Studio Profile: The Mill

Located in the fringes of the Peak District in the North of England, The Mill offers a serene escape for artists and musicians seeking a peaceful and inspiring environment to unleash their creativity. As part of our studio profile series, we speak to them about the studio, their set up and more.

How long have you been running and why was your space set up?

So we’ve been up and running for just shy of a month now and the motivation for creating this space was to have a base for northern artists.

Who helped you build, tune or upgrade your space?

So the construction was lead by an amazing contractor local to us James Cross but for the room acoustics we felt it was best opting for a DIY approach as we could then tune the rooms according to how they sound and feel to us rather than being stuck in a set plan. Our ethos was that if we’re going to be siting creating music in these rooms all day first and foremost they have to feel comfortable and relaxing to work in.

What artists, producers or other creators pass through your doors?

So since we’ve been open we’ve hosted artists and producers from all of the world. We are currently about to undertake an album with the amazing Jeremy Loops from South Africa alongside some amazing UK artists Sofy, Tayo sound to name a few as well as procures from Germany and Austria dropping in for in house writing residencies.

What’s your USP as a studio based on feedback from artists and completed sessions?

A lot of people that walk through the doors say being situated outside of the hustle and bustle of Manchester City life allows for a calmer more relaxed experience when writing or creating music.

Who’s on the team?
In house writer producers are Rob Ellis and Jacob Leff.

In house engineer is Mark Winterburn.

On management side we have:
Tabeah Berler head of bookings and publishing arm.
Milloco studios as a studio agent.

Studios have experienced massive change in the last few years and there’s many different types – where do you fit in?

Well with having access to extensive list of the highest tier of both hardware and mics we can cater for any large scale recording task and deliver the best quality results but what I think is the best aspect of the space is is having 4 control rooms tied into one big live room, making it possible to turn a wiring session into a full blown recording session in an instant. We feel there are benefits and drawbacks to both large and small scale studio setups and we sit somewhere in between the two which we feel is the best place to be for the modern way of recording nowadays.

How do you feel about remote collaboration in your studio with apps such as Audiomovers, do you embrace it or does it change the magic in the room?

Remote collaboration can definitely work, I think having to do more remote sessions over Covid got us a lot more used to how they can be a cool way of creating! That being said we do tend to prefer to work with an artist in the room together, I believe you can get to know someone in a deeper way when you’re with them in person and it definitely allows for more spontaneity when being creative! If that’s not possible however we’re always open to anything!

Can artists stay at the studio?

There are many local hotels and B&Bs nearby of varying price ranges, some within walking distance of the studio. We also soon will have a studio apartment where artists can be self sufficient and stay during their time recording with us. That is only a 5 minute walk along the canal!

Talk us through your rooms and why they are designed in the way they are.

We have 3, soon to be 4 control/production and mix rooms. A larger one that is 8mx5m, 2 medium sized ones that are 3mx4m and a smaller on that is 2.5mx4m. They’re all connected to our main live room that measures 9mx6m.Our rooms have been designed specifically to feel light and open, the perfect spaces to be creative. The Mill is a full blown recording and production hub and it can cater for any tracking or mixing session with ease and in style. It is locates in a beautiful yet quiet part of North West England overlooked by the rolling hills of Cheshire and the Peak District it is the perfect setting to switch off and create. The studio comprises 4 independent control rooms and a large airy live area with high ceilings, capable of accommodating large ensembles with ease and space to spare. The center-point of the main control room is an SSL Duality, a large collection of outboard from RND, Chandler, BAE, Manley, Thermionic Culture and monitoring from ATC and PMC.

What’s your dream recording project or client?

I don’t think that we have a dream project or client, we love working with artists and producers of different styles and size to help make what they’re doing better in any way we can! There’s genuinely no greater feeling than seeing people come in to the studio, get comfortable, find their confidence and create awesome things. To be involved and facilitate that is what we love doing.

Gear list:


Schoeps CMC6 x 2
Neumann u47 FET
Neumann u87 x 3
Neumann KMS 105
Neumann TLM 103
Aston Spirit x 3
Aston Origin x 2
Shure BETA 98
Shure BETA 91A
Sennheiser e901

Valve Condensers
Flea Vintage 47
Telefunken ELA M260 x 2
Neumann u67

Coles 4038 x 2
Royer 121 x 2
AEA R88a
Shure BETA 52A
Shure SM57 x 3
Shure SM58 x 2
Shure BETA 58 x 1
Shure SM7B x 2
Sennheiser MD421 x 3
Sennheiser MD441 x 2
Sennheiser E904 x 2
Electrovoice RE20

Plus many more (enquire for further details).

Mic Pres / Channels
SSL Dual Mic Pre SuperAnalogue VHD x 24
RND Shelford Channels x 2
API 3124v x 3
Tree Audio The Branch
Retro Instruments Powerstrip
Manley SLAM! x 2
BAE 1073 x 3
AML 1081 x 2
AML ez1081-500 x 2
RND 511 x 2
AMS Neve 1073LB x 2
Millenia HV-3D x 8
Glensound MX6/2/148 BBC x 6
Midas XL4 x 8
Altec 1591a
Audient ASP800

SSL G Series Bus Comp
24 SSL Channel Comp 24 SSL Channel Expander/Gate 
RND Portico 2 Master Bus Processor 
Universal Audio 1176LN
Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X-S w/Brit Mod x2 
Thermionic Culture Phoenix SB 
Retro Instruments 176
Teletronix LA-2A
BAE 10DCF x 2
Avalon AD2044
Dbx 160A x 2
Drawmer 1960

24 SSL E/G Series Channel EQ 
API 5500 
Chandler Curve Bender
The Swift
A Designs HM2
Manley EQP1A

Eventide H9000
Thermionic Culture Vulture Super15
WEM Copicat
Vast range of stomp boxes from Earthquaker Devices, Carlsbro, Line 6, Boss, Malekko plus many more.

PMC 6-2
Yamaha NS-10 + Quad 405-2
Trinnov ST2 Pro 
Beyer Dynamic DT770 Pro x6 
Behringer Powerplay P16 Foldback System

Pro Tools Ultimate
Logic Pro X
Ableton Live 11

A comprehensive list of expected plug-ins including but not limited to; FabFilter, Universal Audio, Soundtoys, Waves, Output, Native Instruments, Valhalla, Eventide, Baby Audio, Spectrosonics, Arturia plus many more (enquire for full list).


Conversion – Apogee Symphony I/O MK2 32×32 x 2
Universal Audio Apollo X16


Mac Studio – Apple M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 48-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine, 128gb RAM
iMac Pro 27″ Retina xeon 3 Ghz, 32gb RAM


Extensive list of drums, basses, guitars, keyboards, synthesisers and amps including Moog One, Sequential Prophet Rev-2, Leslie Cabinet, Marshall, Orange, Hammond.