Blue Room Studios

Mix Position 2017

Blue Room Studios is my 85 sq. meter recording studio right next to my home in the beautiful Klein-Karoo town of Ladismith (300km from Cape Town).

Although it may seem like an unlikely spot for a studio, there is a very good reason behind this: Because making records should be fun, I am essentially offering you a break away from the stresses of normal living to an amazingly beautiful, quiet, relaxing place to be able to focus entirely on working on your music. Most artists who have worked with me say that it feels like a vacation to come work here and keep coming back for future projects. I have basic backpackers-type accommodation available to clients for no extra charge.

The first thing people comment on when they step into my studio is the vibe. I find it difficult to work in a space that doesn’t inspire me, so I don’t expect anyone else to have to do so. I have worked hard to create a great-sounding, world-class facility with high-end equipment that feels warmer, friendlier and more creative than the usual sterile feel of many studios.
The studio also has a bathroom and a kitchen with a steady flow of fresh filter coffee. Our beautiful garden has a braai (barbeque) area and a swimming pool.

* PLEASE NOTE: Even though I prefer working in my own studio, I am open to tracking at other locations that might be better suited to the project. A large part of my setup is very mobile for this very reason. Discuss this possibility with me if you feel that it will benefit your project.

EQUIPMENT
CONSOLE
1970’s Yamaha PM1000 “JapaNeve”
(Discrete Class A, inductor-based EQ’s, lovingly restored and modified/upgraded with some modern features)

DAW
2 Custom-built Intel PC’s
Seagate Barracuda Softsonic audio recording HDD’s
ECHO Converters
Focusrite Converters
Steinberg Cubase Pro 8.5
Massive collection of high-end plugins, virtual instruments and samples

MONITORING
Bowers & Wilkins 685
Samson Resolv 65A
Mission Pro passive monitors
Rotel RA-820BX power amp
Generic multimedia speakers (“real world check“)
Behringer headphone amps
Sennheiser headphones
Vic Firth headphones

MICROPHONES
1 AKG C12*
2 Neumann U87i*
2 Shure KSM32
1 Oktavamod MK319
2 SAHE Audio Little Blondie
2 Karma K10
1 T.bone RM700 (Fathead)
1 Heil PR30
1 Shure SM7
3 Shure SM57
2 Shure SM58
4 Telefunken M80
1 Custom Built Subkick
Many, many more “pawnshop” mics

OUTBOARD
2 Neve 1073 mic preamp/EQ’s*
2 FMR Audio RNP8380 stereo mic preamps
1 UREI 1176 Rev D compressor*
2 FMR Audio PBC-6A compressors
1 FMR Audio RNC1773 stereo compressor
1 TK Audio BC1mkII stereo compressor (SSL-style buss compressor with extra features)
Gemini XL-100 turntable
The Incredible A.W.E.S.O.M.E-O 4000 😉

EFFECTS
Monte Allums Sustainia Tri-Gain MT-2 Distortion
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
Boss DS-1 Distortion
Boss CS-3 Compressor
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
Boss CH-1 Stereo Super Chorus
Jim Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah
E-bow
Ross spring reverb
Korg Multi-FX processor

GUITARS/BASSES/STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
Custom Built Les Paul (Plain top)
Custom Built Les Paul (Flame top – “Amber”)
Custom Built Flying V
Custom Built Stratocaster
Gordon-Smith Gypsy II SS
Early-60’s Levin 335/M2 archtop electric
Vintage National lap steel
Fender FR-55 metal-body resonator
Vintage Epiphone dreadnought (Spruce/Mahogany)
Cort MR740FX cutaway dreadnought (Spruce/Rosewood)
Restored 70’s Ibanez Concord 12-string acoustic
Custom-built Archtop acoustic
Custom Built Jazz-style bass
Hohner Rockwood LX100G (Nashville tuning)
Vintage Teisco Del Rey Vegas 40 thinline/archtop
Carver mandolin

AMPS/CABS
Marshall JCM800 2203 head
1971 Marshall JMP Super Bass head
1966 Fender Blackface Super Reverb amp
Zinky-electronics Smokey practice amp
2 Custom Built 2X12″ cabs loaded with various Celestions

DRUMS
Ludwig Birch Kit:
22″ X 20″ Kick Drum
12″X11″ Tom
13″X12″ Tom
16″X16″ Floor Tom

Vintage 60’s Morris Mahogany kit:
22″X18″ Kick Drum
12″X9″ Tom
13″X10″ Tom
16″X16″ Floor Tom

6.5″X14″ Ludwig Birch Snare
6.5″X14″ Ludwig Black Magic Brass Snare
4″X14″ Vintage Olympic Maple Piccolo Snare

INSTRUMENTS
LP Softshaker
LP Coarse Shaker
LP Tamborine
Toca Bongo Drums
2 Hand-built Djembes
Aluminium Doumbek
Wrench Bell Tree
Rain Stick
Triangle

KEYS
Technics 61-note MIDI-controller keyboard
Vintage Farfisa MOD 5020 organ with rotary speaker
Hohner Accordion

PLEASE NOTE: I have access to a Yamaha grand piano for a nominal fee, should your project require it. Let me know well in advance.

*(High-end hand-built boutique clones)