At the heart of the control room is our vintage, custom 53 series Neve. Equipped with 36 fully featured input channels, it shares the same build philosophy and key componentry of the legendary 80 series consoles, such as the one featured in the “Sound City” documentary, and therefore the same basic principle of quality without compromise. Bristling with iron (transformers), and all discrete, it features a combination of 33129 and 33115 channel amplifiers.

Great consoles usually have an interesting past, and this one is no exception: it was originally ordered by Granada TV for their studio in Manchester, and used from the late 70’s through to the 90s for live music broadcasts, with bands such as 808 State, The Stone Roses and Joy Division, with  maybe just a touch of Coro St and Eastenders on the side…

After being decommissioned (a digital console would have taken it's place!), it was purchased by Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, who shipped it to LA and had it installed in his personal studio. There it was fully recapped, and then used to make several albums, before, one can only surmise, his wife grew tired of the studio in the family home and made him sell it! Cesar's home troubles became The Lab's gain, and we took delivery of it in 2006, and haven't looked back. For the Neve trainspotters, the unique works order number is A5831…

 


Outboard-Preamps :

26x Neve 33119 (in console)
10x Neve 33115 (in console)
Studio Electronics Pre 2
Universal Audio 6176
Drawmer 1960

Mics :

Neumann U47
Neumann U67 x 2
Neumann U87x2 (early 70's)
AKG C414EB x2
AKG C414 TL x2
Coles 4038 x2
Pearl CR55 x2
Rode NT2 x2
AKG C451 x4
AKG C460 (Omni capsule)
Audio Technica AT20/20 x2
Countryman EM102
Shure SM91
AKG D112
AKG D190
AKG D130 (omni)
AKG D1000
Audix D1, D2, D3 & D4
Audix OM3
EV RE27
Beyerdynamic M88
Beyerdynamic M201
Sennheiser MD421 x4
Sennheiser 609
Shure Beta 52
Shure SM57 x6
Shure SM58 x2
Shure/Unidyne 57
Countryman Type 72 DI
Whirlwind Passive DI
DOD Passive DI x2

Recording Medium:

Pro Tools HD (Apogee converters)
Otari MTR90ii (16 track head stack)

Dynamics:

Studio Electronics C2S
Neve 2254/E x2
Urei 1178
Urei 1176 x2 (blackface Rev.D)
1176 Rev.D clone x2
SSL 4000 series stereo buss compressor clone
Universal Audio LA3A x2
EL8 Distressor x2
dbx160 VU x2
dbx 166
ADR F760X-RS Compex Compressor/Limiter
MXR Dual Limiter
Drawmer 1960

Reverb/FX:

Lexicon 224
Lexicon PCM60
Eventide H3000
Roland DEP-5
Roland DEP-3
Roland SDE-2000 Delay
Korg SDD-1000 Delay
Roland SRE-555 Chorus Echo
Yamaha SPX90
Plate Reverb
Aphex Aural Exciter Type B

Monitoring:

JBL LSR28P
Yamaha NS10
Clients are welcome to bring their favourite speakers with them

Instruments:

Fender Rhodes Suitcase
Baby grand pianoUpright piano
Hammond L122 with Leslie
Roland Juno 60
1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
Fender Telecaster
Fender Stratocaster
1971 Ibanez P Bass copy
Early 80s Fernandes P Bass copy
Early 70s Tama acoustic
1973 Premier drum kit (24" Bass drum)
Fender Bassman head (1967, blackface insides)
Fender Bassman 10
Fender Twin
Fender Champ (red knob)
Jansen Bassman 35 head
Marshall Plexi Superlead, hand-wired reissue
Marshall Silver Jubilee 50 watt/12"