Located on the picturesque outskirts of Colchester; a short train journey from Central London. It is located just over 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Colchester town centre; on the beautiful Colne water front.

Enveloped in the calm and creative environment of Rowhedge. Tom Donovan Studio is a place to escape the distractions of the creative industry.  Allowing you to focus and use the studio as a vessel for your creativity 

Facilities include client parking | high speed broadband | CCTV 

live streaming | conferencing | air-conditioning | free coffee

 

THE LIVE ROOM

 

A beautiful live room, boasting 6m high ceilings, and enough floor space to cater for large bands, choirs or ensembles. The live room is equipped with an eclectic collection of instruments, microphones and amplification, wooden floors, acoustically treated walls and elegant lighting help stimulate the creative ambience of the studio. The live room is tie-lined to both control rooms and the loft area.

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CONTROL ROOM 01

 

Control room 01 is based on a design from David at studio design leaders White Mark. The room's tight and exciting sound provides the foundations for an almost perfect audio experience. Concrete speaker stands coupled with ISO acoustic speaker mounts means that barely any energy is lost in playback whilst tracking, mixing or mastering. ​ Control room 01 boasts an impressive array of high end outboard, including gear from SSL, Neve, Empirical Labs and Alan Smart. Control room 01 is a room within a room within another room design, is fully soundproofed and has a full line of sight through the studio. Other facilities include full air-conditioning, heating, 5-seater corner sofa and inspiring mood lighting.

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CONTROL ROOM 02

 

Control room 02 is situated in the centre of the studio; with triple glazed glass on the front and back walls, giving you full view of control room 01 and the live room in a perfectly soundproofed and acoustically treated surrounding. The room can be used to mix, video edit or tracking; the room is armed with an Onkyo 5:1 surround system. Control room 01 is tie lined to both Control room 01, the live room and the loft space. Other facilities include air-conditioning, sofa seating for 6 people.

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SKY ROOM

 

Sky Room is the newest addition to the studio complex. Originally built as a sound proofed chill out room, with a view looking down on the live room. On a recent visit from producer Adam Jordan (aka New Machine), he was looking for a quiet space to escape technological distractions of the studio... what was created in the room was pretty special, with a vibe that lends itself to a more intimate and dry feel. Over the course of his stay at the studio he worked on tracks with both Foreign Beggars and Sumgii. Adam aptly named this room Sky Room. The room has now been accidentally turned into a fully functional production suite, with tielines to the rest of the studio complex, leather seating, chilled lighting and a full view of the live room.

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EQUIPMENT

 

Mixers and Interfaces

SSL Nucleus | Custom Vintage 12 Channel Valve Summing Amp | Custom Vintage 8 Channel Germanium Summing Amp | Motu 2408 x 2 | Motu 24io | Benchmark AD1 | Benchmark DA1 | Aardvark Sync DA Word Clock | Apple Mac Pro 2011 (24gb) | Apple MacBook Pro (2012) | 27" iMac 2011 

Outboard and Preamps

Analogue Addicts Custom Valve Preamp | Analogue Addicts Custom Germanium Preamp x 2 | DAV BG8
Focusrite Octopre | Golden AgePre73 | SSL Duality Preamps x 2 | Warm Audio WA12 | Lindell PEX500 | 
Neve 8803 Dual Mono EQ | Line 6 Delay Modeller Pro | Powertran Digital Delay x 2 | Korg Analogue Delay
Alan Smart C2 | DBX266xl x 2 | Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X x 2 | Lindell 500 Series Rack | Lindell 7X500 | Ridge Farm Boiler | Sontec MEP250 (w/stepped attenuator mod) | SSL-G Series Buss Compressor | Urei 1176 Blue Stripe Rev G | Analogue Addicts Valve Optical Compressors x 2

Microphones

3 x Slate ML1 and VMS | Sontronics Orpheus x 2 | Sontronics DM1B | Sontronics STC1 x 2 | Sontronics Halo | Sontronics STC80 x 4 | AKG D112 | AKG C414XL x 2 | Electrovoice RE20 | Groove Tubes 5CS |  SE Gemini MKI x 2 | SE SE2a x 2 | SE Titan | Sennheiser MD421-U5 x 2 | Sennheiser MD421 orig white model x 3 | Sennheiser | E609 x 2 | Shure SM58 x 2 | Shure SM57 x 2 | Shure SM7a | Shure SM809 | Shure BETA91A | Sontronics Sigma | Telefunken C14

Monitoring

Adam A77X x 2 w IsoAcoustic L8R430 stands | Yamaha NS10m x 2 w IsoAcoustic L8R200 stands | Genelec 8020 x 2 | Presonus Central Station | ONKYO 5:1 surround system | Mackie Big Knob | Sennheiser HD650 | Beyerdynamic DT770 | Beyerdynamic DT150 | Beyerdynamic DT100 | Custom Concrete Speaker Stands x 4

Software

Audio: Cubase 9 | Ableton 9.2 | Logic X | Wavelab 8 | Native Instruments Maschine Studio & MK1 | Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate 12 | Wavemachine | Drumagog 5 | Waves Gold v9 | Waves SSL4000 Collection | Waves API Collection | Waves V-Series | Waves CLA Compressors | Waves H-EQ | Waves H-Reverb | Waves Kramer Tape | Waves REDD | Waves One Knob | Waves R-Bass | Waves H-Verb | Wave NLS | Waves TransX | Soundtoys Collection

Visual:​ Final Cut X | Adobe After Effects 2017  | Adobe Photoshop 2017 

Instruments and Tools

Moog Voyager | Moog Minitaur | Native Intruments Maschine Studio and MK1 | Native Instrument Komplete Kontrol | Vintage and modern ampifiers from Marshall, Hiwatt, Ampeg, Ashdown, Matamp, Mesa Boogie, Peavey and Palmer | Over 80 guitar pedals | A selection of beautiful snares and percussion | Korg, Novation and Yamaha Synthesizer | Roland SPSX, TD 8 VDrum Kit and full set of VDrum acoustic triggers | 1890's John Spencer Upright Piano
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