Resident Recording Studios
Resident are amongst the finest suite of recording studios in London. Our main control room A is beautifully crafted to provide excellent acoustics, essential for accurate monitoring, and gives wide visual contact to the artists through the glass into the magnificent live room. A further door leads into the drum room/vocal booth, where again visual contact is through the glass in the door.
Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes
Resident Studios are thrilled to be hosting rock’n’roll and country music legends, in the shape of Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes. In the middle of a busy touring schedule, they are using a few days off the road to record new material for their forthcoming album. Considered by many as one of the world’s finest guitar players, Albert Lee is also quite handy on the piano, as well as a damn good singer. His band Hogan’s Heroes were founded by Gerry Hogan, master of the pedal steel. For those of you that are not familiar with a pedal steel, think of two guitar necks laying flat on a table, with pedals underneath that control the pitch.
Also in the band are Peter Baron on drums and vocals, Brian Hodgson on bass and vocals and Gavin Povey on piano and vocals. Watching this incredible group of musicians has been an honour for us here at Resident Studios. Their professionalism, musicianship and experience in the industry has been oozing down the studio walls. Albert Lee ripping blues-fuelled solos effortlessly, take after take, has been a particular highlight.
Out of the Blue with Denise Van Outen star in Freeview commercial
We had been sworn to secrecy until today, but last Friday saw a flurry of people running around Resident Studios; PR, marketing, TV crew, a whole a capella choir, and of course, Denise Van Outen.
In a bid to promote harmonious Christmas TV viewing, the much loved dancing queen demonstrated some of the features of Freeview+, by pausing and rewinding the live performance with a giant remote control. Studio A doubled as not just a world class control room, but also an interview/make-up room for the Strictly Come Dancing hostess DVO. She was acting as celebrity choir mistress to the all-male a capella vocal group, Out Of The Blue. The vocal group formed in 2000 from Oxford University students and went on to be Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists in 2011. The group has eleven studio albums with the latest Music Up released in 2012. Taking to our large live space – Studio 1, Out Of The Blue were singing well-known Christmas carols – in reverse! It is a surreal afternoon sat in the mixing room, listening to what sounds like a crazy new language being recorded, and then reversing it in Pro Tools to hear a slightly odd version of We Wish You A Merry Christmas. After the TV crew has got their take, the room is set up to capture the very best audio quality for the soundtrack of the advert.
Conducted by the legendary Stuart Barr, the group also record an a capella version of Jingle Bells featuring beat-boxing and various sections in reverse. You can expect to see the advert on your television set in early December and Out Of The Blue will be performing from the 26th of November in London, Manchester, Kent, Birmingham and Milton Keynes.
Brooklyn’s Here We Go Magic to tour with Elbow
As any gigging band knows, leaving an impression at your shows is essential! It builds your fan-base and gets people talking about you which ultimately leads onto bigger and better things.
Now picture this…your band is doing alright, you’ve gigged a lot, you have a couple of very well received albums out and then you get asked to support Elbow on their UK arena tour! Well, that’s the reality for New York’s Here We Go Magic who are have been in the Studios for the last couple of days honing their set to perfection. After all, when you’re about to play to as many as 20,000 people a night for the next week at venues across the UK including the vast O2 arena, you need to be at the top of your game. They’ve even roped in Simon Rix (bassist with the Kaiser Chiefs) to play with them.
Chatting over a coffee, Luke was explaining how in a weird way, playing the massive shows is almost a more intimate affair as you don’t have as much freedom to freestyle and find yourself focusing more on what you’re playing than the audience watching you.
We wish them lots of luck from all here at resident; our humble recording studios are always at their disposal.
Ben Lee’s electric violin breaks Guinness World Record
Resident Studios accommodating to even the worlds fastest superhuman! No, Usain you should be worried, as we are referring to deftness of digits here, specifically applied to vibrating strings.
Ben Lee of the stunning electric violin duo FUSE (http://www.fuseofficial.com/) entered the Guinness World Record books as the worlds fastest superhuman when he managed to hit 15 notes per second playing Rimsky-
Here they are in Studio A in one of their mellow moments.
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