Blue Box Studios will officially reopen on Thursday 14 May with a launch and open day.
The studio complex, in Acton, west London, was closed while studios 1 and 4 and studios 2 and 3 were combined to create two large control rooms and accommodate bigger writing and recording sessions.
New equipment, installed by Genius Move Audio, includes Universal Audio UAD QUAD cards and plug-ins, software updates and a new Toft ATB 24 mixing desk in studio 2. A full equipment list can be found at www.theblueboxstudios.com/equipment.
Blue Box was founded by Nikki Affleck, an A&R coordinator at Sony/RCA Records and veteran studio manager (Marcus, Nomis, Westside, Townhouse) in June 2013 (see Blue Box Studios opens in West London), addressing what she saw as a lack of decent writing rooms in west London. “So many studios have closed [...] that in my work as A&R coordinator it was proving really difficult to hire a good studio where my artists could write and record,” she said at the time. “Most of the record companies are west London-based, plus many producers and engineers seem to live in this part of town, yet there are now only a couple of commercial studios for hire.”
Affleck collected the 2014 Pro Sound Award for recording production of the year on behalf of Paloma Faith, who won for her 2014 Sony album A Perfect Contradiction (see PRO SOUND AWARDS 2014: The winners!).