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.
1988 DDA DMR12. This is a large format 88 input vintage analogue console with upgraded op amps and fantastic sounding mic pre's.
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 SPX90 / PIONEER SR60 (modded).
EISEN AUDIO API 312
WARM AUDIO 1073 x 2
AVD 312 CLONE
GAP 1073 and 573 EQ
RIGG 001 custom made 2 channel Neve style mic pre with Lundahl transformers AUDIENT ASP008 8 channel mic pre.
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.
1970's Beverley with custom finish. African mahogany shells. Sizes are 22" kick, 13" rack, 16" floor.
TAMA Superstar. 5 piece kit. Sizes are 22" kick, 12" and 13" rack toms, 16" floor tom.
1960's Rogers. Sizes are 22" kick, 12" rack, 16" floor,
Various snares inc: Ludwig Black Beauty, Ludwig 402, Ludwig Acrolite, Orange County Custom Drums, Pacific Custom Drums, Gretsch, Tama, Mapex Black Panther.
Marshall JCM800 2205
Marshall JCM800 2203
Marshall JMP 2204
Marshall JCM900 Master Volume MKIII
Marshall JCM2000 DSL
Marshall 6100LM Anniversary
Marshall JCM2000 TSL
AIMS 100w valve head
Fender Bassman 135
George Dennis 'The Blue'
WEM Dominator III
Selmer SV Treble n' Bass 50
Fender Concert Rivera series
Fender Quad Reverb
Fender Princeton x 2
Fender Vibro Champ
Fender 'Drip Edge' Twin
Maine 100w transistor head
Cornford 4x12 speaker cab with V30's
Marshall JCM800 4x12 with Rola G12-80's
Orange 4x12 cab with CL-80's
Orange 8x10 guitar cab
Hiwatt 4x12 cab with Fane speakers
Ampeg 1540HE speaker cab
Peavey Century 200
Peavey MK III
Leslie 825 rotating speaker cab
EVENT ASP8 midfields
Yamaha NS10-M nearfields (mk1 1978) powered by a QUAD 303 amp.
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)
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
Coles 4038 x 2 (late 60's)
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.
Gibson Les Paul Standard (1997)
Gibson ES 335 fitted with Lollar DB bridge pickup
Gibson ES 330 '61 (ORIGINAL)
Fender Telecaster (Jap 1989) fitted with Seymour Duncan Little 59
Fender Telecaster '72 Custom w/Tonerider pickups (REISSUE)
Fender Telecaster '72 Custom (ORIGINAL)
Fender Telecaster '68 (ORIGINAL)
Fender Stratocaster '69 (ORIGINAL)
Fender Jaguar '65 (ORIGINAL)
Fender Toronado (1998) - very rare
Silvertone Jupiter '62 (ORIGINAL)
Ibanez RG507 (MIJ 1995)
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
Gibson Hummingbird acoustic
Fender Precision Bass with Seymour Duncan SPB3 pickup
Fender 1966 Precision Bass (ORIGINAL)
Fender Jaguar Bass w/SPB3 and SJB3 pickups
Schecter 335 Bass w/Seymour Duncan pickups (one of a kind)
Ibanez acoustic bass
Diamond 600 vintage combo organ
M-Audio CODE49 MIDI keyboard
Plus dozens of various rare/boutique stompboxes and percussive instruments