Parlour Sound Recording Studio features some excellent equipment and acoustics at a very affordable and musician friendly price. Being only just over an hour from London and Birmingam, travelling to this Northamptonshire studio is a great option for bands and producers on a tight budget but where the quality and flexibility matters.
A video feature produced by Parlour Sound is here.
A video tour of Parlour Sound with producer Russ Russell is here.
A video interview with producer Russ Russell shot at Parlour Sound is here.
The control room is equipped with an Audient console and has some very good outboard equipment plus the excellent SoundScape digital recording and editing system. The air-conditioned control room has been treated with various absorbers and bass traps to provide an good monitoring environment. The room is well isolated from the other rooms and features a floating floor, comfortable sofa and lines of sight to both the live room and the isolation booth.
The studio area features, for this price point, a good range of microphones, an unusually large, great sounding live room with vocal booth, and for the time when you need a break there's an artist's lounge with pool table etc. The studio used to be a huge cow shed so this explains the size of the studio and the thick walls provide very good isolation.
In the live end of the room drums sound big and vibrant while the dead end provides a more intimate sound. As can be seen in the pictures, there are plenty of movable gobos to tailor the acoustics for the required sound so dampening down the live area is quite easy. The room is fully isolated from the control room, isolation booth and the outside world. It also features a fully floating wooden floor, near silent fresh air replacement and good sight lines to the control room and iso booth.
The iso booth is acoustically very dead so can be used for vocals or for isolation of amps during live tracking, which is what this studio is all about.>
Parlour Studios aim is to offer the best value service in the UK and in our view they've carried it off. A very Rock'n'Roll location on a farm with a great vibe, this is a mini Rockfield. You just don't find this kind of studio for the money anywhere else, a good recording does not have to cost a fortune. Watch the video tour here!
Audient 80 Channel analogue console with 14 auxes, 24 multi-track busses, 8 sub-groups and SSL style buss compressor.
Soundscape SS32 - Can import and export ProTools files.
JBL L90 mains
Vintage Marshall JCM900