HL Studios is situated in a specially designed,
custom built, detached building in Totton, near Southampton,
Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest.
As a commercially licensed recording studio, the soundproofing
has been tested and approved by Dept. Of the Environment.
The interior is air conditioned, extensively acoustically
treated, spacious and comfortable. The recording studio consists of a control room, two live rooms,
and dedicated kitchen & w/c facilities.
We use extremely high quality microphones, monitors,
mixing desks, computers and state of the art software
tools to produce results comparable with top London
recording studios - for a fraction of the cost. For those who
are keen on the specifics of how we record a CD, the following is a list of
what we use to get these results, although in keeping
with our policy of remaining state of the art, the tools
are constantly updated, so this list may already be
out of date! Check with us if you have a specific need.
Please note that ALL of
the listed software packages are legal, fully functioning
copies, licensed to us.
Why should you care?
Because that means we can stay up to date with the
most recent upgrades and that if things do go wrong,
we can call Tech Support and get it sorted.
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Apple MacPro 8 core 3GHz, with 16GB of fast RAM, 4 x 500GB SATA
drives, 74GB "Raptor" 10,000RPM Hard Drive, Blu Ray writer, Pioneer DVD/DC
writer, Various back up drive inc NAS remote drive off site, RME Fireface 800 audio interface,
Magma PCI Expansion Chassis, 4 X UAD1 and 2 X TC Powercore
DSP cards. 2 x 500GB SATA drive for Audio Back Up, 500GB SATA
drive for Samples and Virtual Instruments.
Apple Mac G5 2 x 2GHz Back up computer, 4GB RAM, 500GB SATA drive,3 x 250GB SATA drives.
Focusrite Liquid Mix Firewire Hardware DSP box
20" TFT Apple widescreen X 2
Euphonix MC Control Hardware Controller for Logic.
Epson R200 On Body CD/DVD Printer X 2
Genelec 1038A Mastering Quality
Avantone Cubes Bad by Design! Not everyone can listen to your mixes on Genelecs...
Sennheiser HD25 (1) vocalist
Sennheiser HD25SP (4) Baby
brothers of the HD25's - which were too damn expensive to
get 5 sets of!
Behringer PowerPlay 4600 12
output Headphone amp
Alesis RA100 Monitor Amp
(various speakers for playback/rehearsal)
Focusrite Liquid Channel
Ultra High end mic pre amp capable of reproducing the sound
of almost any mic pre amp. This is Focusrite's flagship
Focusrite ISA 828 (x 2) 8
channel mic preamps and high end A to D
Drawmer 1960 Valve Compressor High-end
real valve stereo compressor with mic pre's and instrument
BBE 362NR Sonic Maximiser Unique
Lexicon MPX500 Quality Digital
FX from the legendary Reverb specialists
Neumann TLM103 Same sound
as the industry standard U87 but with lower self-noise!
By not including the less used pick up patterns, Neumann
reduced not only the price but also the noise floor
Rode NT5 (2) Matched pair
of great condenser mics. Superb for stereo recording (2 pairs)
AKG C3000 (2) Condenser Mics. Great
on Amps and Drum overheads
AKG D112 Kick Drum mic (X 2)
Sennheiser E604 (4) Clip on Drum mics. Great
for Brass too.
Shure SM57 (4) Dynamic mic. Good
for snares (top and bottom) and stuff
Sennheiser E845 (5) Dynamic mic. Whatever
Keyboards and Sound Modules
Roland XV-5050 module with
Orchestral and Studio expansion boards
Roland D550 classic sound
Emu Proteus 2000 rack
Yamaha MU50 half rack
Fatar SL880 Fully weighted
Roland PC160A Mini Mother
Tanglewood Odyssey Electro/Acoustic Guitar
Unbranded Electric that plays really well!
Crafter "Cruiser" Bass Guitar
Tascam DA20 DAT machine
Teac V615 Cassette Deck
Phillips CD753 CD Player
Sony MDS-JE520 Mini Disc
Morphy Richards Kettle
Tassimo Coffee Maker (only
one but a back up in the house - this thing is essential!)
Apple Logic Pro 8.02 Professional
Audio and MIDI recording package with huge selection of
high quality plug ins, excellent time stretching and pitch
shifting capabilities, extensive MIDI editing incredible
automation of not only audio tracks but plug in parameters
as well. Hands on control courtesy of the Logic Control
Celemony Melodyne Cre8 Version 3 Incredible
Pitch/timing/tone manipulation tool
DSP Card based plug ins. Hardware/software bundles that put
almost no strain on Computer's CPU but provides the DSP power
to use the following, very high quality plug in effects:
Sony Inflator Manages to
"pump up the mix" without destroying the dynamics
TC MD3 Multiband Dynamics and Brickwall Limiter Hard
to describe what makes this SUCH and amazing mastering tool.
You'll just have to listen...
TC Intonator High quality
pitch automatic correction
Classicverb Emulation of
high-end synthetic reverb - think Lexicon PCM91
Megaverb Very close to being
a software TC M5000 reverb
24/7 TC's version of the UA1176LN classic compressor
Vintage CL 'Tube' compressor/limiter
VoiceStrip Surprise surprise
- it's a voice channel!
Master X 3 Mastering processor
based on TC's Finalizer
EQSat Phat sounding Eq
ChorusDelay - guess
Powercore 01 Synth plug in instrument
Assimilator Incredible eq
tool that can take the eq curve of a piece of audio with
sound you like and apply it to a target file. Great for
matching takes from different sessions, balancing the sound
of tracks recorded at different studios or with unsuitably
different overall sounds and if you REALLY want your master
to sound "just like" your favourite artist's last
CD, it will have a damn good stab at that too. Be warned
though, if your favourite CD is by Slipknot and your project
is a collection of Peruvian Goat calls, results can be disappointing.
Noveltech Character Odd little plug in that just "enhances" certain frquencies of different instruments in a pleasant way!
Noveltech Vocal Enhancer Amazing plug in that just adds sparke and clarity to a vocal without making it brittle.
1176LN Well it's a UA1176LN
- and as this is the same company who make the legendary
hardware unit itself, you can imagine that it's pretty good!
LA-2A Fantastic sounding
emulation of the Teletronix classic levelling amp.
Pultec Pro Eq Outrageously
warm eq emulation. Just makes stuff sound better!
Fairchild 670 Beautiful emulation
of a VERY expensive high-end compressor
CS1 Wicked channel strip. Eq
and dynamics in a very efficient bundle
Nigel It's an incredible
guitar processor that sounds like it goes up to eleven.
We also like it lots on vocals, but we are a bit twisted.
RealVerb Pro Well known to
ProTool users, this is a really high end reverb plug
DreamVerb Can you have too
many nice reverbs?
Precision Eq It's an Eq.
It's very precise.
Ermmm.. all of them. I got bored updateing this list so lets just say we now have EVERY plug in the UA make for the UAD cards! The cards are awesome, the plug ins are even better. You can only use four UAD cards with one computer so four is what we have and we have ALL the plugs so if you want all the details check out http://www.uaudio.com/
Native Plug Ins.(These
are the ones that don't run on DSP cards.)
Altiverb The most realistic
reverb plug in ever. Period. It uses actual samples of real
places and imposes that reverb on your material. It doesn't
sound like reverb, it sounds like a real space. More perfect
than Kylie's bottom. Okay I exaggerated a little.
Antares Autotune One of the
industries most valuable secret weapons. If you don't know
what is does, I'm not telling you.
Waves Platinum Bundle Massive
collection of some of the best sounding and most versatile
plug ins available.
Waves L3 suite of Multiband Limiters Ground breaking 16 band Limiters for maximum mastered volume with minimum audio "damage"
Waves Studio Classics Vintage Plug ins Waves take on the Neve, SSL and API Eqs and compressors. Very warm..
Waves GTR3 Guitar Amp Simulators. Absolutely gorgeous Guitar amp simulator combined with a high quality analogue front end designed by legendary guitar designer, Paul Reed Smith. We got 3 of the analogue boxes so that the lead, rhythm and bass guitarists could stop arguing..
IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX Awesome Bass Guitar Amp simulator
IK Multimedia CSR Classic Studio Reverb Fantastic Reverb Plug in
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3. Can you have too many flavours of guitar sounds?
WaveArts PowerSuite 5 Collection
of useful studio tools
Wave Machine Labs Drumagog Sample replacement plug in for adding samples to live drum takes
Plug In Instruments
Apple EXS24mkII 24 Bit Sampler. Fantastic
thanks to Translator (see Utilities) it can handle almost
any sample format.
Apple EVP88 Incredible Fender
Apple EVB3 Virtual Organ
with amazing Hammond B3
Apple EVD6 Virtual Clav
Apple Sculpture Modelling synthesizer
Apple Ultrabeat Virtual Drum Machine -
Old school style with Nu Skool sounds
XLN Addictive Drums and AD Retro The Mutt's Nuts of virtual drummers
Ez Drummer What I though was the Mutt's Nuts of virtual drummers until I got Addictive Drums!!
FXPansion BFD Virtual Drummer. Multi
Mic'd, Studio sampled "real" kits. Got to be heard
Steinberg Groove Agent 3. Lots
more Drum sounds
Steinberg Virtual Guitaris t
Wouldn't want to offend my friend, the really good guitarist,
by saying that this will cut down your weed bill, but hell,
he will be too stoned to be surfing the net anyway. I've
fooled 3 guitarists with this already!
Steinberg Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition Well
the other one was soooo good ..
Steinberg Virtual Guitarist 2 MORE!!!!
Steinberg Hypersonic 2 Virtual Synth Module. Stacks
of useful sounds
Musiclab RealGuitar Virtual Acoustic Guitar Module. Damn
clever, these Russians.
Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Wickedly
useful groove library with three Xpanders..and rising
Spectrasonic Trilogy Amazing
virtual Bass Module, Acoustic, Electric and Synth Basses
Spectrasonic Omnisphere Wierd but highly creative sound source with unique and diverse range of sounds
IK Multimedia Sampletank 2.5XL Multitimbral
do it all module, heavily expanded
IK Multimedia Sonic Synth 2 Multitimbral
vintage synth module
IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik Multitimbral
vintage synth module|
IK Multimedia SampleMoog Every Moog Synth ever made, sampled
IK Multimedia SampleTron The Sounds of the old Mellotron. Groovy baby!
Korg Wavestation/M1 virtual Instrument
Roxio Jam Proper Red Book mastering
and CD burning software.This
software is so simple a child could use it - maybe for doing
"Bob The Builder" CDs. Seriously though, this
package is good. If you want to use your finished CD for
any professional purpose, then it's best to have it Red
Book mastered. If you need ISRC subcodes, then through our
sister company, En Masse Music and Publishing Ltd, we may
be able to help there to.
Apple Waveburner CD Burner package as above but with more facilities
Roxio Toast. Perfect for
backing up your finished project to CD-ROM or DVD
Deja Vu. Automatic back-up
software to keep your project safe
Chicken Systems Translator Sample Format converter that
can handle almost any format. We use it to transfer our
old library from our 1st Akai S2000, our subsequent EMU
E Synth and any format you may need, to our Emagic EXS24mkII.
Who needs a hardware sampler when software gets this good?
Magic Mouse Discuss. Together
with our Epson R200CD printers, this can give your short
run of finished CDs or DVD's, a truly professional look.
No more sticky labels.
Final Cut Pro Studio Industry standard video editing,
DVD authoring, Motion graphics etc package. Invaluable
if you want to dub your finished tracks to a promo video,
or for editing the whole video in fact, though I could not
claim to be an expert in that. And "No" I don't
have Spielberg's number