Opec Studios - Short video feature with owner Jon Constantine
Opened late in 2010, Op:eC Studios have converted an old pub just off the beautiful South Wales coast, which now houses a fully equipped professional music recording studio together with purpose built accommodation for up to 7 people. We visited with the cameras to take a quick look at the studios and recorded this short video feature - it requires Quick Time 7 or above and a fast broadband connection to be viewed.
Since opening Op:eC, the recording facilities have been used by a diverse range of performers including voice overs for commercials, training web sites, acoustic musicians, heavy rock bands and a 50 piece choir.
Op:eC offers a unique and homely atmosphere, artists can relax in their own kitchenette/lounge with a PS3, DVD player into a 42 inch TV whilst taking time off from recording. The studio is just outside Porthcawl and only 2 minutes off the M4 between Swansea and Cardiff.
The building is over 200 years old and served the local community as a pub until the end of 2008.
The pub was brought by Operation:Eclectic in October 2009 when they began looking for a premises and found the location and size of the building was perfect for what they wanted. "The surroundings are tranquil yet we are still close enough to the M4 to be easily accessible and only one junction away from the McArthur Glen Retail outlet" say's Jon. "We also have the added bonus of having a drive through Indian Restaurant around the corner(Le Raj, we love them). Porthcawl Waterfront is only a couple of minutes away by car and houses a selection of some great bars and restaurants, as well as Rest Bay for surfing and playing in the sand".
The conversion process began in October 2009 and ran through until September 2010 with the building undergoing a facelift with new rendering, additional sound-proofing installed to the live room and control room and a lot of the old internal layout being removed. "The studio has turned out better than any of us could have imagined and all the feedback we’ve had from musicians and clients has really mirrored what we feel about the place, it is somewhere you can get away and just focus on the task" Jon enthuses.