||Hook End, SARM Studios, UK
Date: February 11, 2008
Engineers: Arjen van der Schoot, Aaron Horn.
SARM studios Hook End facility west of London competes with Allaire studios (upstate New York) as the absolute ultimate in residential studios.
Hook End Manor, a 14-bedroom Elizabethan mansion house with numerous barns, converted outbuildings, paddocks and stabling, set in about 150 Checkendon acres, isn’t merely the home of Trevor Horn and his family - it’s a join-the-dots of the celebrities and producers who have lived and made music there. Gilmour recorded parts of Pink Floyd’s 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason in a studio at the house. The band’s inflatable pig, first used to promote their Animals album a decade earlier, was stored in one of the outbuildings. Gilmour sold Hook End Manor to Clive Langer and Winstanley Productions, who produced the British icons Madness and Morrissey
Then, in the early 1990s, Horn bought them out and set out to transform the place into a family home for himself. The snooker room, with its ornately detailed Tudor panelling and stone fireplace, became one of Horn’s favourites after the three months he spent working with Seal in the 1990s on his second, self-titled album. “We had such a laugh together,” Horn recalls. “And we got really good at snooker."
These samples were made in the spacious but acoustically contained live room, the wonderful brick drum iso booth, and a smaller iso booth that is more damped. We were using 4 DPA 4006 omnidirectional microphones and a Genelec 1037 to play back the sweeps.