The Recording Studio
Diabolus Redording Studio

Don't expect 132 tracks. My studio is simple, but effective. I specialise in producing accurate, clear, natural-sounding recordings of acoustic music, from soloists to small choirs and chamber ensembles (but I've also recorded folk musicians and ceilidh bands). I concentrate on wide dynamic range, flat frequency response, close to zero distortion, and very low noise levels.

Tea Service

I'm an acoustic musician, and I understand acoustic musicians. Most of us aren't at home in a recording studio, or anywhere near a microphone for that matter. I know that mics are intrusive and panic-inducing. My job as engineer is to deal with the demands of the technology, keep it out of your way as much as possible, and let you get on with making music. And brew lots of tea and coffee.

Most of my equipment is portable, so if you prefer to record on location, that's fine. If you want to add another instrument into an existing mix, or even multitrack the whole thing, I can cope with that.

Audio editing on computer

Once we have a clean set of takes, they are transferred to the computer, where a host of electronic goodies can be thrown at them :

Cutting and pasting down to a thousandth of a second. I can usually chop out the first chord from Take 1 and replace it with the good version from Take 3, blending them so you can't hear the join.

Totally believable reverb. I can make it sound as if it was recorded in the Albert Hall, if that's what you want.

Precise equalisation. If it's too bright, I can damp it down. If it's too dull, I can perk it up. Prominent sibilants can be removed from vocal and spoken tracks.

Digital restoration. If you want to use an existing recording, I do a pretty good job of removing noise, clicks and scratches.

Effects - compression, chorus, flanging, phasing, auto-panning, gated reverb. Pick your poison. I'd never use any of these on classical music, but if it's your thing, it's available.

When it's all done, I produce a master audio file, which can be supplied on CD, memory stick, or even a DAT if you prefer. I'll then put you in touch with a repro house for churning out multiple copies. I can design inlays too. For very small quantities (usually 10 or less), I can produce in-house.

Please see our Price List for current rates.

Sample recordings :

Captain Swing, the English Ceilidh Band - from their English Jam CD :

Merry Go Round

Tollhouse Hop

Topcroft Reel/Blackberry Blossom (Excerpt)

Brian Perkins, Classical Guitarist :

Romanza (anon.)

Choros - Heitor Villa-Lobos