State Of The Ark Studios is a home from home. A boutique studio, once the private studio of songwriter/producer Terry Britten, we threw its doors open to the public a few years ago.

With a vintage EMI TG Console, tonnes of vintage outboard, and a mic collection that makes a gear slut weep, its a great place to make a record - check out our recent client list for references!

Away from the control room, the studio has the main live room and four further isolation areas, two of which are large enough to record drums. We have direct load in to the live room at the rear, parking for up to six cars, and even a guitar workshop onsite.

Please take the HD Virtual Tour of the studio, and you`ll see the massive collection of guitars, basses, amps, pedals, drums and all of the other treasures we have available for your use!


EMI TG12345 (mk3 EQ) 24/16/2 console with Direct Outs
EMI TG12345 (mk2 EQ) 8/2 channel sidecar (with link to busses)
RCA 76b, 6 channel 1950`s Mono Valve mixer
Studer A800 mk3 24 with full remote/autoloc. & 16 track headblock
Pro Tools HD3 32 I/24 O Dual 2.7 G5 with plug ins/20” monitor/2.5 gig RAM. Cat 5 Networking to basement and Lounge for Pro Tools linking.
Waves Gold Bundle Vers 6 Plug Ins for Pro Tools & Autotune
RADAR IZ with remote
Studer B62 1/4 “
Dolby SR X2


KRK E8B Monitors
2x Genelec 1031 monitors
Genelec 7000 6.1 Bass Management System
Yamaha NS10s


Fairchild 670 Stereo Compressor
Fairchild 660 Mono Compressor
Teletronix LA-2A Comp/limiters
Teletronix LA1 Compressor
2x EAR 660 Comp/limiters
2x Urei 1176 (black face) Comp/limiters
Gates SA-39b Compressor
SSL Al Smart C1 Mix Buss Compressor
2x Empirical Labs Distressors (with Brit Mod)
RCA BA-6ª Comp/limiter
2x DBX160 compressors
2x Pye compressors with output gain mod
Altec 136c Compressor Limiter
2x Telefunken U73BT compressors
1 x Calrec rack containing 16 EQs type PQ1253
1 x Calrec rack containing 2 x CL1288 lim/comps


Fairchild 658 Dynamic Reverb System EMT 245
Lexicon 480L reverb system
AKG BX20 spring
1x EMT 140 Valve plate reverb
1x EMT 140 ss plate reverb
Quantec QRS 4 output reverb

Outboard EQ

2x Pultec EQP-1A
2x Pultec EQ-H2
API 550 A EQ x4
4 x Neve 1073's
Oram Mic Pre EQ x16
Amek EQ x4
EAR 825Q EQ unit
TC Electronics Parametric EQ X 2

Mic Pre Amps

9x Telefunken V72A Valve Mic Amps
4x Telefunken V77 Valve Mic Amps
7x Telefunken V76 Valve Mic Amps
2x POMVISION Valve Mic Amps
3x RCA BA-1A dual channel units
Classic Neve 1073s x4 2X
Telefunken V676 solid state

General Outboard

2x Drawmer DS201 dual gates
SPL Transient Designer 9842
2x DBX de-essers
Roland Chorus Echo
Yamaha TX 7
Sherman Filter
TC1210 delay
TC D-Two multitap rhythm delay
Eventide DSP4000
Roland SDE 3000
Studio Electronics Mini Moog
MXR Pitch Shift Doubler
Marshall Time Modulator
TC1140 parametric/pre-amp
Yamaha SPX90 Mk1
Dolby XP24SR
Yamaha 2002M
2x Avalon U5 Di
2x EMT filters
2x Eckmuller filters
Quad 303
Yamaha 2050 amplifier
MXR flanger/doubler
2x Quad II valve amplifers
DMX Drum Machine plus extra Voice Cards
Akai MPC 60 Drum Machine
Akai MPC 3000 Drum Machine
Roland Rhythm 77 Drum Machine/Sequencer
Roland Super Jupiter
6X Phonic 100 w foldback booster Amps
6X Yamaha 8 Channel Foldback Mixers
Large Megaphone

Valve Mics

1x Neumann U47 (original)
2x Neumann M49
2x Neumann U48
3x Neumann U67
Neumann KM54a
AKG C12a x2
Lomo Tube

Ribbon Mics

Stereo SF24 Royer
2x R121 Royer
3x RCA DX77
2x AEA R92 Ribbons
2x Altec 639
2x Coles 4038
2x AEA44 Big Ribbons

Mics General

Beyer M160 Neumann U87 x3
Neumann 47FET x3
Neumann KM86i Neumann KM84 X2
AKG C414 x2
AKG D19 x3
AKG D24 x2
AKG D25 x2
B&K 4011
AKG C451 x2
AKG C460b
AKG C28 x2
AKG D202 x2
Shure SM7 x2
Shure 57A x3
Shure 57 x4
Shure 58 x2
Sennheiser 441 x2
Sennheiser 602
Sennheiser 421 x5
Geffell M70
Electrovoice RE20
Sony C37A x2
Telefunken M22b
Geffel C56
Yamaha Subkick


Steinway B Grand Piano
Broadwood 1930 Upright Piano
Hammond B3 Organ Leslie 145 Speaker Cabinet
Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Roland Vocoder
Korg Wavestation
Arp Solina String Ensemble
Korg Electric Organ Roland SH101

Guitar/Bass Amps

Ampeg B18 Bass Amp & Cabinet
Vox AC30 (Rare with Treble Boost)
Vox AC 10 Combo
Fender Bassman Head & Cabinet
Fender Bandmaster Head
Divided By 13 Head and Cabinet
Fender Deluxe Combo
Badcat Amp Head
Silvertone Twin Twelve Head & Cabs
JMI Speaker Cabinet
Magnatone High Fidelity Vibrato Combo
Magnatone Vibrato Combo
Gibson 79 Stereo Combo
Vox Solid State Defiant Amp & Cabinet
Gibson Vanguard Combo X2
Mesa Boogie Amp
Mesa Boogie Speaker Cab
Fender Champ
Vintage Marshall Compressor Bass Combo
Watkins Dominator
Selmer Combo x2
Selmer Constallation
Marshall 4x10” Speaker Cabinet
Leslie Speakers X2

Our Onsite Guitars

Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson J200 Acoustic
Hammerton 12 String
Martin 00016 Acoustic
Fender 6 Baritone Guitar Rickenbacker Guitar Fender Starcaster (hollow body)
Martin 12 String Acoustic
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Precision Bass
Musicman Stingray Bass
Modulus Bass star Nylon Strung Bass
Jerry Jones Baritone Guitar
Danelectro 12 string
Coral Electric Sitar
Gibson Firebird
Hofner Beatle Bass
Gibson Les Paul Standard
High Strung Acoustic (Circa 1850AD)
Gibson SG
Fender Jaguar
Gretch 6120
Gretch 2 Pickup Anniversary
Gibson 399
Gibson Lapsteel
Silvertone guitar Guild Brian May Guitar
Breedlove Passport Guitar
Nylon Strung Acoustic
Pogreba Resonator
Electa Mandolin
Stepp Electronic Guitar


Ludwig Original 1960 drum kit plus hardware.
Approx 10 assorted vintage snare drums inc Ludwig Gretch, Rogers, Slingerland etc
1 Glockenspiel
Musser Pro Vibes
2 LP Tambourines Brass/nickel
1 Tunable Pearl Tambourine
Various Shakers
1 Cabasa
1 Cajonito
Agogo Bells
DW 5000 Kick drum pedal
Yamaha Kick Drum Pedal
Zildjian Cymbals
1X Gong

Guitar Effects

Maestro Echoplex x2
Binson Echorec
Roland Chorus Echo
Boss Loopstation
Maetro Phase Shifter
Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere
Electroharmonix Big Muff
Sustainiac Model C
Musitronic Mu-Tron III
Ibanez Tube Screamer
Maestro Phaser
Electric Mistress Flanger/Filter Matrix
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Wah
Lovetone Wobbulator
Demeter Opto Compulator Compression
MXR Phase 90
Bixonic Expandora
MXR Dynacomp
Durham Sexdrive
Vox Tone Bender
Crowther Audio “Prunes & Custard”
TC Electronic Nova Reverb
Various Volume Pedals
Boss Line Selector
Pro Co Rat Distortion
Celmo Sardine Can Compressor
Fender Blender
Xotic Effects RC Booster
Jim Dunlop Rotovibe
MXR Micro Amp
Morley Rotating Wah
Ibanez Turbo Tube Screamer
Diaz Texas TieModillo
Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay
Dan Armstrong Green Finger
Laizy Cruiser
Colorsound Wah Swell
Divided By 13 Dyna-Ranger
Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer
Boss Overdrive
Electroharmonix The Clone Theory
Digitech Whammy Pedal
Zoom 9002
Treble Booster
Phase Reverse Pedal
Hornby Skewes Treble Booster
Hush Systems The Pedal
TC Electronic Programmable Phaser
Palmers Y Box
Still Fazin
Tom Scholy Bass Rockman X2
Boss Chorus Ensemble
Morley Power Wah Boost
Pedals 65 Colour Boost

This isn’t all of the equipment, but a good idea of what we have. Additional guitars and equipment are available on request – we don’t have the space to store everything.

Welcome to the virtual tour. To launch the tour please click on the image above.

Click and drag with your mouse to look around each room and change locations by clicking on the hotspots.

You can also zoom in and out and make fullscreen by clicking the various buttons on the virtual tour. Enjoy!

Studio Rate:

£750 + VAT per day excluding Engineer. Assistant Engineer (if required) £90 per day.

Last Minute Rate:

£500 Plus VAT Per Day. We have a pool of engineers who we can recommend who know the studio like the back of their proverbial hand.

What You Get

* Use of all guitars/basses/amps/drums/FX etc for no extra charge.
* We don't charge for overtime, within reason (just get the assistant a cab home).
* We don't charge for CDR copies, within reason.
* We don't charge for DVD-R Copies, within reason.
* We can usually give you a free reel of tape if you want to go analogue and dump onto Tools or Radar.
* Piano Tuning is the only extra charge you will incur when Recording with us.

In the 4 short years since the birth of State Of The Ark Studios, we are proud to have hosted the following artists:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Foster The People
The View
Charlie Simpson
Priscilla Ahn
Regina Spektor
Primal Scream
Bombay Bicycle Club
Beadie Eye
The Strypes
Rizzle Kicks
Filthy Boy
The Staves
Neil Cowley Trio
London Grammar
Alan Parsons
Glenn Aitken

And ...Various Members of Pink Floyd to name but a few!

Mumford & Sons
The Verve
Snow Patrol
Emili Sande
Kylie Minogue
La Roux
Noel Gallagher`s High Flying Birds
Scouting For Girls
Amy Macdonald
Badly Drawn Boy
Richard Ashcroft
Jarvis Cocker
James Morrison
Matt Cardle
James Blunt
Tina Turner
The Charlatans

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Dan Britten
07979 651000

Mail To:

Rear Building.
144 Sheen Road, Richmond, Surrey.