Soup Studio is housed within a former lightship, moored at Trinity Buoy Wharf to the North East of the Isle of Dogs. This is one of the most iconic stretches of the Thames; The O2 Dome is directly opposite the ship, and the towering financial district of Canary Wharf is slightly to the West. Lightship 95 boasts great panoramic views of the river and the redeveloped London docklands.
The ship is reached via a drawbridge. It is split between two levels: the recreational and living areas on the upper deck, and the recording studio on the lower deck in what used to be the engine room. The ship's engine was ripped out to create the space in which the studio has been built.
In the centre of the lower deck is the live room. It measures 520 sq ft and is naturally lit through a skylight. It is a fantastic acoustic space which maximises the quality of your recordings. There is a high ceiling, many acoustic panels offering a choice of sonic options, some unique reverb chambers and an isolation booth in one corner. There is also a great choice of backline: fantastic amps and pedals, vintage drumkits; plus a good choice of microphones including Coles, Sennheiser, Neumann, Electrovoice and RCA.
Next to the live room is the control room, which occupies the space where the ship's huge fuel tank used to be. The control room measures 300 sq ft and is daylit via a selection of portholes and skylights. The Calrec S2 console sits beneath the four portholes. It is a fantastic-sounding desk, accompanied by a selction of analogue outboard gear, with monitoring through Adam A77x speakers. Pro Tools 12 is running through an Antelope Orion 32, for a total of 32 inputs and 32 outputs. At the back of the control room is a large and comfortable sofa, and on the right side of the room is a glass divide providing a clear line of visibility between the control and live rooms.
At the top of the staircase is a saloon / rec room with breakfast bar, comfy sofa, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. The upper deck's living spaces are flooded with natural light on two sides. There is also access to the lighthouse which provides a breathtaking view of the London skyline. Outside on the deck, there is a huge amount of space for clients to use on a sunny day... catch the rays, light a barbecue and enjoy the amazing river views...