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Peek Inside the Home Studio of One Direction’s Liam Payne

Former One Direction singer Liam Payne sold his Calabasas, CA mansion for $10.16 million; for that kind of money, maybe he threw in his well-appointed home studio.

Former One Direction singer Liam Payne sold his Calabasas, CA mansion for $10.16 million to pop chanteuse Halsey.
Former One Direction singer Liam Payne sold his Calabasas, CA mansion for $10.16 million to pop chanteuse Halsey.

Former One Direction singer Liam Payne sold his Calabasas, CA mansion for $10.16 million to pop chanteuse Halsey, and it’s fair to say she got a lot of bang for the buck. The 4.75-acre compound includes a 9,659-square-foot main house, two guesthouses, a teahouse, pool, koi pond, waterfall, fire pit, vineyard, wine cellar, home theater and a jaw-dropping two-story library. And for that kind of money, maybe Payne threw in his well-appointed home studio, too.

Let’s take a look at that home studio then. While many artists who are primarily known for singing have comparatively lightweight home studios that only nod towards professional standards, this is a well kitted-out room intended for getting usable results. In addition to the extensive acoustical treatments, the room is centered around a main custom desk outfitted with a bounty of pro-audio equipment, some of which we can ID even from this distance.

Liam Payne's home studio
Liam Payne’s home studio.

Bookending it all are a pair of ADAM Audio A77X 2 x 7″ near-field 3-way studio monitors, controlled by what looks to be (probably) a PreSonus Central Station monitor control remote on the desk, left of the chair. Directly behind the remote is a Universal Audio 6176 Tube Channel Strip, and above it, a Universal Audio Apollo x8 Audio Interface.

At the far right of the desk is a packed 500 Series enclosure, and beneath it in the rack sits a Furman M-8Lx power conditioner with lights; Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A leveling amplifier; and Empirical Labs Distressor. Lastly, over on the far right, partially hidden by the couch, is a sE Electronics SPACE Vocal Shield.

The house's spacious two-story library.
The house’s spacious two-story library. Hilton & Hyland / Compass / MLS / Fridman Group

Payne first bought the compound in December, 2015 for $10 million, and the singer later told the press that his then-girlfriend thought the mansion, built in 1991, was haunted by a ghost with a penchant for army shirts and cargo pants. Sounds to us more like an audio tech who took a wrong turn in the house, but hey, you never know.

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