Who are we?

Blank Studios is a commercial recording studio and production company in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Built upon the premise of a relaxed, creative environment, alongside sonic integrity, Blank Studios and its four engineers offer a leading music house in the North East of England.

 

RECORDING

Located in Newcastle’s creative hub, the Ouseburn, the Blank collective have developed a studio facility specifically aimed at nurturing a mood for creativity and sound exploration - to sonically capture the right vibe is to make a great recording that lasts.

With the experience, technical knowledge, and creative thinking available through Blank Studios, a broad range audio projects can also be approached.

MIXING & Mastering

With many hundreds of released projects, from national and international artists and organisations, having been mixed and mastered in Blank, you can be confident that your project is in safe hands.

As well as working with material recorded here at Blank, we are happy to work with projects captured externally. We can work within our Logic Pro software or with our Pro Tools HD rig.

 

Blank sessions

Set up in 2012 Blank Studios began a filmed series called the Blank Sessions. Available to stream online, these are performances from great artists that the Blank engineers think should be documented for all to see. Shot in the studio they aim to sound as good as any studio session, and offer the visuals to match.

You can watch the sessions here:

www.blanksessions.com

What do we use?

Systems

  • Mac Pro, 2 x 2.26 GHz Quad-Core
  • OSX 10.6
  • Logic Studio 9
  • Pro Tools 10 HD
  • Mac Pro, 2 x 2.26 GHz Dual-Core
  • OSX 10.6
  • Logic Studio 9
  • Final Cut X

Desk / Controller

  • Focusrite Control 24

Keys

  • Nord Stage 88
  • Baby grand piano

Guitars

  • Fender Tele (Am. Stand.)
  • Fender Toronado (Am.)

Bass Guitars

  • Fender Jazz Bass (Am.)

Amps/heads

  • MarkBass R500
  • Fender Twin Amp
  • Vox AC30 hand wired head
  • Orange or80 (90s reissue)
  • Wem Monitor reverb (70s)
  • Marshall JCM2000
  • Orange, Marshall and Ampeg cabs

Drums

  • Vintage Premier Kit
  • Vintage Gretsch Kit
  • Modern Yamaha Stage
  • Selection of snares

Preamps

  • BAE 1073 x2
  • SSL Alpha channel
  • Universal Audio 610
  • Drawmer 1960 dual comp/pre
  • Classic API vp312 x2
  • focusrite ISA828
  • Focusrite Control 24
  • LA Audio

Outboard

  • 1176 LN compressor
  • DRAWMER 1960 valve compressor
  • Audient Black Compressor pair
  • Drawmer 1961 stereo valve EQ
  • Dbx 160x compressor
  • Warm Audio EQP-WA (pultec style EQ)
  • Audient Black EQ pair
  • SSL alpha EQ
  • Neve Portico tape saturator
  • Roland Chorus Echo SRE555
  • WEM copycat

Toys

  • Vermona Retroverb Lancet
  • Mesa Boogie V Twin
  • Boss RE-20 Space Echo
  • Electro Harmonics Freeze
  • Sansamp VT Bass Pedal
  • Strymon Deco
  • various guitar distortion & FX pedals

Convertors / Digital Integration

  • SSL XLogic Alpha IO (32in/24out)
  • Pro Tools HD (32in32out)

Monitoring

  • Focal CMS 65s
  • ADAM A7x
  • Yamaha HS50m

Mics

  • Telefunken ak47 valve mic x2
  • Coles 4038 matched pair
  • DPA 4091
  • AKG c214 matched pair
  • AKG c421 x3
  • D12vr + D112
  • Blue Blueberry
  • SE 4400
  • Sennheiser MD421
  • Sennheiser e906
  • Shure beta91
  • Beyerdynamic M201
  • Shure sm57 x2
  • Rode NT55 pair + NT5 pair
  • Sontronics Helios valve mic 
  • Cascade FAT HEAD ribbon mics matched pair

Where are we?

 

Blank Studios is located at the top of Stepney bank, in the Ouseburn valley, just outside the Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre.

Neighbouring Blank Studios is the Tanners pub - a self proclaimed 'Beats and Eats' bar, serving food, music and drinks, and a host of creative industries. The Ouseburn is locally regarded as Newcastle's creative quarter.

It's a short walk to the city centre, and local bus and metro links are close at hand.

For more information get in touch.

3-5 Stepney Bank, Newcastle, NE1 2PW
info@Blank-Studios.com
0191 260 2486