At River Studios Southampton we have two fully equipped studios which consist of a control room and a live room/vocal booth.
Apple Mac Pro – 12 Core, 24GB RAM, 4 x 2TB 7200 rpm Hard Drives
2 x 30″ High Resolution Monitors
Audio Expansions and Processors:
1 x UAD 2 DSP Card
4 x UAD 1 DSP Cards
SSL XLogic Alpha-Link – SSL’s top end AD/DA convertors – Pristine & flattering digital audio at up to 96kHZ, 24 bit.
SSL Matrix – A true SSL console designed specifically for the project studio. 32 channels of the world famous super analogue circuitry along with loads of clever features for incorporating analogue channel strips and outboard gear into a digital mix. To top it all off it integrates perfectly as a digital controller for the recording software.
Studio B/AKA ‘The Red Room’:
Apple Mac Pro – 8 Core, 24GB RAM, 1x2TB Hard Drive, 1x1TB Solid state drive,
2 x 30″ Apple High Resolution Monitors
1 x UAD Quad Apollo
Genelec 1038A (Pair) – Mastering quality tri-amplified studio monitors. Internationally respected.
Avatone MixCubes (Pair) – ‘Bad by design’ A secondary monitoring system to allow you to check how your mix will sound on something more like a crappy kitchen stereo!
ADAM A77X (Pair) – Some incredible all round near field monitors. Approved by Artful.
1 x Sennheiser H25 ‘Vocalist Headphones’
4 x Sennheiser HD25sp Studio headphones.
4 x Sennheiser HD 202 Pro Studio Headphones.
4 x Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Studio Headphones
Microphone Amplifiers & Outboard:
Rupert Neve Portico II – The epitome of the legeondary Neve sound in their top end channel strip. A combination of time-proven cirquitry and newly designed processors. Input stage, EQ with de-esser, compression and the famous ‘Silk’ frequency enhancement.
2 X Focusrite ISA 828 – High end analogue pre-amps with built in A-D conversion. A total of 16 channels between the two units.
4 X SSL XLogic VHD Inputs – A classic SSL mic pre with the added ‘devilishly warm and dirty’ variable harmonic drive circuit delivering ‘a time machine of overdrive characteristics’.
2 X SSL XLogic Dynamics – Top end super analogue compression/expansion and gating, designed for transparent and gentle level control at the recording stage.
SSL XLogic Stereo Bus Compressor – The legendary compressor found in the centre section of the SSL G-Series Console. One of the most coveted and well respected mastering compressors of all time.
Avalon U5 – Pure Class A instrument DI & preamplifier. State-of-the-art high impedance input stage and 6 passive tone-EQ curves to enhance a variety of acoustic and electric instruments.
Telefunken CU-29 ‘Copperhead’ – An incredibly smooth tube creation from a historic brand. A beautiful sounding mic with clarity and detail, a delicate and intimate ‘air’ of high fidelity presence and a musical, unique tone. Incredible for clean and dynamic vocals.
Neumann TLM103 – The acclaimed sound of the industry standard U87 but with lower self noise!
SE Gemini II – ‘Ultimate’ dual valve microphone with an incredibly large, detailed and intimate sound reminiscent of the classic valve mic sound from decades ago. Perfect for warm, deep sounding vocals and acoustic guitars.
Rupert Neve RNR1 – The worlds first high frequency ribbon mic. Extremely natural sounding mic designed by the console legend himself. Probably the best drum room mic in the world, amazing on horns too.
2 X SE4400a – A matched pair of incredibly warm and rich condensers. Amazingly versatile but absolutely shines on guitar amps, horns and as drum overheads.
Rode NT5 (x2) – Two matched pairs of great condenser mics. Fantastic for stereo recording.
Sure Beta 57 – Similar to the world renowned SM57 but with a harder tone making it great on guitar amps.
Sure SM57 (x3) – Dynamic mics with a million uses. Amazing on snares and things…
AKG C3000 (x2) – Great ‘workhorse’ condenser mics. Lovely tone on guitar amps.
AKG D112 – Kick drum mic with a warm tone. Great for most genres.
Sennheiser E604 (x4) – Clip on mics for toms, fantastic sound on brass instruments too.
NS10 Mic – A unique mic, home made out of a speaker! Amazing for specific things….
Plug-In Based Instruments:
Native Instruments Komplete – Flagship bundle on hundreds of hyper sampled instruments, from drums, keyboards & basses to orchestra instruments, pop and jazz horns & strings to hundreds of keyboards, synths and organs. All recorded to an unprecedented standard and highly tweak-able to fit your track.
XLN Audio Addictive Drums (including all expansions) – Hyper sampled, ultra realistic drum kit instrument. Amazing sounding, insanely customizable, reliable and inspiring. Given enough time our engineers are quite capable of producing results so realistic that even experienced drummers have been fooled… or crazy messed up space beats, the choice is yours!
Spectrasonics Trilian – Does just what Addictive Drums does but for bass! From hyper sampled, ultra realistic bass guitars and double basses to the phatest of the phat synth monsters. All extremely customizable and tweak-able with built in amps, effects, EQ’s and compressors.
Synthogy Ivory – Quite simply the best piano sounds out there. Absolutely enormous libraries of the words best (and worst) pianos sampled to an uncompromising level of detail. Amazing to play and inspiring to write with. Also includes various reverbs appropriate and sympathetic to the pianos.
Spectrasonics Omnisphere – The synth to end all synths. Pretty much capable of making any sound you can imagine… plus loads you cant. Famous for its ‘burning piano’ but so versatile it sneaks into all sorts of music! Covers everything from pads and leads, to bass, arpeggios, special effects and backgrounds. Takes some experience to navigate and get the best out of with so many sounds but thats what were here for!
Miroslav Philharmonik – Breathtaking, hyper sampled orchestral sounds. Covering all the instruments of a Philharmonic Orchestra and various choirs too. Sampled from some of the words best musicians playing in historic concert halls. Our engineers are highly experienced in writing string arrangements for all types of music and have an invaluable understanding of the capabilities and limitations of these esteemed instruments.
Spectrasonics Style RMX (Including all expansions) – A fantastic groove library with a huge selection of beats covering various different genres. An incredibly useful tool to help fill out your production.
Many many more – everything from Fender Rhodes, Hammonds and Clavs to every Moog synth.
Licensed Ernie Ball Music Man Copy – A huge sounding guitar, perfect for dropped tunings and that big metal power chord sound.
Fatar Studio 88 Keyboard – Full length, hammer action midi controller keyboard.
M Audio Pro-keys 88 – Full length, hammer action keyboard with built in sound set – useful for playing out ideas in the control room.
Waves M ercury Bundle(inc. Studio Classics) – Every single plug-in waves make – thats over 250 of the world’s most renowned audio processors. Everything from classic EQ, compression and channel strip emulations, cutting edge tools like the ‘vocal rider’, world class reverbs, special signature tools from the planet’s best producers, utilities like noise reduction and DeEssers and special FX. For a full breakdown of waves plug ins visit : www.waves.com
Massive range of UAD Plugins – pretty much everything they made.
SSL Duende Bundle – Top end processors from a historic giant in audio processing. From prestine analogue emulations like the EQ/Dynamics channel and Bus Compressor (we have the analogue hardware one too) to new digital designs like Drumstrip, Vocalstrip, EQ’s, compressors and reverbs.
Many more from TC Electronic & other more eclectic designs.
Logic Pro 9 and Logic Pro X (64 bit, latest update) – Professional, industry standard audio and Midi recording software with an immense selection of built in plugins, instruments, amplifier and cabinet emulations. Because its designed specifically and exclusively to run on Apple computers it integrates seamlessly with the operating system and running in ’64 Bit mode’ means the program can take full advantage of all the system memory we have available… which is quite a bit
Pro-Tools Sessions – While we don’t choose to use Pro-Tools for our mixing and mastering we are fully equipped to receive Pro Tools sessions should you require us to work on material previously recorded in Pro Tools.
Celemony Melodyne – Flawlessly transparent pitch and timing correction software (when its used right!)
Waveburner – Professional album mastering and authoring software to prepare your finished material for professional release.
Roxio Toast – Professional CD/DVD burning software.