At the end of November 2014, PBM closed its studio in mid-Norfolk and moved everything to a small farm up near the North Norfolk coast. The farm is in a lovely rural location, and has a range of flint outbuildings just perfect to be renovated and rebuilt for a growing business. The first of these to be converted had most recently been used as a wood-turning workshop, but was originally built in the mid-19th century as a bullock shed. This now houses our main mastering facility, and we have decided to call the room The Workshop, in honour of its most recent artistic use, instead of anything to do with bullocks, which we fear might well prompt coarse comment.
The move itself was not entirely straightforward, and the rebuild has taken much longer than we expected, but the first stage – getting the room acoustics and electronics ready for work again – is now finished, and we re-opened for business at the end of January.
The move, and the delays, gave me plenty of time to think about and re-evaluate my ways of working, and the equipment I use for mastering. There has been a cull and some other changes … and I’ll be describing them in a short series of weekly posts starting on Saturday.