News Archive

  1. A Busy Mid-November In The Studio

    Image of a Revox A77 tape machine rewinding

    Well they say no news is good news, and that certainly is true here at Freakyleaf HQ. Work has come thick and fast these past few months, so much so that I’ve just not had chance to sit and write an update. The last five days have seen all manner of sessions on at SoundARC, kicking off with Roy Lendor on Thursday. Roy has now completed his first album (which is currently waiting to be mastered), so we’re now diving head-first into a new track set for release on album number two. Friday was a real mixed bag, with some …

  2. Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2015 finalist poster

    I’m very excited to announce that has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2015! In their own words, the Hertfordshire Digital Awards is: … the first scheme solely to recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across Hertfordshire. Listed in the ‘Website: Marketing & Creative’ category, Freakyleaf is up against six other contenders all hoping to win the coveted Gold award. The ceremony itself is 24th September in Stevenage, so fingers crossed!

  3. Image of the VU meters on the AMEK TAC Scorpion at SoundARC.

    Following hot on the heels of this post detailing the final day of the Soundcraft Series 1600 at SoundARC, I’m very excited to announce that the AMEK TAC Scorpion is now sitting pride of place in the control room. Fitting, wiring, and testing happened over the period of a week, and I’ve now had the pleasure of running my first tracking session with it (continuing the recording of Ben Drake’s latest EP). The desk sounded great, and although I was sad to see the old one go, it’s clear that this is a huge upgrade to the studio’s sound. With …

  4. ‘Our Song’ Vocal Tracking Day

    Image of the mixing desk at The Lodge recording studios in Northampton.

    Today saw the vocal tracking to ‘Our Song’, a track written by the wonderful Thelma Brown. Students at Northampton’s Northgate School have been busy rehearsing for some time now, and we used The Lodge’s facilities in the town centre to record them (on the very same desk that Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded on no less!). The day went very smoothly, with the first half dedicated to the chorus, and the second half soloists. I’ve now got a bit of editing to do before mixing can start, so hopefully everything will be wrapped up in the next month or so!

  5. Image of some Soundcraft Series 1600 channel strips.

    Today I did my final session with the venerable Soundcraft Series 1600 desk at SoundARC (with singer Sammi Vaughan no less – great session it was too!). It’s been the kingpin of the studio’s setup since 2002, and to be honest I’m sad to see it go. It’s not always been the easiest desk to get on with, with it’s quirky (read sporadic) operation, numerous hums and buzzes, and baffling circuitry (it’s of the ‘Producer Edition’ variety that came with a bolted-on patch bay – something that made the entire thing much more error-prone). At times I’ve had to work …

  6. Five Days With A Bunch Of Ejits

    Feckin Ejits logo

    As a rule of thumb I tend not to call my clients ejits, but on this occasion I’m going to make an exception! After the success of ‘The Reunion Song‘, I was thrilled that 80’s British street punk band The Feckin Ejits wanted to record their (long time coming!) debut album ‘Off The Feckin Head’ at SoundARC Recording Studios with me behind the desk. Anyone who’s been in the studio will know that five days isn’t a great deal of time, but we worked fast, tracking twelve songs in two days, recording guitar and vocal overdubs on the third, and …