It’s not JUST about drums…
The Beat Shed is a fully-loaded 16 channel digital recording studio near Oxford.
From a Solo Artist to a Full Band – We can tackle everything from a single solo performer to a full band, or a voiceover or 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.
Drummer, engineer and producer Merlin Matthews, has over 20 years experience in recording and music production, and works from the Beat Shed recording studio, Oxford.
"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."
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."
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 a wide range of drum sounds. Due to its versatility, that means it’s very good at recording just about anything! The space can be easily 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 theBeat 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. (And 1.5 hours from Central London)
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 Claret 8pre
- Focusrite Octopre Platinum (ADAT link to make 16 Channels)
- SoundSkulptor MP573 (Neve 1073) Preamp
- AML (Neve 1073) Preamps (x5)
- Hairball Elements Copper Preamp
- Joe Meek ThreeQ Preamp/channel
- Mackie HR624 mkII Monitors
- Avantone Mixcube
- RADIAL Re-amp box
- Macbook Pro (16gb RAM, 2.8 Ghz)
- Logic Pro X plus plugins
- Fender Telecaster – 1980s
- Gibson SG Standard
- Fender Squire Stratocaster
- Fender Squire Jazz Bass
- Yamaha DX7 – 3 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