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Outlandish Audio was set up as a haven for music that is created irrespective of market forces. It is a project designed with the musician in mind, providing sensitive audio solutions to all manner of sonic situations. The services offered are primarily recording, live sound and road management.

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IN-HOUSE RECORDING

 

 

I run a small studio set up from my studio in Tottenham. There is a live room with an upright piano and lots of instruments around to take advantage of. I am happy to do session work as part of our work together and a lot of people like to take advantage of that as I play double bass and can do guitar and 5 string banjo work.

 

My place is just right for acoustic bands, duos and trios but it's always best we discuss your needs on an individual basis as I work with each person to find the most comfortable and appropriate way to capture their sound. I have done larger bands here, I have tracked drums (I have a full kit here) and had people playing live with them in separate rooms, so nothing is beyond the realms of possibility, but I specialise in the more acoustic side of the music world.

 

People sometimes ask me to produce their records. I try not to take on that role alone but I am happy to co-produce with musicians and to chip in with ideas when appropriate. The Groanbox track on this page is from an album I co-produced with them (as well as engineered and recorded) and involved a degree of shaping in post production to create a more succint track out of a much longer jam session.

 

Of the tracks featured on this page, you can hear my banjo playing on the Smith, Byrnes, O'Sullivan track on this page, which also features my double bass playing, as does the Freddie Keen track. The Oscar Cainer track is one I wrote and performed on guitar and voice.

 

IN-HOUSE BACKLINE: For full ist see here:

 

Guitars:

Martin HD28V acoustic guitar

Eko acoustic guitar

Hofner Classical acoustic guitar

Fender Dobro resonator guitar

DeArmond M75T electric guitar

Lapsteel

 

Basses:

(Mexican) Fender Jazz electric bass

Hofner fretless acoustic bass

Ken Miller upright acoustic double bass

 

Percussion:

Pearl 5 piece drum kit with hi-hat, crash and ride + vintage Sabian ride cymbal

Various percussion instruments (including Calabash and Tin Can Toms)

 

Other:

1892 Lyon & Heally 5-string open-back banjo

Yeung Chang upright acoustic piano

 

Amps:

Laney R3 bass amp

Fender Blues Junior electric guitar amp

Vox DA5 portable guitar amp

This is a showreel I made back when I had first set up a studio. The equipment has been updated but the ethos remains the same. Click here to watch on youtube.

This is a music video made by an acoustic duo that recorded here in 2010. The music is the unmastered first mix of the take shown. Click here to watch on youtube.

TECH LIST: For full list see here:

 

For those who need to know I record using Cubase 7 on a 2012 iMac. I use an Allen & Heath ZedR16 as my interface and pre-amps but I also have a Focusrite Octopre MkII 8 channel preamp I can use in conjunction for up to 24 mono tracks of simultaneous recording. I also have a Focusrite Saphire Pro 40 for use in the same way. For more flavours I have two TLA Indigo 2051 preamps. I can record at either 44.1 or 48 but usually stick at 44.1 as most people require CD quality. For monitors I switch between Mackie HR824mk2 and Yamaha NS10 powered by a QUAD 405-2 mk2, plus I have a pair of Sennheiser HD600 and HD25 headphones to check mixes on. I also have several other speaker sets of differing size and quality through a technics hifi amp to test mixes in a variety of settings.

 

Condenser Mics:

1x Beesneez Sally, 2x Beesneez Lulu (matched), 1x AKG C414 EB w/ brass CT12 capsule, 2x AKG C414 B XLS, 1x Customised Rode NTK Vintage Tube Mic, 2x Custom Capsule Rode NT55 (matched), 2x Line Audio CM3 (matched), 2x Line Audio OM1 (matched), 2x AKG C1000s, 2x Samson C02 (matched), 2x Samson C02H, 1x Shure Beta 91a.

Dynamic Mics:

1x Shure SM7b, 2x Shure Beta 57a, 1x Beyerdynamic M201TG, 3x Shure SM57, 1x Shure Beta 52a, 3 x Shure SM58, 1x Shure Beta 52a, 1x AKG D112, Samson Q Drum Mic set (3 Tom mics and 1 Snare mic).

Ribbon Mics:

1x No Hype Audio LRM-1/L

Feddie Keen

Out Of My Hands, 2008

Oscar Cainer

Same Old Story, 2007

Groanbox

Tamazight, 2011

Smith, Byrnes, O'Sullivan

Riding Solo, 2009

NOTE: The vocalist requested a phasing effect on his voice on this song that was added at the mxing stage.