The best asset in any studio is the owner
The way a song is crafted is ultimately more important than the way it’s recorded. Though both should (and can) be great of course.
So if you know all of that or have a band that’s rehearsed and ready to go – then shop around – you’ll find more equipment elsewhere! But you won’t necessarily sound as good… what matters for songwriters and duos is how we get everything feeling and sounding right. That is where the magic begins and your song comes to life.
Then what matters when you’re recording is a skilled and sympathetic understanding of what you’re trying to produce. And of course the ability to get great sounds out of great gear. Have a listen to my recordings and judge for yourself. Like most producers today I work ‘in the box’ with high quality digital, loads of great analogue emulation through plugins, and just a few choice mics. Why?
I’m set up to work quickly with one or two people, to work through loads of ideas and then get ready to play them on great sounding instruments. That’s why my guitar and mics cost thousands and I play (and programme drums) like someone who’s been doing it all his life. It’s also why the room is carefully acoustically treated to be neutral so that the mix can be treated to best effect. That’s how it stays creative and enjoyable, making the most of the flow.
My skill is helping you get where you want to go to.
We’d start by meeting up and checking you think that would work: play through your ideas and see what we shape up. That’s what I’d want from someone like me!
What’s in the room?
- Cubase 10.5 Pro – through Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 & Focusrite Voicemaster Pro Preamps
- Adam, Yamaha, Alesis monitors, Alesis Multimix 16 digital out mixer
- AER acoustic and Fender Mustang guitar amps
- Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 with 30+ kits and thousands of real drummer MIDI grooves in hundreds of styles
- EZKeys plus many other piano libraries including the gigantic Waves Grand Rhapsody Piano
- Kontakt 6 with pro library + hundreds of other instruments inc great percussion, B3 organs etc
- Classic analogue and digital synth plugins inc DX7, Roland Suite, Korg Wavestation then all the fancy new ones in Cubase
- Izotope and Waves plugins including Abbey Road suite, Shepps and Neve emulators, awesome reverbs… amp simulators, editing and pitch correction… all the tricks.
- Yamaha Arius weighted digital piano
- Taylor E814ce First edition top range acoustic
- Yairi hand made acoustic
- Big Baby Taylor acoustic with Nashville tuning
- 12 string, lap steel, Epiphone 339 semi acoustic, Washburn bass guitars
- Djembe, Cajon, bongos, shakers and hand held percussion of all kinds, Mapex kit for snares & cymbals (can’t record the whole thing)
- Neumann TLM103, AKG 451, Shure SM58, Behringer C1
Listen to examples
Here are some tracks recorded recorded at my place.
I’m playing / programming all the instruments on my tracks, and some on the other by Tim Eveleigh.