"For me the most important part of a studio is enabling the artist to get creatively immersed. I love having the freedom to do whatever I want whilst letting the surroundings interact with my mess.
We keep this philosophy at the core. As a result, I've seen the studio facilitate countless artists in finding and capturing something unique. Function is paramount - I've worked tirelessly with producers and clients to design, equip and develop a studio with wicked tools and flexibility.
Filipe Gomes - Artist & Founder of Arco Barco
The space is optimised for all forms of audio production, from podcasts, to sound design, to film post production. Arco Barco has been the home of a range of projects, catering for clients from a variety of backgrounds.
Our studio has facilitated projects for some of the country's most prestigious arts, media and story organisations, including; Turner Contemporary Margate, Southbank Centre, V&A Museum London, Instagram and IDEO to name a few.
THE CONTROL ROOM
The control room is at the very heart of Arco Barco, it's always on hand to capture and process sound sources with ease and efficiency. In fact, the whole building is patched in to this space allowing our clients to make use of every area - whether it be recording drums in a controlled live room or recording saxophone on our mezzanine, you always have the option to feed in to our boards.
We run high spec computers, for example, our Mac Pro 3.2gHz 8 core with 64GB of Ram & SSD storage. We are also ready for 'plug and play' set ups. At Arco Barco, you can bring in your laptop and with one connection you'll be completely intergrated with the whole control room, allowing engineers, producers and artists to directly record on to their own machines with ease and reliability.
The control room has also been designed to achieve precision audio capture and referencing - offering 32 channel multi-track recording & playback at up to 192kHz. We've worked tirelessly on blending past technologies with current digital processing - from multitrack tape machines, analog outboard, large format recording consoles to high grade digital processing.
Tracking in Arco Barco can be done from anywhere in the space, from multi- source live recording in the main arch space, to isolated recordings in our live room. We have a large selection of professional and specialist microphones including models from Neumann, AKG, Sennhiser, Shure and many more.
The space has been designed to fully exploit the astonishing acoustic characteristics of the maritime arch itself. We have built a wide range bespoke 'lego' style sound baffles that enable us to build isolated spaces around the building - this makes live tracking super easy, offering perfect sight lines and shared space between performers. The baffles are also a key feature in shaping the sound of the space when re-projecting into the main arch as an echo/reverb chamber, producing some of the richest natural reverbs.
GET IN TOUCH
Please note that Arco Barco is located within a second floor maritime arch and the only access is via
a steep external staircase.
Unfortunately the building is listed so we cannot improve the accessiblity We'd like to offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who might be restricted by this.
Studio clients, please rest assured that our team at Arco Barco are experts at getting equipment in and out of the space. Simply let us know what you'd like to load in and we'll do our very best to accommodate your requirements.