123 Studios, one of South London’s top recording studios has been set up by Producer/Engineer Brett Shaw (Florence and the Machine, Foals, Lady Gaga, 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 studiosControl bestLarge live and control rooms with booths

Production, Recording, Mixing, Mastering all available (We are a fully accredited “Mastered for Itunes” Mastering house.)

High-end vintage and modern recording gear (fully analogue or digital )

Natural light

Backline available at no extra cost

We specialize in band recording and is ideal for full band tracking live

SSL console – “No other mixing desk has ever had such a profound effect on the wider music business”

 Get in touch for unsigned rates and production deals. 

Brett Shaw (Resident Producer, Engineer, Mixer)  spent much of last year recording Florence and the machine’s new album 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

2018 has seen him start with Foals at 123. 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) 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).

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, UnfairchildUREI 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.


Artists recorded at 123 studios – Florence and the Machine (Island), Foals (Warner Brothers), 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), 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), NoisettesJamie 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

    Behind drums good

“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

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123 Studios floor plan

Currently offering production deals for unsigned acts. Please contact for more details.

“With this new studio, I asked acoustician Nick Whitiker- What is the best room shape and size for monitoring? His response is what we created. A 42sqm control room connected to a beautiful live room with high ceilings and great acoustics.  “Brett Shaw, Producer and Studio Owner at 123 Studios.
We have three long-term let rooms here at the studio, though they are all currently taken.
It’s best to get in touch via email, as the phone is hard to answer mid session.
MOBILE: 07703964878
“Thanks again so much, the tracks sounded great. Ace tones from you and everything worked really well together. Drums sound ace. It all sounds ace. So happy.” Ewan Peason, producer (The Rapture, Gwen Stafani, Delphic)
“Thank you Brett, it sounds beautiful” Mark Ronson”Hey dude. This sounds amazing! Really.” Paul Banks (interpol)
“Thank you sounds so great! Great mix xxx ” Florence Welch
“It all sounds great! thanks for a fun session, I hope we can do it again soon.” Leo Abrahams (Producer, Paulo Nutini, Brian Eno, David Byrne)
Hear the sound of the studio below,, (Brett Shaw has worked on all tracks below in some form at 123)
Aadae- “Just found out” – Brett Shaw – Production/mix/master and co write
Florence and the Machine “Hunger” – Brett Shaw -Engineer
Florence and the Machine “Sky full of song” Brett Shaw -Additional production/engineer
Lady Gaga “Hey Girl” . Brett Shaw 123 (Engineering)

RIna Mushonga “Jungles”(Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)

Aadae – River of tears (Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)

Rina Mushunga AtalantA 200 000+plays on Spotify (Brett Shaw Production, Engineering, Mix, Master)

George Taylor – “Give it up” has over three 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)


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