Tag Archive: SoundARC

  1. Wayne Orchard’s Tracks Ready For Mixing

    SoundARC TAC Desk With Headphones

    For the past five months Wayne and I have been working on a few of his tracks over at SoundARC, and I’m now happy to report that mixing will commence in the no-so-distant future. What started off as typical acoustic singer/songwriter sketches have now become full-blown productions, with plenty of layered guitar, keys, and background effects to boot. Mixing will begin sometime early February with a release shortly after.

  2. I’m thrilled to announce that The Ben Drake Collective’s ‘Still Alive’ EP is now available for general consumption. This recording is the culmination of many hours of work between the band and myself at SoundARC Recording Studios, and features (in my opinion) some of Ben’s strongest material to date. It can be purchased and streamed through all the usual channels (including iTunes and Spotify). Below is a preview of the title track.

  3. Image of part of SoundARC Recording Studio's logo

    Well that was loud! My ‘working week’ at SoundARC kicked of Friday afternoon with the return of the ever-lovely Harry Wade and Kayleigh Moss, to finish off their latest EP. A few mix tweaks here and there and then a mastering session brought many hours of work nicely to a close. Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday saw the return of hard-rock four-piece Rough Justice. Adding two tracks (‘Dirt’ and ‘Where We Began’) to their as-yet-untitled album, the boys were sounding as heavy as ever. All that remains now is for me to master. Roy Lendor popped in Monday to continue …

  4. 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 …

  5. 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 …

  6. 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 …