Friday, 7 May 2010

New Studio?

Guess what I am currently the high bidder on a crazy auction for the Producers Workshop studio in Hollywood Boulevard in LA, with just a $100 bid. OK the reserve is not met, which isn't surprising considering that this is the studio where some of my favorite albums were recorded / mixed. I can't find much info online about the studio, it seems most of the interesting stuff happened in the 70's, but it lists amongst it's credits Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Pink Floyd's The Wall and Steely Dan's Aja

"The studio is equipped with a Trident 80 B console, Pro Tools HD with a Mac Pro, Neve mic pre’s, Neumann microphones, and 2 pristine multitrack tape machines, used these days for tape delay, giving you the option to track to Pro Tools and mix with strictly analog effects, for superior sound quality

We have our own reserved parking spaces for staff & clients

Lease is a triple net commercial lease at $2700.00 per month, the facility totals approximately 1800sq ft,  Live room is 23' X 38', one iso booth, one tape locker/ echo chamber, loading area, tech room, lounge, bathroom and separate office. Control room is 13'X 12' with a riser mounted console and  soffit mounted  mains. This amazing treatment provided the ingredients  for the groundbreaking mixes of Pink Floyd's album, The Wall, and Bad Religion's Struck a Nerve, along with Steely Dan Aja and many others

This sale is offered in any configuration you want, the entire studio with lease and equipment,  the equipment only or the studio without the gear

Thursday, 6 May 2010


Me and Paul headed down to Toulouse in the Saab at the invitation of Siestes Electroniques. It was a great road trip and a really cool little venue in an art center type place. We were well looked after [thanks Guillaume!] and it was sold out just for us - thanks french-people!

We played a synthesiser-only set, based loosely around Twenty Systems, as Paul used tracks from that [and some new sounds] with Traktor and I used modulars, monosynths and polysynths and my new Electro Harmonix 2880 looper. The full setup was:

Roland 100M modular [including analog sequencer]
Doepfer A100 modular
Roland JX3P and PG200
Roland SH101
Korg Monopoly
Casio MT400
Electro Harmonix 2880 looper
Ibanez AD80 analog delay
Boss DD3 digital delay

Everything was connected using CV and Gate and tweaked along the way by hand. The second [100M] and third [Casio] sections were made using the EHX 2880 by just playing fairly long [20 second-ish] loops and building them up sound-on-sound style. Below is the complete set, in four parts, taken direct from the stereo PA mix

Sunday, 2 May 2010


It was the Vemia auction again today, and here are some items that caught my eye:

R.A. Moog modular - 15 bids £14050
EMS Synthi AKS - 4 bids £4200
DK Synergy - 26 bids £360
Formant Modular - 1 bid £1610
ARP 2600 grey with kbd - 14 bids £4750
Sequential T8 - £2200
Yamaha CS50 - £1000
Yamaha  CS60 - £1995
PAIR of Neumann U473 a compressor / limiter units - £788

The Melotron 400 had no bids and the Korg PS3200 and Exagone disappeared for some reason