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Sustainable Music – Giving Your Music More Value

We take very seriously the environmental impact of making music. Crown Lane Studio director John Merriman has been on the journey a long time. PSNEurope (a European trade journal that sadly had to close as a result of Covid-19) asked him to share his top tips for creating a fully sustainable recording. Here is a …

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Which Keyboard will you Choose?

To give you the ultimate flexibility during your time at the studio, we have the full range of keyboards. Without a doubt one of the nicest upright pianos to play Korg SV-1  A high-end stage piano designed both aesthetically, and in use, to represent the classic electric pianos of the 1970’s. There are 6 groups, each …

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Can You Hear the Drums?

Being a drummer, getting a perfect kit sound is something I’ve always strived for at Crown Lane. Now, I believe, we are able to consistently do that, using the full range of kits we uniquely have on site. In this short tour of the kits, I’ll start with the smallest custom built 3 piece kit …

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Award Winning Studio

We love it when the music created here succeeds; it’s what we’re all about. However, we know people come to Crown Lane for so many reasons, and receiving local and national recognition helps us know we’re still headed in the right direction. Over the years, we’ve won many small business awards (locally, the best business …

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Do We Have a Favourite Microphone?

We’ve come to love and rely on the sound of Sontronics Microphones. Many are handbuilt here in the UK, and unique to Sontronics, their microphones need very little additional help or EQ to capture each instrument perfectly – creating more time in the studio to be creative. Each microphone is designed for a different purpose. …

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The Secret Weapons to a Magical Sound

Because every project is unique – so are our microphones. We have a complete and growing selection of microphones that add the characteristics artists have come to love from Crown Lane. We have microphones that are standard across the industry, and others that are charmingly unique.  Sontronics Sigma  Warm Motown inspired sound. Vintage ribbon microphone …

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It’s All About that Bass… No Really

A firm foundation is essential to a good mix. We love crafting the mix on our Genelec monitors; through our Oram desk; from a couple of compressors; fed from the best source possible. Here we look at some of the physical sources of ‘bottom end’ here at Crown Lane: Ashdown 300EVO With 325watts of bass …

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Rehearsal Ready

Rehearsal Ready We believe your music shouldn’t be kept in a box so we’ve created three high quality rehearsal spaces where your sound can be heard correctly and enjoyably. The whole rehearsal experience is designed to be exceptional, with a social area, free drinks and decent Wifi, all a place you’ll want to spend time …

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Mixing Up a Storm

Custom Built Oram T Series 24 The console at the centre of the Crown Lane sound is the handbuilt Oram T series 24. This is a British made sound console by John Oram, the ‘father of British EQ’. Many people track their material here because of the wonderful sound of the rooms through the Oram, …

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What’s Your Favourite?

From rockers to jazzers, we have every amp combo you could possibly need. When recording you’re also able to use any of our range of impressive amp simulators. Orange is the Rocker 30 If you prefer a citrus flavour to your tone, this 30watt combo powered by 2 EL34 output valves gives a slightly different …

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