Design, Build, Install. We Do It All
Education Specific Consultancy,
Construction & Design Services,
Full Service Supply & Installation,
Education Dealership Facilities.
With huge experience in the educational world and specialist acousticians, software specialists and trainers to help you, we can specify and supply complete solutions, whilst also making the most of our troubleshooting abilities assisting you with improvement of your existing facilities.
STUDIO DESIGN, ADVICE AND TROUBLESHOOTING
Recording Studio Design & Build,
High End HiFi Rooms, Training,
Equipment Supply & Installation,
Bespoke Technical Furniture,
Self-build Consultancy Service,
Full Equipment Dealership Facilities.
Whatever your needs, from a little advice to a complete turn-key studio facility, we are here to help.
We offer a complete package of services for people and organisations involved in recording
A full Studio design and building service - including the ability to specify the entire project down to the smallest detail from scratch, design and construct to agreed specifications, prove viability, computer test, and offer long term technical backup.
A comprehensive troubleshooting and repair service with rapid response and a highly experienced pool of staff who specialise and can cope with problems both technical and operational (so now Midi and software problems are as easy to get fixed as hardware/electronic problems - and sometimes on the same call!).
New and used equipment supply at competitive rates including the ability to hunt down rare, desirable items at sensible prices for clients on the second-hand market, refurbish them if required - and offer them with backup.
Training services customised to meet clients needs on or off site and on a group or one-to-one basis, in all aspects of the recording profession.
A long term telephone and on-site support system - providing peace of mind exceeding that previously only available to studios with full-time maintenance staff.
A world wide service - bringing British expertise to your project -whatever the location!
Lecturing and Training Services Corporate, Individual, College & University.
Freelance guest lecturing & seminars in all aspects of studio creation and operation for schools, colleges and universities up to and including professorial research level.
Corporate, staff and small group training & short course design & delivery.
Curriculum development consultancy.
Classroom design and installation services.
Confidential assistance on sensitive / security-conscious projects.
Experienced & qualified teaching staff.
Extensive track record with major corporations and prestigious educational institutions.
Contact us to discuss your requirements in complete confidence.
We also undertake product development consultancy on selected high-end products.
Today’s high end Hifi and Home Theatre systems are more powerful and more technically demanding than ever before.
High levels of bass energy not only threaten to cause pollution issues, most importantly, in an untreated room these high quality systems simply cannot give of their best.
Don’t be tempted to think this can be solved by improving the equipment when it’s the room at fault!
Our consultants can assess the issues and offer solutions ranging from some simple wall mounted acoustic trapping, perhaps disguised as hanging art - to a complete bespoke room rebuild.
Whichever is the appropriate option, our consultants, designers and craftsmen will deliver appropriate solutions with care, flair and decades of expertise. No job is too large or small!
Choosing A Consultant
Studio design consultancy has become a minefield in recent years; with a plethora of under- (or in some case completely un-) experienced firms and individuals claiming to offer such services.
When we started running ads in Sound-on-Sound magazine in 1992, we were the only company in the UK offering design & build services advertising - the magazine had to invent the classification for us! Since then others have attempted to copy our business model - with varying degrees of success...
Local ‘noise consultants’ (see yellow pages under ‘acousticians’ and that’s what you’ll get!) are reluctant to lose a ‘gig’ and will hardly ever admit their lack of studio specific knowledge, and although they might design you a fine room to keep the noise of a lathe in - you wouldn’t want to have to mix in it!
Likewise, many of the more recent companies in the field may have only a few projects under their belt, and are still learning ‘on the job’ from their mistakes. Many don’t even understand the basic terminology of acoustics and few have a qualified acoustician to hand! Building their best mate’s studio from a ‘how to’ guide off the net is not the best grounding in acoustic design - do you really want your studio to be their next attempt at ‘getting it right’?
Recently, there have been studio builld companies hustling us for crumbs of work from our table - its a recession and some people will quote/do anything for a little more cash-flow! Do you want yours to be the project they are half way through when the receivers are called in?
A plethora of ‘stick-on’ acoustic treatments have come onto the market - being designed and sold by distribution companies who no-longer have black boxes like reverbs to sell now such things are largely plug-ins. Needless to say, these products promise much more than they deliver - and are always lightweight foam products that are easy to ship and not long-lasting. They will NOT soundproof or keep any noise in, and the corner ‘bass traps’ made of foam are too small to have real effect at any frequency below the midrange!
Rest assured our team is probably the most experienced in the industry, and will absolutely not try to sell you that sort of snake oil! Treatments will be calculated and tuned to suit the specific requirements of your room.
We have developed our network over many decades and are rightly very proud of it and all that we have achieved.
Our team includes:
Build teams who have between them experience of building not just amazing home studios, but some of the most iconic major facilities of the last 30 years along with major public works & institutional studio projects.
Acousticians highly specialised in recording studio and theatre acoustics, including a contributor to the UK government building regulations governing recording studio construction.
Architects who have been heavily involved in the design and specification of recording and broadcast facilities for the last 2 decades.
A cabinet maker of national repute who has specialised in the construction of studio furniture for 15 years.
And finally our principal, Howard Turner, with 35 years experience building and running studios, an extensive production cv, an early pioneer of music technology training, and 3 decades of experience troubleshooting ‘difficult’ rooms. To quote:
‘I’ll never design a room I’m not happy to work in myself’.
Whatever the task you set us - we are sure to step up to the plate and have the experience on tap to handle it with ease...
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