Chiswick Reach Stereo Valve Compressor

CHISWICK REACH STEREO VALVE COMPRESSOR – February 2000 – Sound on Sound

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Hugh Robjohns tries out a new stereo valve compressor hand-built in Britain, which shines both in the studio and the mastering room.

The design of the Chiswick Reach Stereo Valve Compressor benefits from over 65 man-years of experience in valve-based professional audio equipment, going back to the design in the late ’60s and early ’70s of the 24-track all-valve studio at Chalk Farm — apparently recognised as the reggae studio of the time. Although the stereo valve compressor is the first commercial unit from Chiswick Reach, several other projects are nearing completion or under development including a valve-based distortion unit, an equaliser and a mic amp chain. Continue Reading →

Chiswick Reach Studios

Originally published in The Mix Spring 1997

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If you think Recording Studios are becoming depressingly similar, then think on: Nick Smith investigates the all-valve Chiswick Reach facility…

Tucked away down a quaint side street between Fuller’s Brewery and the old cherry Blossom boot-polish factory, in Chiswick, is a small office block. Surprisingly it’s home to one of the most exceptional studios in the capital; one which claims to be the only commercial all-valve 24-track studio outside America. Chiswick Reach, run and owned by Nigel Woodward, boasts probably the finest collection of valve recording gear that you’re ever likely to see currently in use, doing what it’s supposed to do – making records. Continue Reading →