Poised for full “hardness” (cos what else does a “soft opening” imply) by March 6th 2012 (of course bearing no relation to our esteemed CEO’s (that would be me) 51st birthday (but all contributions greatly received); dbstudios is i think quite justifiably very proud of itself (or should i say ourselves!!!) as our new live-room unfolds itself and the first sessions start to be produced and recorded (& that includes a huge nod to our resident engineer & producer Aho Tsoi).
And where better place to start than our new guitar rig; which of course (me being a Brit) has to be an Orange, a Dual Terror with a delightfully sounding British built 2 x 12 Orange cab (& believe me that extra 2000 RMB vs. a Chinese built speaker is completely noticeable); an Ashdown (ABM 500 EVO III) bass head with a Warwick (and more of Warwick later) 15 inch and a 4 x 10 stack (cos we are old school and like to hear our bass players moving air not just simulating moving air) & a new all maple Blast plus Sabian cymbals drum kit and with more cables than Medusa’s hair stylist we are ready to rock out.
rehearsal space: 75 RMB per hour
recording (live room): 3,000 RMB per day (8 recording hours)
recording (dubbing room): 450 RMB per hour
mixdown/mastering: 450 RMB per hour
And where better place to finish this piece than to recall that i was just seven years old when the Orange brand first saw the light of day; music entrepreneur Cliff Cooper originally setting up his Orange Recording Studio in 1968 in 3-4 Compton Street, where in spite of recording/co-producing such musical luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones & Robin Gibb financial expedience forced him to sell off some of the studio’s gear in the shop window and the heady pathway to Orange Amplification was begun.
The future’s bright… the future’s dbstudios…