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Busy times continue at Rockfield as studio manager Lisa Ward reports: “Tere are a number of new releases out at the moment, all of which were recorded here over the past 12 months or so. Te highest profile album is Indie Cindy by Te Pixies recorded in the Quadrangle Studio during the Autumn of 2012 but only now available as an album having been released in a series of EPs. Tey’re going to be supported on their US tour this summer by another of Rockfield’s clients – Royal Blood, who also are figuring very highly with their own album release. Tis was recorded in the Coach House Studio with Tom Dalgety over the past 12 months in between their touring schedule. “Twin Atlantic’s album is also now out having been recorded by Gil Norton in the Quadrangle last summer. Te Manic Street Preachers’ last two album releases were both mixed here by Guy Massey as well... We have a number of Masterclasses booked in by colleges in the summer as well as some planned for smaller groups of individuals. Tere are studio bookings and enquiries on the board right up until Christmas too.” In rural Oxfordshire, recently refurbished Woodworm Studios has been hosting Fairport Convention. Stuart Jones reports: “Tey have started recording on a new album with engineer John Gale. Tey have booked in for rehearsals and recording sessions until January 2015 to fit around their touring and Cropredy festival commitments – where John Gale will again be at FOH. We have also had Dom Morley in mixing.” At Dean Street Studios in London’s Soho, a major gear investment is in the pipeline. Watch this space. Meanwhile, over at Redwood, Andre Jacqueman is working feverishly on soundtracks for Monty Python’s upcoming live shows at the 02 Arena.

La Chapelle Studios in Belgium’s Ardennes has been hosting Stephen Malkmus & Te Jicks from Portland, Oregon, recording their latest album, Wig Out At Jagbags. Also in have been Te Spectors produced by Chris Urbanowicz (ex-Editors guitarist), recorded and mixed by Stijn Verdonckt. Gheppetto & Te Whales have been working with producer Tom Monahan, while jazz pianist Jef Neve has been recording a solo album. New Indian studio A Square has installed an Allen & Heath GLD digital mixing system. Te studio is based around a GLD-80 mixer along with the GLD-AR2412 audio rack, set up to enable live jamming and studio recording on DAW, using the mixer’s M-Dante card. UK-based studio broker mjQ reports buoyant business with Hamish Jackson noting: “We are working with the leaseholders of new multi-studio complexes being developed in Soho, Shepherds Bush, Holloway, Farringdon and Hackney... As you know there are now over 70 recording studios built at Tileyard. mjQ introduced several big name artists including Basement Jaxx and Mark Ronson – whose studio we also equipped.”

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Penteo Demo Day at British Grove POST PRODUCTION

At a recent event attended by a specially invited audience at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios, Bafta winning Nigel Heath of Hackenbacker showcased a demonstration of ADL’s latest Penteo 4 Pro Surround Upmixer. Te demo included examples of uses of the upmixer from some top dramas, such as Whitechapel, through to music ranging from classical Decca tree recordings to Nine Inch Nails.

Te event also included a session from Tom Allom, producer of rock bands Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, who showcased a live mix of a classic Judas Priest album through a vintage EMI TG 12345 console (that incidentally recorded McCartney’s Band On Te Run). Using the console and stereo pan pots, and into the Penteo plug-in, he created a 5.1 mix on the fly.

“It’s simple, doesn’t have bells and whistles you don’t need, and I like it because

there isn’t much to say about it, apart from the fact that it sounds terrific, and its down-mix is identical to the original file, so total sonic integrity is always maintained,” commented Heath. “For me, you are sitting with your head in the music and not in the DSP.” For a more in-depth look at the Penteo 4 Pro Surround Upmixer check out the review on page 42.

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