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We're privately owned and run as a partnership. Established in 1997, we have never relied on handouts from the government or other bodies. From humble beginnings, we have heavily reinvested in our business, ensuring our equipment is always fully up to date and properly maintained.
Who are our customers?
We don't restrict ourselves to any particular age/race/religion groups, and are disabled friendly. Everyone is welcome at Plug Studios. We have children as young as seven visiting the studios, right up to those looking forward to retirement. Some of our customers are just beginning their musical journeys, whilst others are professional musicians.
We are open seven days a week.
Free parking is available and all studios are situated at ground floor level to ensure easy access.
Our Kingsway site is situated within walking distance of the city centre and bus stops.
We have a comfortable chill out room with tables, chairs and sofas, plus a huge flat screen TV. Although food and drink are not permitted in the rehearsal rooms, you are most welcome to order in pizza etc and bring your own beers to enjoy whilst you take your breaks (our vending machine only dispenses soft drinks - what a shame!).
We are open on demand, usually between:-
Monday - Thursday 5pm - midnight
Fridays - 6pm - 9pm
Saturdays - 11am - 6pm
Sundays - 11am - 9pm
As all sessions are by appointment only, please make sure you book in advance of arriving!
Our fully air conditioned Kingsway site offers standard 3 hr(or multiples thereof) practice sessions for bands ,or more flexible timeslots for single musicians, including 1hr sessions.
To produce a demo or album, you can book our dedicated digital recording facilities, complete with a purpose built vocal booth and recording engineer.
We record all genres of music, including bands and solo singers, and the spoken word.
The studio is equipped with protools 10, Apple computers and and we have a comprehensive selection of outboard equipment, details of which are available on request.
Recording & Mixing Prices, including engineer (and a bass amp), are:-
Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm £20 per hour .
If required, WAV file transfer to CD is charged at £5 per track .
Drums and guitar amps can be hired at an additional cost, if required.
A £35 deposit will be payable at the time of booking your recording session, in order to secure your recording time slot.
Please note that all prices are correct as at 01.01.14, but please call to confirm prices when booking as we reserve the right to update prices at any time.
We operate a 48 hr cancellation policy whereby you will need to give at least 48 hrs notice to avoid loss of deposit.
In addition to those items available to hire onsite for rehearsals and recording, we also offer affordable offsite hire of lighting & backline (drums, guitar and bass guitar amps). In addition, we have P.A systems for band gigs, weddings, corporate conferences, general public address etc.
These range from simple to use (and very reasonably priced) small rigs suitable for pubs and clubs, to larger more robust "top of the range" systems for larger venues and outdoor use.
A selection of our 2014 out hire prices
£20 8 Channel PA mixer Head (suitable for small venue/pub) (ipod and laptop compatible)
£25 Power amp (various - 2K / 3.4k etc)
£30 PA Speakers (pair) Eg Peavey XT2s or similar
£35 PA Speakers (pair) Martin F15s (high end spec)
£40 Bass Bins (pair) Martin F18s (high end spec)
£5 Speaker stands (pair)
£10 Mini mixing desk 4 channel
£25 Mixing desk 10 channel
£40 Mixing Desk 16 channel
£15 Multicore (8)
£7 Monitor (passive)
£5 Basic vocal/instrument Mic Set (mic/lead/stand)
£15 Shure SM57/58 Mic Set (mic/lead/stand)
£15 Radio Mic
£7 Bass Drum Mic
£30 Drum mic set
£5 DI Box / mic lead
£35 PA Rig No.1 (PA head, 2 speakers, stands, 2 mic sets, all leads) (ipod and laptop compatible)
£45 PA Rig No.2 (PA Head, 2 speakers, stands, 3 mic sets, 2 passive monitors, all leads) (ipod and laptop compatible)
£60 PA Rig No.3 (2 x PA heads, 2 speakers, 2 passive monitors, stage splitter box (for seperate monitor mix), stands, 3 mic sets, all leads) (ipod and laptop compatible)
£7 Bass Head
£7 Bass Cab
£10 Bass Combo
£10 Bass Guitar
£15 / £7 Guitar Head Valve / Solid State
£7 Guitar Cab
£10 Guitar Combo
£10 Electric Guitar
£3 Keyboard Stand / Guitar Stand
£30 Drums (mapex kit, without cymbals or snare)
£50 Full drum kit deal (Mapex kit, cymbal set and snare)
£7 Snare Drum
£15 Cymbal individual (one crash or one ride, or pair hats)
£5 /£8 Single / Double Bass Pedal
£30 DJ Dual CD Decks
Various Lighting Rigs from £30 - ask for details P.O.A
In addition to the hire fee, a £100 returnable* security/damage deposit is required when you book.
Please note that if you cancel your booking within £48 hrs of the intended collection time, a cancellation charge will be applied.
* Equipment returned late will be subject to a further days hire charge.
We are able to take payments in cash or card, although all card transactions attract a 50p surcharge.
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