A psychedelic rock band fused with ska, punk and philosophy. Intriguing! Fred Dibnar is a collection of musicians from Leicester who travelled up the m6 to work in the studio over a long weekend.

Their target was to get a three track documentation of their work down as the future of the band was uncertain due to various reasons. Although the band have several recordings already, it was their first visit to a studio. They were set to have a blast stocked up with all the supplies they would need in order to stay in the zone all weekend – literally.

Friday evening was spent getting a drum sound that was to the liking of a charismatic drummer who was playing on a borrowed kit from the studio complex. Saturday was dominated by guitars and bass tracking, as well as mass consumption of food and ale.

Sunday was extremely relaxed and a more intimate session with just Ben from the studio along with Eddy and Phil from the band. Vocals were the aim of the game, with several different harmonies and ways of singing each song, we finally settled on an approach for each song and started tracking the vocals.

Good news was received later on the Sunday when in turned out several members of the band were going to be able to continue to commit their time to the cause. This was also great for the mixing process because some ideas that we had not had time to capture would still be able to make it in to the project at a later date.

Ben spent several sessions mixing the tracks, Eddy also came back to the studio to give a final input on the mixing process before the tracks were handed over to Alasdair for mastering.

There will be more to come in the new year when the band return to the studio to record more tracks.


The first project since expanding the studio was a singer songwriter, from a metal band background, called Paul Wild.

Paul had a collection of acoustic tracks that he wanted to capture a live performance recording of. We spent two afternoons capturing the huge performances from Paul and then spent an evening recording additional vocals with Ben to add an extra depth to the recording.

The intention of the mix was to keep the tracks as raw as possible and to put them in an spacious audible environment.

The sessions recording were amazing and extremely productive. Rynette was on hand to capture some choice photos of the action going on in the live room and the control room.

You will find a track from the session on the portfolio page and on the studio soundcloud page as well as Paul’s internet networks!

Cosmic Daisy Guitarist Joel with Ben

Ben has recently worked with some old friends in Joel and Dave formerly of Manchester band Cosmic Daisy.

The guys originally met over at Bee Hive Mill, the home of Sankeys and also Big Fish Rehearsals.

Due to previous work done with the band, Ben was asked to work on a Charity Driven project to raise money for a good cause.

Joel, Dave and newest member, Rhona appeared ready to track one song with the possibility of mixing or adding to a previously recorded track.

Drums, bass and keyboards were tracked live together in a very dynamic performance. It looked more like a live gig and the track shows this energy undoubtably.

Guitars were then over dubbed in several layers and then vocals before the mix commenced.

The two sessions were great fun and it was really cool to work with good friends again.

Really do hope that the track does its bit to raise the money for the charity at its cause.

Ben has recently put the cause 2 create studio through its paces with his alternative metal solo project titled – Jacob Messianic.

Ben has been producing a seven track ep called “The World to Come”. Original material written in the studio had stemmed from years of musical appreciation of all types of music from metal bands like Pantera, God Forbid, Meshuggah and Machine Head to name but a few, through contemporary composers like Ludovico Einaudi and electronic producers such as Bonobo. These form the loose guidelines for inspiration with all genres, bands and artists in between having an impact on the music that has been born.

The guitars were mostly recorded through a Marshall AVT special edition head running directly through the outboard of the studio, including the Bellari RP583. As the bass, but using the ever solid Trace Eliot head unit, specifically running through the tlaudio Fatman. The guitars used were 90% Jackson with a dash of Epiphone Les Paul, and even a little Fender Strat found its way in to the mix. The bass was a mixture of again mostly Jackson with appearances from an Ernie Ball Music Man and a Westone through neck, beautiful to play.

Andrew Hunter made a couple of guest appearances on guitar, playing extra rhythm, dualed patterns and generally having a great input. After years of playing guitar together in bands, nobody else could step in to an already fast paced project and be able to deliver the complimentary guitar needed.

Drums were a mixtures if triggered and sampled drums in this ever moving age of drum production. Through a mixture of several acoustic kits, miced and triggered, and an electronic drum kit kindly lent by building resident, producer Tom from 2 Billion Beats, the drum patterns were sculpted and rewritten multiple times, good job I like editing drums 🙂 Again Hunter made an appearance on several tracks laying down drum parts that gave a solid back bone to the growing ideas when things got a bit too hectic all coming from one mind.

Vocals were captured simply with an Akg C2000b condenser microphone, with assistance from studio partner Alasdair Taylor at the desk. Every line double tracked, an hour a day for five days was all the time we had so we just had to nail it first time.

A little orchestration was dotted around afterwards for dramatic effect and then it was down to the mix.

At this point it is important to note that an early blog post indicated that there could be more of a collaborative project on the cards but due to time commitments the project grew quicker than all originally interested members could get to the studio, all because of the vision of original project starter, Ben, and his desire to continually work on the tracks in all available spare time in order to be able to move on with his favourite part of the music technology works – mixing, and onwards to complete the project.

Ben, again with limited time, has spent several sessions tidying up and arranging and mixing the tracks to a degree where 7 were selected from a collection of tracks at various stages. Those seven became the basis for the ep now named ‘The World to Come’. Using his favoured elements of the studio outboard he finally reached a mix if the tracks he was happy with to say, time for mastering.

Next up was Christophe Bride and Oxygene Studios for mastering. As always, still wondering if the mix was right, we sat while Chris worked his magic and produced the finished product.

At present the finished tracks are being prepared for release so keep your eyes on the Jacob Messianic website

In July, very early in the morning on a Saturday, Ben and Al met with Mike Sweeney and Paddy O’Hare to start recording a 5 track ep of new and original material for the duo. First up, it was amazing once agin to work with such talented musicians with ideas flowing and improvisation and experimentation throughout.

For this project we were very lucky to be able to use the Live Room from Manchester Midi School to give us maximum space for all the instruments and performers.

First up we put down a few guide guitar tracks along with a box drum – kahon, followed by layering guitars and a whole host of instruments from banjo, harmonicas, mandolin, shakers, claps, vocals, the list was endless. Even Ben got involved playing bass on 4 of the tracks. There must have been 12 people in the studio at one point all getting involved and  having a great time.

Ben once again took the tracks away after two weekends of tracking and then sat down with Paddy and started to sift through the takes and put together the golden takes. Ben then spent some time putting the mixes together before meeting up again with Mike and Paddy to put the finishing touches in place. Alasdair then took the tracks and mastered them to finish the project off.

This was a magical project to be involved in and we loved every minute of it, full of laughs, stories and warm food as well as all the music.

Mike Sweeney and Paddy O’Hare Facebook

Mike Sweeney and Paddy O’Hare Reverbnation

Fez sent a few tracks over to be mixed recently, often featured on the Laboratory Projects Tastemasters events and albums.

Following that the band came in for a session and recorded two tracks to continue their ongoing documentation of their back catalogue of tracks.

Les, the guitarist and singer in Fez was actually one of Ben’s university lecturers, which was really cool to have the roles reversed.

The sessions were full of energy and the tracks were nailed in very few takes by this amazing musical outfit that sways, from rock to psychedelic and back again in flurry of beautiful musicianship.

Fez Facebook

The Laboratory Project Facebook

In June, Ben started working with manchester band, That Sunless Tide. The band recorded a three track ep, the first recording for the band. As a three piece metal band, TST created a very large sound with a wide dynamic range and it was important to capture this in the recording.

So after two weekends of tracking with a mixture of pure energy and banter, we were ready to start the mixdown. Ben initially tided up the tracks and put some rough mixes together and ten Loz, the drumming powerhouse and timekeeper, came in and dissected the tracks alongside Ben. A final listening session with Loz, Martin and Paul to finishes the mixes and they were off to Alasdair to master.

That Sunless Tide were amazing to work with and i don’t think anyone will forget the moment when we realised the toms were missing from the drum kit……..

That Sunless Tide Facebook

That Sunless Tide Soundcloud

Daddysmilk came to C2CA and worked on a 6 track ep with Ben. The tracking was a blast, three drum kits, multiple amps and various effects pedal chains…… endless fun.

Here are a few pictures from the tracking.

Marius then spent many sessions with Ben in the studio working on the mixes and achieving the sound that was the goal.

Ben was extremely pleased with the outcome and the opportunity to give the new studio setup a workout.

Daddysmilk then had the ep mastered at the Laboratory Project Studios.


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