THE BEAT SHED RECORDING STUDIO, OXFORD
The Beat Shed isn’t JUST about drums. It’s also a recording studio for hire...
From Solo Artist to Full Band
The Beat Shed recording studio is a fully-loaded 16 channel digital recording studio near Oxford. We can tackle everything from a single solo performer to a full band, or a single acoustic instrument through to a large drum kit.
Recording, Mixing and Production.
We offer a full range of tracking, mixing and music production services. The Beat Shed drummer, engineer and producer, Merlin Matthews, has over 20 years experience in recording and music production.
"I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Merlin in the studio, and live on stage. He has a tremendous feeling for music combined with style and technical ability, plus a capacity for communicating with and supporting his fellow musicians."
"I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone in the music world."
Kimberley Rew KATRINA & THE WAVES, THE SOFT BOYS...
"I’ve worked with and used Merlin on many recording sessions/album projects. His superb percussive abilities are matched by his sense of musicality - his ability to read a song and come up with the right feel and approach is a real godsend."
"His engineering/production skills are a bonus - he is able to create something rather special from just the bare bones of a song."
Nigel Pulsford BUSH...
Your Project – Your Sound
Your music and artistry are the most important aspect of your production. The recording and mixing process serves to capture it, give it a signature sound, and enhance it to highest possible level.
The Beat Shed is purpose-built for recording drums, which means it’s very good at recording just about anything, but also easily be adapted and configured to record any instrument or sound source.
Working with different configurations, mic choice and placement, and adjusting the acoustics of the room, we can produce the live recordings you require.
Musicality. Engineering. Science.
We strive to get a good balance of each at The Beat Shed. Our focus is on getting the best possible recording of a sound AT SOURCE, rather than relying on effects and remedial processing at the mixing stage. Read more about the Beat Shed Recording Ethos.
Lean & Mean
The Beat Shed is a single-room setup, with other spaces available for recording amplifiers and creating room and hallway effects. This means we can keep costs to a minimum, and only use what is required to suit your budget.
Recording Studio Oxford – Location
The Beat Shed recording studio Oxford is based in a top-secret location (!) in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. This makes us about 15 miles North of Oxford, and 4 miles from the M40.
All Beat Shed recording studio services are charged at a flat rate of £280 per day (typically 8 hours) with engineer. We also offer half-days charged at £150. Once we have initially discussed your project, we will provide you with a time/cost estimate so that you can fit your sessions around your budget.
SYSTEM & OUTBOARD
Focusrite Octopre Platinum (ADAT link to make 16 Channels)
SoundSkulptor MP573 (Neve 1073) Preamp
Joe Meek ThreeQ channel
Mackie HR624 mkII Monitors
RADIAL Re-amp box
Macbook Pro (16gb RAM, 2.8 Ghz)
Logic Pro X loaded with plugins
Fender Telecaster – 1980s
Gibson SG Standard
Fender Squire Stratocaster
Fender Squire Jazz Bass
Yamaha DX7 – 2 expansion cartridges
We have expensive ones, we have cheap ones, we have ones that have been lovingly fettled and customised.
What really counts is always having the right mic to place in the right position in any given situation for any instrument or vocalist. We have this covered!
Roland Boss Katana 50 guitar amp
Peavey Basic40 bass amp