Music lovers across North Lancashire and South Cumbria have helped fund King Sound Studio’s major relaunch.
The professional recording studio, run by four Lancashire-based musicians, producers and engineers, has relocated, greatly extended its range of services and relaunched its new state-of-the-art facility in the village of Tewitfield, north Carnforth.
Mark Gray, owner and producer, explained: “We outgrew our previous location near Halton, and, after months of searching, found the perfect location for what had become ambitious plans – to create two unique recording spaces perfectly engineered for their purpose and to broaden our offering.
“We set up a crowdfunding campaign which made a big difference to achieving our goal of building a dedicated control room and live room.”
Donations came from many supporters via ‘GoFundMe’, Crowdfunder and Facebook.
“People understand that a facility like ours is needed in this area.”
Both spaces are what are known in the recording industry as a ‘room within a room’ or ‘box within a box’.
“The control room is totally detached from the larger outside room, ensuring acoustic isolation, and set on rubber mounts, which eliminates vibration. The rooms are acoustically treated with diffusers and bass traps which makes the sound as precise as possible – essential for accurate recording,” added business partner John Kirby, who was named Producer of the Year after gaining his degree in Music Production from the University of Central Lancashire.
King Sound Studio now offers a range of services including high quality digital audio recording[ for musicians, audio books, voiceovers, podcasts, as well as live and location recordings.
The team has also launched a vocal coaching service led by John Kirby.
“The human voice is an amazing instrument and very few singers use it to its full potential,” said John. “We aim to get the most out of our vocalists, helping them with technique, suggesting harmonies they may not have considered and generally exploring the full range of what their voice can do.”
Chris Brookbanks, engineer and producer, said: “We listen very carefully to our artists to discover what they are trying to achieve with their recordings. Each artist is unique. Sometimes we throw out the rule book and try new recording techniques which can produce amazing results.” Chris has designed and developed audio installations for many clients and worked with The Christians, Midge Ure, and Imogen Rae.
Fourth member of the team, Phil Wood, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, added: “Our new location on the border of Lancashire and Cumbria is ideal – just minutes from the M6 and West Coast mainline yet relatively secluded.
“We have a roster of professional session musicians who will travel to King Sound Studio from across the country. Recording sessions can be intense so it’s great to wander down the canal to take a breather!”
Mark, whose great-grandfather, Robert, was a professional musician, (and played for King Edward VII on a Royal visit), added: “King Sound Studio is in a busy period of album releases at the moment.
“Debut artist Angela Denner has just released her album Flotsam, Imogen Rae’s ‘Doctor, Doctor’ EP is out now and Lancashire singer-songwriter Riz Riley’s album is in the final stages of production.”
He said: “We’ve had great interest in our new gift voucher scheme whereby people can buy studio time as a present. A voucher makes a unique gift for the budding musician or bedroom diva!”
· King Sound Studio: 01524 317454 or studio mobile 07375 418750. Web: www.kingsoundstudio.co.uk