DPA Special Edition 4040 Mic - Review

Last week I put one of our newest (and rarest!) microphones - The Brüel & Kjær 4040 to the test on a few acoustic sources including piano, acoustic guitar and clarinet.

The 4040 is a special edition microphone (only 100 were made!), which has a large diaphragm and separate preamplifier outputs offering both tube and transistor stages.
It is very interesting and unusual, and is B&K’s flagship microphone.

Out of everything I tried it on, it particularly shone on acoustic guitar - as I had expected it to...
I was recording our Epiphone El Dorado - fingerpicked, and found the tube stage of the 4040 to be incredibly smooth and big sounding, but not at all flabby in the low end - and with enough sparkle to sound really special.
Switching to the transistor output, the tone was much similar to that of other cardioid B&K / DPA’s such as the 4011, but much bigger and richer.

Hopefully I’ll get to try it on cello at some point soon as I think it should sound amazing.

In short... It is a lovely mic, and possibly my new favourite for fingerpicked acoustic.
Give it try next time you record with us!

- Marco

Customise the vibe to your liking!

We have recently upgraded the studio with Lifx LED smart lights, which have a vast combination of colours and tones - illuminating both the live area and the control room.

Liam Gallagher at Snap!

We’ve been keeping it a secret up until now, but we can announce that Liam Gallagher has been recording his debut solo album “As You Were” with us at Snap over the past few months! 

Liam has been working with a variety of writers and producers in Snap, but most notably Dan Grech who has been a regular client and friend of ours for some years.

Snap was chosen for its balance of privacy, vibe, choice of equipment and professionalism for Liam and Dan to craft the album. We are really proud to have played our part in such a milestone record!

Liam Gallagher recording at Snap Studios. Image credit: @liamgallagher via Twitter.

Liam Gallagher recording at Snap Studios.
Image credit: @liamgallagher via Twitter.

'Born to Perform' video by Shure UK

Great video recently filmed at Snap for Shure UK.
'Born To Perform' features London-based two piece DOLLS in our live room. Give it a watch!

London 2-piece Dolls talk about why they started playing music, how they met and started the band, and why they love performing live. Tell us your story with #borntoperform, and see more at http://sm58.shure.com. Follow Dolls at: https://www.facebook.com/thisisDolls/ This video was filmed at www.snapstudios.co.uk

SOS Magazine Features Snap

Same drums, different rooms

We were featured in a brilliant in-depth article on the September issue of Sound On Sound magazine, comparing the drum sound in an array of top London studios, including RAK, AIR Lyndhurst and Snap Studios. The product of extensive hard work, Snap was designed by Mark Thompson and built/equipped by Funky Jun.

"A relatively young facility, Snap Studios features (alongside a mouthwatering array of vintage equipment) a 55-metre-square live room carefully designed to offer desirable acoustics. The floor is reclaimed oak while the long parallel walls of this rectangular room feature wood panelling on one side and absorbent panelling on the other." - SOS

"This is quite a new room on the London studio scene and it's amazing. It's built like back in the day but without the downsides of being an old place. This is a very nice medium-sized live room, with a good blend between absorption and reflections, so you can keep the sound focused while having it big and spacey at the same time." - Producer Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Manu Chao) on his experience at Snap.

Check out the video of the full experiment:

Huge thank you to SOS magazine and Tommaso Colliva for all the enthusiastic comments on our live room.