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Boomtown Studios

From £50 / hour · Acton, London

Boomtown Studios is a music recording studio located in Acton, London. To contact or book Boomtown Studios you can send them a message directly on MusicWise or call the studio on +442081680917. The team at Boomtown Studios will respond to your online booking request quickly within their working hours to answer your questions and discuss your booking. We hope that your recording goes well.

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Looking at London Recording Studios? Welcome to Boomtown Studio, One of The Best Value Pro Tools Music Recording Studios in London.

  • The best value, most affordable, fully professional recording studio in London
  • Highly experienced producer/engineers who are also all musicians
  • Producers who understand musicians and vocalists - and know how to record them
  • Advice and hands-on support during the production process - not an engineer who just presses the Record button
  • An experience that will make you, like most of our clients, want to come back for more!

Our prices start from £40 per hour. This rate includes not only the best value recording studio in London but also a highly experienced, published writer/ producer/engineer and any extras such as keyboards, drum pads, piano, music/sound to picture, ftp transfer, Skype or telephone patch and all editing. Our digital audio workstation of choice is Pro Tools HDX v12 which, being the go-to rig of top audio recording studios in London (just ask Air Studios, Angel Studios, Britannia Row, Abbey Road Studios etc) as well as post production studios and  Hollywood film studios, will cater for all your audio recording needs. 

Boomtown is a fully professional, high quality, audio recording studio located in a detached, commercial recording studio premises in West London. It's a private studio - not part of a residential property or a collection of units - so you won't be disturbed while working here. Our recording booth is sound-proofed and acoustically treated - ideal for all sorts of recording, from vocals to metal guitars. Equipped with the latest, industry-standard Pro Tools HDX, we record audio to the highest standards - at the keenest possible prices. The studio is owned and run by Simon Wilkinson, an experienced producer, writer, engineer and keyboard player (to the stars!). He's been active in the recording industry for over 30 years and has run a recording studio in it's current London location for over 20 years.

Having recorded for clients including the BBC, BA, Disney, Grolsch, Habitat, Innocent, Pernod-Ricard, Samsung, Volvo, and many more, we are confident that you'll be more than satisfied with our knowledge and expertise, friendly and professional approach, and broadcast quality production standards. Many of our customers are repeat clients. Once people discover the quality and amazing value we provide, they just keep coming back! And with consistent five star ratings for our voice over recording, you can't go wrong.

We record and produce audio - for just about anything you can think of. Having said that, much of our work is recording vocals - singers, rappers, as well as the spoken word. For our dedicated voice-over site please visit London Voice Over Studio. We can work either in our recording studio, which is housed in a self-contained and detached commercial premises in West London (W3), or on location.  The air-conditioned control room is acoustically treated and also houses a state-of-the-art Pro Tools 12HDX system. It has natural light, a great vibe and is a genuine pleasure to work in. The custom designed, 2m x 3m recording booth is acoustically isolated - perfect for singers, instrumentalists and the odd spoons player - with the luxury of natural light, external ventilation and the space for several vocalists recording at once. Everybody loves our booth - and the results we get from it!

  • Singer/Songwriter production
  • Rap artists produced to backing tracks
  • Vocalists recorded to the highest standards
  • Vocal enhancement - fix tuning, timing, special FX
  • Full album production
  • Mastering
  • Mix Tape Production
  • Short run, fast turnaround CD & DVD Duplication
  • Track Mixing
  • Instrumental Recording
  • Remote session direction from around the world
  • Show Reel production
  • Musical Theatre recording
  • Karaoke recording
  • Choir recording and mixing
  • Video Audition/studio performance recording

The Best Value Pro Tools Recording Studio in London? Quite possibly! Our London recording studio is equipped with the latest, cutting edge Avid Pro Tools HDX system, fabulous microphones and pre-amps, some great keyboards and a huge range of software instruments. It's a great, private environment in which to record and, with over 30 years of professional experience and expertise, is designed to guarantee that you complete your session with the ultimate in professional audio recording and production. If you're looking for a recording studio in London you can't beat Boomtown Studio's value Check out our equipment list in the HARDWARE tab above.

Insulated Recording Booth Our acoustically treated and insulated 2m x 3m vocal booth is of state of the art Studiobricks construction, both fully ventilated and daylight illuminated. When installed, it was one of the largest such booths in the UK. The directional LED lighting is adjustable to suit the performer's taste and the booth is big enough to accommodate several vocalists at a time. Up to eight pairs of headphones can be used simultaneously, all with individual volume controls to allow personalisation of monitoring levels. Yes, we have recorded groups of eight in the studio at one time - great for layering up choirs! The booth can be both completely private (with no window to the control room) or with direct line of sight to the engineer if desired. This means that if a performer wants complete privacy whilst in the booth then no one else will see! We will, however, hear and record - and the results can be spectacular! You can see more pictures of our booth here

Acoustically Treated Control Room Our 4.5m x 3.5m control room is acoustically treated, air conditioned and has natural light. Although housing a console and a number of keyboards, we have room for about six people to comfortably attend a session - although a session with that many is rare! We have seating for 8 people max. ​Being daylight illuminated, you won't find yourself leaving the session thinking you've been in a cave all day and our air conditioning will help keep the atmosphere fresh! You can see more pictures of our studio control room herePro Tools 12 HDX Recording Studio At the heart of Boomtown Studio is our Avid Pro Tools 12 HDX system. This allows recording to a full 256 tracks of 24 bit audio compatible with all other DAWs as well as industry film editing programs like Apple's Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premier. Our Pro Tools system is clocked by a rock-solid Apogee Big Ben synchroniser and complemented by a selection of top quality microphones and pre-amps. Unlike London recording studios offering native-only recording rigs such as Pro Tools LE, Pro Tools HD Native, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Nuendo, Ableton etc the HDX system allows true minimal latency monitoring as well as vastly increased processing power to run our substantial collection of AAX plug ins. Latency is a major one - the ability to track (i.e. record) through plug-ins without significant latency is an important issue, and no native recording rig can deliver this at the moment. A vocalist recording through the right compressor will be encouraged to produce a better performance than without and Pro tools HDX allows this. Of the London recording studios offering Pro Tools HDX, we undoubtedly offer some of the best recording studio rates for such a highly specified system - a system used by AV professionals in similar studios the world over. 

Digidesign C|24 Mix Control Surface Coupled with our multi computer Pro Tools set up is a Digidesign C|24 control surface. We truly believe that this piece of equipment, with the tactile feedback it allows, helps produce better sounding mixes as it encourages the engineer/producer to rely more on listening rather than staring at a computer screen - and that can only be a good thing. After all, what do all the Pros say? "Use your ears"!

Boomtown Studio Microphones We have a carefully chosen selection of top quality microphones to suit all voices and styles, from valve condensers, a ribbon mic and small diaphragm capacitor mics through to dynamics. Our favourites are:

  • Neumann M149 Tube mic with custom, ultra high quality Vovox cable - one of Gearslutz.com's top 10 mics
  • Twin Lewitt LCT 940s - these new mics can offer either valve or FET operation, or a blend of the two - fab!
  • Sennheiser MKH416 - a favourite with visiting US Voice Over Artists, this has a classic sound
  • Sontronics Sigma Active Ribbon Mic - unlike modern condensers this gives a darker, retro radio sound
  • 3-Zigma Master 4 x 10 Toolkit - a host of classic FET condenser mic emulations (C12, U47, U67, ELAM 251)
  • Electrovoice RE20 - much favoured as a bass drum mic, it can also sound fab micing a guitar amp cab Pre-amps by Slate Pro Audio (the new, fabulous FOX being our latest addition), Broadhurst Gardens, Oram, TL Audio and Digidesign handle the audio inputs to our Pro Tools HDX rig. Check out our microphone list and pre-amps under the HARDWARE tab above.

Boomtown Studio Plugins Every Pro Tools based recording studio has its prized selection of digital plug-ins for enhanced processing and we are no exception. Our already highly specified system is, of course, complemented with a wide range of plug-ins to ensure that you get the perfect, professional recording. As well as those by Avid, we have the latest plug-ins by Antares, Aphex, Brainworx, Eventide, Izotope, Massey, MsDSP, Sonnox, Sound Toys, Source Elements, Synchro Arts, Wave Arts, Waves and more. We have all the top auto-tuning plugins - and we know how to use them - as well as some more esoteric ones. 

Running a Pro Tools HDX rig, our plugins are all AAX. However, due to the wizardry of Blue Cat Audio's MB7 and Patchwork, we are able to run VST plugins in our DAW as well, so please let us know if you have any special requirements in that area. It could be that you have a favourite VST plugin which hasn't made it to the AAX platform. If that's the case we should be able to run it!


Equipment

Microphones
Monitor Speakers
Computer
Mixing Desk
Vocal Booth
Audio Interface
Headphones
Digital Converters
Microphone Preamp

Digital Audio Recording Equipment Avid Pro Tools HDX 24 bit 128 track system AvidHD I/O Pro Tools Digital Audio Interface M-Audio M-Track Plus Digital Audio Interface Apogee Big Ben 196k Master Clock Digidesign C|24 Desk with Total Pro Tools Integration

Pre-amps Slate Pro Audio Fox Quadtone Dual Mic Pre-amp  Broadhurst Gardens No.1 Dual Mic Pre-amp Oram Octasonic Precision Octal mic pre-amp

Outboard Equipment Aphex Dominator II 720 Peak Limiter Audio+Design Compex 2 Compressor TC Electronics Finalizer+ & Master Fader TL Audio Stereo Valve pre-amp

Valve Microphones Neumann M149 Tube Mic with custom Vovox Cable Lewitt LCT 940 x 2 - a dual valve-FET pair - fabulous sound! Sontronics Helios Tube Mic

Condenser Microphones Sennheiser MKH 416 - a favourite with US Voice Over Studios 3-Zigma Master 4 x 10 Toolkit - classic FET mic emulations Audio Technica 4030 Large Diaphragm Capacitor Mic Rode NT2 Large Diaphragm Capacitor Mic Oktava MK-012 Capacitor Mics Matched Pair

Dynamic & Ribbon Microphones Sontronics Sigma Ribbon Mic (for a retro radio sound) Electrovice RE20 Dynamic - a US Voice Over favourite Heil PR-40 Dynamic - another US Voice Over favourite Shure SM58 Dynamic

Monitoring & Playback Genelec 8040A and 7060B monitors Sennheiser & Beyer Headphones Custom built mid field monitors Avantone Cube Speakers Sonifex HY-02 Digital Telephone Patch Skype Patch into Studio & Recording Booth Technics SL-1200 turntable & DJ mixer Revox B77 Mk2 half track tape recorder Sony MDS-JE530 Minidisc Recorder Tascam DA20 Mk2 DAT

Computer Apple 8 Core Intel Xeon with 16Gb RAM 2 x Apple 4 Core Intel i7 with 16Gb RAM PC i7 Intel with 12Gb RAM PC Dual Core Intel with 4Gb RAM Apple Mac Mini 8Gb RAM iPad 4th Generation 64Gb RAM

Digital Audio Workstation We currently use Avid's Pro Tools HDX Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for all our voice-over recording, editing and processing. Why? The reason is simple. It's the industry standard for all professional post-production studios; that includes voice over facilities. There are several reasons for this:

  • Pro Tools is the most feature laden DAW available
  • Pro Tools 12 HDX now comes with the much faster off-line bounce - saves clients studio time and money!
  • Multitrack audio editing - applying edits to multiple tracks simultaneously - saves time
  • Workflow: It is simply faster, easier, and more productive
  • Superb quality, dedicated hardware - both consoles and interfaces
  • The standard platform for recording ADR due to its video integration
  • Works on both Mac & PC - take your session to any Pro Tools studio and it will load seamlessly

Audio Clean Up and Restoration We have a number of plug-ins that address the problem of sub-standard voice over audio recording which is brought into the studio by clients desperate for a fix. Pops, clicks, location recording noise, mains hum, mouth noises, plosive hits and breaths can all be intrusive. The Waves Restoration bundle (part of the studio's top Waves package, Mercury) includes the useful Z-Noise, X-Noise, X-Hum, X-Click, and X-Crackle, and their De-Breath processor can certainly be a time saver. Izotope Nectar's Breath Control module can also be helpful as can Wave Arts Dialog.

However, we find the most useful software bundle by far to be Izotope's RX4 Advanced. This is really excellent at many aspects of audio clean-up, restoration and repair:

  • Dialog De-Noiser - restore problematic vocal recordings in real time
  • Spectral repair - visually isolate and remove unwanted sounds
  • Intelligent Leveler - sets levels to optimum gain, thus saving time
  • Loudness - ensures compatibility with international broadcast standards 
  • Ambience Match - matches the environment noise of recordings from different locations
  • EQ Match - matches the sonic differences of audio from different locations
  • Dereverb - removes unwanted reverb from recordings
  • Denoise - Adaptive Mode allows fast, efficient audio repair on the fly
  • Declick & Decrackle - eliminate clicks, crackles, pops and digital impulse noises 
  • Hum Removal - eliminates electrical hum and line noise
  • Declip - can rebuild distorted audio, both analog and digital

Remote Session Direction For clients unable to attend sessions in person, we offer a very cost effective alternative to the usually expensive and outdated ISDN link-up. Remote direction via Skype and telephone is now an inexpensive or, using Skype, free option. Both our telephone patch and Skype link provide a direct live hook up to the studio engineer, other attendees and the voice-over actor. As communication is two way you can both monitor the session as it progresses and give feedback to the voice artist - just as you would if you were present in the studio. We've had telephone patch, Skype and Source Connect all running simultaneously to the USA, Canada and Europe without problem. For those on slightly higher budgets, we offer Source Connect Pro link-ups to suitably equipped studios around the globe at no extra charge. Both Source Connect and, to a slightly lesser degree Skype, produce generally excellent quality audio monitoring and are to be recommended over the lower quality standard telephone patch. 

Specialist ADR Software Want to make the ADR process as seamless as possible? When it comes to dialog replacement, it can sometimes be a challenge to replicate the timing, nuance and expression captured in the original location recording and then recreate it in a dubbing session. Revoice Pro can automatically and instantly transfer the timing, pitch, intonation or loudness features from one signal to another. This is perfect for syncing ADR. We unreservedly recommend this application for dubbing voice to picture.

Plugins Autotune, Autotune-Evo, AVOX 2, Harmony Engine Aural Exciter, Big Bottom Pro AmpLion Pro, STAPhaser Almost All MB-7, Patchwork bx_digital V2, bx_dynEQ v2, bx_XL V2, bx_optoPedal, bx_refinement Melodyne Anthology Bundle Pheonixverb, R2, Excalibur ARC 2 Advanced Room Correction System d2 Equalizer, d3 Compressor Alloy 2, Insight, Nectar 2, Ozone 5, RX4 Advanced, Trash 2 PCM Native Reverb Plug-in Bundle EQ4, EQ2 L2007 Limiter Everything Pack 6 All Melda Production plugins Channel Strip Character, Vocal Enhancer Quiet Art Wave Rider 3, Defaulter RP-Delay, RP-Verb FG-X Virtual Mastering Console, Virtual Mix Rack, Virtual Tape Machines Dynamics Compressor, EQ Equalizer, Inflator Loudness Maximizer, Fraunhofer mp3 Pro-Codec,Transmod Transient Modulator All Soundtoys v5 plugins Source Connect Pro, Source Live, Source Talkback Revoice Pro Dialog Mercury & Studio Classics Bundles Trackspacer 2 Elastique Pitch


Clients

Three, Tesco, Vodaphone, BMW, Disney, Wella, British Airways, Habitat, Al Jazeera and many more.


Pricing

· From £50 / hour

Our prices start from £40 per hour. This rate includes not only the best value recording studio in London but also a highly experienced, published writer/ producer/engineer and any extras such as keyboards, drum pads, piano, music/sound to picture, ftp transfer, Skype or telephone patch and all editing. Contact us for a quote.


Location

Boomtown Studios, Valetta Rd (adj 83), London W3 7TG


Facilities

Kitchen
Wifi
Parking

Styles

All Styles Welcome
Classical
Jazz
Pop
Contemporary
Flamenco
Rock
Hip Hop
Indie
Metal
Folk
Funk
Reggae
Rhythm And Blues
Soul
Country
Punk
Electronic Dance Music
Electronica
Techno
Disco
House
Singer Songwriter
Gospel
Ambient
Opera
Ska
Swing
Psychadelic
Grunge
Drum And Bass

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