Iconic guitar amp manufacturer Marshall is launching its very own recording studio, Headliner can exclusively reveal.
The new, high spec facility has been built next door to its Milton Keynes HQ, and according to commercial director Alex Coombes, has long been a passion project for the Marshall team.
“Our ambition was to build a versatile and flexible commercial multimedia facility to serve the modern entertainment market, and at the same time to promote young talent and give something back to the artist and producer community,” he said.
The spacious new-build is located on the site of an old theatre, adjacent to the Marshall factory. The live room has a stage complete with lighting and PA, and artist Green Room, bar and reception area. Meanwhile, the large recording control room is centred around a 40-channel vintage Neve 8048 console.
Producer Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder, Therapy?) has already put the studio to use, recording rock outfit Bad Touch.
“I love the new Marshall Studio – a fantastic live room big enough to track a band – in fact, big enough to track a decent-sized orchestra comfortably,” he commented.
“The vintage Neve desk sounds glorious… anything coming through those mic pres sounds, well, better! A great microphone selection to cover all eventualities and if you can’t see something you like, lots of equipment is pretty much two minutes away in the factory ….what’s not to like?”
With a ramp leading directly to the stage, the 273 sq m. Marshall live room has a reduced ceiling-height area for more intimate recording in front of the separate Green Room. Over 100 microphones are available, with the entire facility equipped with tie lines, speaker connectors and AoIP Ethernet links.
Four Focusrite RedNet A16R 24-bit 192kHz 16-channel analogue interfaces feed the Dante digital network, with an Avid HDX card providing the workstation link to Avid Pro Tools | Ultimate.