A world-class facility
The studio facilities at Songphonic Records used to be owned by Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music and operated under the name of Gallery Studios until 1997. The facility was legendary and produced many great recordings by artists like Brian Ferry, Brian Eno, Paul Weller etc..
Between 1997 and 1999 the studios were totally refurbished by the new owner and Songphonic CEO, Osman Kent. The control room, live room and the vocal booth were designed by Recording Architects of Greenwich. Osman himself designed the layout, specified the equipment and all the electronic and electrical infra-structure. He prides himself in knowing every piece of cable in the facility.
The studio is based on ProTools (HD5 and 6 HD192s) and caters well for both acoustic and electronic productions. Being a ‘digerati’ himself, Osman decided at the onset to do everything digitally with good analog gear to complement the digital. Everything in the studio is recorded at 24/96 and even 44Khz sources are upsampled to 96Khz for mixdown. The studio is used exclusively by artists produced by Osman under his Songphonic label and also for his own private recordings.
Recently featured in the Music Technology magazine, the studio has just been expanded to accomodate an HD post-production suite together with a DVD authoring environment.
You can see more pictures of the studio here.
Upgrading the studio :: older gear up for sale
We are in the process of upgrading our studios and selling some of our older (but still loved) kit
on eBay. There are some real
bargains to be had here along with some rare equipment.
You can check what is up for sale by clicking here. Visit regularly as the list is changing all the time.
Pro Tools Tutorials
Make sure you visit our Pro Tools tutorials page which has been extremely popular. We will be posting some exciting new tutorials soon.
We recently took delivery of SLAM by Manley Labs (with the digital option) and life has not been the same ever since. It is not only the best A/D for recording acoustic instruments but it also has the best limiter for those loud vocals.
Royer Labs SF24
SF24 is a new stereo ribbon mic from Royer Labs powered by phantom power. It has a gorgeous tone and we use it extensively as a room mic and also to record our new Yamaha C7 grand.
Our new grand is grand
Songphonic is now the proud owner of a Yamaha C7 concert grand fitted with the diskclavier Pro system. This enables us to capture all the nuances of a performance and to record it acoustically once the performer has left - avoiding any creeks of the piano stool (or tapping on the floor)