Mobile Recording Studio from Ipswich. Covering Suffolk and Essex. £50 per session.

Mobile Recording Studio from Ipswich.
Covering Suffolk and Essex. £50 per session.

Run by David Parker - Producer/Engineer/Drummer/Keyboard Player & Nice Chap.


zed r16 AT4040 macbook pro

Contact: davidstephenparker@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07834 701446.

(NOTE: The Studio is temporarily closed, but if you have anything super interesting email me, you might tempt me out of retirement!)

Studio Info


Groove UK is a portable recording studio. The studio is equipped with an array of high quality equipment (listed at the bottom of this page) and is run by an experienced engineer and nice chap called David Parker (see about Dave). The studio is aimed at full band recordings, but can also accommodate any other work which involves capturing high quality audio on location.

The studio is based in Ipswich Suffolk. The map to the right shows the coverage area which is mostly around the main towns on the A12 & A14, Ipswich, Colchester and Witham. The studio is available evenings and weekends.

The studio is mobile so will come to wherever you rehearse, or wherever you want to do the recording. Preferably this is a quiet location with good acoustics. For a band recording the location will need to have a PA to amplify the vocals and for recordings to be played back to you.

For smaller recordings, for example a singer/songwriter with a guitar, voiceovers, or overdubs, you could come to the Groove UK mix room in Ipswich or this could also be done on location.

Pricing

Session price. Rates are £50 per session up to a maximum of 5 hours (including setup and pack down) and £10 per hour after that if a single session needs to run longer. This covers all tracking (the actual recording). Mix package 1 is included in the session price.

Mix package 1. Basic mixing and mastering is done post session and is included in the price of the session. All songs get the exact same mix. Beginnings and endings are faded in/out so each song starts and ends properly. Mastering is done to bring the tracks up to comparable volume to commercial recordings.

Mix package 2. This involves more advanced mixing over and above Mix package 1. The mix will be tailored to each song. There will be more in depth EQ tweaks, mixer automation or multing will be used (making choruses louder than verses for example) and there will be more involved editing to get the best possible sound. As this is time consuming an extra £10 per hour is charged for this, budget for at least another £50. As this is done after the session this can be paid online via paypal.

It's important to be prepared and to have reasonable expectations from the recording process. Please read Dave's preparing to record guide for some tips.

There are a few approaches to a band recording and its best to decide beforehand how this will be done. Dave can advise you of the best approach depending on your objectives. Please read Dave's guide to recording methods for the various methods.

After a few days when the initial mix is complete, you will receive a download link from the Groove UK website to some mp3 files of your recordings to review. If any fees are outstanding they will short versions with only a verse and chorus. It's possible you will want some revisions to your mix and some edits. Where possible this can be accommodated at no charge, but if any re-recording is required this will be another session with a £50 fee.

Once you are happy you can either have a master CD of the recording, or you can download the wav copies of the recording which can be used to duplicate CD's. Groove UK doesn't currently offer CD duplication, but there are several companies that can offer this.

It would be appreciated if you mentioend Groove UK whereever you use the recording (on the CD case, on websites, facebook, etc). A bit of word of mouth advertisement goes a long way. Your recording may be used as an example of Groove UK's work, but permission will be sought first.

Some example recordings by groove-uk.com

Bomb Opera - Miss Nothing

Axiom - Red House

4130s - Follow Suit

The Outlaws - Great Balls of Fire

Axiom - Come Together, with video.

This is the science bit

Recording Core - Capable of up to 24 channels
Core I7 MacBook Pro with 8Gb RAM running Logic Pro Studio 9
Allen and Heath ZR16 16 channel mixer (Amazing and great sounding analog/digital mixer)
M-Audio Profire 2626 (An extra 8 channels over the ZR16)
Dynamic Microphones
Shure SM57 (Guitars/Vocals) x 3
Shure SM58 (Vocals) x 2
Sennheiser E604 (Toms/Snare) x 4
AKG D112 (Kick) x 1
LDC (Large Diaphragm Condensor Microphone)
Audio Technica AT4040 x 1 (Vocals - Amazing microphone)
Studio Projects C3 x 1 (Multi Pattern Condensor - Misc Usage)
Marshall MXL V67 x 1 (Bass - Usually)
SDC (Small Diaphragm Condensor Microphone)
Rode NT5 matched pair (Drum Overheads)
Mastering Plugins
Izotope Ozone5
PSP Vintage Warmer
Virtual Instruments
Native Instruments Komplete 7 bundle
Superior Drummer 2.0
Other DAWs, Sequencing/Live use
Protools 9
Ableton Live 9
E-Drums
Upgraded Roland TD-12
Keys/Synths
Novation X-Station, midi controller
Monitoring
Adam A7X - Main monitor
Adam Sub10 - Seismic main monitor
M-Audio BX8 D2 - Secondary monitor
IK Multimedia ARC II - Corrective EQ plugin

Mixing and mastering is done in an acoustically designed, treated and measured mix room. See right ->

Audio Technica ATH-M50 Headphones
Extreme Isolation EX-29 Headphones
Sennheiser HD-25 Headphones x 2
Mackie SRM 150 - Small portable PA speaker

td 12

logic pro

drums

mixroom

Before you go visit Davids projects page to find out more about his personal projects.

For photography, please see Davids photography page