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

Mics

AKG C12
AKG C414EB x2 (brass CK12 capsules)
AKG C414 TL
AKG C451 x3
AKG C460 (Omni capsule)
Coles 4038 x2
AKG C451 x4
AKG C460 (Omni capsule)
Neumann U47x2
Neumann U67 x 2
Neumann U87x2 (early 70's)
Neumann USM69 (stereo)
Neumann M147
Pearl CR55 x2
Rode NT2 x2
Sony C37a
AKG D112
AKG D190
AKG D130 (omni)
AKG D1000
Audix D1, D2, D3 & D4
Audix OM3
EV RE27
Beyerdynamic M88
Beyerdynamic M201
Beyerdynamic M380
Sennheiser MD421 x4
Sennheiser 609
Shure Beta 52
Shure SM57 x6
Shure SM58 x2
Shure/Unidyne 57
Shure SM91
Countryman Type 72 DI
Whirlwind Passive DI
DOD Passive DI x2

Recording Medium

Pro Tools HD (via 24x Apogee Rosetta AD/DA)

Dynamics

ADR F760X-RS Compex Compressor/Limiter
DBX 160 VU x3
DBX 900 series rack
DBX 166
EL8 Distressor x2
MXR Dual Limiter
Neve 2254/E x2
SSL 4000 series stereo buss compressor
Studio Electronics C2S
Universal Audio LA3A x2
Universal Audio 6176
Urei 1176 x2 (blackface Rev.D)
Urei 1178
1176 Rev.D clone x2

Reverb/FX

Aphex Aural Exciter Type B
Eventide H3000
Korg SDD-1000 Delay
Lexicon PCM60
Roland DEP-3 (the perfect 80's gated snare...)
Roland SDE-2000 Delay
Roland SRE-555 Chorus Echo
Yamaha REV5
Yamaha SPX90

Monitoring

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

Instruments

Fender Rhodes Suitcase
Baby grand piano
Upright “character” piano
Hammond L122 with Leslie
Roland Juno 60
Roland Juno 106
Yamaha DX7
Oberheim Matrix 6
+ an assortment of oddball keyboards too numerous to mention

1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
Fender Telecaster (nocaster specs)
Several Fender Stratocasters (54, 64 & 69 specs)
1965 Fender Mustang
1962 Gibson LG0 acoustic
1962 Gibson C-1 classical
1971 P Bass
Mid 70s Fender P Bass
Rickenbacker Bass
+ a large assortment of other similar instruments

Fender Bassman head, 1976
Fender Twin
Fender Bassman 10
Fender Champ x3  (tweed, blackface, silverface)
Jansen Bassman 35 head
Laney Klipp (1973 bass/guitar head)
Marshall Plexi Superlead, hand-wired reissue
Marshall Silver Jubilee 50 watt/12"
Vox AC30tb ‘74  (with the original magic celestions)

1973 Premier drum kit (24" Bass drum)
70s Gretsch drum kit (22” bass drum)
60s Yamaha drum kit (20” bass drum)
Ludwig Supraphonic snare
Pearl Sensitone snare
Oberheim DMX drum machine