Studio 2 has been designed predominantly for 'pop' recording. The studio floor is acoustically treated to be 'deader' than Studio 1, to limit the recorded reverberation and to allow for greater separation between the instruments. This allows greater flexibility and creativity when it comes to mixing tracks recorded here. It is 60 square metres, which is sufficient to record a large band (in fact 20-piece big bands have been recorded in there).
The control room is designed to be typical of a pop studio. The acoustics have been designed by John Flynn of Acoustics Design Group (whose other work includes Abbey Road and SARM West studios). The hub of the studio is a 48-channel Neve 88RS console (the likes of which you'll also find in Abbey Road Studio 2—perhaps the most famous studio in the world—and Sony Music Studios in Japan). (NB. The photos on this page are still pre-refit and show our old SSL 9000K series console.)
Students can record to a range of recording devices in studio 2, including an Otari 2" 24-track analogue tape machine with Dolby SR, a 48-track Tascam hard disk recorder, or to ProTools HDX or Logic. This room also includes Lexicon 480 reverberation, a range of outboard processing equipment, ATC SCM100 monitoring, and a stereo digital (CD) recorder.