New music. Lost treasures. One studio.
All formats. Future Analogue

Gearbox Records is a record label with its own full analogue and digital production facility in the heart of London.

Founded in 2009, Gearbox has already established a strong catalogue of work from previously unreleased archive jazz to contemporary artists including alternative jazz, folk and electronic genres. Music is available around the world through a global physical distribution network, its own online music store, and most of the digital streaming platforms.

‘With its satisfyingly fat vinyl platters, audiophile-friendly dIGITAL and imaginative catalogue of rediscovered gems

(plus new recordings), LP specialist Gearbox is becoming one

of the wonders of the age’

Philip Johnson, The Independent

 

‘For those who prefer their jazz on vinyl, the redoubtable

UK-based Gearbox label - famed for their attention to detail

in regard to vinyl mastering - leads the way’

Charles Waring, Record Collector

 

‘Pure analogue jazz from vinyl-only label Gearbox is bucking

the digital trend by putting sound quality and sheer enjoyment

of the physical article above everything else’

Sally Evans-Derby, Jazz Journal

 

‘Gearbox has one goal and that’s to produce the best
sounding vinyl that can be made....the sound is like nothing
else I’ve encountered’

Jason Kennedy, The Ear

The studio is available to hire with an

hourly charge for mastering and cutting,

transcriptions, edits, reviews and playback.

 

ANALOGUE CHAIN

VINYL MASTERING

We specialise in reel-to-reel and cassette tape mastering for our vinyl cuts and digital masters as standard. The studio also features vacuum tube tape machines for all formats and speeds, rare and hi-end mastering equalisation and Audio Note monitoring amps. We also have up to 192 kHz digital and analogue mixing facilities.

For a quote please email:

info@gearboxrecords.com

For a quote please email:

info@gearboxrecords.com

Our vinyl cutting studio, situated at Tileyard Studios in King's Cross, can accommodate up to ten guests for review and playback parties, company gatherings and under the radar listening sessions.

The lathe

Vintage Haeco Scully with Westrex
(Western Electric) heads and cutting amps.

 

The EQ

Vintage Lang Pultec EQ and limiter,
Maselec master control and de-esser,
Prism Maselec EQ. Ex-Decca all valve bespoke mastering desk.

 

Monitoring

Audionote turntable, 300B valve integrated, 211 valve Tomei power amp, M6 valve pre amp with phono stage, speakers and cables for mastering and high-end referencing; Dual HS130 with Rogers LS3/5A speakers and Tripletone stereo valve amp for mid-market hifi referencing.

Tape machines

Studer H37: 1969 All valve 1/2 inch interchangeable all valve 3 and 4 track tape machine. One of 2 left in the world and one of the only ways to read 1/2 inch valve multitrack.

 

Studer C37: 1965 1/4 inch interchangeable all valve stereo and full face mono tape machine.

 

Philips Pro51: 1965 Ex-Decca modified 1/4 inch germanium transistor 2 channel tape machine incorporating 30 ips .

 

Studer A671: Interchangeable quarter and half track professional machine for playback of historic domestic and broadcast tapes where both sides of the tape were used
for economy.

Mics

Vintage 1950’s Shure dynamic microphone.

 

Vintage RCA KU-3A ribbon microphone..

one of only 600 of these unidirectional ribbon mics made for Hollywood studios

in the late 1950s.

 

2 x Westrex 1142RA ribbon mics

 

Digital

Apogee Symphony D to A/ A to D convertor with Symphony 64 Thunderbridge enabling 64 channels in and out at 192 KHz;

 

Wavelab DAW;

 

Izotope for restoration

Equipment Summary

 

Cutting:

Haeco Scully lathe with Western Electric cutting amps and head

 

Mastering:

Maselec master control EQ, filters and de-esser; original Lang Pultec EQ; Urei high and low pass filters; ex-Decca bespoke all valve mastering desk.

 

Dynamics:

Telefunken U73b compressor/limiter; Maselec limiter

 

Tape:

Studer C37;

Studer H37;

ex Decca Philips Pro51;

Studer A671;

professional tape baking facility

 

Restoration & Digital:

Apogee Symphony D to A/ A to D convertor with Symphony 64 Thunderbridge enabling 64 channels in and out at 192 KHz;

Wavelab DAW;

Izotope for restoration

 

Recording

1959 RCA KU-3A "skunk" ribbon microphone (only 600 made) and AEA mic pre V72 and V76 mic preamps;

EAB Geiling Telefunken V65C Tube / Valve Audio Mixing  Desk

 

Monitoring:

Audio Note turntable, Meishi 300B valve integrated, 211 valve Tomei power amp, M6 valve pre amp with phono stage, speakers and cables;

Rega RP1 with15 ohm Rogers LS 3/5A monitors;

ex BBC MC EMT 948 reference turntable;

assorted Ortofon mono and stereo MC vintage cartridges and 12" tonearm for playing transcription discs;

Audio Desk Systeme ultrasonic vinyl cleaner

EQUIPMENT

PLAYBACK ROOM

Rare vinyl listening sessions

Listen to Audio Note HiFi

Digital v analogue review

1/4" & 1/2" & Cassette tape formats

Test pressing quality control

Relaxed after work grooves

Educational and learning events

© GEARBOX RECORDS 2018