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Eight Ash Green Festival 2013

by | Jul 24, 2013 | News | 0 comments

We were asked to provide sound for the Eight Ash Green Festival again this year – the 5th year running. The festival, situated just outside Colchester, has grown a lot over the previous few years – what started as a day-long open-air music festival has mutated into a 2-day extravaganza with classic cars, bouncy castles, great food stalls, an acoustic tent and also music on the main stage (alright – articulated lorry!) spread over 2 days.

We were delighted to be asked back again this year. The music acts were varied and interesting and great fun was had by all. We also changed things around a bit this year – working the sound from the stage rather than a gazebo in the middle of the crowd which is how we’ve done things before. The main reason for this was the proximity to the bands – allowing us to look after their monitor levels and stage setup a bit easier as well as making sure that changes between bands were as quick as possible – sometimes only 10 minutes!

Threecircles Recording Studio - Setup for Eight Ash Green Festival

Here you can see the stage setup for the festival – not much room in front of the drumkit for a kick mic! The setup we used was fairly straightforward and allowed for different band setups with minimal stress. There were 3 vocal mics along the front of the stage – all routing through a compressor set for quick, 2:1 level control to avoid distortion if someone decided to suddenly shout! The compressors can be seen below:

Threecircles Recording Studio - Outboard for Eight Ash Green Festival

 

You can also see the FX unit I used in this shot – a TC electronic M300 multi-effects unit. I used the “Live Reverb” setting for all vocal mics to add a touch of realism. Come of the bands also requested a short slap-delay which was also possible due to the unit’s double input.

The rest of the stage setup was 2 Shure SM57 microphones for guitar cabs etc – one each side of the stage, 4 DI boxes along the front of the stage for acoustic mics and bass guitars and a “float” mic each side of the stage – in this case Shure SM57s again for whatever found its way on to the stage – at times harmonica, extra guitars and extra vocalists.

The 2 monitors in the centre of the stage were on one aux send and the 2 outside monitors were on another – both were routed through a DBX 231 graphic EQ to reduce any feedback woes. The 2 smaller monitors by the drummer were both fed from aux 3.

Threecircles Recording Studio - Amps for Eight Ash Green Festival

 

Above you can see the graphic EQ utilised for monitor sends 1 & 2, the QSC 850 amp used for the smaller monitors on monitor send 3 and the QSC 2450 amp used for FOH. The DBX feedback destroyer was not used on this gig. Yours truly at the slightly side-on FOH position:

Threecircles Recording Studio - Engineering for Eight Ash Green Festival

 

So what were the bands like?

A couple really stood out for me; Firstly Diezel, with their heavy rock sound and awesome mashups – most notably Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” over the massive riffs of Metallica’s “Sad But true”. They also managed to successfully blend Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” with Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – inspired!

Threecircles Recording Studio - Diezel Perform At Eight Ash Green Festval

 

Standout band for the day for me were Swivelman, who managed to make a thunderous sound with just drums and bass! The drummer used DW drums – (in awesome black and red) which is always a bonus as you know they’ll sound great! The real clever bit came with the singing bassist though, who used a combination of loop and FX pedals and split the bass feed over 2 amps on stage – one for bass output and one for effected bass. They somehow managed to fuse together elements of the White Stripes (probably too easy a comparison I know) and Nine Inch Nails to create something truly catchy and creative – check out this project on the convertible car seat best rated on the market.

Threecircles Recording Studio - Swivelman Perform At Eight Ash Green Festival

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Kieren Jones
Kieren Jones
2018-04-28T14:45:45+0000
Excellent recording facility and Adrian is a top professional guy! Thoroughly enjoyed it, will definitely be using your services again thanks for a great productive day.
Richard Simmonds
Richard Simmonds
2018-02-25T10:39:15+0000
Adrian, thank you for a great day and a half of recording finishing last Wednesday. Having been together as a group back in the 60s and now getting together 50 years on to record was a bit nerve racking but you made the thing so much easier with your professional advice and guidance. You've got a great set up and since we had Rog playing flute and drums [for some reason not at the same time!] the layering down of the instruments went really well. We had a great time and ended up with a CD and lots of happy memories. Martin living in France doesn't make it easy but we have all vowed to be back with something completely different for you to cut to disc. Thanks again and see you soon. Sam, Andy, Roger and Martin of Old Lemons fame.
Richard Ellis
Richard Ellis
2016-12-19T05:50:37+0000
This is a relaxed studio in a lovely location near the beautiful town of Saffron Walden. Adrian is a great sound guy, he listens and responds and adds enthusiasm to the day. Top recordings with the best equipment for a great price ... highly recommended ��
Ashley 'mAsh' Garbett
Ashley 'mAsh' Garbett
2016-12-17T12:19:23+0000
Having recorded at Threecircles several times, there's good reason why I keep going back... with such high end equipment, Ade's expertise and competitive pricing there's no need to go anywhere else!!
Andy Webster
Andy Webster
2016-12-14T22:55:28+0000
I first met Ade when a charity band event needed a sound technician and PA rig at short notice, he provided top notch sound for the event and also offered a very well priced live recording, which he would go away and mix at Threecircles Studio. The results were brilliant, I have never heard myself recorded live so well and the mixing was fantastic too. As a result, one of my bands then used Threecircles services again, this time at the studio to record a track for promotional purposes. We had a great time and were really happy with the results! Would highly recommend for both studio work and live sound.
Dan Mailer
Dan Mailer
2016-12-14T20:26:42+0000
Three Circles is excellent. Great studio that I have recorded at various times over the year. Ade is a hard working producer who gets great results.
Victoria Mills
Victoria Mills
2016-12-14T20:25:21+0000
I've both recorded and rehearsed at Threecircles and I can't recommend them enough! Nothing was too much trouble, the facilities are excellent and our demo sounds amazing! Thank-you!
Steve Watts
Steve Watts
2016-12-14T18:46:27+0000
Loved working with the chaps at Three Cirlces, they have all the gear and every idea! Super talented guys who get the very best out of you! 5/5
Rob Clark
Rob Clark
2016-12-14T18:20:10+0000
Very professional sound, genuinely listens to what you want and the sound you wish to create, and makes it better in every way! Highly recommend!
Stephen Ellis
Stephen Ellis
2016-12-14T18:19:54+0000
Recorded the last Kaine single at this studio; very professional set up, Ade is a great guy and the coffee is also good.
Gemma Marner
Gemma Marner
2016-12-14T18:04:48+0000
I've always loved recording at Three Circles - lovely, comfortable space and surroundings and Adrian is so easy to work with. Would recommend it in a heartbeat!
Joel Priest
Joel Priest
2016-12-14T16:57:59+0000
Great location as so close to London by road or rail. More mics than you can imagine and Ade has always done a highly professional job whenever I have used his services.
Kennedy Clark Herring
Kennedy Clark Herring
2016-12-14T16:42:36+0000
Truly professional attitude and highly capable. Recommending these guys for studio work as well as live sound... Cheers guys, appreciate the extra effort you put in,making us sound truly amazing. 5 stars : )
Chris MacKinnon
Chris MacKinnon
2016-12-14T16:41:46+0000
Ade at 3C is a true hero. Aside from having professional equipment, incredible understanding and knowledge of music production and a brilliant studio - he is a real genuine man. If I could I'd give this studio 6*, Ade recently recorded a single for my band completely for free because he knew we were doing it for charity.
Saxon Davids
Saxon Davids
2016-12-14T16:39:40+0000
Great recording facility! I've recorded at Threecircles twice now and enjoyed both sessions a lot, Ade is great to work with and has an set up of equipment and can produce excellent sound, and charges at a reasonable rate also! And the coffee is also a huge plus! 😉
Matt Milligan
Matt Milligan
2016-12-14T16:01:56+0000
Excellent recording studio, highly recommended!