Welcome to The Lab
Hidden beneath the Crystal Palace Picture Theatre on Mt Eden Rd, in the bosom of the kauri floored dance hall. Read the full history of the lab here..
At one time the most hip underground club in Auckland, this discrete, multi-room space is now one of the few remaining large recording studios in New Zealand. Featuring a custom 70's Neve and an extensive collection of vintage musical equipment housed in a liberating environment infused with noir character and the ghosts of illegitimate children. Conveniently located in Mt Eden Village, so coffee, alcohol and food are all within stumbling distance.
The Big Studio
The Lab is a serious studio with elements of a comfortable drawing room, a place where artists and musicians can feel at ease in a playground of instruments. The collection of gear is a mix of iconic industry standards and bespoke curiosities, all ready for action at a moments notice. Couple this with the experience and chops of the resident engineer/producers Olly & Jol, and you'll be fending off the Tui nominations!
The main recording room is large without being excessively reverberant, displaying the balanced tonal characteristics only a polished wooden floor can bring. Built for the purposes of music and entertainment back in the 1920s, it sounds just as good today.
if you're after more of a 70s drum sound, or you need to shut the guitar amps in a small room somewhere, then the isolation booth (formerly the stage) will come in very handy.
Nestled among the control room’s couches, funky lamps, and racks of outboard, is the superb vintage Neve, keeping everything warm. Leave your troubles up the top of the stairs for a while and relax, it's a great place to spend the better part of a day.
The Smaller Studio
Just down the hall is where you will find The Oven, a project studio overflowing with the instruments and inspirations of Jolyon Mulholland.
Featuring an iso booth, a good compliment of high end recording gear, and even a window where real daylight makes it's way in!