Studio Spotlight: The Premises, London

Audio Pro International, in association with AllStudios, presents the latest instalment of our Studio Spotlight, whereby we focus on some of the world’s top studio facilities. This week, we take a look at The Premises, London…

The Premises Studios in Hackney Road, East London, has been a fixture on the London music scene for more than 26 years, having welcomed an array of stars through its doors, from Nina Simone to Lana del Ray. 

Commenting on the atmosphere that lies within the facility, studio owner Viv Broughton, said: "The Premises has an undefinable vibe, a unique atmosphere that makes it the perfect incubator for all kinds of great music. Despite the hundreds of big names who have passed through the doors, it’s a resolutely unstarry joint, although being right on the Shoreditch fringe certainly hasn’t done us any harm."

The studios were originally built within three Victorian town houses, which were knocked together and extended, resulting in a complex that now boasts fourteen separate studios: a mixture of busy rehearsal rooms, private studios (producer James Ford has had his own room at The Premises for more than ten years), storage cages for approximately thirty five bands, and two very different flagship studios for recording and mixing.

Studio A is a light and airy 1,000sq ft penthouse suite, comprised of a control room and a 700sq ft acoustically designed live room with natural light and floating floor, drum and vocal isolation booths and a Yamaha C3 series acoustic grand piano. The control room was designed by Roger D’Arcy of Recording Architecture and centres around an SSL AWS900 24 channel analogue desk with full SSL automation and total recall. It also offers a Pro Tools HD2 TDM System, and monitoring via ATC 20ASLs, ATC50As, Yamaha NS10-Ms and Mackie HR626s. Studio director Nathan Hale commented: "This room is generally reckoned to be one of the finest tracking rooms in London and we have the awards, including the prestigious 2011 Music Week award, to prove it." Studio A clients have included Lily Allen, Klaxons, Spector, Bloc Party, Florence and the Machine, The View, Jocelyn Brown and Pulled Apart By Horses.

Meanwhile, Studio B is promoted as being one of London’s finest mix rooms and offers a neutrally tuned control room designed by Thermionic Culture’s Nick Terry and the Beat Farm’s Marco Perry. A vast array of vintage and new outboard is clustered around a customised 56 channel Trident console with a 15-channel Cadac side-car. Studio B’s equipment list covers all the bases, and includes not only Pro Tools HD3, a 4-way ATC main monitoring system with sub bass, Adam S2.5A or Yamaha NS10-M nearfield monitors but also a tonne of high-end outboard (Lexicon, Urei, AMS, Neve, Drawmer, DBX, Eventide and Thermionic Culture to name a few).

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