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Vocal recording

Record vocals for pop, rock, rnb, hiphop, jazz

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Live Sound Engineering

It was the Grateful Dead who introduced the positioning of the live sound engineering mixing desk in the audience in around 1966. Beforehand the desk was meant to be out of sight. No one had considered that the engineer needed to hear the music from the front of the stage in order to get a good balance.

Audio Engineering

Before the Beatles most Audio Engineers used to wear white lab coats & artists were not allowed to be present during the mastering of their records. This is one of the reasons the Beatles set up their Apple record company, so that they could have more control over their work.
TRW Music Production colleges equipment   
  • Digidesign ProTools Mix + DSP Farm card + 2 x 888 & 882 interfaces 32 track hard disk recording system.
  • Digidesign Protools III V5 +888 & 882 interfaces 16 track hard disk recording system.
  • Digidesign ProTools LE. v8 x 7
  • 7x Digidesign Mboxes.
  • 1 X Digi 002 rack.
  • 1 X Apple Powermac G5 computer
  • 4 x Apple PowerMac G4 computers
  • 2 x Apple Macminis Intel.
  • Mackie Control Universal + 2 X extenders (24 channels)
  • Antares Autotune
  • TC Master X
  • Apple Logic Pro V 8 and 9
  • Kontakt.
  • Cubase SX.
  • Reason.
  • 50+ gigabites of samples.
  • Fostex G16 1/2" 16 track tape recorder.
  • Phonic 18:4:2 mixer.
  • 2 x Studiomaster Series II 24:16:2 mixers with MIDI mute.
  • Fostex DMT100 MIDI mixer.
  • XRI XR300 SMPTE synchroniser.
  • Quad amp + Tannoy monitors.
  • Fostex D20B timecode DAT recorder.
  • Casio DA7 DAT recorder.
  • Casio DA2 DAT recorder with digital transfer.
  • Sony Minidisc recorder.
  • Plextor CD writer.
  • Yamaha CDRW.
  • Denon DRM 800A 3-head cassette deck.
  • Wide range of professional microphones:

  • Neumann U87

  • Shure SM57

  • Shure SM58
  • AKG C451
  • 2 x AKG C1000s's
  • AKG D190E
  • AKG D202
  • AKG D12
  • AKG D112
  • 2 x PZM's
  • Various DI boxes.
  • 3 x Yamaha SPX 900 programmable digital multi effects units.
  • Alesis Midiverb II digital multi effects unit.
  • Zoom 9120 digital programmable multi effects.
  • Drawmer Compressor/Limiter.
  • Drawmer quad gate.
  • Symetrix Quadrophonic Noise Gate-Expander.
  • 6 X 48 way normalised patchbays.
  • Beyer-Dynamic DT100 headphones.
  • Yamaha Q2031 31 band Graphic Equaliser.
  • Spectrum Analyser. Oscilloscope.
  • Denon CD player.

2 X Live rooms: Fender Twin Reverb 100 watt amplifier, drum kit and headphone foldback + new computer studio with 4 x Mac G4 workstations.


  • 1 x Akai S5000 Sampler
  • 4 x Akai S3000XL Samplers + extensive sound library.
  • Akai S1000 20 Meg Sampler + extensive sound library.
  • Roland JV 2080 sound module,
  • Roland JD800 programmable digital synthesiser,
  • Roland JD990 sound module,
  • Roland D10 8 part multitimbral LA synth,
  • Roland Juno 106 polyphonic analog synth,
  • Novation Supernova.
  • 3 x Korg X5DR sound modules.
  • Yamaha TX81Z 8 part multitimbral expander.
  • Vintage Korg MS20
  • Roland SH101
  • TB303 analog monosynths.
  • Groove MIDI/CV converter.
  • Yamaha acoustic 6 string guitar,
  • Hohner 12 string guitar.
  • Fender Anniversary Stratocaster electric guitar.
  • Gretsch drum kit.
  • Bass guitar.
  • Mandolin.
  • Many percussion instruments.


The studio does both live acoustic tape and digital multitrack recordings and computerised sequencer and sampler recordings which are all synchronised together. Live band recordings are possible using the 2 live rooms simultaneously for audio separation.


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Music Production software

One of the 1st pieces of music production software was a Commodore 64 program called Pro16 in around 1987. In those days the 5.25" floppy disc was the latest thing in data storage. This later became developed in 1989 into the program that we now know as Cubase.

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Damon Albarn from Blur & The Gorrilaz used to be a neighbour of TRW. He had  many Korg synthesisers that were part of the same range as our MS20. There was a plan to link them up together to create a monster synth set up. Unfortunatlely he moved before we had a chance to try it.