Set in over 300 acres of landscaped grounds including woods and lakes is a barn that dates back to 1600 something that has been converted in to an amazing residential studio. Available instruments include at least 3 excellent pianos including one of the best Steinway's D Grand's we've heard.
Russell Cottier visited School Farm to record a tour around the studios and sit down with engineer Stefano Civetta and owner Andrew Sunnucks to chat about why they undertook such an ambitious project - did their history of regularly booking some of the biggest studios in the World shape their thinking (and equipment choices)?
Some of the instruments available include: Steinway Model D Grand Piano, Yamaha Upright Piano, Hammond C3 and Leslie Amp, Drums, Fender Acoustisonic Guitar, Theremin and a collection of percussion instruments.
The studio live room has 4 booths, built in an expansive and converted 17th Century barn which has been placed inside nearly a metre of acoustic treatment on the outside walls and roof leaving the original timbers and finishes exposed inside. The main recording room has a very high ceiling, a well controlled acoustic and a big window offering views over a beautifully landscaped lake.
The recording equipment is top level featuring a massive range of microphones, SSL Duality console, full Dolby ATMOS and so much more - this is a recording studio tour that we think must place this in the top 3 residential studios in Europe.
The control room features ATC monitors with full 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos mix utility. As an alternative to the onboard preamps there's 26 channels of Neve pre’s, 12 Montserrat, 12 1081s and 2 1081s with 4 Band EQ and 8 Millennia and 1 Chandler REDD.47. High end DAD converters take care of conversion.
00:38 - Studio tour
04:16 - Control Room
10:57 - Interview with Studio Owner Following the studio tour
Russ Cottier sat down to talk with studio owner, Andrew Sunnucks, and engineer Stefano Civetta to talk about why motivated them to build the studio and the background in music production, Audio Networks, film score recording and much more.
To quote the School Farm website: "After 30 years and perhaps 6,000 sessions at Abbey Road between them, Andrew and Stefano generally know someone who can help with almost anything. Their friends and contacts include players of pretty much any instrument and in any style imaginable, fixers, copyists, orchestrators, arrangers, conductors and singers…they are all part of the School Farm Studios family and if we know them, so do you."
School Farm Studios
Essex CO9 2SN