This is the blog-style website, or website-style blog, depending on your preference, for My Little Underground, a small but perfectly formed recording studio in Buckley, North Wales. We record and produce music of many genres, from folk to metal and everything in between, so whether you are a singer, band or songwriter looking to record your music, we can sort you out!
We can boast the highest quality in audio fidelity, using high-end mics, pre-amps and converters to capture the sound you require, plus years of experience in recording, mixing and mastering.
As many artists now record demos or their actual project in home studios, we can also help you either augment your recordings, remix them or simply run your finished mix through our analog chains if you can’t quite achieve the sound you wanted. We can professionally master your work to get it to the sought after ‘release quality’.
Click HERE to see a 360 degree shot of the studio.
SEE RATES BELOW FOR OUR CURRENT SPECIAL OFFERS ON RECORDING!
To hear the quality of work we can produce, just take a listen to Flicker’s highly acclaimed debut ‘How Much Are You Willing To Forget?’ recorded, produced and mastered at My Little Underground. You can listen HERE
At MLU, we aim to provide a professional service in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that is conducive to creativity and not feeling pressured.The basic team consists of:
MARC JOY- A highly experienced producer/sound engineer, with a lengthy C.V. of bands he has recorded and produced, including local luminaries such as I Am Austin (now Beard of Wolves), The Loose Kites, The Tapestry and the legendary cult band Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam.He has also worked on albums by Oasis, Primal Scream and The Saturdays and recorded the soundtrack to the Keith Allen film Vinyl with Mike Peters and Phil Daniels.See below for his daily hire rate and other services.
Click HERE to see a RecordProduction.com interview where Marc discusses his work with producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lee Mavers of The La’s).
MARCUS HOFFMAN – A mixing and mastering engineer, also a producer/arranger with years of experience, he learnt his craft working with established producers such as Rick Parkhouse, Jay Reynolds and worked at the House of Loud studios,NJ, where he learnt a lot from producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach) and his team.
FOR ALL ENQUIRIES/BOOKINGS PLEASE EMAIL:
* RECORDING, PRODUCTION AND MIXING FOR BANDS/SINGERS
* MASTERING (INCLUDING MASTERING TO TAPE)
* MIXING/REMIXING PREVIOUSLY RECORDED PROJECTS
* RECORDING DRUMS ONLY (FOR HOME RECORDISTS UNABLE TO RECORD DRUMS)
* BACKING TRACKS FOR SINGERS
AT MLU WE WILL PROVIDE A HEALTHY DISCOUNT ON MIXING AND MASTERING IS THROWN IN FOR FREE IF YOU’VE RECORDED YOUR MATERIAL WITH US.
BASIC RATES FOR RECORDING, MIXING AND MASTERING ARE AS FOLLOWS:
SPECIAL WEEKEND DEAL – RECORD AS MUCH AS YOU CAN IN A WEEKEND (SAT/SUN-10AM-6PM) + MIXING/MASTERING = £195 – (OVERDUB SESSION IF NECESSARY
AT MLU, WE CHARGE PER DAY TO RECORD YOU, BUT CHARGE PER TRACK FOR MIXING.
SOUND ENGINEER HIRE - MARC JOY IS AVAILABLE TO HIRE FOR:
£100 A DAY (EMAIL FOR HALF-DAY OR HOURLY RATE).
MIXING- £15 PER TRACK – £140 FOR ALBUM (9-12 TRACKS, £15 PER TRACK THEREAFTER). 50% DISCOUNT IF YOU HAVE RECORDED THE MATERIAL AT MLU.
SPECIAL ONE DAY DEAL – RECORD AS MUCH AS YOU CAN IN ONE DAY (10AM-6PM) + MIXING/MASTERING = £95
IF YOU ARE JUST A SINGER + ONE INSTRUMENT A SPECIALIST ENGINEER IS NOT REQUIRED AND IS MUCH QUICKER TO RECORD AND MIX, SO WE CHARGE:
£20 A TRACK FOR RECORDING + MIXING, NOT INCLUDING MASTERING – £170 FOR ALBUM (9-12 TRACKS, £20 PER TRACK THEREAFTER).
SINGERS WANTING TO RECORD VOCALS TO BACKING TRACKS + MIXING:
£15 A TRACK (£140 FOR 9-12 TRACKS, £15 PER TRACK THEREAFTER)
RECORDING DRUMS ONLY
IF YOU RECORD AT HOME, BUT NEED DRUMS PROFESSIONALLY RECORDED, WE OFFER THIS SERVICE AT:
£30 A TRACK (£35 A TRACK TO RECORD TO 8 TRACK TAPE + DIGITAL TRANSFER).
MASTERING SERVICES ARE THROWN IN FOR FREE WHEN YOU RECORD WITH US!
(THOUGH MASTERING TO TAPE COSTS £10 PER TRACK)
DIGITAL MASTERING (IF ON TIGHT BUDGET!)
MASTERED ON COMPUTER WITH HIGH END PLUG INS:
£15 A TRACK- £140 FOR ALBUM (9-12 TRACKS, £15 PER TRACK THEREAFTER).
ANALOG + DIGITAL MASTERING
MASTERED WITH HIGH END PLUG INS + TL AUDIO FAT TRACK (ANALOG TUBE WARMTH!) + BLACK LION AUDIO PM8 SUMMING MIXER:
£20 PER TRACK OR £180 AN ALBUM (9-12 TRACKS, £20 PER TRACK THEREAFTER).
MASTERING TO TAPE
MASTERED WITH HIGH END PLUG INS + RECORDED ONTO ½” REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER:
£25 PER TRACK OR £200 AN ALBUM (9-12 TRACKS, £25 PER TRACK THEREAFTER).
FOR MIXING/REMIXING ALREADY RECORDED MATERIAL – PLEASE EMAIL
FOR A QUOTE, WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND DETAILS OF YOUR PROJECT.
ADR Compex 2 compressors
TL Audio Fat Track
Adam A7X Monitors
Tascam 38 ½” 8 track reel-to-reel tape recorder
DIGITAL/IN THE BOX
Quad core PCs/Mac
Cubase 6, Pro Tools 10
Full range of UAD 2 Plugins including Studer A800, Ampex ATR 102, Manley Massive Passive EQ, Fatso, 1176 collection
Slate Virtual Console Collection, Melodyne Editor
Slate FG-X mastering compressor/limiter
Omnisphere, LA Scoring Strings 2.0, BFD 2, Steven Slate Drums 4
Addictive Drums (with Retro, Funk, Indie kits), DFH Superior 2.0
Blue Bottle Rocket Stage 2 (with B8 and B6 capsules)
Blue Baby bluebottle
Rode K2 valve mic
Tbone ribbon mics x2
MXL 67G, SM57
M1 large diaphragm condenser
CAD condenser and dynamic mic
EV dynamic mics
SPL Gold Mike
+ pres on Prism Orpheus and Mackie D8B
Hohner Contemporary Violin Bass
Fender Super Champ XD
Fender Precision Bass
Vox AC30 VR
Fender 100 fm head and 4×12 cab
Epiphone Jnr valve head
Peavey 115 bass amp
Sharma rotating speaker
Crumar drawbar organ
Hohner international string machine
Gibson Les Paul standard
Tama 1979 vintage snare
Yamaha QY700, Roland sound module
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