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31/05/2004

Munro Acoustics designs a new studio for Massive Attack

Robert Del Naja, one of the three founding members of Massive Attack, has joined forces with the band’s producer and collaborator Neil Davidge to set up a recording studio in Bristol.
The studio, which is being designed and built by UK based company Munro Acoustics, will be used to record future Massive Attack albums as well as other projects handled by Del Naja and Davidge.
Commenting on the project, Neil Davidge said: “Our reasons for setting up a studio have a lot to do with the general state of the music industry. Recording budgets have fallen drastically in the past few years and will probably continue to drop further. Even though London recording studios - in particular Olympic - have been very good to us, they can only reduce their prices so far. If you add in the costs of accommodation, travelling etc, and the fact that Massive Attack always try to make unique sounding records (in other words we take a long time mixing!), then it makes sense for us to keep things local and independent.”
Located on the site of a former rehearsal studio, the studio will be equipped with a 56-channel SSL 400G+ SE console with Ultimation and Dynaudio M4 monitoring. There will also be an extensive range of outboard equipment including a GML 8200 Stereo EQ, Al Smart C2 Compressor (5.1 version), various Focusrite units including LiquidChannel, Red 7 mic pre/compressor and Red 2 stereo EQ, Neve and Calrec EQ and an Avalon VT737 Valve Mic Pre/Compressor/EQ. For recording the studio will use Pro Tools 6.1 running in Mac OS X 10.2.8, G4 Dual 1.4Ghz Mac with 2Gb RAM, Apogee Trak2 Interface, Digidesign 888|24 Interface and 3 x Digidesign 882|20 Interface.
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