SARM West, London, UK
Engineers Arjen van der Schoot
Stairway to heaven, We are the champions, Relax, Stir it Up, Slave to the Rhythm, Do They Know it's Christmas, There's quite a legacy to this studio. founded by Chris Blackwell, now owned by Trevor Horn.
This is one of those rare places that has produced records in everyone's collection. Samples were made of the spacious, open sounding live room; known from the Live Aid video. Our own set of mics were used, but also the 'gods': a set of 4 permanently fitted microphones were used.
This set also offers the tight and completely original studio 2 where most of Marley was recorded, the contained, modern studio 3 and the classic stairwell which is used in so many productions as an echo chamber.
Then we sampled not less then THREE EMT 140 plates at SARM West too.
And then there is Bob Marley's bathroom from upstairs containing this huge bathtub, which should be able to hold 1000 litres of water. Nobody dares to fill it up these days, in fear of it coming crashing through the ceiling of studio 1.
We were mostly using 6 DPA 4006 omnidirectional microphones and a Genelec 1037 to play back the sweeps.