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The studio was purpose-built in 1989, operating under the name 'Astra Audio' until 2002 in the picturesque village of Monks Horton, Kent. No detail was overlooked during the design stages, including the room ratios, floating floors, angled walls and ceilings, and strategically placed traps.

 

Anchor Baby Recording Company is set in it's own peaceful garden, overlooking the stunning scenery of the Kent countryside, and consists of a large live room, a large wood-panelled booth, huge control room, machine room, lobby, kitchen and bathroom with shower. All rooms in the studio have the option of being hooked up to the DDA analog console, giving clients a wide range of acoustic environments in which to record.

 

The studio boasts a huge selection of vintage and modern guitar amps including a super rare 1966 Gibson Titan, 1969 Laney Supergroup, original prototype Cornford RK100, Marshall 6100 30th Anniversary amp head, and pretty much everything in between.

 

See the extensive gear list below and let us know in advance of anything you may like to use so that we can make sure it's fully functional and not out on loan/awaiting repair.

CONSOLE: 

1988 DDA DMR12. This is a large format 88 input vintage analogue console with upgraded op amps and fantastic sounding mic pre's.

 

DIGITAL CONVERSION:

MOTU HD192 AD/DA Converters x 3

 

COMPRESSORS, EQ and FX:

EVENTIDE OMNIPRESSOR / UREI 1176 / DBX 163x / SHURE M63 VINTAGE EQ / DRAWMER 1960 / IGS AUDIO LA2 CLONE / GAP 573 EQ / YAMAHA REV5 / YAMAHA SPX90 / PIONEER SR60 (modded).

 

MIC PRE's:

EISEN AUDIO API 312 CLONE / GAP 1073 CLONE and 573 EQ/ RIGG 001 custom made 2 channel Neve style mic pre with Lundahl transformers / SHURE M67 vintage custom modded 4 channel mic pre, used to record Woodstock in 1969 / AUDIENT ASP008  8 channel mic pre.

 

COMPUTER:

Custom designed PC running Cubase Pro 10.5, Pro TOOLS 12, with plugins from Waves, Slate Digital, Fabfilter, Soundtoys, Stillwell Audio, SSL, API, Abbey Road, Andrew Scheps and hundreds more.

 

DRUMS:

1970's Beverley with custom finish. African mahogany shells. Sizes are 22" kick, 13" rack, 16" floor.

 

TAMA Starclassic, 5 piece kit with birch shells. Sizes are 22" kick, 10" rack tom, 12" rack, 14" floor tom.

 

TAMA Superstar. 5 piece kit. Sizes are 22" kick, 12" and 13" rack toms, 16" floor tom.

 

Various snares from Orange County Custom Drums, Pacific Custom Drums, Gretsch, Tama, Hollywood by Meazzi (vintage 1960's), Pearl Sensitone, Premier, Mapex Black Panther.

 

 

GUITAR/BASS AMPS:

(1988) Marshall JCM800 2205 50w valve head, with LF gain boost modification by Martin Kidd (Cornford and Victory amps designer)

(1988) Marshall JCM800 2203 100w valve head

(1998) Marshall JCM2000 DSL 100w valve head

(1992) Marshall 6100LM Anniversary 100w valve head

Marshall JVM205H 50w valve head

Marshall JCM2000 TSL 100w combo

(1966) Gibson Titan 60w valve head - very rare

AIMS 100w valve head (1970's) - very rare

(1978) Fender Bassman 135 valve head

ProAmplifiers MSQ75 100w solid state head (1980's)

Laney GH50L 50w valve head

Cornford RK100 valve amp head (original prototype - serial no 0001)

(1969) Laney Supergroup 100w vintage valve amp head

(1973) Laney Klipp 100w vintage valve amp head

Peavey 6505 100w valve head

Peavey XXL solid state head

WEM Dominator III 15w 1970's valve combo

Selmer SV Treble n' Bass 50w valve head (1970's)

Fender Hot Rod Deville 40w valve combo

Fender Concert Rivera series 2x10 valve guitar combo (1983)

Fender Quad Reverb 4x12 valve guitar combo (1970's)

Vox AC30 2x12 guitar combo

Selmer Futurama 3w transistor combo

2 x H/H IC100 guitar/bass amp heads

(1975) Maine 100w transistor guitar/bass amp head

Cornford 4x12 speaker cab

Marshall JCM800 4x12 (1982) with Rola G12-80's

Orange 2x12 speaker cab loaded with V30's

Fender Deluxe 1x12 speaker cab

Orange 8x10 guitar cab, late 70's.

Hiwatt 4x12 cab with Fane speakers

Ampeg Heritage Series hand-wired valve bass head

Ampeg SVT 4 Pro, rackmounted bass head

Ampeg SVT200T vintage 1980's bass combo

Peavey Century 200 100w solid state bass/guitar head (1970's)

Peavey MK III 200w solid state bass head (1970's)

Orange 4x10 and 1x15 speaker cabs

Ampeg 1540HE 4x10/1x15 vintage bass cab

Ampeg 4x10 half cab

Leslie 825 rotating speaker cab

 

 

 

 

MONITORING:

EVENT ASP8 midfields

Yamaha NS10-M nearfields (mk1 1978) powered by a QUAD 303 amp.

Bowers and Wilkins DM4 (1970's) loudspeakers

 

MICROPHONES:

Condenser:

Neumann U87 (available on request)

AKG C414 B-ULS x 1

Aston Origin x 2

Octava MK012 x 2 matched pair

Octava MK419 x 1

SE Titan x 2

Rode NT5 x 4  (2 matched pairs)

MXL 990

 

Dynamic:

Shure SM7b x 2

Shure SM57 x 4

Shure Unidyne 545

Shure Beta57 x 1

Shure SM58 x 5

Shure Beta 52 x 1

Electrovoice ND/468 x 2

Sontronics Halo x 1

Sennheiser e602 x 1

Sennheiser e604 x 5

Sennheiser MD421 x 2

Sennheiser MD21 (1960's) x 1

Audix i5 x 1

Audix D6 x 1

Heil PR48 x 1

 

Other:

Beyerdynamic M160 ribbon mic

SE VR-1 ribbon mic x 2

SE R1 ribbon mic

3 x Reslo ribbon mics (60's)

Shure Beta91 boundary mic

3 x Pye Tulip 1950's mics

Plus various other miscellaneous mics from Sony, Telefunken and Sanyo.

 

 

 

GUITARS/BASSES:

Gibson Les Paul Standard (1997)

Gibson 335 fitted with Lollar DB bridge pickup

Fender Telecaster (Jap 1989) fitted with Seymour Duncan Little 59 bridge pickup

Fender Telecaster '72 Custom w/Tonerider pickups

Fender Toronado (1998) - very rare

Jedson Les Paul (Jap 1974) - very rare

Ibanez RG507 (MIJ)

Ibanez RG270 (custom) fitted with EMG 81

Kay Effector (late 70's) - very rare, with fully overhauled FX section and upgraded Tonerider pickups

Teisco SSL 4-L 1960's guitar w/4 x Goldfoil pickups

Danelectro U2

 

Fender Precision Bass with Seymour Duncan SPB3 pickup

Fender Jaguar Bass w/SPB3 and SJB3 pickups

Schecter 335 Bass w/Seymour Duncan pickups (one of a kind)

Ibanez acoustic bass

 

KEYS:

Diamond 600 vintage combo organ

MicroKorg

MicroKorg XL+

Hammond organ w/Leslie cab

M-Audio CODE49 MIDI keyboard

 

Plus dozens of various rare/boutique stompboxes and percussive instruments

 

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