Black Bay is in a truly unique and quite unfathomable location. Upon making your final approach to the studio, you're in no doubt that you are somewhere really special, and unlike anywhere you've been before. We wanted to create the ultimate escape from the day to day world, somewhere to lose yourself completely in the experience of making or writing a record in the most inspiring of locations.
All the studio spaces at Black Bay have large windows facing the water, so you never feel stuck inside.
The Control Room is lovely place to be. It is spacious enough, at 35 sq mtrs, for everyone to comfortably hang out together and also space perform guitar/bass/keys when tied into the live rooms. The acoustics are perfectly balanced and the PMC IB2s are big enough to give that 'main' monitor sound with bass right down to the bottom octave, but not so huge that they don't translate. Together with the Proac Studio 100s, and Auratones, you have some great perspectives on a mix or recording. The Cadac J-Series console is the heart of Black Bay and sounds exceptionally warm and open - a real discovery for anyone who isn't familiar with the Cadac sound.
The live room is large at 100 square meters, with oak floors, and pitched ceiling up to 5 meters and it is the home of our gorgeous Bechstein Grand Piano. It has been designed to sound big and open when you want it to, but with a highly adaptable acoustic both through positioning in the varied space, and using purpose build movable treatment. ?The space sounds particularly good with acoustic instruments - piano and strings really sing and drums can sound properly massive.
The Dead Room is also a big space at 40 square meters with good sight lines to the live room and Control Room beyond. It has a very close acoustic thanks to the heavy acoustic treatment, but still sounds balanced. There's ample space to record a full drum kit and the room also houses our extensive range of vintage, weird and wonderful guitars and backline
Accommodation includes a spacious lounge, dining and kitchen area, two bathrooms and three bedrooms that each sleep 2-3 people totalling 8 beds. Additional local accommodation can be arranged on request as well as a variety of catering options and activities including boat trips and surfing