The original Strongroom – it all began here and countless hit records have been produced in this studio. The double-height live room has a fantastic sound, particularly for drums but also very impressive for full band, orchestral, piano and vocal sessions. Separate booth and isolation areas make this room a great choice for a wide range of projects.

Jamie Reid visuals and plenty of natural daylight contribute to the comfortable, creative environment, with a spacious leisure room available for clients to relax between takes.

In the adjacent control room, acoustics by Harris Grant and Boxer/Chevin monitoring combine to create an exceptional listening space, with a choice of near field monitors including Genelec, Dynaudio and NS10s. The Neve VR60 Legend, with Encore automation and Total Recall, offers legendary sonic quality, with improved mic and mix amps compared to the standard VR series. A 48 I/O Pro Tools HDX2 with Hear Back personal monitoring mixers, and a comprehensive list of plug ins runs on a fast, reliable Apple computer. Analogue recording is handled by two 24-track Studer A800s and a choice of Ampex ATR102 or Otari MTR12 ½”. Two EMT plate reverbs and an array of outboard processors are permanently installed with a further selection of spring reverbs, tape delays and other toys available on request.

Strongroom 1 has a pedigree that speaks for itself; it’s got what you need.

Equipment list


Neve VR60 Legend with Encore+ Automation, Total Recall, Events & Dynamic Metering


Coastal Acoustics Boxer 5 Series
Yamaha NS 10
Genelec 1031A

Hear Technologies HearBack personal monitoring system

Pro Tools & Converters

Pro Tools HDX2 (56 in / 56 out)
Prism Dream AD-124
Prism Dream DA-1

Computer Specs

Mac Pro 5,1
3.46 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
128Gb DDR3 RAM
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1025 MB
OS X 10.10.5

Tape Machines

Studer A800 MkIII 16 and 24 track 2″
Ampex ATR 102 two track 1/2″
Sony PCM R700 DAT
HHB CD Recorder


Avid Sync HD
Timeline Lynx with Motionworker


Mic Pre-amps & EQs

4 x API 512c
2 x API 550b
Cartec Pre-Q5
2 x Neve 88R LB
Hairball Audio Lola
GML 8200
Thermionic Culture Earlybird
Thermionic Culture Pullet
Tube Tech PE1B


2 x dbx 160 VU
2 x dbx 160 XT
2 x Empirical Labs Distressor with British Mod
Neve 33609
Smart Research C1
Tube Tech CL1A
Thermionic Culture Phoenix 11th Anniversary
2 x Urei 1176 LN (blackface)


Lexicon 480L
EMT 240 Stereo Plate
EMT 140 Mono Valve Plate

Digital Delay


Effects Processors

Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture
Eventide H3000 SE (DSE/DSX software)


Kawai Grand Piano
Fender Rhodes 73 Mark 1

Software & Plug-ins

Antares Auto Tune Evo
Apple Logic X
Audio Ease Altiverb 7 XL
BombFactory all bundles
Celemony Melodyne Editor 4
Digidesign Re-Vibe
Eventide Anthology II
Fabfilter Total
FXpansion BFD 2
iZotope RX6
McDSP Filterbank
Melodyne Editor 4
ProTools HD 10/11/12
Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors – Virtual Mix Rack – Trigger
Softube Studio Collection
Serato Pitch n Time Pro
Sonnox EQ w/GML option
SoundToys Native FX
TC Master X3
UAD Octo card with pretty much everything
Valhalla DSP Room – VintageVerb – Shimmer – Ubermod – Freq Echo – Plate
Waves  360º Surround Tools – Abbey Road Collection – Center – CLA Classic Compressors & Signature Series – InPhase – Platinum – Tapes, Tubes & Transistors – Vocal Rider – WLM Meter


Enquiries intending to record using multitrack tape machines should make this known at the time of booking or a minimum of 5 working days prior to the session date to allow time for tape-sourcing, routine lineup and servicing.

Large selection of mics, synths, effects, pedals and toys available on request. Click here for details. 

Downloadable studio floorplan and information sheet available from here