Good Earth Studios
59 Dean Street Soho London
Very much the creation of producer Tony Visconti, Good Earth Studios was set up at 59 Dean Street in 1977 when Tony bought an existing studio called Zodiac. He previously had a small studio in Shepherds Bush but needed a large premises.
A successful producer with experience of many studios Tony incorporated a lot of good ideas into Good Earth. It had a particularly large control room from day one, this was a split level room with the highest level behind the engineers position at the desk allowing "spectators" to get a clear view of proceedings in the main studio area.
The studio itself was an L-shaped room of 582 sq ft incorporating two isolation booths. A Steinway grand piano was a permanent fixture in the studio area.
The control room was initially equipped with a Trident B- Range 24/16 desk and an MCI 16 Track, augmented by a Trident Fleximix. Very soon this set-up was replaced by a Trident TSM 32/24 mixing desk. This had the useful facility of having basic eq on the monitor board, which could in turn be routed to the mix bus, thereby becoming effectively a 56 channel desk during mixdown. Monitoring was by a choice of JBL 4333s powered by Studer amps; Klein and Hummel Telewatts or the ever present Auratone Sound Cube. The MCI multitrack was replaced by a 24 track Lyrec TR 532. Although often disparaged the Lyrec did have the unique facility of 100% varispeed both up and down. This allowed for some amazing effects although it was nerve-wracking to see your master flying through the heads at 60 ips.
In line with Tony Visconti's reputation as an inventive producer, Good Earth certainly didn't scrimp on the outboard gear: Compressors and limiters (14 in all) were by UREI, Alison and Audio & Design; delay lines by Eventide and Deltalab; reverb by EMT 140, EMT 240 and a Quad Eight Spring Reverb. Mastering and tape echo provided by Studer B62, Studer B67 and 2 Revox A77s with varispeed.
By 1985 Good Earth had joined the SSL set with an SSL4048E desk, the Lyrec had gone, replaced by a pair of Otari MTR-90s synchronised with a BTX Shadow. An Otari MTR 12 half inch machine had been added for mastering. The "toy cupboard" had been expanded and now also included a Publison "Infernal Machine"; a Lexicon 224X; an AMS 15-80s delay/harmoniser; and a Quantec Room Simulator. Monitoring was changed to an Eastlake system utilising JBL and TAD components, nearfield monitors were Yamaha NS-10s (well it was the 80s)
The studio was sold on to music production company "Joe and Co" in 1989. Then since August 2007 it has been run as "Dean Street Studios".
Recorded at Good Earth Studios : ADAM ANT "VIVE LA ROCK"
AFRAID OF MICE "AFRAID OF MICE"
BIG SOUND AUTHORITY "AN INWARD REVOLUTION"
CATCH "BALANCE ON WIRES"
COCTEAU TWINS "LOVE'S EASY TEARS" E.P.
DAVID BOWIE "DIAMOND DOGS"
DAVID BOWIE "STAGE"
DEAD OR ALIVE "NUDE"
DIFFORD AND TILBROOK "DIFFORD AND TILBROOK"
DREW McCULLOCH "A SALTY TALE"
ELAINE PAGE "CHRISTMAS"
ELKIE BROOKS "NO MORE THE FOOL"
HAZEL O'CONNOR "BREAKING GLASS"
HAZEL O'CONNOR "COVER PLUS"
IMMACULATE FOOLS "HEARTS OF FORTUNE"
JOHN ROCCA "EXTRA, EXTRA"
JUNIOR "INSIDE LOOKIN' OUT"
KAJA "CRAZY PEOPLES RIGHT TO SPEAK"
LES RITA MITSOUKO "THE NO COMPRENDO"
MAGAZINE "SECONDHAND DAYLIGHT"
MICK KARN "DREAMS OF REASON PRODUCE MONSTERS"
MOODY BLUES "THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE"
MOODY BLUES "SUR LA MER"
OMAHA SHERIFF "COME HELL OR HIGH WATERS"
PHILIP LYNOTT "SOLO IN SOHO"
RAY LEMA "MEDiCINE"
SMITHS "SHEILA TAKE A BOW" SINGLE
STEPHAN EICHER "SILENCE"
STRANGLERS "LA FOLIE"
STRIFE "SCHOOL" E.P.
SURPRISE SISTERS "SURPRISE SISTERS"
THIN LIZZY "CHINATOWN"
THIN LIZZY "BLACK ROSE"
THIN LIZZY "LIVE AND DANGEROUS"
WESTBROOK BLAKE "BRIGHT AS FIRE"
WHAM! "MAKE IT BIG"
Recorded at Good Earth Studios :
ADAM ANT "VIVE LA ROCK"
Recorded at Good Earth Studios :