Full production, Recording, Editing, Mixing, Mastering, Video capture & creation

Alex Bolton came into the studio to record some guitar pieces he had been working on, as well as record some studio videos in order to generate promotional content. We formed a band around Alex using some of our regular session musicians - Tom Townsend (drums/percussion), Pete Norman (Bass) & Adam Carpenter (Keys). Our musicians then worked with Alex to create pieces that would fulfil his ideas and enhance his portfolio.

We captured the sessions using our BlackMagic multi-camera system and the videos are available to view on our Studio Session Playlist on YouTube.

If you are interested in Full Production Audio and/or Video services at Beckview Studios please get in touch

Here are Alex's videos. If you like them, please like and subscribe to our YouTube channel and other socials. Please also head over to Alex's pages and say hi to him!

Alex Bolton Guitar

We've not posted anything about our new studio build on this blog for a while. So we thought it was about time. The build has progressed massively in just a few months, and we are now at a point where the internal studio structure is up.

In this video [Studio Build #5] we have a quick walk around the building just before the walls were removed.

In this video [Studio Build #6] we see the new, open space and discuss the potential layout for the studio .

In this video [Studio Build #7] we see the hardcore level going down, and discuss sound transference.

In Studio Build #8 the concrete pad is being formed and finished.

Studio Build #9 shows the start of the internal studio structure being built.

The final video in our series to date [Studio Build #10] shows where we are up to now, with the walls completely up.

As you can see, there is still a lot of work to do and we will continue to post updates of our progress on our YouTube channel and on this blog.

Thanks for watching.

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Have we told you about our fully restored MCI JH24 2" tape machine? Well, it sounds great!!

Originally commissioned on 27th September 1984, the Tape Machine required a bit of TLC when we acquired it in March 2020. We bought the tape machine at the same time as our Sony MCI JH-628 mixing desk [more info about the desk here]. Both came with all their original documentation which, considering their age is quite unusual.

Tape Machine engineers are not as easy to find today as it was in the past when all the big commercial recording studios hired in house engineers to keep the machines running. However, Iain at Reel Resilience has done a great job restoring our machine to its former glory.

Restoration took several months and has even included re-lapping the head block - which meant sending it away to be restored before getting it back to optimal working order.

We have a mixture of new and used tape, which we're able to use during sessions. Some of which is 'low use' ex-BBC tape - originally used to record Herbie Hancock at the Barbican!

Recording to analogue tape transports you back to a recording environment of days gone by. Some people believe that tape has a 'warmer' vibe to it. The process is different to digital. There is no 'undo' button and the length of time you can record to tape is limited. Because of this we generally keep only one or two versions of a performance. Therefore decisions need to be made at the time of recording. This creates a different energy and dynamic in the room compared with tracking digitally and can often be a great help in keeping the sessions moving forward.

At Beckview Studios we have options to either record to tape or digitally to Pro Tools. We really believe in using the right format and equipment to suit each artist and project and because of this philosophy, you have access to all equipment during a session at no extra cost.

Our tape machine is a 24 track. This means you can record up to 24 separate inputs at once - more than enough inputs when tracking a band and instruments. We can stay entirely analogue throughout a project (recording and mixing on tape through the analogue mixing console), or have the option of recording to tape and then transferring the recordings to Pro Tools to mix. The advantage of recording to tape and then transferring to Pro Tools in our opinion means that we get the best of both worlds. The smooth, warm tones of recording to tape, but the ability to be more flexible during the mixing process (quick and easy recalls for mix adjustments, access to plugins and the ability to easily automate parameters). So why don't you give tape a try?

Check it out in action - the fantastic Jazz trio, AC3, recorded straight to tape. and this is the result. Sit back, play video below, and enjoy!

AC3 are:

Adam Carpenter

Rowan Oliver

Tom Townsend

Contact AC3 here

Check out other AC3 videos recorded at Beckview Studios here

Our tape machine is maintained by Iain @Reel Resilience - Contact Reel Resilience here

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