Watercolour Music residential recording studio

high-quality original recording

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OUR SERVICES

We concentrate on obtaining a high-quality original recording and have been extremely succesful in capturing a true and natural live sound from the excellent acoustics of the recording areas.

Production/Engineering

We can work both directy with bands and artists or just as happily as engineer to visiting producers

PA Hire

Behringer X Air Wireless desk with Mackie SRM450 x 4, Mackie Sub and 4 x Behringer Wedges.

High Quality Studio

Available with Nick as engineer/ producer and also as a dry hire with Nick assisting in setting up

Field recording

Soundfield SPS 2000 surround-sound miicrophone with Tascam DR100 MkII and Tascam DR70D

 

 

OUR CLIENTS

Operating in Scotland since 1993, over the years we have worked with some of the country's pre-eminent artists

OUR EQUIPMENT

Here is a sample of some of our equipment. For a more exhaustive list please download here.

Instruments

Thomasen Harmonium; Field Organ; Reid-Sohn 6' grand piano; Fender '79 Strat; Alesis Q49; Roland U220 Expander;Yamaha DX 9 Emu Morpheus Kawai FI (rare mono synth for fanatics); Korg FX5 Module; Yamaha TRBX 505 Bass; Starfish Clarsach; Carver Acoustic Fretless Bass ;Taylor SE 350 Acoustic Guitar; Mapex Fusion Kit.

Recording

Pro Tools 2018.12 via SSL Alphalink SX; SSL Soundscape 7.2 DAW; Cubase 9.5 DAW ; 20 Channel Neve Analogue desk with EQ; Yamaha 02R96 digital mixing console; VST and AAX Library inc. Waves, Avid & SSL.

Microphones

Neuman; AKG Electrovoice; MBC; CAD; Manley; Sony; Sennheiser; Shure Schoeps; Groove Tubes; Octavia Blue ;Soundfield

Monitoring and Mastering

Tannoy SRM10B; Genelec 8030a Nearfield KRK 10S Subwoofer ; Quad520f TFPro 38 Analogue Compression; Direct to Disc via SSL with plug-ins from Waves; Saturated Fat; TC Electronics; Tascam DA30 DAT; Tascam 122 v2 Philips/ Newmark CD, Sony MD

Outboard

Neve 20 Ch EQ; DBX and Klark Teknik Compressors; TFPro 38 Master Compressor; Klark Teknik Graphic; TLA Valve pre-amps; Focusrite Green Pre Amps and Compression;Yamaha RX reverbs; Yamaha REV 7; Lexicon VST plug-ins from SSL Duende, Waves, TC Electronics etc.

Residential

Sleeping 6 - 8 plus 4 extra on sofa beds, Fully Fitted Kitchen, two bathrooms, four toilets including "trauma" room with all bedding provided.Dining room and chillout lounge with massive DVD collection

1562

Clients

3429

Recordings

1464

Satisfied Users

365

Instruments

WATERCOLOUR TEAM

From the collaborative to the combative, we are here to help

Nick Turner

Producer

Nick Turner has worked in the music industry for over twenty years as sound artist, producer, engineer, performer and writer. He founded Watercolour Music in Lochaber in 1994, building the business up from a single-room recording studio in a disused hotel function suite to its current position as one of the country’s most sought-after recording locations in purpose-built premises in Ardgour, Lochaber, overlooking Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis.

24/7 HUMOUR
79%
ENGINEERING SKILLS
90%
COMMITMENT SCORE
81%
CAKE SCORE
87%

Mary Ann Kennedy

Musician

Glasgow-born Mary Ann Kennedy has been surrounded by music all her life, coming from a well-known family of traditional musicians from the Isle of Skye – the Campbells of Greepe. She trained intensively as a classical musician from a young age, a founder pupil of the Music School of Douglas Academy, the first state music school in the UK. She graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and completed postgraduate research and training at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she was the first harpist in the college’s history to be awarded its highest performance diploma.

MUSICAL SKILLS
89%
BAKING KNOWLEDGE
95%
COMMUNICATION SCORE
81%
HUMOUR SKILLS
86%

Rycote

Assistant

Rycote is a "natural" and enjoys partaking in "natural" activities such as rolling in feces, playing in mud, and digging. Allegedly he is also a "thinking" dog; meaning he wants to please but also looks for a way to bend the rules - a characteristic that helps with their hunting ability (paticularly with socks). He is supposed to either work for himself or not at all. Lets Face it - it's the latter

Sausage Skills
96%
Sock Retrieval
87%
Sleeping Ability
81%
Wind Instrument
75%