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The man behind Hertfordshire’s Graphic Nature studios on his fav gear and playing Wembley…

Which band/project are you currently working on? Working on quite a few at the moment. A great jazz act, various ADR and voiceover projects and some drum n bass tracks, too. I like the variety.

Where are you at the moment?

In the studio rewiring some patch bays.

Studio 5/5 has been employing its SADiE digital audio location recorders and workstations to complete the sound design for a number of new theme park rides and attractions.


What audio console are you utilising? And how many channels? I’m currently sitting in front of a Mackie 32/8 with a 24e expander – 56 channels.

Do you utilise any outboard effects/eq, and if so, what are they used on and why? I use various, It really just depends on the sound I’m looking to capture. I wouldn’t use one main piece of outboard on everything. I experiment more with mic placement first to get the sound then select from there. I do like the Thermionic Culture Phoenix, though.

Favourite console? TL Audio VTC, although I’ve just got hold of a Tascam DM- 4800 for one of our

programming suites, which is very impressive.

Darrell Carter poses with a 17-pound Ghost Carp he caught in Bayford Lakes, UK during his recent stag do. Carter busted out his favourite 70s style vest for the picture. Send pictures of your big catch to:

Favourite PA system, or monitors? PA – LD Systems VUE. Monitors/speakers – DAS Harefield’s. Great monitors, as they can accurately reproduce ambience. Ideal for stereophonic recordings. I also have a set of BNS Nobis, which are very good for reference.

Favourite venue? The new Forum in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. They have a cracking system in there.

What’s been your worst professional experience to date? Touch wood. I have not had any that spring to mind.

What’s been your career highlight?

Building Graphic Nature studios from scratch and watching it grow. And drumming for a band at the last ever gig held at the old Wembley Stadium before it was knocked down. That was pretty cool, too.

What really pisses you off when working? People who can’t put things back where they came from.


What makes you happy when working? Variety. I like recording and mixing all styles of music.

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