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.

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CONSOLE: 

1978 RAINDIRK SERIES III - ABSOLUTELY STUNNING 26 INPUT CONSOLE WITH INPUT TRANSFORMERS ON EVERY CHANNEL (PHOTOS COMING SOON)

 

OUR RAINDIRK IS EX-OLYMPIC STUDIOS AND HAS BEEN USED BY THE LIKES OF QUEEN, PINK FLOYD, BLONDIE, PAUL WELLER, THE CURE, KING CRIMSON, DAVID BOWIE AND HUNDREDS MORE IN VARIOUS STUDIOS DURING ITS LIFESPAN.

 

DIGITAL CONVERSION:

ANTELOPE AUDIO ORION 32 GEN 3

 

COMPRESSORS, EQ and FX:

NEVE 33609 / EVENTIDE OMNIPRESSOR / UREI 1176 / DBX 163x / API 550B X 2 / SHURE M63 VINTAGE EQ / DRAWMER 1960 / IGS AUDIO LA2 CLONE / GAP 573 EQ / YAMAHA SPX90 / PIONEER SR60 (modded).

 

MIC PRE's:

API 3124+

NEVE 1073 x 2

BRENT AVERILL 312

EISEN AUDIO API 312

WARM AUDIO 1073 x 2

AVD 312 CLONE

GAP 1073 and 573 EQ

RIGG custom made 2 channel Neve style mic pre with Lundahl transformers 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 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.

 

 

GUITAR/BASS AMPS:

Marshall JCM800 2205

Marshall JCM800 2203

Marshall JMP 2204

Marshall JCM900 Master Volume MKIII 

Marshall JCM2000 DSL 

Marshall 6100LM Anniversary 

Marshall JVM205H

Marshall JCM2000 TSL

Orange OR120

Gibson Titan 

AIMS 100w valve head

Fender Bassman 135 

Fender Bassman

Fender Showman

ProAmplifiers MSQ75

Laney GH50L

Cornford RK100

Laney Supergroup

Laney Klipp

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

Vox AC30

Selmer Futurama 

H/H IC100 

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 V4 

Ampeg SVT200T

Ampeg 1540HE speaker cab

Peavey Century 200

Peavey MK III

Leslie 825 rotating speaker cab

 

 

 

 

MONITORING:

EVENT ASP8 midfields

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

ADAM Sub 12

 

MICROPHONES:

Condenser:

Neumann U87 x 3

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 3

Sennheiser MD21 (1960's) x 1

Audix i5 x 1

Audix D6 x 1

Heil PR48 x 1

 

Other:

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.

 

 

 

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GUITARS/BASSES:

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 Jazzmaster '61 (ORIGINAL)

Fender Jazzmaster '63 (ORIGINAL)

Fender Jazzmaster '67 (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

Danelectro U2

Gibson Hummingbird acoustic (1964)

Gibson J160e acoustic (1958)

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 (ex The Cure)

Ibanez acoustic bass

 

KEYS:

1972 Mk1 Fender Rhodes

Diamond 600 vintage combo organ

MicroKorg

MicroKorg XL+

M-Audio CODE49 MIDI keyboard

 

Plus dozens of various rare/boutique stompboxes and percussive instruments