The Studio

About Wise Tree Studios

The main space at Wise Tree Studios is a combined control/live room offering unparalleled communication between the artists and the engineer/producer. This allows ideas to be captured quickly and developed on the fly. It is situated in a generously proportioned, high ceilinged room, that has been extensively treated to control both first reflections, and standing waves. The wooden floor ensures a rich, natural tone for recording. A high spec 2018 Mac mini with an i7 processor and 32gb of memory, running Pro Tools and Logic Pro X, lies at the heart of the studio. Audio is brought into the digital domain through an Audient ID22 connected via ADAT to an ID44 and is converted using Burr Brown converters. A Behringer X32 Compact allows for hands on mixing in the box or extended channel counts for larger ensembles.

Orange Dual Terror and Blackstar HT5 guitar amplifier heads.

Studio Equipment

I/O Hardware: 

Audient ID44, Audient ID22, Behringer X32 Compact, Presonus Faderport Classic.

DAW:

Pro Tools 2020, Logic Pro X.

Monitoring: 

Neumann KH120 monitors, Genelec 8010A monitors, mono active Avantone Mix Cube, AKG K702 headphones, Sennheiser HD215 headphones, AKG K52 headphones, Sonarworks Reference 4 (loudspeaker and headphone).

Microphones:

AKG D112 MKII, AKG D130 x2, Aston Origin, Aston Spirit, Beyerdynamic M88, Beyerdynamic MC930 (Matched Pair), Realistic PZM boundary, Shure SM57, Shure SM58, Shure SM7B, Tin Can Mic, Warm Audio WA-84, and more. 

Instruments

Guitars: 

1962 Reissue Gretsch Duo Jet, 2007 Gibson Les Paul Standard, Tanglewood Superjumbo TW55-H acoustic, 1960s Terada C103N nylon string guitar, Fender Squire Precision Bass, Ibanez M510e-BS Mandolin.

Moog MF Drive effects pedal

Amps:

Orange Dual Terror class A 30w amplifier, Blackstar HT5 amplifier, Orange PC112 1x12 closed back cabinet x2, Marshall MS-2 micro amp.

Keyboards:

Nord Electro 5d 61, overstrung 1909 Erard upright piano (French), JAS Musicals harmonium (Steel Reeds), Fasfisa Pianorgan III, Korg Volca FM, Arturia Keystep controller & arpegiator.

Drums and percussion:

Sonor 503 Series drum kit (with Paiste cymbals), Mapex 14 inch floor tom, glockenspiel, various handheld percussion.

Wind and strings

Buffet E13 clarinet (with Vandoren ligature), Aulos alto recorder, Yamaha soprano recorder, violin, celtic harp.

Pedals, effects and other sounds: 

vintage Akai GXC 46D cassette deck, Moog Minifooger MF Drive, E-Bow, EHX Superego, EHX Superpulsar, EHX Holy Grail Plus, EHX Germainium 4 Big Muff, EHX MicroPog, Digitech Whammy V, Digitech Pulsar Reverb, Digitech Hardwire Delay, Mooer Trelicotper Tremolo, TC Electronics Nova Delay, TC Electronics Flashback II, TC Electronics Tailspring Vibrato, TC Electronics Forcefield, Dunlop Slash Wah (with Fasel inductor), violin bow, slides, various handheld percussion.

 

Plugins from Waves, Soundtoys, Izotope, Eventide and Valhalla, Sonnox, Arturia and more. 

Gibson Les Paul Standard (2007) in Desert Burst at Wise Tree Studios
JAS Musicals Harmonium and a guitar hanging on a wall. It is a Gretsch Duo Jet 1962 reissue in black. A spider plant is also visible.
Close up of an Ibanez M510e-BS Mandolin

My studio assistants

My current studio assistants are called Tarot (tabby ginger) and Henwen (tortoiseshell). You will see them sitting in on mixing sessions, and on hand during tracking sessions to relieve any performance nerves. They look forward to meeting you!

Close up of a tortoise shell cat called Henwen at Wise Tree Studios
Close up of a ginger tabby cat called Tarot
Moog MF Drive effects pedal