Recording

Now Look Hear studios can help with all your recording requirements; solo vocal, instrumental ensembles, choral work, or backing tracks etc.

We use the industry’s most powerful Mac computers running the most up-to-date Logic Pro studio. Cutting-edge plugins from the likes of WavesFocusriteTC Electronic, Isotope, Steinberg and Celemony with software instruments from VSL, Synthology, Spectrasonics and FXpansion, to name but a few, as well as the array of high class plugins and instruments from the host application.

The best Mic Pre Amps and Compressors ever made - in one unit!

Signal chain runs from quality microphones by Neumann, Octava, Shure and Audio Technica to pre-amps by Focusrite and Joe Meek onto MOTU interfaces, ensuring the cleanest possible recordings.

Floorplanfloorplan – click to enlarge

All rooms have extensive acoustic panelling and the control room is further treated with the ARC System for reliable consistent mixes.

The ARC System - a mix saver

Vocal Booth
Capacity: up to 4 singers or 2 instrumentalists *
Width: 8″2″ (249 cm)
Length: 8’1″ (246 cm)
Height: 6’4″ (193 cm)
Reverberation Time: 0.2ms
Video link to control room: you can see us – we can’t see you.

Control Room/Live Room
Capacity: up to 6 singers or 4 instrumentalists **
Width: 8’1″ (246 cm)
Length: 15’6″ (473 cm)
Height: 6’4″ (193 cm)

Available Equipment:
Burman Pro 501 50W Valve Amp
Laney Linebacker 30W Bass AmpGuitarist
Line 6 guitar multi effects processor
Fatar 88 key, hammer-action studio controller keyboard
Ensoniq SQ1 synth workstation – Expanded
EMU Proteus 2000
EMU Virtuoso 2000
Fender Stratocaster electric guitar
Takamine EG360C semi-acoustic guitar
Washburn D10N acoustic guitar
Aria Pro II Bass Guitar
various traditional and ethnic percussion
Tascam ATR-60 analogue 8 track (reel-to-reel)
Fostex FD8 digital 8-track
Denon DN-T620 Tape/CD player
Tascam DA-3- mkII DAT recorder
Tascam MD-301 mkII Minidisc Recorder
Turntable

Tascam 8-track: ATR-60. Vintage!HMV

Some varied examples of the type of recordings we specialise in
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1 Only Hope – Sophie Griffiths: Two tracks – one for multiple vocal takes (compiled into a best performance) and one for a single stereo backing track. Not everybody can sing to Sophie’s standards (hardly any in fact!), but it’s very easy to get a great recording from a single session at the studio – and don’t forget, there’s always Auto-Tune.

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2 Really Saying Something – Doo Wop Dolls: Three girl acapella vocal group, sung multiple takes into three spaced mics ‘live’ and a mix of the takes was then edited for the master. This was more time-consuming than a regular ‘comp’ as each take was following that last; forcing a fair bit of tricky lining-up to do to get the best bits. Tempos and even pitch were very slightly different as there was no reference to sing to.

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3 Concerto for 2 MandolinesManduetto: Again, like the Doo Wop Dolls, Rosie and Trevor had to play this ditty several times, and then a simple case of cutting and pasting the best bits was done to create the best mix. Each instrument was close mic-ed and another ambient mic was added from around four feet.

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4 I’m Really Really Terribly SorryThe Will: Four piece band – Drums were recorded live with 7 mics whilst Bass Guitar was DI’d. Acoustic Guitar was then over dubbed in stereo and double-tracked, along with Keyboard and Fender Strat was close mic’d through the Burman Amp – Then it was just a question of recording Lead and Backing Vocals. All this took around 4 hours. Processing, mixing and mastering took… well, let’s just say, a little longer!

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5 Patti’s SongBill Griffiths: Beautifully played Classical guitar into two spaced
mics, followed by overdubbing slide on a resonator guitar – Both tracks only took one take! There’s not a lot more to say!

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6 Grace KellyGraham Millar: Pub singer extraordinaire Graham sung 23 takes of this, singing each phrase two or three times. The comped vocal was then split into verse, bridge and chorus and each given a different set of processes. Here is a great example of the excellent quality backing tracks that are available these days. Recorded, comped, processed, mixed and mastered in around three hours. You can’t get THAT at Abbey Road!

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Woofer_FD8_Studio Entrance - which book do we pull to open???

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Solo violin recording - click to play:

Rob, at his Beastly best:

Mr Swing:

On location recording services are also available.

For a special event for a budding popstar, we can also provide “recording parties“.

* The vocal booth is large for 1 adult singer and a mic – 2 or 3 adults are comfortable but it can easily accommodate 4 or more children (we’ve had a party of eight in there!). A couple of guitarists, string, wind or brass players have ample room too – or 1 drummer!

** Thanks to the ultra quiet environment, the control room is also a very good recording space, so can fit as many (or more) as the vocal booth. Due to there being only 2 isolated spaces in total, there may be a necessity to over dub.

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