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Room with a VU(12)

STUDIO NAME: Backstage Studios LOCATION: Belper, England CONTACT: www.anysneap.com KEY CREW: Andy Sneap CONSOLE AND PRES: Digidesign Control 24, Colemans TB4 monitoring system, Dangerous 2 Bus 16, SSL G series stereo EQ and pres, Crane Song Spider 8-channel pre, Focusrite Red Quad pre. Amek 9098 EQ and pre
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STUDIO NAME: Backstage Studios
LOCATION:
Belper, England
CONTACT: www.anysneap.com
KEY CREW: Andy Sneap

CONSOLE AND PRES: Digidesign Control 24, Colemans TB4 monitoring system, Dangerous 2 Bus 16, SSL G series stereo EQ and pres, Crane Song Spider 8-channel pre, Focusrite Red Quad pre. Amek 9098 EQ and pre

MONITORS: Yamaha NS10s, Genelec 1031s + 1092 sub, Genelec 1030s, Dynaudio M1s, Bryston 2B Pro amp

OUTBOARD: SPL Transient Designer (4-way), Alan Smart SSL stereo compressor, Tube Tec LCA2B stereo compressor, Emperial Labs distressor, RNC compressor, dbx 160, D Drum, Alesis D4, Sansamp PSA1, POD XT Pro, dbx 120XP sub unit, TC Electronics M2000, TC Electronics Finalizer Plus, Klark Technics 360 Stereo Graphic

MICS: Sennheiser MD 421, 609; Neumann MD149, KM86; Audix D6, D4, D2, D1, i5; Shure SM58, Beta 98, Beta 91, SM91,Beta 57, SM57, SM7, Beta 52; Audio Technica AT 4033, AT 4050, AT 4030; EV PL10; AKG C451; Beyer M300TG, M20; AKG C414b ul; Yamaha Sub Kick

COMPUTERS AND HARDWARE/SOFTWARE: Pro Tools HD Accel + 2 version 6.7 Studio 1, Pro Tools Mix +++ Version 5.1 Studio 2, 2 x Apple G4 Quicksilver, Apple G4 867 Titanium + Magma 2 bay expansion chassis, 23" Cinema Display Studio 1, 21" Cinema Display Studio 2, Apple Mac G3, Logic and Wave Burner Pro, Digi 192 and 96 IO interface linked with Crane Song Spider, 2 x ADAT interface (16 I/O), 3 x RME AD8 interface, Universal Slave Driver

BACKLINE: Marshall JCM800 50 Wt Soldano Mod head x 2, JCM800 100 watt w/extra gain stage, JCM800 100 watt split channel; Peavey 5150, Triple XXX; Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier; Krank Revolution 1 head, Krankenstein head, 4x12 with Eminence V30s; Marshall Classic 4x12 Greenback cab, Standard 4x12, Vintage 4x12, Boogie 4x12 with Celestion V30s, Bass 4x12; Peavey Fire bass head, 8x10; Pearl Export 6-piece, Masters Custom; DW 24x18" kick; complete set of Zildjian Zs + other misc. Zildian and Paiste cymbals; vocal PA consisting of Peavey XR600, Carlsbro 3x12+2 x horns

STUDIO NOTES: The next time a guy bursts in and declares, “Trouble at the old mill!” and the next guy asks, “What kind of trouble?” the answer will be, “The kind of trouble we’re in because our competitor just recorded his record with Andy Sneap at Backstage Studio and it absolutely kills!”

Nestled in the sticks of the vicinity of (the Sheriff of) Nottingham, England, Backstage Studio is an old farm converted into a recording studio. All rustic architecture, an SSL G-series board, and a heaven of guitar amps for all devotees of crunch and distortion, Backstage has fully redeemed farm living by making godly metal after godly metal album. “The building dates back to 1698, which, you know, is twice as old as America”, owner Andy Sneap says with a laugh. “It used to be a dairy farm, but it had not been used in 12 to 13 years. The live rooms used to be pig stables, believe it or not.”

It is here that Sneap, Backstage’s owner, has become the go-to guy in the hard and heavy world, spurring huge successes with bands like Opeth, Killswitch Engage, Soulfly, Nevermore, Exodus, Kreator, and Caliban, and, considering the price, he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s definitely cheaper here. You go to London and the price of living, and real estate for studios, is extortionate.”

So, given it’s isolated location, what view should you expect when visiting to record the heaviest metal of your life? Pastoral hills filled with cows, lambs, and sheep (no goats, sadly). Sneap advises against getting too attached to the animals during tracking breaks. “We’re renting a neighboring field out to farmers, and two lambs are off to the slaughterhouse on Tuesday. I’m a little sad about it; I’ve become quite attached to them.”

The trick (for all you sensitive metal-types) is not to name them, unless you’re going to call them things like “Lunch” and “Dinner.” So, assuming you are as hungry as we are, maybe you should go ahead and check them . . . err . . . the studio out at www.andysneap.com.