Professional Recording + Mixing Services
Bottle Rocket Recording is a London based professional recording and mixing service run by myself, Jonny Coddington.
With BRR, I aim to deliver high quality recordings with bags of character, at a reasonable price point. I specialise in indie, alternative & punk, with a hint of electronic, though I have been known to record choirs, big bands and African pop.
I am currently recording out of The Crows' Nest Studios, which is based in the Hackney studio complex Netil House. The Crows' Nest is equipped with a variety of vintage amplifiers from the likes of Fender, Vox and WEM, Premier drums, Paiste cymbals, Drawmer valve preamps and is centred around a Soundtracs PC MIDI 16 channel mixing console and Universal Audio Apollo converters with Yamaha and KRK monitoring. The studio also has a superb collection of both vintage and modern microphones from the likes of ElectroVoice, Beyerdynamic, Reslo, ADK, Sennheiser, Shure and Cascade to name a few. See the equipment page for more information on this unhealthy obsession.
If you're on a tighter budget, or want to record in an interesting space (church, your front room, grain silo...?), I also offer a location recording service. My portable setup is based around a MacBook Pro, Audient iD14 interface, Focusrite Octopre and a 500 series rack filled with CAPI and Ocean Audio preamps. The recorded material is then mixed back at the studio using analogue outboard in combination with high quality plugins from software developers UAD, Slate and Waves, amongst others.
Being a musician myself (guitar, bass, drums, keys, synth programmer, etc.), I can also play on your records and help you with songwriting if you so desire. If not, I am happy to take a back seat and purely engineer the session.
You may have noticed the tape machines, the coveted Otari 1/2" 8 track and Revox 1/4" 2 track. I love recording on tape, and in the future I hope to set up a tape based studio. Unfortunately it is pretty hard to move the Otari around and 1/2" is expensive so it is usually reserved for special projects. Saying that, get in touch and we might be able to work something out. The Revox, on the other hand, is used on most of my recordings. It adds a final "glue" and some subtle compression to the mix and can make digital recordings sound that bit more "analogue". It also works great as a 50s Sun Studios-esque slap-back.
If you would like to work together please do send me a message through the contact page, various social media outlets or e-mail, and include details of what you would like to achieve with your project. Typical rates can be found here.