The studio

Precision tools with natural tone

Housed in an old stone miner’s cottage on the outskirts of Bristol, my studio is packed with a curated selection of analogue and digital tools I know like the back of my hand.

Every single piece meets the highest standards of precision – even when oozing colour. Between them, I have a full palette that ranges from clean and elegant all the way to filthy. I’m proud to be on first-name terms with the guys who made half of my analogue gear. And that it’s all housed in a beautiful bespoke desk, handmade from reclaimed Somerset wood.

Mastering equipment

Full-range, mastering-grade monitoring in a GIK Acoustics-treated environment. My flexible analogue chain covers most masters, but cutting edge digital tools are on hand for complex cases.

Monitoring

Perfectly accurate playback

Klein & Hummel 0300s
Full range monitors

Neumann KH120s
Mid range monitors

Avantone Mixcube
Mono ‘grotbox’

Prism Sound Lyra 2
Mastering grade audio interface

SPL 2Control 
Monitor controller 

Sennheiser HD650s 
Reference headphones 

Analogue

Each piece carefully chosen for its character

API 2500
Classic VCA compressor dripping with API op-amp tone.

Crane Song HEDD 192
Legendary AD/DA converters with tape/tube saturation. 

Custom Audio Germany HDE-250
Boutique reboot of the original centrepiece mastering EQ – with switchable transformers. 

DAV Electronics BG3
Customised 1970s Decca Records heritage mastering EQ.

Gyraf Gyratec XIV
Buttery parallel passive tube EQ, hand-built in Denmark. 

Manley Vari-Mu
The quintessential stereo tube compressor. ‘Like pouring sweet cream on the mix.’

Software

For colourless processing and precision

EQ 
DMG Audio Equilibrium 

Compression 
DMG Audio Multiplicity 
Tone Projects Unisum 

Limiting 
DMG Audio Limitless 
Izotope Ozone 9 Advanced

Dithering 
Maat LinPro 

DAW 
Pro Tools Studio 
Wavelab 9.5 

Mixing tools

I like to stick to a handful of plugins I know really well, and that I trust to sound as natural as possible. Every now and then I break out a plugin that isn’t on this list when I need a particular character. But I’ve been careful to choose flexible tools that cover me for most mixes. 

EQ

DMG Equilibrium 

Pulsar Audio Massive 

Softube Tube-Tech EQ Collection Mk II

Compression

DMG Trackcomp 2 

DMG Tracklimit 

Empirical Labs Arouser

Pulsar Audio Mu

Softube Tube-Tech CL1B Mk II 

Reverb/delay

Liquidsonics Seventh Heaven Professional 

Valhalla VintageVerb 

SoundToys EchoBoy 

Saturation

Tone Projects Kelvin 

SoundToys Decapitator 

Lindell 50 Series 

Lindell 80 Series 

Softube Tape 

Like most engineers, I mainly use digital for individual parts. But I do tend to mix into an analogue master bus. It helps create a living, breathing space in which to place every part.

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