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So much more than a recording studio.

So much more than a recording studio.

DAFT Studios is more than a recording studio. We are a creative residence. From writing sessions, rehearsal sessions, demo sessions to recording and mix sessions and even tour peproduction sessions: we have the spaces for you to work in, in the most comfortable conditions and in an inspirational setting.

DAFT Recording Studios is a high end, Neve 5088 equipped facility, consisting of one of the biggest recording rooms in Europe, a large control room and 4 isolated booths. For your comfort there is lots of daylight everywhere. The recording room is big enough to record a symphony orchestra, but also tight and compact enough to handle rock, pop or jazz music.

Gear Heaven.

Gear Heaven.

Our studio offers you the perfect marriage between vintage and state-of-the-art equipment.

At the heart of the studio, our Neve 5088 Shelford edition will give your songs the sound they need. The new 5088 console, equipped with 5051 and 5052 compressor and mic pre-amp modules, of which  Rupert Neve claims to be the best pre-amps ever built, offers an incredibly great sound. The desk has been completely designed by Mr. Neve himself.  Its single-sided circuit topology and transformer-coupled inputs and outputs produce 10dB more headroom and an incredibly great dynamic range.

Centered around the console you'll find a great choice of outboard gear, ranging from vintage to state-of-the-art equipment.

We also provide you with a very large and high class microphone kit, from the vintage Neumann U67 to Neumann CMV563's, AKG C12 microphones and Schoeps microphones.

During production, you'll have all our backline at your disposal:a Hammond RT3, 2 Leslies, Fender Rhodes, Rickenbacker bass with Fender Bassman cabinet, a vintage Fender Telecaster, Fender Twin Reverb, Roland Jazz Chorus, Korg MS10, Korg VC10 vocoder, Korg Monopoly and many more...

Finally, the studio has a personal headphone monitoring system. Each musician can make his own headphone mix, which saves time and adds comfort for the musician.

Equipment list

Equipment list

You can download a pdf with the complete equipment list on the left of this page.

Consoles
Rupert NEVE 5088 Shelford Blue Edition 32 tracks, with Swiftmix automation  
Cadac A-Series 15 tracks


Multitrack Recording
Avid Pro Tools HDX 48 inputs/48 outputs


Monitoring
Bowers & Wilkins 800 D3 Main Monitor (x2)
Labgruppen amps
Quested S8 (x2)


Personal Monitoring
Behringer Powerplay


Headphones
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (x12)


Dynamics
Rupert NEVE Shelford 5051 EQ compressor (x9)
Urei 1176 LN Blackface (x2)
DBX 165 Mono Compressor (x2)
Drawmer 1969 Valve Preamp + Compressor
Joemeek Stereo Compressor Rev. 1.07
Tube-Tech CL1A Compressor
Tube-Tech LCA 2A Compressor
Urei LA-3A compressor (x2)
Urei LA-4 Compressor (x2)


Equalisation / Mic Pres 
Rupert NEVE Shelford 5052 Mic Pre EQ (X32)
Focusrite Red 1 4 mic/line preamps
‘72 CADAC A Series channel strips (Mic Pre EQ) (x15)
DBX 120XP Subharmonic Synthesizer
Oram Sonics HD-EQ High Defnition
Pultec HLF-3C Passive Filter Silver (x2)
Pultec MEQ-5 Mid-Range EQ BLue
Pultec MEQ-5 Mid-Range EQ Silver
Tube-Tech PE 1A Program EQ


Reverberation 
TC Electronics Reverb 6000
AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb
Lexicon 480L Digital Effects System
Roland SRV-2000 Digital Reverb
Yamaha REV-5 Reverb
Klark Teknik DN50 Spring Reverb


Delays & FX Processors 
TC Electronic M6000 4 engine-14 i/o multi-fx processor
Lexicon Super Prime Time Delay
AMS DMS 15-80S Digital Delay
Roland RE-501 Space Echo
Ensoniq DP/4+ (x2)
Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer
Eventide H3000-SE Ultra-Harmonizer
Lexicon LXP-15 Multi-FX
Lexicon PCM-42 Digital Delay Processor
Lexicon PCM-60 Digital Reverberator
Lexicon PCM-70 Multi-FX
Lexicon PCM-80 Multi-FX
Lexicon PCM-90 Multi-FX
Roland SDD-320 Dimension D Chorus
Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay
Roland SDE-2000 Digital Delay
Roland SDE-3000A Digital Delay
TC Electronic TC 2290 Delay (x2)
Yamaha SPX1000 Multi-FX (x2)
Yamaha SPX90 Multi-FX (x2)

Microphones
Neumann U47 FET x2
Neumann U67 x2
Neumann M269 x2
Neumann CMV563 x2
Neumann U87 x4
Sony C48 x2
AKG C12B x2
AKGC451 E x3
AKG C451 EB x4
AKG C414 EB x2
AKG C414 ULS x1
RCA 44B
RCA 77dx
Royer R121 x2
Coles 4038 x2
Shure SM57 x4
Shure SM58 x5
Shure SM7B
Shure Beta52A
Sennheiser MD421
AKG D12
Elektrovoice RE20


Amps
Fender Twin Reverb
1962 Fender Super Amp
1963 Fender Deluxe Amp  
1955 Fender Super Amp
Marshall Superlead 100
Selmer Futurama
Rutherberg 800
Ampeg B25-B
Ampeg Portaflex
Acoustic 370
Fender Bassman cabinet


Keys 
Hammond C3
Leslie 122
Yamaha CP80
Hohner Pianet/Clavinet DUO
Mellotron M300
Fender Rhodes Seventy Three
American Organ Harmonium
Farfisa Compact Duo
Wurlitzer Reed Organ
Korg Monopoly
Korg MS10
Korg VC10
Access Virus TI  

Drums
Premier Spirit of Lily LTD kit
vintage Rogers kit
vintage Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl kit
Joe Montineri piccolo
Ludwig Supraphonic snare
Slingerland Radio King snare
Sabian Paragon crashes, rides, china’s, hi-hats & splash
Ludwig timbales.

Recording: capturing the magic

Recording: capturing the magic

We bring home to the studio.

Mics are set up, tubes are warm, it’s getting dark outside, everything sounds killer and the musicians are playing a take. And then suddenly it’s there: this moment of magic when everything comes together.
That’s what we feel recording is about, and that’s what we do best.

To create that magical moment, you need more than immaculate technical conditions. You need the right vibe, you need to feel at home. As a residential recording studio, we feel very strongly about this: A good vibe, good food and a relaxed atmosphere. We bring home to the studio.

In need of engineering services? We have a strong lineup of masterful engineers and producers affiliated with our studio. You can have a look at the Masters At Work section for more info on that.

Mixing

Mixing

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

For us, mixing is about finding the right balance between all paramount pieces of the puzzle that a song consists of, and getting rid of all ballast.

The perfect tool to achieve that goal is our Neve 5088 mixing desk, the centerpiece of DAFT Studios.

In need of engineering services? We have a strong lineup of masterful engineers and producers affiliated with our studio. You can have a look at the Masters At Work section for more info on that.