Valve Tube Microphone Mixer Pre Amp

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Here at The Coolest Recording Studio in South London – we’re like the audio Ben & Jerry’s – a whole gamut of flavours & tastes! 

In our search for audio perfection & diversity we’ve bought in a ton of recording studio equipment – some we keep – some we sell on – not because it’s bad gear – it’s just not right for us.

The Behemoth – now that’s a keeper!

It’s a four channel microphone mixer built for a radio station in 1952 which has the Biggest audio transformers we’ve ever seen – so the saturation or overdrive of any audio run through it is sublime! 

It’s super on vocals, acoustic / classical instruments – but amazing on drums ! They go down to tape in near perfect form & just sit in the mix sounding all kindsa pretty ! 

Plus – it’s got little green lights that glow when the channels are turned on:

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or what !!!!!!!     

Best of all though – it has a beautiful valve equalizer that makes everything you run through it sound like Motown

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So – we rigged him up to the patchbay – sat his ass on a shelf overseeing the control room – & now we got super lush valve recording & mixing beautifullness at our fingertips. 

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You can hear him in action recording drums at the bottom of the page – & you can see the studio HERE

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Microphone Making 1 – Binaural Stereo Coppermic

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Here at The Coolest Recording Studio In South London – we buy this mic – we buy that mic – in a constant search for sonic perfection – or at least sonic perfection for each particular recording instance – as each session requires individual attention to detail.

A song might require a particular guitar sound – then it might require the same guitar sound but miked with more ambience to add to the original take come the bridge or chorus .

It might require a completely different guitar sound – or a much more saturated one to add body. Regardless – whatever you’re looking for – be it the perfect recording space, tape compression or natural clarity – you’re going to need to start with the right mic.

Microphones Make Music

So ……. you need a specific recording device – which doesn’t seem to exist – so whatcha gonna do??? 

Make one! That’s right folks – rather than making do with what’s on offer – get yourself in the saddle & create what you need from scratch! We do. 

Here is our first microphone offering – Coppermic 1 (CM1

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 – yes it’s made out of copper – we love copper – it looks beautiful – & it’s tough enough to withstand road abuse and / or field recordings. 

It’s hand held but also has a regular mic stand fitting. 

It’s phantom powered so has excellent signal to noise ration – is clear as a bell & sounds gorgeous!! 

There will be a battery option made in the near future

We used top quality components (natch) & have done some test recording (with & without eq) so you can hear for yourself how Goddamn Nice it sounds. 

As you can tell – we’re Very pleased with ourselves. 

Check out the video at the bottom for soundclips. 

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So what’s with the coloured foam? 

Here’s the mic naked: 

We designed the foam capsule covers to cancel wind noise & to affect mic tone & volume. 

The red cap covers shown here are for general outdoor use (to cancel wind noise etc) – to remove a bit of the top end from guitar – voice or cymbals.

The stripey covers (look great don’t they) are much denser – they take the audio input to the capsules down by approx 10-12 per cent – shelve a large amount of the top end off the incoming audio – so are excellent for bass frequency instruments – though they also work beautifully on all sound sources – especially if they are too bright.

It’s all about microphone placement!

The capsules in this mic are set at 110 degrees & 19 cm apart – this configuration is based on the ORTF design – though we felt the need to slightly widen the distance between capsules for a more open sound.

More microphones coming soon 

The design room is masterminding plans on a grand scale – watch this space for more super interesting recording shazzle !

You can see the studio HERE.

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Recording Studio London – Antique Reverb Effects Unit Mojo !

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Here at The Coolest Recording Studio in South London Town – we got a gear problem – no sooner do we find a piece of equipment we like – then we just Have to buy a second unit. You know ……. in case the first goes down.

So – what with all the gear we hand make on site for our artists – our store cupboards runneth over. Maybe it’s time for a yard sale!

Pioneer SR101 Valve Tube Reverb 

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One piece of equipment we hold close to our hearts & which we shall never be parted from – is the Pioneer SR101 – all tube (valve) spring reverb unit – as used by Amy Winehouse on her beautiful Back to Black lp to put the shine on her vocals drums & guitars.

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You’d think that something built for the hifi market (see the phono sockets at the back) would be too lo fi & mojo like for a recording studio – but it actually sounds clean, rich and beautiful – the space it creates is a pretty wonderful place for vocals, drums guitars & synths etc. Maybe not something you’d run too many elements into in a mix – it’d get muddied up pretty quickly with too many frequencies bouncing around the springs – but for sure it beautifies specific types of audio in ways nothing else can.

We use it all the time as both an audio saturator & as a gorgeous space to place things in.

The saturation from the valves is utterly lovely – so lovely that we’ll turn the reverb down to zero sometimes just to get uncoloured saturation. Then we hit the input hard to get them tubes glowing – sublime on vocals, guitars & drums! Possibly the smoothest saturation ever. Aside from our Supra Saturator of course – that’s the bees knees of saturation devices!

We’ll be showing out a whole bunch of our toys in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

You can see the studio HERE.

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Recording Studio London – Analog Audio Saturator Saturation Device

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Here at The Coolest Recording Studio in London Town – we make a Whole Bunch of music related stuff – sometimes designed for specific artists – sometimes just for us. Here’s a little bit about the newbie.

Audio Saturators – the pro audio market is flooded with them. From big boys like Waves to small independent software manufaturers like Sonimus – who havn’t designed a saturator per se – but have always embedded saturation into their channel strips & recording studio eqaulisers. To Klanghelm – who have a very nice freebie HERE. There’s a lot of choice out there folks & some of those choices are quite expensive so tread mighty careful ! – just because so & so producer might use this or that bit of kit doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.

Maybe we can shed some light on the subject.

Thence – what exactly does saturation do? & Why are people so infatuated with it?

In short – it’s all about how audio is affected by analog devices sch as mixing desks, equalisers, compressors – & other assorted bits & pieces of the analog recording studio chain.

Such as microphones, mic preamps etc.

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Recording Studio Hardware Saturation in Audio Production 

Running audio into analog hardware in a recording studio generates distortion (in a nice way) & thus harmonics. This adds sparkle, energy & a form of compression to said audio – which helps to bed it into the mix & makes the music or audio sound much more finished & pleasing to the ear.
In our recording studio we have a veritable plethora of mixers & various other analog devices both solid state, valve (tube) & tape.
All do their jobs beautifully – the solid state or transistor based equipment adds the most subtle and pretty overdrive so we use those devices mainly on vocals or percussion / drum overheads where clarity is vital. The valve gear has much more pronounced or coloured flavours wich we have to use to taste – you may want your vocals & guitars dazzled with tube overdrive – you may not. & tape – well … it may be expensive but Lordy it makes Everything sound amazing! Vocals especially are a thing of wonder!
We are lucky to own all this equipment – but it all cost a fortune – & continues to do so due to maintenance & component replacement costs.
Not everyone can afford to come spend time in our lovely recording studio – so we decided to build a little part of it in to a very portable box full of analog components you can use in your own home or project studio. 

Analog Saturation Hardware Effect Unit 

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Analog Saturator for the Home & Pro Recording Studio

Our Supra Saturator is a spec built device designed to fit right into your in-the-box workflow.
It simply plugs into your audio soundcard using your daw i/o widget (see here).
Then you can run your audio through it to taste – easiest way to get mixing desk type analog saturation into your studio, & the only device like it available. See it in action here:
Or you can use it inline whilst recording to add depth, energy & shine to your drums, vocals, guitar, synth etc.
1. plug your mic into a preamp.
2. Plug your  preamp into the Supra – & adjust the output of the preamp til you get just the right amount of analog saturation.
3. Prepare to be amazed at how lovely your audio sounds!
You can purchase units from us Here

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Recording Studio London – Music Videos & Band Promotion

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Here at The Coolest Recording Studio in London Town – we’ve had a great year – we got to work with some of London’s most creative musicians – plus we got to create & make some tres interesting recording & production devices.

The first of these was the Icrophone – an electromagnetic microphone that picks up & records information from radios, phones, tablets, computers – tv – & most electronic devices – it’s pretty amazing for generating soundscapes – but click Here for a more in depth explanation of its’ capabilities.

After that we made a binaural stereo microphone – when a singer songwriter comes in to the studio & they want to record live with either guitar or piano – we do of course close mic both instrument & vocals – but we also use the binaural mic to record the environment – it’s not just like using a stereo mic setup – it’s much more natural sounding than that.

reverb 

Then we built this crazy string reverb – it’s like a plate reverb but with strings – which means we can tune the reverb to the track ! Makes for some very lovely audio!

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So – Merry Christmas y’all & a happy new year – here’s some music videology to bring a smile.

1. Merry Funkmas!

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The Recording Environment & How to Motivate the Muse

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Here at The Coolest Recording Studio in South London – we know that vibes create the finest music & connect us to the muse – so with this in mind we put together the most relaxed & creative space in which to put our musicians – which is why we’re lucky enough to have recorded & produced some of the most interesting artists in the locale & beyond!

Here’s our live room – a little snifter of what to expect at the House of Music:

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Recording studio live room

Full of colour, natural light – drums & other musical instruments to inspire & uplift folks.

The control room is more of the same:

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We cram a whole lotta vibes into a rather funky space.

You can see the studio HERE.

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Studio oddities 1 – How to Make friends & Influence People

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Here at The Coolest Recording Studio in South London – we don’t just make some of the finest sounding records – we help to mould them – by introducing our artists to various noise & sound generating equipment. This could be anything from recording tuning forks at half speed to generate spooky & odd harmonics to poking mics out of upper story windows & recording street noise & traffic to record interesting loops.

Or ….. it could be old forgotten instruments – like the Casio range of digital guitars – recently used by Flight of the Concords – to great effect!!

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We were lucky enough to pick this one up – & it’s already been used on a track by a very well known artist!

It’s packed with pcm sounds which maybe don’t sound so good when played on a keyboard:

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But the odd way the strings react to playing – plus you can hold chords down infinitely (like on an organ) make the whole experience new & interesting.

This guy showcases the whole thing well:

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It’s also excellent for running into an effects chain – you can build up whole symphonic pieces – or just some odd melody to supplement what you already have tunewise.

The drum machine is also killer:

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All this & much more available at the studio – which you can see HERE.

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