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Alpheton New Maltings

BRAND NEW, PURPOSE BUILT RECORDING VENUE
equally suited to both classical recording and video & film

Brand new, purpose-built classical recording venue for both audio and video

Warm, adjustable, live acoustic

Ideal for mid-size, chamber, recital and solo classical, jazz and world recordings

Affordably priced

Enviable levels of soundproofing

Only 75 minutes by train from London, 45 minutes from Cambridge

Facilities

  • Studio area 18m x 10m, with ceiling rising to nearly 10m
  • Warm, live acoustic designed by Bob Essert
    (acoustician for Sage Gateshead, KKL Lucerne, Koerner Hall Toronto, Singapore Esplanade)
  • Adjustable natural reverberation
  • Purpose-built, air-conditioned control room with triple-layered window into studio
  • Superb sound-proofing thanks to multi-layered roof, wall and window design
  • Silent heating (renewable-energy biomass) and fully controllable lighting
  • Kitchen, loos and office
  • Wi-fi from fast fibre connection

Other features and advantages

  • Flat, straight access runs from exterior
  • Ample parking
  • No limit on working hours
  • Very competitive rental rates
    (less than established London recording churches, but without planes, cars, leaf-blowers and sirens)
  • Set in rolling Suffolk countryside, just 75 minutes by train from London
  • B&B and excellent food available in Alpheton, Long Melford and Lavenham and, for special guests,
    with the studio’s owners on site at The Old Rectory
  • Hebridean sheep outside offering intriguing conversation during breaks

Our background

  • Alpheton New Maltings is designed and run by performing classical musicians
    who have been recording for thirty years, so know what recordings – and musicians – need

Keyboard instruments

  • Superb selected concert grand pianos from the Fazioli and Steinway hire fleets
  • Yamaha C7 piano (brand new, resident in the hall)
  • Harpsichord & three chamber organs (used in many recordings, resident in the hall)

Location

By train

Sudbury, Suffolk is 75 minutes by train from London Liverpool Street and 70 minutes from Stratford (and 10 minutes onward drive – we can usually pick you up from the railway station)

By road

From central London we are 75 miles by road: two hours’ drive is recommended.

From the start of the M11 you need 90 minutes and 60 miles.

From Cambridge we are 45 minutes by road.

Postcode

CO10 9BT

Prices

Daily rental

Daily rental of hall, control room and facilities for sound recording: £350 (plus VAT)

Keyboard instrument rental

Fazioli concert grand piano (from Fazioli’s hire fleet)

Steinway concert grand piano (from Steinway’s hire fleet)

Yamaha C7 grand piano (brand new and resident in the hall)

Our piano technician is based less than ten minutes away, enabling us to offer stand-by tuning at a fraction of the usual cost. Where possible we group together recordings using a ‘hired-in’ piano, substantially reducing transport costs.

 

Continuo instruments (used on many CD recordings by The King’s Consort)

Harpsichord after Fleischer 1714 by Robert Goble & Sons

Three stop chamber organ after English 18th century examples by Robin Jennings

Three stop chamber organ by J W Walker

One stop chamber organ by Kenneth Tickell

 

Please enquire for rental prices of all these instruments

Accommodation & Food

Newman’s Lodge, Alpheton (400m away)

Three double B & B rooms
Price: £80 per double room per night, including breakfast.
The owner is a ‘Cordon Bleu’ trained cook and can also offer evening meals by arrangement.

Long Melford and Lavenham

Less than ten minutes’ drive away, these two historic villages contain numerous hotels, B&Bs, AirBNBs and a large range of restaurants. Details on request.

On-site at The Old Rectory

For special guests B & B rooms may be available on-site with the hall’s owners at The Old Rectory.

  • Double room (two single beds) with en-suite bathroom
  • Double room (one double bed) with guest bathroom
  • Single room with guest bathroom

We can also offer dinner or other meals, by prior arrangement.

Food

  • The studio kitchen has microwave, fridge, kettle and dishwasher.
  • Long Melford and Lavenham (both 10 minutes by car) provide a host of excellent restaurants ranging from excellent pub food,
    through first-rate restaurants up to gourmet meals at The Swan at Lavenham, or award-winning The Great House.
  • 400m away at Newman’s Lodge is Claire, a ‘Cordon Bleu’ cook, who will happily cook meals to order.
  • At The Old Rectory, given notice, we may be able to provide good, wholesome meals for you.

Recording Packages

Alongside daily rental of the venue (£350 per day, plus VAT) to recording companies, video companies and individuals providing their own production teams, we also offer complete sound recording and video packages which bring together some of the finest producers, sound engineers, directors, cameramen, editors and design teams in the business. With 30 years’ experience we can help you select your ideal team for your particular project: our address book is comprehensive. Every package is individually tailored, be it for audio or video. Please contact us to discuss your precise requirements.

Sound recording through to professional master

You and/or your ensemble record in Alpheton New Maltings:
we provide internationally-renowned engineer, producer and digital editor to provide you with a finished master, ready for CD production and/or downloads.

Sound recording through to finished CDs and download files

You and/or your ensemble record in Alpheton New Maltings:
we provide internationally-renowned engineer, producer and digital editor to create a finished master (plus digital download files):
plus, as required, CD liner notes from leading scholars (with translations if required), design and artwork, CD pressing and delivery of finished CDs.

Video recording through to professional master

We have a brilliant space for filming and video, its world-class acoustics and open floor space enhanced by a sizeable number of overhead and wall-mounted IWBs, together with further fully wired floorboxes, enabling the installation of a substantial lighting rig, ready-wired into the control room.

You and/or your ensemble film in Alpheton New Maltings:
we provide internationally-renowned video director, camera crew, lighting designer, sound engineer, editor and other production team as required to create for you a finished video film ranging from video short to substantial.

Your sound recording issued on the Vivat label

For artists of renown whose CD programme fits Vivat’s A&R and ethos, we offer the full package, including issue of your finished recording on the Vivat CD label, with worldwide CD distribution, full global digital package, and the Vivat label’s PR and advertising.

 

Every project is different: please contact us for prices

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Contact

Alpheton New Maltings
Alpheton
Suffolk CO10 9BT
United Kingdom

tel: 01284 826 044
(international +44 1284 826 044)
email: please use the contact form

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