head
Simms Watts 110W Plexihead
Marshall 4x12" cabinet
Orange AD30R Combo with Mullard valves

Synths & Controllers

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

Software Instruments

NI Komplete
Spitfire Audio Albion

Percussion (all LP)

long shakers, Maracas, Egg shakers
Cowbells medium & large
Cyclops tambourine
Glockenspiel

Misc

Ebow plus
Technics 1210 Mk5G Turntable (on request)