The first release that I recorded in my new Declared Sound studio is out now… Bass, 2 drums, 2 voices and 2 noise makers, improvising live and very very very very loud, no overdubs… I recorded the bass through my classic old school Marshall bass cabinet, using a combination of D112, a vintage ribbon mic for those sweet warm tones in the deliberate dirge, an SM57 to capture the dark tones, and a DI just to make sure it was fat as fuck, live mixed to two stereo channels via a Drawmer 1960 vacuum tube compressor.

The two drum kits were close mic’d, including SM57’s mounted on the beater side of the kick for additional whack, and positioned facing each other in the middle of the live room beneath a pair of overheads and two large diaphragm condensers, all mixed live to two stereo channels via a combination of hardware EQ, gate, expander, compression/limiter.

The two singers wanted to be in the room at the same time, holding the microphones as they would at a show to fully immerse themselves in the improvisation, so I used an SM58 and a Beta 57a through an 80s Korg vocal processor and a vacuum tube pre-amp.

The two noise makers used homemade spring and plate reverbs and circuit bent toys on the floor either side of me in the mastering suite/control room, sometimes placing their contact mics near my speakers to create insane feedback and delays, fed directly into my allen&heath and mixed live to two stereo channels.

I then used the four pairs of stereo mixes as stems, mixed with fairly minimal post-production mostly just bringing out the stereo width and giving the drums some additional punch, and then mastered out through my usual mastering chain.

The band had no idea what they were going to take out of the recording, and i’m super happy they cranked out a total of no less than 5 releases from one session… at least I can offer value for money!! For fans of #sludge, #metal, #doom, #noise and ridiculous fast #grind … #SlothHammer

https://slothhammer.bandcamp.com/album/part-1-the-tease ••• #recordingstudio #musicstudio #musicproducer #musicproduction #mastering #masteringstudio #masteringengineer #leeds #declaredsound
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Since @harleyfflanagan asked me to record his set @templeofboomleeds I’ve recorded a few legends and local bands playing the venue, and then mixing and mastering in my studio. The first of these by #cheapsurgery is now online, one of my favourite bands I’ve seen at the venue over the last year. https://cheapsurgery.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-temple-of-boom – they tour Europe with #Hex this month too so go check them out if you can! #live #templeofboom #punk #hardcore #diy #leeds #masteringengineer #masteringstudio #mastering #musicstudio #declaredsound
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Good enough for the #BBC and good enough for me. This thing is so sweet on vocals it makes me wanna smash up software, should such a thing be possible. #rare #studioporn #alice #littledevil #builtlikeatank #stereolimiter #limiter #audio #sound #madeinengland #analog #musicproduction #musicproducer #music #musicstudio #recordingstudio #masteringengineer #leeds #declaredsound
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#gristleizer #throbbinggristle #chriscarter #synthesis #noise #reeltoreel #tape #musicstudio #musicproduction #musicproducer #music #sound #audio #mastering #masteringstudio #masteringengineer #leeds #declaredsound
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Here’s the brilliant new @sim_hutchins album ‘Clubeighteen2thirty’ released on @localactionrec very soon! He’s a lovely dude, and the first artist I mastered officially – without his encouragement I genuinely might not have ended up building my own mastering studio – so it’s a real pleasure to see his music reaching a bigger stage. Lots of this new album received loving post-production via my compressors, valve tubes and other hardware in the studio. #tape #cassette #album #music #ladsmeaningeveryone #localaction #masteringstudio #musicstudio #recordingstudio #musicproducer #musicproduction #declaredsound
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This guy has started off most of my mornings for the last 7 or 8 years now, peace and learning and yearning for a better world #faderfriday #goodfriday #carlsagan #allenandheath #cosmos #musicstudio #recordingstudio #musicproducer #leeds #declaredsound
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It’s #valentines so here’s the first glimpse of the new love of my life, seven months of intense hard work building this from an empty mill into a beautiful studio with high grade mastering suite plus a live room for recording, my sweetest of princes and I ready to bring forth many musical babies into the world… almost 20 years of getting to the point where I can achieve my dreams and I genuinely couldn’t be happier #studiobuild #mastering #masteringengineer #masteringstudio #musicstudio #musicproducer #musicproduction #music #audio #sound #leeds #diyordie #synth #bass #drums #guitar #rock #dancemusic #noise #punk #hardcore #doom #metal #templeofboom #declaredsound
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Happy family for critical listening! Tall and proud #Dunlavy up there rated as one of the very best speakers ever made, the incredible #Rogers #BBC studio speakers, through to #Tannoy #genelec #yamaha and even my first ever #gale hifi that I’ve had for over 20 years, which I’ve listened to every record I’ve ever owned on (and believe me I have a lot of records!) #mastering #masteringstudio #masteringengineer #monitors #speakers #listening #music #musicstudio #musicproduction #musicproducer #acoustics #leeds Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you if you’re in need of any mastering! 🙂 #livingthedream #declaredsound
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Decided I haven’t taken enough selfies wearing head-to-toe grey in my all grey studio filtered to greyscale. #masteringengineer #masteringstudio #mastering #musicstudio #recordingstudio #music #sound #audio #vinyl #digital #cd #cassette #techno #noise #punk #synth #guitars #drums #leeds #declaredsound
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