Monnow Valley Residential Recording Studio
Then and now – Black Sabbath at Monnow Valley Studio in 1977
…And in 2020
Monnow Valley Studio is excited to announce we have partnered with American producer/mixer and three-time Grammy award winner, Andrew Scheps (Adele, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, U2, Justin Timberlake).
Andrew first worked at Monnow Valley Studio in 2007, returning on numerous occasions in the interim years. “I fell in love with the rooms at Monnow Valley and immediately knew the Neve would sound amazing there,” said Andrew. “When my move to the UK became concrete, I called Monnow Valley and we struck the deal. It’s great to see the equipment sitting next to one of my favourite live rooms.”
Andrew has spent the last 20 years rescuing gear from studios forced to shut their doors such as Sound City, Ocean Way Recording and Signet Soundelux. The centrepiece of his collection and the re-fit is a 64 channel Neve 8068 Mk II complete with flying faders. In addition to this Monnow Valley has inherited a fantastic selection of vintage Pultec and Lang EQ’s, Urei and RCA limiters, as well as valve classics from Neumann and AKG. Additional acquisitions include a Neve BCM 10 with 10 x 1073 modules, a pair of RCA Ku3a’s and a wide selection of boutique Mic’s, Compressors and EQ’s.
The install was overseen by studio co-manager Tom Manning alongside studio tech Richard Griffiths (ex Olympic Studios) and engineers Matt Glasbey, Curtis Elvidge, Liam Ross and Beau Blaise. Tom and Andrew designed the new layout installing Pro Tools HDX2 with 64 i/o. New solid oak flooring has been laid in the control room complementing the unique organic design which flows through the studio.
The move to the UK provides Andrew with the best of both worlds… these days he prefers to mix in the box but Monnow Valley also provides him with a huge live room for tracking projects. Monnow Valley, however, is far from Andrew’s own private studio and is still very much open for business. With word spreading about the re-fit, producers are eager to book in sessions.
“Whilst many studios are having to diversify or close completely, I am delighted that Monnow Valley will not only continue to provide our clients with a wonderful space to create, we have been able to expand into a place which now surpasses all our expectations,” says studio owner Jo Riou. “Andrew has brought something very special to this small corner of Wales and our vision is for it to continue for years to come.”
Since opening it’s doors in 1975, heritage studio Monnow Valley has been one of the UK’s leading residential facilities, playing host to artists including Black Sabbath, Oasis, Robert Plant, Simple Minds and Biffy Clyro.
The residential accommodation has also been upgraded whilst retaining its country house appeal. “Our clients love the home from home vibe at Monnow Valley,” says studio co-manager, Megan Manning. “We have seven lovely bedrooms, a spacious lounge and dining room, a gym, plus 3 acres of gardens and the beautiful River Monnow (including a mile of game fishing) on our doorstep.”
Clients also have the option of sampling our bespoke menus created by our in-house chef, or for those on a budget the studio continues to offer self catering facilities. Having just the one studio guarantees artists complete privacy without the feeling of being completely isolated – the idyllic market town of Monmouth is less than 3 miles away.
Synonymous with its unique live room, picturesque setting and now enviable equipment list, Monnow Valley and Andrew Scheps have combined forces to present a world class facility that offers the very best in vintage and modern residential recording.