123 Studios, is a beautiful recording and mixing space based in South London. Recordings at 123 have over a billion streams on Spotify.
Set up by Producer/Mixer Brett Shaw (Florence and the Machine, Foals), next to Peckham’s Bussey Building in one of London’s most exciting new creative developments.
Production, Recording, Mixing, Mastering all available (We are a fully accredited “Mastered for Itunes” Mastering house.)
The idea behind 123 was to design a studio that had the same recoding recording heft and fatness of sound as some of the classic vintage Neve and API desks. With the flexibility in mixing of the SSL studios and a compliment of outboard gear to match some of the best mix rooms around.
We have had a major update in the live room by increasing the floor space by almost 25%. (7M x 5.5M) It now has three booths and is exceptional for live recording. The wooden walls have a flexible, rich warm tonality. Easily changed from large and open to tight and focused, with high ceilings and adjustable height ceiling cloud, interchangeable wall panels and electronic “Drumbrella”.
The large selection of some of the very best tube and solid state preamps around produce a harmonically rich, thick but clear tone (Vintage Neves, Red 47, Tree audio Branchs, Coils, Capis- Preamps don’t get any better). Complimented by a large range of vintage and modern microphones (Most of “The big Microphones” Neumann U47s, U67s, M49, Telefunken 251 considered some of the very best ever produced etc)
Featuring an astoundingly accurate purpose-built natural light control room (7M x 5.5M) that houses a vintage SSL E series console, ATC scm50asl monitors and some of the finest high-end gear around. With a large live room, high ceilings and booths, makes 123 ideal for full band tracking.
Backline available at not extra cost. Fully analouge or digital recording.
Get in touch for unsigned rates and production deals. (see unsigned artists section at the bottom of the page – Soundcloud links)
Brett Shaw (Resident Producer, Mixer)
Brett spends his time helping others make music. . He recently Co-produced (with the band) both of Foals latest albums at 123. Earning the bands first ever number 1 album, a Mercury nomination and winner of the album of the year at the Q awards. Previously recording Florence and the Machine most recent album “High as hope” with credits including co production and writing. 2021 has seen him working with Gorillas and co producing tracks with Muru Masa for Cosha’s album. Tracks worked on have over a billion plays on Spotify
Credits include four number 1 albums (2x U.S 2x U.K) and two number 2 albums (One U.K one U.S and U.K- One quadruple platinum album, One platinum album, Four gold albums, one silver album ). One quadruple platinum no 1 Single which won the Grammy for best dance recording, two Mercury nominations three Ivor Novello awards.
Brett also very much enjoys working with independent/Unsigned artists. His work with Ewan J Philips has over ten Million plays on Spotify. (Which earns roughly £50000 for the artist). Another unsigned artist Brett has produced is George Taylor, with almost six million plays on Spotify. Mixing for Sal Dulu helped his first two singles to over a million streams each, while four of his tracks have been number ones on the Hype machine chart. The album Brett produced and mixed for Rina’s Mushonga got on to Pitchfork’s rare, albums that rate 8 or above list and was several albums of the year listings including The line of Best fit and independent album of the year so far lists (the lead singles have around two million plays on Spotify).
“I bought each piece of gear in the studio one by one and learned it inside out over the years. I stared out with a Mackie desk and two nice mics ( a Coles 4038, a 414 and a bunch of 57/58s ). I built my own preamps before I could afford to buy proper ones (12 of them) then one by one bought another piece of gear each time I could afford it. It’s now one of the better studios around.” Brett Shaw
More about the studios ,,
123 Studios features a spacious wooden live room, a large control room with fully soundproofed programming and writing rooms all centred around a main communal lounge that creates an inspiring creative space for a musical community here in South East London.
The main studio makes use of a great selection of over 20 discrete class-A preamps and DI’s, with one of the finest microphone collections in the U.K . (Vintage Neumann U47 tube and FET 47, U67s, M249b (M49),ELAM 251E, U87, KM84’s, Bock 251 and Ifet, Flea U47, Coles 4038s, Rca 77d, AEA 44, AKG 414 and D12, M160, 241s, RE20s etc) All recorded to an HDX rig with Pro Tools Ultimate on a 12 core mac pro with LAVRY GOLD and 32 channels of Avid HD I/O converters or fully analogue on to 24 track tape (on request- see analogue recording page).
The SSL E series “was considered the Rolls Royce of recording consoles in its day” (George Gilbert, former chief engineer at SSL). Vintage SSL desks are responsible for mixing more hits than any other console in history.
With highly accurate monitoring and lots of classic outboard gear including ATC 50 SCM50a, Unfairchild, UREI 1176,1178, La2a, API 2500, Distressor and DBX 160x, Chandler TG1, Curve Bender, Pultec eqp1s3, Pultec EQP 1A, Neve 33102s (1084s) Neve 1272s, Red 47, API 550/560, Chandler Little Devil, Harrison, Coil audio, Tree Audio, Capi Pres, Clariphonic and Tonelux EQs, 123 makes for a great mixing environment. Its a modern studio set up that is designed to be simple to use for other engineers.
The mix room was built with the premise of asking acoustician Nick Whitaker (Abbey Road, Olympic studios, The Red room, The Albert hall) what is exactly the perfect size and shape room to get the best/most accurate monitoring possible.
The live room acoustics are easily changed by an adjustable ceiling drop and Drumbrella that changes the length of the natural room reverb, going from a large open sound to a tight punchy one in just a few seconds.
The studio specialises in live band tracking with three additional booths with great sight lines, suitable for various sources of acoustic/vocal or amped instruments.
“The studio’s great. It has a great atmosphere to it. It’s very laid back and it’s very light which was a pleasure to work in. Somewhere that felt light and warm.” Yannis/Foals
BRETT SHAW ( http://www.miloco.co.uk/engineers/brett-shaw.php )
Artists working at 123 studios – Gorillas, Foals, Florence and the Machine, Muru Masa, Liane La Havas, Cosha, Shy Girl, Kindness, Robyn, Still corners, Magic Gang, Swim Deep, Hawk House, Alex Burey, Cosima, Christina and the Queens, Daughter, Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne, M.I.A , Eliza Doolittle, Keaton Henson, Rita Ora, Say Lou Lou, The Kooks, Labrinth, Julio Bashmore, Noisettes , Jamie T, Dry the river, Jack Bruce (Cream) , M.I.A, ,Babydaddy (Scissor Sisters), Aquilo, Saint Raymond, Gabriel Bruce, Roisin Murphy, Marcus Foster, Kyla La Grange, Iggy Azalia , Ghostpoet, Skepta and Ed Sheeran
(Always judge a studio on the music coming out of it!)
123 Studios New Live room layout
Some track recorded at 123
Currently offering production deals for unsigned acts. Please contact for more details .
Foals “In Degrees” Brett Shaw Co-Production with Foals and EngineeringFlorence and the Machine “South London Forever” Brett Shaw Co produce, Co write, Engineer Foals “Like Lighting ” Brett Shaw Co Produce /Engineer
Foals “Exits” Brett Shaw Co-Production and Engineering
Rina Mushonga “Atalanta” . Rina’s album with Brett was given an 8/10 review on pitchfork and was several album of the year listings including The line of Best fit and independent album of the year so far lists
Brett Shaw Production, Mix , Master
George Taylor – “Give it up” has over six million plays on Spotify and is an unsigned artist ( about £30000 from one track) (Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)
Bilal Kahn “Save me” went viral and has 200 000+ plays on Soundcloud and is an unsigned artist (Brett Shaw -Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)
Skaboro “Bam Bam” Brett Shaw – recorded to eight channels of analogue tape
More Big acts
Clean Bandit “Rather be ” Won the Grammy for best Dance recording
(Brett Shaw – Engineering)
Daughter (Brett Shaw -Engineering)
Banks and Steel (Brett Shaw – Engineering)
Interview with Brett Shaw