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The Workshop - Writing and Recording Studio

Overview

Over the years, this highly creative space has been the birthplace of a number classic albums and used by some of the UK's finest songwriters. It is now home to producer Adam Morley who is working with some of the industry's most exciting new artists. It's intimate and warm atmosphere makes it a great place to be inspired. With plenty of natural daylight, a great back line and an impressive selection of instruments, it's a perfect environment for producers, artists and writers.

Never short of musical toys to play with, the studio has beautiful vintage guitars, a charming honkytonk piano, high end mics and recording equipment, drums, and plenty of other stuff. There's even a megaphone for those times when it feels like no-one's listening.

There's a fully stocked little kitchen area with a coffee machine, kettle, microwave, fridge and honesty bar. Surrounded by other professional studios, the stunning courtyard setting makes a great meeting place.

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Clients

James Bay
James Morrison
Kylie Minogue
Lissie
Seafret
Lucy Rose
Misty River
Ben Lovett
Isaac Gracie
Outlya
Jade Bird
Jack Francis
Silences
Jon Green
Jamie Liddell
Romans
Inflo
Jim Irvin
Julian Emery
James Bryan
Universal Music
Sony Music
BMG
Closer Artists
Everybody's Management
Radius Music

Equipment

Recording setup options for songwriting sessions


Set up 1 - Bring laptop and interface
This is the quickest setup and the most commonly chosen option, technical delays are unlikely. Bring a laptop and interface (Apogee Duet, UAD Apollo Solo/Duo and RME Babyface are popular), the setup assistant will help connect the studio monitors, microphones, outboard pre-amp, midi-controller keyboard and other instruments.

Set up 2 - Bring laptop and use studio interface
Takes a little longer to set up but is useful if using more than 2 mics/inputs simultaneously. You'll need to install the drivers for the studio interface which is an RME Fireface UFX (https://www.rme-audio.de/en/downloads/driver/fireface.php), connect using usb 2.0 or firewire 400 (thunderbolt not compatible). The studio can provide i/o templates for ProTools/Logic if given notice.

Set up 3 - Use studio computer and interface
No need to bring any equipment. Recording will be on ProTools 12.4, files will be sent after the session via wetransfer. This requires assistant to be present for recording.

Monitoring

Dynaudio BM12A nearfield monitors "The overall sound quality would be hard to beat" - Sound On Sound. Beyer Dynamic DT770 headphones x2.

Computers,
Software
and Plugins

High spec bespoke computer running OSX, Protools 12.4. High end plugins on UAD 2 including Lexicon 224 Reverb, Ampex ATR 102 Tape Emulation, LA2A Collection, 1176 and Pultec EQ. Other great plugins from Soundtoys and Sonnox.

Outboard

RME Fireface UFX (30 i/o channels, 4 mic pres) "excellent sound quality throughout and superb controllability" - Sound On Sound. Universal Audio LA-610 MkII provides a great mic-pre / eq / compression, particularly as a vocal channel strip. Roland Space Echo RE-201 Classic vintage delay and reverb, fully working and in great condition. SPL Vitalizer Classic Psychoacoustic Equalizer for adding sub-bass, harmonics and stereo width.

Microphones

Neumman U87-ai, AKG 414 ULS B, Shure SM7B, Cascade Fatface II Riboon, Rode NTK, Shure SM57.

Guitars
and Amplifiers

Great vintage electrics Fender Telecaster Deluxe (70s) and a 60 Silvertone Archtop with DeArmond pickup, 2 Martin acoustics, a D18V and a 000 concert. The bass is a limited edition Musicman Sterling. For steel players there's also a 50s Fender Lap Steel and a Beard Dobro. The Musicman 210HD amplifier is guitarist's favourite.

Keyboards

The Schwander upright piano records really well and is great for songwriting. There's a 61 key Axiom midi controller, a retro sounding Casiotone 1000p organ and a Roland D110 synth.

Drums

The drum kit has a 70s Rogers shells with a Gretsch Snare and Zildjin Cymbals. Various hand held percussion instruments.

Floorplan

Local Area

To eat and drink...

When you fancy a break from the studio, we are lucky to be within a short walk of some great places to eat, drink and hang out, including one of London's best markets at Portobello Road.

Pizza East

Soho House's awesome Italian food place

Portobello

http://www.pizzaeast.com/portobello

Golborne Deli

One of many great local cafes

Golborne Road

Situated at the end of Portobello Road, Golbourne Road market is an eclectic jumble of Morrocan fish stalls, curiosity shops, cafes and delis. Definitely worth a visit.

The Cow

Quintessential Notting Hill Boozer

Westbourne Park

http://thecowlondon.co.uk/

The Paradise Bar

Stylish shabby chic gastropub

Kensal Rise

http://www.theparadise.co.uk/

Electric Cinema

Boutique cinema with big comfy archairs

Portobello Road

http://www.electriccinema.co.uk/

Rates

Rates for 2017

£250/day

Inc. studio assistant

The rate includes the use of all equipment shown on the specification. If you have any special requests we can arrange to hire in additional gear ahead of the session.

The Workshop is available for bookings when Adam is away or working at other studios.