Arda Recorders

"A multi-studio complex for recording, mixing and mastering in Porto, Portugal."

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Studio A

Studio A is the perfect tracking studio. Centered around a vintage Neve 8068, with around 140m2 of usable recording space, the tones you can get in this studio are simply out of this world.

The amazing sounding console is complemented by other flavors of preamps and signal processing from Undertone Audio, Spectra 1964, Coil Audio, Highland Dynamics, Retro Instruments API, and others. A well thought out patchbay and ample connectivity to every recording space allows for speedy and creative tracking sessions.

This studio offers one of the best monitoring systems in the complex: a pair of Ex-Machina Quasar MKII speakers will allow you to make informed decisions every time.

The main room has a controlled sound with plenty of "air". Its acoustic signature can be altered by opening or closing the door to the adjacent echo chamber. The vocal booth, which connects directly to the control room is great for recording keeper takes, even when laying down the bed tracks of the production. The other two booths expand the possibilities of the main room - one features a tight and detailed sound and the other, with a large wooden wall, has a special sparkle that can benefit strings, piano and other acoustic instruments.

Studio A houses a fantastic Fazioli F278 grand piano, probably the only one in the country. Playing this piano in the big room is an experience by itself, but it also fits comfortably in one of the iso booths - which can be very convenient for larger tracking sessions.

Want to record or mix all analog? No problem, we have an amazing sounding Ampex MM1200 24-track recorder and a Studer A80 for mixdown, plus a real echo chamber, EMT plate reverb and AKG BX-20 spring reverb.

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