The Blue Studio

The Blue Studio is an incredibly versatile tracking and mix studio with an abundance of natural light. With a control room designed by John Flynn (Sarm 1 + 3, Abbey Road, etc), this is one of the best sounding control rooms in West London.


Situated partially below street level, both control room and live room benefit from panoramic views over the bustling Ladbroke Grove, through specialist double-thickness privacy glass. The charm of Portobello Road is less than five minutes walk, with an abundance of independent cafes and restaurants.

The centrepiece of the control room is a 24-channel Solid State Logic AWS924 console, with full SSL AWSomation and DAW control. Monitoring is via industry standard Yamaha NS10 monitors powered by fully reconditioned vintage Studer power amplifiers, taken from Sarm West Studio 1. Full range monitoring is provided by brand new Genelec 1237a and dual 7070a Subwoofers, with cutting edge DSP room calibration for extremely detailed listening or ground shaking bass.


The spacious control room is kitted out with the ‘greatest hits’ of outboard gear, handpicked from the legendary Sarm West building. Classic tube compressors and equalisers from TubeTech, Urei, Summit, GML, DBX; and the most authentic Neve 1073 preamps available today, hand-wired in Hollywood by British Audio Engineering (BAE).


All the best vintage microphones, from the world-class collection at Sarm are available. Originals from Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser, Shure etc; lovingly maintained and serviced over the years by our experience tech staff.


A top of the range Pro Tools HDX rig, runs at blistering speeds on a new solid-state 6-core Mac Pro. Featuring an incredible selection of plugins from companies such as Waves, Soundtoys and AudioEase, as well as the latest and greatest virtual instrument bundles from Native Instruments; Komplete 10 Ultimate. In addition to the industry standard Pro Tools software, the latest version of Logic Pro X is installed and shares the same third-party plugins.


The heart and soul of our spacious live room, is a beautiful 100-year-old Steinway Grand Piano, once located in Sarm Studio 2, carefully maintained and regularly tuned. In addition we have a number of floating instruments available from Trevor Horn’s vast collection, including a beautiful Gibson J-45 acoustic and a stunning vintage 70’s Fender Stratocaster.


Sarm Music Village has a central patchbay between all the studios… meaning you have access to all our live rooms and instruments, no matter which room you’re working in. 




6 core Intel Xeon Mac Pro
Pro Tools HDX 1 System running 10.3.9 + 11.2.1 + 12.3.1
Logic Pro X
512SSD System Drive + OSX 10.9.5 Mavericks
Avid 16 I/O Interface
Digidesign 192 8 I/O Interface


Full range monitoring is provided by a custom-built Roger Quested system, with 4-channel Class-D amplification, and dual Subwoofers
Yamaha NS10M + Studer A68 Power Amplifier


SSL AWS 924 (24 Channel) Console
2 x BAE 1073 preamps + EQ


Tube-Tech CL1B
Urei 1176LN
Avalon AD2044 Stereo
Summit Audio Levelling Amplifier
Empirical Labs Distressor (with Brit Mod)
DBX 160x


GML Model 8200 Parametric
Avalon AD2005 Stereo EQ
Tube-Tech PE1-C
Pultec MEQ-5


Steinway Grand Piano
Akai MPK 88 Controller Keyboard [Floating]
Nord 88 Key Stage Keyboard [Floating]
Fender Precision Bass [Floating]
Gibson Les Paul [Floating]
Takamine Acoustic Guitar [Floating]
Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitar [Floating]
2 x Avid S3 Pro Tools 16 Fader Control Surface [Floating]



AKG C12 x1
AKG C12a x3
AKG C414 x1
AKG C414 B-ULS x2
AKG C414 EB x 2
AKG C451EB x3
AKG C28a x1
AKG D12 x5
AKG D19 x1
AKG D20 x10
AKG D202 ES x5
AKG D224E x5
AKG D24 x1
AKG D25 x5

B&K 4006 x2
B&K 4007 x1
B&K 4011 x1
BeyerDynamic M160 x1
BeyerDynamic M201N x4
BeyerDynamic M500 x3
BeyerDynamic M88 x5
Calrec CM1051C x1
Calrec CM652 x2
Coles 4038 x5
Coles STC x1
Crown PZM x5
ElectroVoice PL20 x1
Electro Voice RE20 x3
Neumann Km184 x2

Neumann Kmi84 x4
Neumann SM69 X2
Neumann U47 x5
Neumann U67 x4
Neumann U87 x7
Neumann M149 x2
Pearl RD-34 x1
Schoeps CMT1051C x1
Sennheiser MD421 x8
Sennheiser MD441 x3
Sennheiser MS10p x1
Shure 55SW x1
Shure BETA58a x2
Shure BETA87a x1
Shure SM57 x5

Shure SM7B x2
Shure Unidyne x1
Sony C-35P x1
Sony C-36P x1
Velocity RCA 144 x1
Yamaha NS10 x2


Avid Pro Compressor
Avid Pro Limiter
Avid Classic Compressors Bundle
Avid Pultec Bundle
Avid BF Voce Bundle
Avid ReVibe II
Avid AIR Tools Bundle
Antares Auto-Tune 8
Audioease Altiverb 7
Celemony Melodyne Editor 2
iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced
Kush Clariphonic DSP MkII
Kush Electra DSP
Kush Pusher
Kush UBK-1
Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate
Native Instruments Maschine Studio
Serato Pitch ’n Time Pro
Softube Classic Channel Bundle
Soundtoys Native FX Bundle
Sly-Fi Axis
Sly-Fi Deflector
Sly-Fi Kaya
Synchro Arts VocAlign Project
Waves Gold V9 Bundle
Waves SSL4000 Collection V9 Bundle