The studio at Black Rock is located on the west side of the house on the ground floor. It is a beautifully designed and crafted creative space, featuring a variety of different areas making it a first-rate facility for both tracking and mixing projects.
The studio is accessed through its own external entrance, which leads you into a large 40 sq meter day-lit control room looking out over the sea. At the centre of the room is a pristine SSL 9080 J Series console with Ultimation and Total Recall. The desk is joined by an awesome monitoring setup, comprising Genelec 1035B speakers and a choice of KRK E8 and Yamaha NS10 nearfield monitors. A Protools HD2 rig runs on an Apple MAC PRO. There is a good selection of outboard including Neve 1081 Classic pre-amps, Manley, Focusrite and Avalon dynamics and a variety of FX processers. Clients will have access to a great choice of microphones, including several Shure, Senheiser, Neumann and AKG models.
Situated next to the control room is the main recording area, which measures 25 sq meters. This long and tall room features a unique 6-metre high arch-shaped ceiling which helps produce a fantastic sound. At one end of the room are some sea-facing windows letting plenty of natural light into the space.
On the other side of the live room are two good-sized recording booths. The first is a specially designed 15 sq meter drum booth, capable of producing a fantastic range of colourful drum sounds. At the back of the booth is another window facing the sea and the pool, and at the front is a large glass divide into a smaller booth, which serves as a great isolation space for recording vocals or guitars. This small booth is adjoined to the villa's kitchen and dining area providing an additional entrance and exit to the studio.
The design of the studio has allowed for fantastic visibility between all of the separate areas, through a number of soundproof windows and thick glass doors. Each of the studio's rooms has the benefit of natural daylight. An additional unique feature which the studio will provide are special tielines connecting to Black Rock's bedrooms and outdoor spaces, providing clients with a whole host of other recording options.
The outdoor areas at Black Rock are magnificent. Four decked terraces line different sides of the villa, where guests can relax, sunbathe or dine while savouring the tranquil blue expanse of the Aegean and its astonishing evening sunsets. There is an outdoor pool currently being built that will be ready in April, plus a Jacuzzi and barbecue area to make your recreational time even more pleasurable.
In keeping with its 5-star status, Black Rock provides daily concierge and housekeeping services to ensure the villa's premium standards are maintained during your stay. A private chef and waiter can be made available upon request, as can arrangements for the collection and delivery of groceries. Other additional services include onsite massages, laundry and pressing, and the private transportation to and from the island's port and airport.