Miloco's The Pool will end your search for the ultimate London recording studio. As far as tracking rooms go
it has pretty much everything: a vast live area that resonates vibe and creativity, a control room packed full of
vintage equipment and a drum booth designed to offer a range of acoustics.
The vintage gear has been amassed by producer Ben Hillier and music entrepreneur Johan Ekelund (co-founder of Kobalt Music Publishing). The Pool's equipment spec rivals the most famous tracking studios in the UK. Not many rooms can boast over 40 different microphones (Coles, Oktava, Lomo, Neumann Gefell, Earthworks, AKG, AEA, Royer and many more), 50 mic pre's and four drum kits. There are countless analogue synths, guitars, bass guitars and pedals available to be used. If you need keyboards then we have a Yamaha Baby Grand piano, a Fender Rhodes and Farfisa. On top of this there are other interesting pieces of backline such as Timpani and a glockenspiel.
The Pool's control room spec is equally as impressive. At the heart of the room is an EMT console with monitoring provided by Barefoot MicroMain 27s and NS10's. Recording is to a Pro Tools HD3 rig which has a good selection of plug-ins. However it is the outboard which makes all the difference and most engineers like to record straight through the mic pre's and compressors into Tools using the EMT for monitoring. There are 9 x Neve 1079 mic pre / EQs, 9 x Neve 1272 mic pre's and lots of others including API, Chandler, Lomo, Shadow Hills, Telefunken and Studer. There are over 20 compressors including Altec, API, Urei, Tube-Tech, Chandler, Neve and Crane Song.
The Pool is a hugely versatile recording studio. Bands love the backline, engineers and producers love the recording gear and everyone loves the vibe, and while obviously being a top class tracking space it is also a great facility to film in. Recent clients include Tom Odell, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, The Invisible and many more.