Studio Tour

Eastcote Studios

Studio tour around long established London studios

Eastcote Studios is where Adele recorded 'Rolling In The Deep'. Things haven't stood still, now after 40 years they've just upgraded the studios so we wanted to show you how it's now even better than before.

The studio has been running for forty years and continues to attract some of the biggest artist. In this tour you'll be able to look around all of the main recording spaces and see Studio One has 4 nice recording spaces, from the large main room to more compact spaces perfect for a band to do a live take and go for something with lots of feel. Studio Two has an iso booth (not shown much due to the session from the day before having things set up still) but is mostly designed to be an open and airy space that musicians can compose and create all in the large room with daylight flooding in.

There's a great range of instruments available to use and the mic collection and outboard is extensive so why not pay them a visit? Studio One has four recording spaces with variable acoustics giving good separation while giving good visual contact for the musicians and producer. As can be seen on the video, there are six home brew headphone mixers with meaty headphone amps directly routed from ProTools and proclaimed by the studio as "the best foldback system in London". A large collection of outboard gear includes tube EQ and compression and the legendary MCI JH500 console custom built in 1971 for Island Records and claim to fame is being the desk that Exodus was recorded on! There's ProTools and also two analogue 24 track 2" Otari MTR 90 machines.

The studio is awash with instruments and these include: Yamaha Disklavier 6′ 6″ grand piano with MIDI in/out, Hammond C3 Organ and Leslie tone cabinet with Trek interface, Rhodes ‘suitcase’ electric piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hohner Clavinet. Guitar amps include: Marshall 50w & 4×12, Mesa Boogie combo, Vox AC30, Ampeg Bass amp. There is an enormous microphone collection, vintage and modern mics including many ribbon mics to choose from.

Eastcote's Studio Two features a large, open, control room with large windows looking out onto a surprisingly green courtyard. The studio is designed to feel more like a living space but with quality instruments and recording gear and less like a standard music studio. There's an additional vocal and drum booth. Notable equipment in Studio 2 includes centrepiece Trident Series B mixing console with a Neve Kelso side-car desk to give further options.

The vast range of instruments available to use at a moments notice includes: Yamaha upright piano, Rhodes Suitcase and more keyboards, 808's etc. Amps include: Fender Deluxe Reverb, Watkins Dominator. There's a wide range of acoustic, electric and bass guitars as well. There is also a good mic collection of classic and modern microphones featuring many ribbon mics.

A selection of past clients from the last 40 years: Adele, Aswad, Arctic Monkeys, Bat for Lashes, Beth Orton, Billy Bragg, Birdy, Bloc Party, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Ed Harcourt, Elastica, Grace Jones, Jack-Knife Lee, Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, La Roux, Laura Marling, Magic Numbers, Mark Ronson, Maximo Park, Mumford & Sons, Neneh Cherry, Paul Oakenfold, Pixie Lott, Plan B, Razorlight, Scouting for Girls, Sly & Robbie, Soft Cell, Starsailor, The Klaxons, The Specials, Tindersticks, Tom Jones, Two Door Cinema Club... Special thanks to Julie Bateman for making this studio tour possible and to George Murphy who took 30 minutes out before starting a session to take us around :-)

Eastcote Studios website

For bookings please call Julie Bateman:
+44 (0)7768 520540 or +44 (0)20 8969 3739 (Option 1)
For general enquiries please call : +44 (0)20 8969 3739 (Option 2)

Eastcote Studios
249-251 Kensal Road
W10 5DB

Additional video shot in 2020

Producer/Engineer Jamie Brown takes us on a tour of Studio One at Eastcote Recording Studios in London during his drum recording session for the artist Charlie Freeman so you can watch his microphone choices, placement etc and also where he puts the drums to get the sound that he wants.

We have a sample of this drum recording setup at the end of the tour so that you can hear the sound of the room and the mics.

Special thanks to Julie Bateman and everyone at Eastcote. Project information: Charlie freeman singing Steve Wattis drums Conor Mangan guitar Alistair Tildersley engineering Jamie Brown producing Intro track by Camilo and used with kind permission.

Eastcote clients

  • Acoustic Ladyland
  • Adele
  • Aswad
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Ben Watt
  • Beth Orton
  • Billy Bragg
  • Birdy
  • Bloc Party
  • Brian Eno
  • Christian Letts
  • Coasts
  • Cornershop
  • Coronas
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dead Pretties
  • Duran Duran
  • Ed Harcourt
  • Elastica
  • Eliot James
  • Estelle
  • Gary Husband
  • Gilad Atzmon
  • Grace Jones
  • Jack-Knife Lee
  • Jack Penate
  • Kate Nash
  • Jake Bugg
  • James Arthur
  • Johnny Borrell
  • Kevin Shields
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • KT Tunstall
  • La Roux
  • Laura Marling
  • Lil Peep
  • Magic Numbers
  • Mark Ronson
  • Maximo Park
  • Miki Imai
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Natacha Atlas
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Nitin Sawhney
  • Nicola Roberts
  • New Young Pony Club
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Partisans
  • Patrick Woolf
  • Paul Epworth
  • Pixie Lott
  • Plan B
  • Police Dog Hogan
  • Rae Morris
  • Razorlight
  • Roisin Murphy
  • Sam Sparrow
  • Sarah Gillespie
  • Scouting for Girls
  • Shiro Sagisu
  • Sly & Robbie
  • Soft Cell
  • Starsailor
  • Steve Osborne
  • The Clocks
  • The Gossip
  • The Klaxons
  • The Rapture
  • The Rushes
  • The Specials
  • These New Puritans
  • Tim Richards
  • Tindersticks
  • Tracey Thorne
  • Tom Jones
  • Tom Veck
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Willy Moon