Residential recording studio in South Devon UK, owned by producer Peter Miles
Middle Farm’s massive live room is the heart of the studio. With rug covered wooden floors, stone walls, and a huge and high pitched pine ceiling, the room lends itself perfectly to live band and drum tracking as well as overdubs. The natural acoustic is wonderful, it’s almost impossible to get a bad sound in this room! There is plenty of natural light and line of sight to the control room and booths. Heated by a roaring wood burning stove (or oil fueled central heating if preferred) it’s a wonderfully inspiring space in which to make music, easily accommodating ensembles well into double figures.
Area - 63m2 Ceiling Height - 3.8m Reverberation Time - 0.8 seconds
Middle Farm’s homely control room is the brain of the studio. The room is spacious and comfortable combining cutting edge digital recording technology with a powerful collection of analogue outboard, monitoring by Quested and an extensive inventory of instruments, amps and effects. The hand carved oak equipment racks by Helluvakinky Woodworks, antique mahogany bureau, stylish Eames chairs and sumptuous leather sofas give a feeling of organic warmth, a perfect place for creative minds to meet. Heating is provided by wood burning stove and/or oil fired central heating.
There is a comprehensive selection of recording equipment to accommodate the most complex of sessions. The list below gives an overview:
2 x Harrison 3232 channels - 2 channels of classic 80's desk pre and EQ racked up UA 2-610 - 2 classic valve preamps 2 x Phoenix DRS-8 - 16 'Neve esque' preamps Focusrite ISA 430 MKII SSL Alpha VHD - 4 classic brit desk pres API 500VPR 500 series rack loaded with: - Heritage Audio ‘73 Jr - Burl B1 - Classic API VP312 x2 - Avedis MA5 x 2 - Classic API VP28 x 2 - API 550b EQ x 2 RNR 500 Series Rack Loaded with: - AEA RPQ500 x 2 - Hairball Lola x2 - DAV BG501 x2
The studio kitchen was completely redesigned and build by the superhuman genius Nick Hannan from HK Woodworks in 2019 from two walnut trees felled by a storm on the studio grounds 15 years ago.
It’s a sumptuous, homely, practical and funky place to cook, eat, hang out and record. The dining area sits 12 very comfortably. The galley kitchen has everything you’ll need to prepair a quick snack or christmas dinner. The breakfast bar is a great place to take it easy and whilst the MegaDresser contains a fridge and freezer, it’s the Rancilio Silva espresso machine, Mahlkönig grinder and extensive filter coffee facilities that really round off the package.
Area - 20m2 Ceiling Height - 3.8m Reverberation Time - 0.6 seconds
Photography by Peter Miles
There’s a large selection of vintage and modern guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, effects and drums available for all sessions.
70’s Ludwig Black Beauty 14×6.5” 60's Ludwig 400 14x5" Ludwig 402 14x6.5" Guru Paduk 14x5" Guru Staved Walnut, Ash & Ovankol 14×5″ Guru Steambent Ash 13×6″ Sonor Bubinga Signature 14×8″ Pearl Custom Classic Single Ply Ash 14×6.5″ Mapex ‘Wraith’ 14x6” Brass
Q Drum Co. Steel 24x18” Guru Origin 22×17″ Yamaha 9000 26×14″ Tama Bubinga Elite 22x18" Premier Birch 24×18″ Ludwig 1970’s 22×14″ Carlton 50’s 20×12″
The Pool Room is situated in a separate building adjacent to the main studio above the accommodation bunk room. This space is versatile, functioning as a lounge and games room set away from the bustle of the main studio and a useful workspace for writing, editing, programming and overdubbing. With extensive tie lines through to the main studio it can also be used as an additional recording space.
The Pool Room is currently shared with Milk & Bone Design, whose studio space occupies the far end of the room.
Area - 36m2 Ceiling Height - 2.9m Reverberation Time - 0.4 seconds
The main booth is attached to the live room. It is large enough to comfortably accommodate a full drum kit and ideal for isolating amplifiers, tracking vocals, or any instrument that requires a tight and dry acoustic.
Area - 15m2 Ceiling Height - 2.3m Reverberation Time - 0.2 seconds
These is also a space in 'the wall' between the live and control room which can serve as an intimate vocal booth or another isolation space for amplifiers.
The main accommodation room sleeps up to 10 people in a hostel style with beautifully hand carved oak bunks (six singles and two doubles) by Helluvakinky Woodworks and shower room. Aditional private rooms in the main farmhouse and small self catering cottage are available on special request.
At Middle Farm coffee is taken very seriously! Beans are sourced from our local artisan roaster The Coffee Factory. Brew options include our Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine, Chemex and Aeropress with grinding from our La Pavoni ZIP Grinder.