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Landen Park Studio is a recording studio and production house specifically built for audiobook recording – audiobooks, voiceover (including to picture), podcasting and more. 

For self-publishing authors, we offer a fixed-price production from recording to delivery of finished files to ACX/Audible.  For producers and publishing companies, we offer ‘assisted’ hire – the producer/director runs the session but with an engineer on call to set up the session, and provide on-call technical support throughout.  We also support remote direction and remote read-in..

We can do anything in-between, including editing material recorded elsewhere.  As well as audiobook recording, we also record vocal and instrumental overdubs.

We have a fully isolated studio with an great neutral and fairly dry sound which is never ‘boxy’ or muffled.  The control room features high-spec preamps and converters and the latest Pro Tools Ultimate software.

Owner Justin Hill comes from a music production background and, while we’re not built for band recording we do record vocal and instrumental overdubs.

Get in touch to see what Landen Park Studio can do for you!  We’re in Horley, Surrey – 5 minutes from Gatwick and the M23, and with fast trains to Victoria and London Bridge.

Who is the other operation?

Landen Park Studio is an independent recording and production facility owned and operated by Justin Hill, trading as The Other Operation.  Justin has worked in the recording business for many years as a musician, producer and an engineer in both senses of the word – a recording engineer and an electronic/technical engineer.  He’s even a qualified electrician and electrical inspector.  Justin is an associate member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), a full member of the Music Producer’s Guild (MPG), and The Other Operation is on the MPG studios register.  Justin is an Apple Certified Apple Digital Masters mastering engineer (formerly MFiT – Mastered For iTunes).

You can find us on ACX and Ahab Talent, and we try to keep up with our social media accounts…

Check out our facilities – we are fully loaded and ready for your project.

Get In Touch

If you want to know more about how we can help you with recording, editing and producing audiobooks, or voiceover, podcast hosting and overdub work just get in touch now.

You can call us on +44/0 203 488 1408 or use the form below to send us a message.  You’ll get an automated acknowledgement email by return.  If you don’t see this, check your junk mail folder.  If that’s where you find it, keep in mind that our reply to your enquiry might end up there too!

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    Landen Park Studio is in Horley, Surrey.  We’re close (5-10 minutes drive) to Gatwick Airport and the M23 motorway, and Horley train station is on the main London-Brighton line, with frequent services to London Bridge and Victoria taking around 40 minutes.  There’s lots of on-street parking available.  You can see us on a map here:

    Pricing & Rates

    We offer special pricing deals for self-publishing authors reading their own work:

    • Up to 50,000 words – £600 including VAT
    • Up to 80,000 words – £850 including VAT
    • longer lengths £90 per 10,000 words including VAT

    These prices include recording, direction, editing and mastering with delivery in both .WAV and .MP3 formats compliant with ACX technical specifications – everything you need to be published.

    General Rates

    • Dry hire (including engineer support) – £150 per day excluding VAT
    • Dry hire, per hour – £25 per hour excluding VAT
    • Day rate with director – £250 per day excluding VAT
    • Hourly rate with director – £50 per hour excluding VAT
    • Editing/finalisation – £50 per finished hour excluding VAT subject to approval of raw audio
    • All services are subject to a minimum charge of £100.
    OVERALL PRICING

    If you have a project in mind, feel free to discuss it with us.  We generally quote a fixed, single price for a project so you know at the outset what your book is going to cost.

    If you’ve got a project that falls outside these criteria, or you’d like some further clarification – just get in touch!

    Facilities / Landen Park Studio

    We are highly configured for audiobook production and recording, voiceover, podcasting and vocal/instrumental overdub work.

    Control Room: Apple Mac Pro 6,1 12-core 64 GB RAM, 3 displays.  Wireless Apple Extended keyboard with Pro Tools overlay.  Choice of wireless Apple trackpad or Logitek Performance MX wireless mouse.  Dynaudio BM6A (classic) monitors.  Dedicated talkback with producer buttons and footswitch feeding cue mixes via Pro Tools or studio playback speakers.  Digidesign Command | 8 control surface, 12TB backup drives, 4TB SSDs for audio.  Up to 8 independent stereo headphones, switchable between main mix and either cue feed or Waves NX (Abbey Road Studio 2 and Ocean Way)

    Front End: Focusrite ISA 430 Producer Pack MkII, SPL Goldmike 9844 (valve), dbx 286A (blackface).  Presonus Quantum 4848 32-channel balanced line Thunderbolt 2 audio interface

    Outboard: 2x Klark Teknik EQP-KT valve equalisers, Behringer Ultramatch 2496 A/D/A sample rate converter, Sonifex Redbox RB-UL1 and RB-BL2 unbalanced-balanced converters, various dynamics processors, Kawai CN35 piano/controller, Yamaha DX7 (currently away for servicing)

    Ingest: Direct ingest into active Pro Tools session from: computer (e.g. youtube etc.), Tascam CD-160 CD player, Panasonic SV-3800 DAT recorder, calibrated Denon DRM-800 cassette recorder

    Video: we can record to picture, with video showing simultaneously in the control room and in the studio.  If we receive video with existing audio we can strip that out onto audio tracks and include that in the artist’s cue mix.

    Remote: Cleanfeed Pro subscription, hosted on second linked computer.  Supports remote direction, remote read-in, remote recording (subject to facilities at the remote end), all integrated with main studio talkback/cue/recording system

    Power: All control room hardware and studio supply are protected by a Delta Electronics double-conversion UPS and Adam Hall power conditioners.  Double-conversion (aka true on-line) UPS topology supplies ‘fresh’ mains power direct from an inverter and so spikes, noise and brown-outs do not affect the connected equipment.  The UPS has additional external battery packs and allows the studio to continue working for up to an hour in the event of a power cut, with instantaneous switch-over.

    Software: Avid Pro Tools Ultimate (current version maintained), a huge number of plugins including everything from McDSP,  Izotope RX Advanced and Ozone Advanced suites.  HOFA CD/DDP suite.  Melodyne. Virtual instruments include Ivory II (with German, American and Italian grands), Strike 2, East West Composer Cloud (basically everything from East West), and loads of electric pianos, organs and synths

    Studio: 10 square metre isolated and treated space with floating floor.  Natural light.  Silent forced air ventilation with pollen filters.  Up to 2 stereo or 4 mono independent headphone cue feeds.  Lovely Kawai CN35 digital piano, as MIDI controller or just to play.  A variety of microphones by AKG, Shure (including the industry standard SM7B), Rode (NTK valve mic), Neumann and SE Electronics. Cloud Microphones CL-1, Triton Audio FetHead and FetHead Phantom.  27 inch video display linked to Pro Tools for recording to picture.

    General: Filtered softened water on tap (both room-temperature and chilled), endless tea, fresh-ground coffee from our ludicrously over-specified DeLonghi machine, biscuits, comfortable sitting area.