State Of The Ark

"Stunning Vintage Boutique Studio In Richmond"

State Of The Ark Floorplan

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State of the Ark is made up of one large live room, two medium sized isolation rooms, two amp isolation booths and a control room. All recording areas have line of sight to the control room which makes for easy communication and cueing during live sessions. All rooms have plenty of microphone ties and headphone monitoring available through Live Mix digital mixers in each room.

The control room is centred around a 1960's 24 channel EMI TG 12345 MKIII Console, and surrounded by a vast amount of sought after valve and early solid state outboard gear. This includes two Fairchild's (one mono 660, one stereo 670), 4 Pultec's, 10 Vintage Telefunken Pres, 1 Vintage stereo PYE compressor, 4 Original Neve 1073's and 8 Neve Original 1095's.

The studio has plenty of options for analog reverbs and delays including 2 EMT plate reverbs, an AKG and Fairchild spring, a Lexicon 480L, a Binson Echorec, Roland Chorus Echo and 2 Maestro Echoplex tape delays.

There are 2 great pianos at State of the Ark, in the live room there is a Steinway B grand piano (acclaimed by many to be the best in London!) and upstairs there is a 1930s Broadwood upright piano. There is also a Hammond C3 with a 147 Leslie, a Wurlitzer EP and a selection of vintage synths including an Arp Solina, Roland vocoder and a Roland SH 101.

The studio comes with 30+ guitars and basses, most of which are either 1960's or 1970's. In the amp room downstairs there is a broad choice of vintage valve amps including a Fender Bassman, Twin, Deluxe Tweed, Deluxe Silverface, Selmer Constellation, Gibson Varitone and a Watkins Dominator.

There is a Studer A80 2 inch tape machine available with a 16 track head block, for those wanting to keep things analog. The patch bay is configured so signals can be sent to tape and Pro Tools simultaneously, saving valuable transfer time.

The Pro Tools system is Avid HDX, there are two Avid 16 I/Os and one Digidesign 192 dedicated to headphone outputs. This totals 32 inputs and 48 outputs. The EMI has 16 monitor returns in the centre section which frees up all 24 channels on the desk to be used for recording.