In photos: Another look around the BBC’s Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

The Monochrome Set were back recording in the BBC’s wonderful studios in Maida Vale, west London yesterday.

I first visited the studios back in September 2016, where we performed in the cavernous Studio MV3. This time we were in the rather more intimate Studio MV4.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

I wrote at length about the history of the BBC’s Maida Vale studios in the previous photo article, but since then plans have been announced to close the iconic complex and relocate to Olympic Park in Stratford. Although 2022 was originally cited as the date for the move, we were told that it might take up to five years.

Read more about the move here.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

Here’s some photos from my visit yesterday – we were recording live tracks for Marc Riley’s BBC6 Music radio show.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

One happy keyboard player.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

There’s a lot of wood in the studio.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

I was using my old Pearl Traveller kit plus for the session with a piccolo snare

Read more: Building and buying an extra small, super-portable drum kit for gigging drummers

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

Bass drum + Dulwich Hamlet!

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

Once again I was barricaded off with a row of noise-soaking panels. Bah!

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

Overall studio shot.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

Upstairs area of MV3.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

Mixing room.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

Outside view.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

We sneaked a peek in Studio MV1, one of the largest recording spaces available in the UK.

Equipped with a Studer D950 digital desk, MV1 is currently home to the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

I had a quick look around the equipment room in MV3.

In photos: Another look around BBC's Maida Vale studios with The Monochrome Set, Sept 2019

More info:

A look around BBC’s wonderful Maida Vale Studio MV3, west London
The Monochrome Set
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