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nbrecording 30th September 2006 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Dot Neck (Post 900051)


Plus you have to learn Geordie. jummpp


A few pints of "Geordie Champagne" usually solves that problem.... heh

[email protected] 1st October 2006 12:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Redsandblu (Post 900169)
This past year we've seen a lot more people dropping by from the UK than ever before. I'm not sure whether there's a direct link to the closing of a series of London based studios. I'm aware that, because of the fact that we're a mixing studio, bands don't have a lot of gear and people transfers to do, but yet, it didn't happen before. And I must say, we're quite happy about that, because it IS a lot of fun to have people around from other places. On the other side, more local bands are peeking across the borders as well, going to places they probably wouldn't have gone to five or ten years ago.
Irina VS

These times seem to cause more of the big budget studios to close. I am also a mixer, so I am still working quite a bit at my own studio.

A friend of mine from US seems to be doing good in the UK as a songwriter producer, he has brought me several projects to mix. Maybe the UK is where it is at now.

www.bluethumbproductions.com

Wiggy Neve Slut 1st October 2006 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Dot Neck (Post 900051)
Plus you have to learn Geordie. jummpp

Are you up for it love?

Allways worked in my favour..kfhkh

Wiggy

nbrecording 1st October 2006 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by [email protected] (Post 901646)


Maybe the UK is where it is at now.


Let's hope so....thumbsup

stevep 1st October 2006 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by themaidsroom (Post 899955)
the place looks nice in newcastle

the no tape recorder thing is ridiculous.......

to have rooms of that sort and to record digital is very backwards

to my ears......

a room like that should have at least 2 brand new A827's......

choice of 16 or 24............

to my ears pro tools at avatar or pro tools in bedroom........not much

difference......



be well



- jack


Well said ! kfhkh

I think this will go on the studio wall heh


I was hoping Dave would get a 2" machine



.

RichT 1st October 2006 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Thermionic (Post 899716)
...they will all be based on out of town industrial estates and the amenities will consist of a salmonella-infested burger van that pulls up outside occasionally.

You've been to my place? heh

clip6 11th November 2006 02:53 AM

So now that Townhouse is officially closed. When are they going to auction off the gear?

clip6 15th November 2006 03:16 PM

Talked with the studio manager and they said someone is looking to take over the lease. So the studio may reopen in 2007.

Dot Neck 6th February 2008 06:18 PM

Another one bites the dust - London's Townhouse closing
 
London's Townhouse studios will close shortly. The freeholder of the building has apparently bought back the remainder of the lease. No doubt the site will end up as luxury flats.

PRIME8PRODUCTIONS 6th February 2008 08:39 PM

Thats so sad. Its a beautiful studio and i live just around the corner. At least i got to be in there a couple of times.

Marineville 6th February 2008 08:57 PM

I live just round the corner from Townhouse too and have done a few sessions there. Great shame.

narcoman 6th February 2008 09:00 PM

the only way the freeholder can buy back he lease is if Sanctuary sold it to him - which if they have must mean that they either:

a) don't want to stay - the group is buoyant but may want a cheaper location and were looking to free their equity asset

b) have done a deal with the freeholder based on property hire rentals rather than lease rentals. Frees up lease capital for higher monthly/yearly payments.

jindrich 7th February 2008 02:18 AM

wasn't Townhouse about to close a year ago or so?

anyway, it's too bad. I have worshipped Townhouse for more than a decade, and always wanted to make its studio 1 my home.

Will they auction the equipment? I want that angled wings 4072G+ so bad!

and the Bosendorfer too!

ejsongs 7th February 2008 03:20 AM

this is sad,

i recorded strings there on the first project that i did in the u.k.

nice studio and vibe

first whitfield street now this too...all of my memories of doing music in London studios are fading.......

ej
hidz

willspector 7th February 2008 11:01 PM

yup, i live around the corner too, and enjoyed the few times i've worked there.

markisha 7th February 2008 11:06 PM

How many of you lives around the corner of Townhouse?

stevesmithfan 7th February 2008 11:20 PM

How far is it from Abbey Road studios in St. Johns Wood? I've always wanted to live in London, it seems like a cool place if your a musician.

The Byre 8th February 2008 12:18 AM

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Originally Posted by narcoman (Post 1819645)
the group is buoyant.

I just saw a pig do a low pass over the studio!

Baz 8th February 2008 12:23 AM

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Originally Posted by The Byre (Post 1822664)
I just saw a pig do a low pass over the studio!

LOL! kfhkh

narcoman 8th February 2008 12:59 AM

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Originally Posted by The Byre (Post 1822664)
I just saw a pig do a low pass over the studio!

then you're not thinking - UMG own Sanctuary.

MarkRB 8th February 2008 05:57 AM

Townhouse closed a couple of years ago.

Al Stone moved in and kept it up and running privately for a while but I don't know of any projects coming out of there since 05.

Tubthumper 8th February 2008 06:51 AM

I can see the property marketeers rubbing their hands with glee:

TOWNHOUSE TOWNHOUSES AVAILABLE SOON.

psycho_monkey 8th February 2008 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by stevesmithfan (Post 1822520)
How far is it from Abbey Road studios in St. Johns Wood? I've always wanted to live in London, it seems like a cool place if your a musician.

Far enough...probably 1/2hr by public transport? Rak and Abbey Rd are 2mins apart...

I should be able to tell you a few names who've been in Townhouse since Al Stone took over, but mind's gone blank...

aeonsound 8th February 2008 11:59 AM

i'd like to live in St John's Wood too...

...but sadly, i don't **** gold.

Property to Rent in St Johns Wood | Primelocation

mezed

The Byre 8th February 2008 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by narcoman (Post 1822754)
then you're not thinking - UMG own Sanctuary.

I had a look and that pig is still airborn!

UMG (the music arm of Vivendi) own Sanctuary, yes, but are efectively closing the company completely, intergrating the valuable bits into Universal. They paid £45m for the buildings, artists and rights. The company was far from boyant, it grew as fast as it did by borrowing money and issuing new shares. A sort of Northern Rock of the music business.

MarkRB 8th February 2008 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by psycho_monkey (Post 1823727)
Far enough...probably 1/2hr by public transport? Rak and Abbey Rd are 2mins apart...

I should be able to tell you a few names who've been in Townhouse since Al Stone took over, but mind's gone blank...

Ye I was talking arse again, I received a drive this morning from Townhouse from last year.

PhilE 8th February 2008 02:26 PM

Any news if this is actually true?

aidyhall 8th February 2008 07:12 PM

Unfortunately, it is all too true.

Townhouse had been doing well under Al Stone, but there were issues with the lease, and when the freeholders demanded certain things, it became too expensive for the studios to continue. I know several of the staff there, and have assisted Al Stone many years ago, and I know they're all gutted.

I'm sure there are more qualified people than me to tell you exactly what sessions have been going on there recently, but I know that Ida Maria's album was done there (on Sony), some recent Stereophonics tracks, and even Bob Clearmountain was in doing something recently. Also, Danton Supple (of Coldplay fame) has been in with several different projects, as has Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys producer). The studios had been given a maintenance uplift and new equipment purchased, and all seemed to be going well ...

Contrary to rumour, because of the shop-fronts and the unusual layout of the building, it is not going to be turned into luxury flats, but has actually been purchased by a church ... which in my opinion, is a complete travesty ...

Matt Syson 8th February 2008 09:27 PM

Hi
That would be a strange turn around, many studios are built in old churches.
Matt S

brutze 26th February 2008 04:15 PM

A bit late but I just found out about this from SOS...
News

This is somewhat painfully ironic but..
Does anybody who lives around the corner want to go in and do some IRs of the Stone Room in Studio 2. at least for posterity.

Phil Collins, Geoff Dugmore, PIL etc....

I (and probably audioease too) would gladly pay for the session.