123 Studios, one of the best tracking rooms in London. Responsible for over one Hundred Million Spotify plays in 2018. Foal’s & Florence and the Machine both recorded their latest albums here.
Set up by Producer/Engineer Brett Shaw (Florence and the Machine, Foals, Lady Gaga, Robyn, Daughter, Clean Bandit), next to Peckham’s Bussey Building in one of London’s most exciting new creative developments.
One of South London’s very best sounding recording studios Large live and control rooms with booths.
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.
The wooden walled live room has a flexible, warm sound. Easily changed from large and open to tight and focused, with high ceilings and adjustable height ceiling drop, 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. Complimented by many of the finest vintage and modern microphones.
Featuring an astoundingly accurate purpose-built natural light control room 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.
Brett Shaw (Resident Producer, Engineer, Mixer)
Tracks Brett worked on have well over one hundred million plays on Spotify in 2018. A year which also saw him Co-produce 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.
The previous year was spent working on Florence and the Machine’s “High as Hope” album both here at 123 and out in L.A. One of the tracks- “South London Forever” which was Co-produced and Co-written by Brett, was picked out as album highlight by both U.S.A today and in a five Star review in The Times it was also streamed more times than any of the albums non single tracks on Spotify.
Other recent work includes recording and production credits on albums such as Lady Gaga’s “Joanne”, Florence and the Machine’s, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, (extended edition) and engineering on Clean Bandit’s “Rather be” which won the Grammy for best Dance recording.
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, along with a mix of vintage and some of the finest modern microphones around. (Vintage Neumann 87/84’s Neumann U67, Bock 251 and Ifet, Flea U47 and M49, 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 newly installed (Keith Skerret restored) SSL E series “was considered the Rolls Royce of recording consoles in its day” (George Gilbert, former Chrif 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 eqp1a3, Red 47, API 550/560, Chandler Little Devil, Harrison, Hammer, 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 specializes in live band tracking with two 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 recorded at 123 studios – Foals (Warner Brothers), Florence and the Machine (Island), Kindness, Robyn, Still corners (Sub pop), Babydaddy (Scissor Sisters), Aquilo, (Island), Hawk House (Virgin EMI), Saint Raymond (Asylum records), Juce (Island), Alex Burey (Universal publishing), Cosima (Island records), Christina and the Queens, Gabriel Bruce (Luv Luv Luv),Daughter (4AD), Swim Deep (Chess club), Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne (Atlantic), M.I.A (Interscope), Eliza Doolittle (EMI), Rita Ora(RocNation), Say Lou Lou (Sony), The Kooks (Virgin), Labrinth (Sony), Noisettes , Jamie T (Pacemaker), Dry the river (Sony), Splashh (Luv Luv Luv), Jack Bruce (Cream) , Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan (the original Sugababes), Violet ( Luv Luv Luv ), Roisin Murphy (Moloko), Marcus Foster (Communion), Kyla La Grange(Chess Club/Sony), Shuga (Luv Luv Luv), Funeral Party (Sony Music), The Black Ghosts (Southern Fried),Wolfgang (Atlantic/Warners Records), Iggy Azalia (Island), Ghostpoet (Brownswood), Skepta and Ed Sheeran(Atlantic).
(Always judge a studio on the music coming out of it!)
- 123 Studios South London recording studios live room
“I think that you have done a remarkable job Brett, you have definitely got the strong makings of two very good rooms…it does appear to be an inherently good room” Nick Whitaker acoustician (Abbey road, British Grove, The Royal Albert Hall, The Engine room etc etc etc).123 Studios South East London recording studio control room
123 Studios floor plan
Currently offering production deals for unsigned acts. Please contact for more details.
Foals “In Degrees” Brett Shaw Co-Production and EngineeringFoals “Like Lighting ” Brett Shaw Co Produce /Engineer
Foals “Exits” Brett Shaw Co-Production and Engineering
Skaboro “Bam Bam” Brett Shaw – recorded to eight channels of analogue tape
Florence and the Machine “South London Forever” Brett Shaw Co produce, Co write, Engineer
RIna Mushonga “For a fool”(Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)
Aadae – River of tears (Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)
Rina Mushunga AtalantA. Half a million plays on Spotify (Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)
George Taylor – “Give it up” has around Five million plays on Spotify and is an unsigned artist (Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)
Banks and Steel (Brett Shaw – Engineering)
Bilal Kahn “Save me” went viral and has 100 000+ plays on Soundcloud and is an unsigned artist (Brett Shaw -Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)
Clean Bandit “Rather be ” Won the Grammy for best Dance recording
(Brett Shaw – Engineering)
Daughter (Brett Shaw -Engineering)