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Plasma Music limited - Recording studios in Hertfordshire

Established in 1999, Plasma Music Limited began as a home recording studio in Hertfordshire. It wasn't long before word got around and studio operations quickly outgrew its humble beginnings. Still based in Herts, the studio now has its own premises.

Plasma Music recording studio featuring Kerry Lambourne
Kerry Lambourne at Plasma Music.

My own musical history goes back a little further! In fact, I've been recording audio (mainly music) since 1985. Since then, I've worked with solo artists, bands, orchestras, choirs and voice-over artists and I've recorded everything from classical and medieval chamber music to dance, jazz, rock and even meditation. While I prefer the creative freedom that the recording studio can offer, over the decades, I've equally enjoyed the challenges of live recording.

Having had the privilege of working with named artists such as KISS, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, Chris Rea, Whitesnake, Bad Company and many, many more, I've had the opportunity to develop my own recording secrets which, even if I say so myself, do give me a rather unique edge.

Plasma Music recording studio featuring Alex Richards
The magic hands of Alex Richards.

I absolutely love what I do and feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to share the creative process of making unique music with some very special people. I never tire of seeing the faces of the artists I work with, when we play back what we've done. It's not just motivating, it's inspiring.

At some point, I'm supposed to list all the gear I use, right? Yeah, well stuff that! Why do studios feel the need to present lists of their equipment? Surely as an artist, you're more interested in what I can do with the gear as opposed to the fact that I've got it! Suffice to say that there's a lot of stuff here, including a substantial collection of microphones, synths, outboard and plug-ins.

I'm going to be honest now and confess to not being much of a fan of modern production. Omitting the word 'techniques' at the end of that last sentence was deliberate by the way, as I don't believe there are any! I hear a lot of good stuff now-a-days but unfortunately there's  also a lot of toneless, over-compressed well... rubbish. Everyone's a rocket scientist because they use this plug-in or have watched that YouTube video. In contrast, I have forty years experience of, well... listening.

Alexander Bhinder

I won't blindly follow production trends as doing so, in my experience, often tends to limit the artist's (your) creativity. I'm very fortunate to have some great relationships with various manufacturers and distributors allowing me to listen (there's that word again) to gear instead of using what everyone else is using and my technical background means that I can look at equipment from more than just the creative perspective.

So, if you want to stand out, talk to me. If however, you want to sound like everyone else, I politely suggest that we don't waste each others time.

Uniquely, I also offer video recording of your performance. 

video recording package available at Plasma Music
Video recording session at Plasma Music.

Yes, that's right! Your performance can be video recorded on up to five separate cameras and we can even edit it for you, if you so choose. We'll need some notice as things need to be set up and the service is available as a separate, chargeable package.

If you have some experience, you'll notice that I've missed out the mastering process from the list of things I do. That's because I'm a bit old-school and while other studios will offer you one-stop-shopping, I'm a firm believer that someone who's quite independent of the recording process, should be given the task of mastering. There are a couple of reasons for that, the main one being that you develop different 'ears' for mixing as you do for mastering. Think about it; have you ever heard of a mastering engineer that mixes? No, of course not.

My rates are £60 per hour or £400 per day, plus VAT. Check out my store, select by the hour or by the day and number of hours or days you anticipate your project to be.

If your project is substantial, such as an album recording, then please don't hesitate to call. Let's see what we can.

And finally... I have my own music project called Blood Groove. I can do a lot things in the studio but what I can't do is sing! Blood Groove's style is built on classic eighties rock but with a twist of nineties trance. The angle is dark and a little Gothic (21st Century Sisters of Mercy, The Cult, etc). So, if you're a singer (male or female) and if that sounds interesting to you, then please do get in contact.

Send me a message or give me a call.