Studio 1 is the centerpiece of the Dock Street Studio complex. It has a large live room with a very high level of precision acoustic treatement. It can easily house a full band for live recording, but equally provides excellent acoustics and separatation for individual instrument recording or overdubbing.
The live room is home to a 1980 John Spencer upright piano, a wonderful Mk1 Fender Rhodes '73, and a 1960's Ludwig Hollywood drumkit which records brilliantly in situe. The studio 1 live room has a large vocal booth and is afforded excellent separation by two sets of acoustic sliding doors. This can be used for full cabinet guitar amps, or multiple singers/instramentalists. The live room and control room are connected by a large viewing window to allow for maximum commucation between the two rooms, while maintaining the near perfect separation that the sand-filled safe door provides the live room with.
The control room has the largest amount of acoustic treatment out of any room in the Dock Street Studio complex. And it shows. The room was purpose built around the Focal SM9 monitors. Between the floating bass traps, absorbtion and reflection planels within the fabric walls designed by Nick Whitaker (Abbey Road, Olympic Studios and more) the room possesses an extaordinarily flat frequency response. This coupled with the Shadow Hills master compressor, Heritage Audio 1073s, BAE 10DCs, 1960's EMI valve pre-amps and much more, makes this control room one of the best around.