A temporary recording facility constructed from a raised wooden frame and hay bale walls, Cowshed Studio looks set to be one of the unassuming stars of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which takes place this weekend.
A recreation in spirit and approach of the eponymously-named London facility, Cowshed Studio Glastonbury is the result of a collaboration between Greenpeace and Cowshed’s Joe Leach (pictured). Featuring a green room and two live stage areas exploring the theme of the protest song, the low-impact studio allows visiting musicians the opportunity to record using the studio’s vintage keyboard collection, grand piano, classic mics/preamps, and an Audient 8024 analogue mixing desk.
Quested monitoring is also part of the set-up – specifically, the company’s flagship V3110 self-powered monitors. The company’s Ollie Shortland was on hand to help with the set-up.
“I was amazed at the whole building, and bearing in mind it was built in only a few days, surprised just how good the control room sounds,” he said. “As soon as we plugged in the V3110s, they sounded fantastic from the word ‘go’. I set them up horizontally, by rotating the baffle on the speakers, and mounted them on the STV-3 stands I had brought down. Joe played a few of his rough mixes from his London studio, and they sounded really good. I thought we would have to use the V3110s’ trim controls to fine-tune them for the room, but we set them up flat and they delivered just perfectly.”
Quested’s Guy Lewis added: “When Joe spoke to me about, it sounded a lot fun, and I was really pleased to be involved, especially with the V3110, which is finding more and more friends around the world.”