Foel Studios - Short video tour feature with Chris Fielding
Foel Studio is a residential recording studio set in the idyllic Welsh countryside, about 15 miles from the Mid-Wales Border town of Welshpool. They are situated on the side of a beautiful secluded valley and comprise of the studio itself and two cottages.
Established in 1974, it has progressed from humble 8-track beginnings to the current combination of classic analogue equipment and a state of the art digital ProTools HD3 Accel system. Foel also offers an additional 48 digital tracks of RADAR 24 and CD mastering facilities.
Foel's well proportioned control room provides beautiful scenic views across the valley and a birds eye view of the studio floor. Designed around their vintage Trident Series 80B console and ProTools HD3 Accel system, a selection of the best of vintage and modern outboard plus masses of software plug-ins gives the producer and artist complete control over their sound.
Monitoring is provided by a Genelec 5.1 surround sound system as well as Yamaha NS10. The acoustic treatment ensures a true sound enabling the client to feel completely confident in the final sound of their mixes.
The main studio recording area offers two adjacent isolated recording environments, large enough to record a full band completely live if required whilst giving acoustic separation. The studio floor measures 22' by 30' with the live area measuring 22' by 15', perfect for that "Bonham" drum sound!
Good visual communication between both live and dead areas of the studio and the control room is a feature of Foel's construction, enabling musicians and producer to remain in visual eye contact. Additional instrument and speaker tie-lines from the control room allow the other ancillary rooms of the building to be used as recording spaces providing extra versatility.
Artist accommodation is in the recently refurbished 17th century cottage adjacent to the studio. The large property sleeps 7 people with full self catering facilities including a large kitchen, bathroom and living area. The usual relaxation and entertainment is provided by satellite TV, large plasma screen television, DVD, hi-fi and a slate bed pool table. WiFi is also available.
For those that are more adventurous and enjoy the open air there are countless walks, places of interest and activities immediately available in the local area
Console: Trident 80B 30:24:2 (56 Inputs with full EQ!) and Optifile Automation
Microphones/DI: Neumann U87 (2)
Countless renowned artists, producers and record labels have used the studio since its inception;
Gong, Groundhogs, Hawkwind, John Foxx, My Bloody Valentine, Napalm Death, New Model Army, Pete Seeger, Peter Hammill, Porcupine Tree, Scritti Politti, Showaddywaddy, Spear Of Destiny, The Alarm, The Almighty, The Fall, The Strangler,s The Wildheart, Van Der Graaf Generator.......