The Studio People have designed and constructed a new fully residential music studio for the Warwickshire-based Vada Recording Studios.
Producer and studio owner Matt Terry (Noisettes, One Night Only, Ocean Colour Scene), contacted MD Peter Keeling back in April 2012 with a view to purchasing a property that included old barns ideal for the new facility.
“Initially I planned for a building company to take care of the residential build while Studio People handled the studio side of things,” says Terry (pictured, above). “You watch [the BBC's] Grand Designs and you see all these disasters and contractors who can't work with each other, so it was a relief when Peter agreed to take on the whole project.”
The facility includes a five-bedroom residential section alongside the main barn, which houses the large live room, a 48-channel SSL control room, drum booth, machine room and edit suite.
“The finish is superb throughout the whole place,” says Terry. “Someone asked me if there was anything I would change about the new Vada, but after 17 years of working in studios I knew exactly what I didn't want to see in a studio, so this is the culmination of all that experience. I wouldn't change anything about this place. Everything is just perfect as it is.”