Nerija session

We've had a great January in our new home on the Lightship, and one of the highlights was six days of tracking with the incredibly talented Nerija, for their first album with Domino Record Co. One the third day we were joined by Lucie Lusiet Leva who took those wonderful photos of the session. Check out Lucie's Instagram for more:

Moving to pastures new..

And when we say pastures, we mean waters...

Lightship 95 on the river

This is Lightship 95, lovingly restored by talented engineer & producer Ben Phillips, who has been running a fantastic studio here for the past 8 years, and is taking a break from music to focus on his other business. For various reasons, including the joys of a larger live room, a dedicated vocal booth, and being ON A BOAT, the Soup Studio crew has decided to up sticks and move. We'll be bringing all our gear, instruments, analogue reverbs, delays, outboard, our 24-track tape machine, in fact all of this:

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and we're going to put it in here:

 Lightship 95 studio live room, photograph by  @janklos_photo

Lightship 95 studio live room, photograph by @janklos_photo

and in here:

 Lightship 95 studio control room - photo by Ben Phillips

Lightship 95 studio control room - photo by Ben Phillips

It's a privilege to move to such a beautiful, great-sound studio, and we're grateful for to Ben for the opportunity. At Cable Street we've been involved in some incredible records with brilliant musicians, and we invite you all to come and join us at our new home.

Lightship 95 is moored in Trinity Buoy Wharf - between Canning Town and East India DLR stations, the latter of which is only 6 minutes train ride from our current home at Limehouse. We're now taking bookings for October 14th onwards, so please get in touch:

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or give us a call on 07986101125


Reverb to die for

We're pretty keen on real reverb here at Soup, and the tiled chamber that we built is a crucial part of many of the drum sounds that we can get. Maybe one day we can attach a german hanger to the side of the building to rival the Treetop Flyers:

Here is a version of St Andrews Cross we recorded in some downtime whilst we were in Germany in Aug of this year....The song was written about Reid's late Father who lost his battle with Cancer a couple of years back.....hope you enjoy.....

Bass re-amp shootout

Last week we got a present from the magisterial Ian Button. He'd made us a new re-amp box, following this plan in Recording Magazine. We decided to compare it to our classic Radial X-Amp Studio Re-Amper. Have a listen to the results below:

As many will you have noticed, we used James Jamerson's classic line from Marvin Gaye and Tammy Wynette's 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'. We re-amped it through our Fender Bassman 59 and tried out both of our re-amp boxes. Jamerson would have had no time for any of this nonsense, he plugged his Fender Precision straight into the desk at Motown and played. In the time it took us to re-amp his bass track he'd have probably arranged and recorded three more hit singles. And, ultimately, he'd be right to do so - the difference for this kind of music is very minimal! But they are there - a little more depth to the low-end with the radial, and a little more mid-range poke with the DIY box. Let us know which you prefer!

Photographs by Grant Wilkinson.

Massive thanks to Grant Wilkinson for his visually gratifying photography in and around the studio, have a peep at our awesome shots!

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