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Major refurb for Far Heath

Northamptonshire’s Far Heath Studios has recently undergone a major refurbishment including a new centre piece SSL mixing console

Far Heath Studios, set in the tranquil Northamptonshire countryside, will benefit from a brand new SSL AWS 900+ mixing console as well as new Lexicon reverbs, Exigy 515 monitors and improved acoustics as part of its recent overhaul. The facility was founded in 1987 by chief engineer Angus Wallace, who studied audio production in London. Wallace hopes that the refurbishment will make Far Heath a very attractive destination for artists looking for an affordable recording environment where they can focus on a project. It benefits from ample natural daylight, has accommodation for up to five people as well as a comfortable lounge and kitchen area; and is less than ninety minutes from London. “At Far Heath I have put a lot of work into creating the right atmosphere for musicians to feel relaxed and creative,” explains Wallace. “I pride myself on my ability to capture a live band within the studio setting; and artists from a wide and varied spectrum have successfully produced chart albums here.” The studio also comprises a Pro Tools HD3 Accel recording set-up with Digidesign 192 I/O interfaces, and an array of classic outboard including a pair of Neve 1081 preamps, an SSL K Series channel strip; and a Lexicon 960 L reverb. There is also a host of mics including Neumann’s U 47, M 149 tube, U 87, and KM 184; AKG’s C 414, Solid Tube, D 12, D 112, C 1000 and C 451; plus a range of Royer, Shure, Audio-Technica and Sennheiser models. Over the years, Far Heath has recorded projects for a number of acts including The Prodigy, The Fall, Spiritualized, Albert Lee, and Bill Nelson; and more recently up-and-coming US artist Devon Sproule recorded her new album Hurry For Heaven at the studio.