Shaken Oak Studios, Oxford

Shaken Oak

Patchbay Fitted Jan 2014

I want to give you guys a heads up to Shaken Oak Farm/Studios in Oxford.

If you are looking for a cosy environment for a nice weekend away from London, recording away on a “budget”, then look no further.

Arthur is developing what he calls “the super project studio.” The idea is having a computer centred recording system (and approach to tracking) with a few great sounding pieces of kit on your signal path, from UREI to Neve preamps, or perhaps an LA2A for your vocals or brass, or a Drawmer Mercenary edition for your drums?

Or if you are bussing elements, why not use the Thermionic culture mixer?

Arthur and Jake Murray brought me to this project to assemble a patchbay where a very comprehensive routing of talkback, cues and preamps were normalled in such a way that recording can happen instantly after plugin in microphones. But if your heart so desires, you can tirelessly select your preferred preamp for the perfect sound, or create complex signal flow paths.

 

Where the facilities really shine is on his amazing live room. This hall has that classic cottage feel to it, with tall ceilings, elevated mezzanine and fantastic view into the green fields of Oxfordshire. Did I mentioned it sounded very controlled and pleasing, with a nice short tail?

Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures as Arthur is working restlessly to get the place 100% functional. There were some furniture being moved around to clear the place and make space for special furniture designed for Shaken Oak.

Have a look at his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shaken.oak.studios

 

 

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Denmark Street Studios

DENMARKST-LOGO15-150x150Hello all!

Just wanted to share with you that the famous producer and mixing engineer Guy Katsav took over the historical studio in Denmark Street where Rolling stones, Jimi Hendrix and many others recorded.

This studio is re-opening under Guy Katsav’s expert direction and features a very vibe-y complex of studios. The main studio has a decent sized (and decent sounding!) live room and 2 booths. And how surprised was I to find a true EMT 140 plate???

 

Anyway, I’ve spent a lovely day there working out some new wiring and setting up some of the new ties. The studio is equipped with a nice selection of gear and it’s ready to roll! So give them a call if you are looking for a studio to record. Have a look at their website here.

 

 

AMS – RMX16 Maintenance

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I had the pleasure of working on one of these beauties. Originally released in the late ’80s, this is a reverb unit that became somewhat of a legend. The ambience and the non-linear presets do wonders on a track, but I have to say the reverse reverb was probably one of the sweetest things I’ve heard. This particular one sat in a few historical rooms in London and is now in the hands of a private owner.

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This unit is really well designed. From a user point of view, everything is accessible from the front rotary encoders or from the numeric keypad. The addition of the assignable encoder to the left makes it a breeze to use and map for those mixes where you’ll be shaping your effects “hands on”.

 

On a maintenance point of view, the cards are very well laid out and the inside – although very packed – is very clean. Huge LED’s indicate the status of the power rails, and the fuses for each rail are accessible from the back.

My struggle with this bad boy was the fact that the front panel is incredibly hard to pull apart and assemble, which is necessary when replacing the switches. The spring support was broken on a couple of the switches.

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This is a beautiful unit however this particular one was beginning to show signs of old age. Some of the PCB traces were lifting easily and I’m not sure how easy it is to get ahold of some of the older components. If you get one, I think you’ll be in love with the organic and very “particular” reverbs this unit offers although be prepared to dish out some money servicing this unit if something happens.