The Studio

Classic Sound, Modern Design
London Road Studios are based in the historic market town of Baldock in Hertfordshire, just off of junction 9 from the A1(M). Studio A is a modern hybrid facility, partnering classic high end analogue equipment with cutting edge digital hardware and software. We can cater for any genre / style of recording or post-production project, including: band multi track recording, voice-overs, solo projects and more. Our recording studio features spacious, fully heat-exchanged / air conditioned live and control rooms with custom designed acoustics and additional isolation booths. Studio B has facilities for photography, music and promo video shoots (including an editing suite) post production, music for picture and surround sound mixing.

Retail Partnerships
London Road is part of the SX group and in partnership with Studioxchange (one of the UKs leading pro audio retailers) providing demonstration facilities for SX clients. Studioxchange supplies top studios, producers and No.1 selling acts such as Kasabian and Labrinth with their audio equipment. For London Road customers this ensures access to the highest standard of audio recording equipment and production tools, unparalleled in all but the biggest studio facilities. Big budget sound at project studio prices!

Studio History »

Studio History

In the beginning
London Road Studios opened its doors in 2006. Founded by school friends Ben Coulter and Richard Maskell. The aim was to provide a premium standard service for recording and rehearsals in the Herts, Beds and Cambs areas. Originally a 3 room facility, London Road has expanded a lot since then! We now have 6 rooms (4 rehearsal, 2 control rooms and a main studio live room) In 2013 the studio underwent a complete overhaul including custom acoustic design and equipment upgrade.

Live Events, Club NME & Breaking Bands
Club NME Logo
London Road Studios has worked with Live Nation running Club NME in Hertfordshire, providing a platform for local talent to play with up and coming acts from NME Radar and on the (then) NME Shockwaves Tour. This ran along with our own promotions company "Bang On It" which organised many of the bigger live shows in the local area with popular touring bands (some of whom are now No. 1 selling acts) such as: Foals, Ed Sheeran, Example, The Rifles, Late Of The Pier, Hadouken, Iglu & Hartly, Good Shoes, Dogs and many more.

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Equipment

High end analogue meets digital precision

Our equipment list is quite extensive, with many industry standard / boutique outboard units and microphones for use. We offer a multi-DAW environment, with Pro Tools 11, Logic Pro X and Cubase Pro 8 for sequencing / multi-tracking and analogue tape machines for vintage recording and production.

The studio also has a substantial software and samples library, including complete legitimate collections of all the most desirable plugins from Universal Audio (UAD-2), Waves, Sound Toys and Slate Digital.

Tape

Recording Hardware

  • Apogee Symphony & Thunderbridge
  • Prism Lyra 1 (Mastering DAC)
  • Apple Mac Pro with latest OSX
  • Custom audio PC system
  • Revox PR99 MKIII - 1/4" Reel-to-Reel Master Tape Recorder

Outboard

  • API 512c x2
  • Chandler TG2-500 x2
  • Focusrite ISA428 MKII
  • Focusrite ISA828
  • Focusrite Red 1 500 x2
  • Heritage Audio '73JR x2
  • Manley Massive Passive
  • Manley Slam!
  • Manley Variable MU
  • Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor
  • Slate Pro Audio Dragon
  • Thermionic Culture Phoenix
  • Thermionic Culture The Culture Vulture

Monitoring

  • Studio A:
  • PMC IB1S & Bryston Amplifiers
  • Unity Audio The Boulder MKII
  • Unity Audio The Rock MKII
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  • Studio B:
  • PMC twotwo.6
  • KRK VXT6
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  • Headphones:
  • Extreme Isolation EX29 Headphones x4
  • Focal Spirit Professional Headphones
  • KRK KNS6400 Headphones

Microphones

  • AKG C451
  • AKG D12 VR
  • AKG D112
  • Audix D4
  • Audix D6
  • Audix i5
  • Neumann KM184 (Pair)
  • Neumann TLM107
  • Neumann U87
  • Pearlman TM-1
  • Royer R101
  • sE Electronics RN17 (Pair)
  • Sennheiser e604 x2
  • Sennheiser e606
  • Sennheiser MD421 x2
  • Shure Beta 52a
  • Shure Beta 57a
  • Shure Beta 58a x3
  • Shure Beta 91a
  • Shure SM57 x4
  • Shure SM58 x4
  • Shure SM7B
  • Sontronics Apollo
  • Sontronics Halo
  • Sontronics Saturn

Software - DAW

  • Avid Pro Tools 10 & 11
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Steinberg Cubase Pro 8
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Plug-ins

  • Complete UAD-2 Powered Plugin Collection
  • Complete Slate Digital Collection
  • Complete Softube Collection
  • Complete Waves Collection
  • SSD 4.0 Platinum & All Expansions
  • Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate

Amplifiers

  • Ampeg SVT Classic & 8x10 Cabinet
  • Ashdown ABM 500 watt bass head & 6x10" 600 watt cab
  • Fender Blues Deluxe
  • Hayden HGT 40
  • Marshall 1978 JMP 2104 Combo
  • Marshall JCM800 1960 Lead 4x12 Cabinet
  • Marshall JCM900 4x12 Cabinet
  • Orange AD30 Head & 2x12 Open Back Cabinet
  • Vox AC15C1
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Meet The Team


Max Hopwood - Studio Manager / Engineer / Producer

Graduating with a distinction in recording arts and music technology from North Herts college, Max applied for an apprenticeship at London Road in 2010. A keen guitar player, Max's work ethic and tireless dedication to learning every aspect of recording (both old and new) has seen him create his own role as head engineer and studio manager in just 3 years. A genuine love and gift for creativity in music means he is comfortable with recording and producing all musical styles from acoustic to rock and metal through to electronic and Jazz.


Steph Carter

After 14 years of playing guitar, Steph pursued his passion for all things music at the redbrick University of Hull. During his time there, he studied music production, songwriting, performance and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Creative Music Technology in 2007. One year prior Steph joined the band Gallows. With Gallows, he wrote and released 3 critically acclaimed albums through major record labels, toured the world and played alongside some of the best, including; Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, AFI, Cypress Hill, Ozzy Osbourne, tour managed the band, and even headlined various festival stages including Reading & Leeds, Sonisphere and Download. Throughout his 7-8 years with Gallows, Steph always made time to record, mix, and master music for his own band, as well as countless others spanning across all genres. His love for creating music drives his constant and dedicated pursuit of all types of industry work. Currently, Steph is a lecturer in music practise at West Herts College in Watford while writing and performing with his new band, The Ghost Riders in the Sky.


Lawrence Ames - Producer / Mix Engineer / Drum Tech

A multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitar, bass and keys) although Drums are his instrument of choice. Lawrence's technical proficiency means he is comfortable and adept with all modern recording techniques, including use of all the leading DAW's and sequencers (Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase etc.) He is also a superb drum and MIDI programmer with impeccable attention to detail mean the highest standard of mix and mastering results. Lawrence is also our in house drum tech.


Dale Chapman - Producer / Engineer / MIDI Programmer

With a long history of live performance, touring in a signed band, and a distinction in Popular Music and Music Technology from North Herts college, Dale has brought with him a wide mix of skills and experience to the London Road team. He has performed at the Download Festival, and alongside bands such as AC/DC, Aerosmith, Killswitch Engage, Motorhead, The Damned, InMe and countless others, as well as learning from the great and revered producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir). Despite his background in Heavy Rock & Metal, Dale turns his hand to any genre and excels. His work has ranged across Metal, Country & Western, Pop and Spoken Word, and each gets the same high level of attention to detail that ensures the highest quality end result that Dale has built his reputation on.


Richard Maskell - Studio Owner

Over the past 15 yrs, Richard has worked, trained and "lived" in almost every aspect of the music technology, recording arts and live events industries. A keen electronics enthusiast, he started recording from an early age with basic multi-track recorders, samplers and drum machines, playing bass guitar in a local indie rock band, then onto interning / assisting at various studios in the UK. Here learning fundamental analogue recording and microphone techniques first hand, using large format mixing consoles, reel to reel tape machines and classic outboard equipment. Graduating into the (now) norm of digital multi tracking, programming and plugins, during the same period also working as a successful live sound engineer and stage manager at many established venues. Setting up front of house PA, stage monitoring and lighting rigs. Using this skill set he started promoting live events under the official banner of Club NME and his own “Bang On It Promotions” group. Organising live shows at the now Infamous "Death Disco" In Nottinghill, London and bringing some of the bigger touring bands (and since then, No 1 charting and platinum selling artists) to Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, including: Example, Ed Sheeran, Late Of The Pier, Foals, Hadouken, The Rifles, Iglu and Hartly, The Holloways, Good Shoes, The Dogs, Bromheads Jackets and many more. The above experience’s meaning Richard is a true all-rounder. These days he enjoys producing new bands, photography and mixing / mastering.


Freelance

We are always interested in hearing from and working with other creative and talented people within the industry. Over the last year we have been very fortunate to welcome on board Steph Carter (The Gallows) and Dale Chapman (Imicus) We offer a very fair financial split and other perks for people supporting the cause. Of course you'll have access to industry standard (and boutique) recording equipment, drum kits, amps and high end monitoring environment.

Please feel free to drop us an email with your portfolio / previous mixes and some information about yourself and we'll get back to you.

Rates

At London Road, we understand all projects are different. As with anything artistic (be it musical or otherwise) we want to understand your goals as vision to provide the best service and price for you.

It is always better to call or email to discuss your project with us, we can then give you a quote based on your exact requirements. As a general guideline the studio with an engineer is priced somewhere between £20 and £25 per hour.