Recording Studio Middlewich Cheshire
A Recording Studio for Musicians
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Services

Recording Studio for musicians in Middlewich, Cheshire close to the M6 - easily reached from Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. The studio boasts a wealth of high quality equipment including a fully maintained Grand Piano in a large live room. An ideal place to record or film showreels, live bands or track in a relaxed, professional environment.

Recording

We are offering both recording and video solutions for a variety of projects. Simple showreel projects can be completed in a day, you can leave the studio with a finished video - mixed mastered and edited. For bigger projects we can involve our team of professional engineers, producers and videographers. Prices start at £200 per day including a sound engineer (there is a £75 surcharge for tuning the Grand Piano).

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Mixing

Do you need your own recordings mixed to a professional standard? Get your mix to sound great - not just in the studio, but everywhere! The high quality monitoring environment of the studio ensures that the balance of mixes can be properly judged. Levels are outputted to professional standards, either ready to be mastered elsewhere or can be mastered to the levels required for either streaming services or CD.

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Session Musicians

Do you need professional acoustic piano, drums, brass, strings, guitars, bass or anything else on your track? With 20 years experience as a working guitarist - Dave is friends with an enormous network of the UK's top session players and arrangers. Musicians can play on your track, either in a session or remotely. The studios fully maintained Grand Piano offers a sound unattainable in many facilities.

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Portfolio

Here is a small selection of the work we've already done...

Hot Jazz Biscuits

Hot Jazz Biscuits

Location recording

Dave Speakman

Dave Speakman

Dave's Music

Tokyo Sauce

Tokyo Sauce

Live in the Studio

Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Piano Duo

Hot Jazz Biscuits

Hot Jazz Biscuits

Live in the Studio

Nathan

Nathan Fairless

Showreel

Studio Spec

We are offering recording and video solutions for a variety of projects, examples of our work can be seen all over Dave's YouTube Channel. If you want a tour of the facility - please get in touch. The studio is based around a Pro Tools system with boutique point-to-point handwired Neve 1073 Preamps (AML clones - better than current AMS versions). Other flavour preamps are from Focusrite, TL Audio and Universal Audio. The contemporary hybrid studio environment means that you aren't locked into a particular sound - we use the right tools to fit the genre of your music. With 24 inputs and the ability to do up to 8 individual headphone mixes the studio is ideal for recording anything from a solo vocalist to large 7 - 8 piece bands. The large live room with amazing quality in house instruments and additional break out spaces allows bands to record live, capturing a vibe often lacking in studio recordings. We pride ourselves on having a fast turnaround of projects; you won't be waiting around for ages waiting to hear your mixes. Sessions are run in a relaxed, productive way; equipment that can be set up prior to the session will be, removing the familiar frustration of wasted time and energy often associated with the recording process. The studio has a wide variety of instruments and amplifiers including:

  • Grand Piano

    Grand Piano

    The C7 is Yamaha's flagship full sized grand piano. The piano is fully maintained and available to use on any recording session. There is a £75 fee for tuning (recommended if the piano is prominent in your music).

  • Guitars

    Guitar & Bass

    There are numerous guitars at the studio including; Fender Stratocaster, Fender telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Martin 00028, Taylor 410, Fender Jazz Bass and many more..!

  • Guitar Amps

    Amplifiers

    2 x hand-wired boutique Gartone guitar amplifiers, 70s Fender Champ, Fender Twin Amp, Gallien Krueger bass amp loads of pedals + more available on request...

  • Drum Kit

    Drum Kit

    Premier XPK drum kit (early 90's Birch/Gum), Zildjian K Custom cymbals. Other kits are available on request...

  • Fender Rhodes

    Vintage Equipment

    Many more instruments, amplifiers and toys available upon request. We can hire in vintage microphones, vintage outboard, Fender Rhodes (Mark I or II), Hammond Organs and just about any amplifier you can imagine. See CH Vintage Audio's Website. Chris won't hire to many people, but he will hire to us!

The studio has all the usual industry standard microphones you would expect to see (AKG, Neumann, AEA, Coles, Royer, Telefunken, Sennheiser, Shure etc... 40 in total!), a selection of lovely outboard processors and an enviable plugin collection from Universal Audio, FabFilter, Melodyne, SoundToys and Slate Digital. The facility boasts a spacious live room with a nice high ceiling, a good sized control room, a dry live room, an amp room and a nice kitchen with fresh coffee! Please get in touch if you have a project that you would like us to produce...

Meet Dave Speakman...

Dave has worked as a session guitarist and educator for the last 20 years. Working as a musician has taken Dave all over Europe and given him the delight of playing live on BBC radio and in many of the UK's best jazz clubs, hotels, restaurants, festivals, theatres and recording studios. Dave's career has seen him performing with The Hot Jazz Biscuits, Kristyna Myles and Andy Prior along with members of The Kooks, Go Go Penguin, The Cinematic Orchestra, Lamb and Aim. Dave's guitar work can be heard on many TV programmes as a session guitarist for prolific composers Vedhall (BBC, Broken, Around the World etc). Dave also teaches guitar at Manchester Metropolitan University and works on the team at Edge Studios as a sound engineer.

Working as a session musician has gradually changed requiring musicians to do more and more recording themselves. Dave's work has naturally progressed in this direction and he began working as a freelance sound engineer in 2013, recording and producing many of the bands and artists he already toured with. Dave’s background as a musician is a major asset as a producer/engineer, particularly if you need string arrangements, extra guitar/bass parts or a little percussion. In 2019 Dave took on premises for his own recording studio. Dave's extensive and continual training includes a BA (hons) in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University, an Advanced Diploma in Studio Production and Mastering from SSR and Pro Tools 210M Operator from Avid.
Pro Tools Operator

Dave Speakman

Studio Owner

Dave is still teaching guitar & music technology privately and online. There is limited availability for students, but he may be able to squeeze you in. With over 20 years teaching and gigging experience, Dave understands how to get the most out of students from beginners through to advanced. Many of Dave's students have gone on to study at the top Conservertoires and Universities, one former student recently won a BRIT award! If you would like information about lessons please contact Dave here...

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Free PDFs

Here are the sheets for Dave's YouTube beginner guitar course...