(seated, l-r) John Kelly, Barry Bayliss;
(standing, l-r) Kazbar Systems’ Gavin Millar,
Alfie Manhaw, Prism Sound’s Chris Allen.
Cambridge, UK (July 7, 2010)–Gospel Oak Studio, a new private recording facility near Birmingham, UK, has installed three of Prism Sound’s award-winning ADA-8XR multichannel converters.
Owned by musician and composer John Kelly and located in a converted barn in the grounds of his home, Gospel Oak Studio’s equipment list also includes a Solid State Logic AWS900 console, Focal and Genelec monitoring and Logic with an array of plug-ins. Prism Sound dealer, Kazbar Systems, supplied the converters.
Kelly, who until recently was running construction and development companies, says, “I’m a reasonable musician with some decent playing and writing experience, but because of my other business interests, I haven’t always had the time to fully explore music properly. However, now that I’ve stepped back from the day-to-day management of my companies, I have found myself with time to do my own thing–namely, writing and composing, hence the decision to build the studio.”
Kelly’s collaborators in the studio project are producer Barry Bayliss, who has worked with artists such as Carlito, The Satin Dolls and Coppernine, and studio manager/sound engineer Alfie Manhaw. As Gospel Oak Studio is for private use only, Kelly and Bayliss were able to specify a facility that exactly suited their needs. They went for a smaller but high-end desk and concentrated on computing power and software rather than lots of outboard gear.
Kelly explains, “We also ensured that the physical gear we did buy was the very best, which is why we chose Prism Sound converters. The sound quality they deliver is fantastic and they are incredibly easy to use. We’re really pleased with the backup and customer support we’ve had from the company, especially from Graham Boswell and Chris Allen, who have been extremely generous with their time and have helped us set them up exactly as we want.”