PETE TOWNSHEND: Inside his floating studio on a 110-foot Dutch barge in London

By ProSoundNetwork Editorial Staff

Built inside a 100-year-old Dutch barge, Grand Cru Studio is an unusual recording studio, to say the least. First built in the 1970s as Oceanic Studios, commissioned by The Who’s Pete Townshend as part of his Eel Pie Studios, the 110-foot vessel is now a fully commercial facility, complete with an SSL AWS 948 hybrid console.

Over the last five years, it has been brought back to its former glory and equipped to deal with a flurry of Townshend projects, including the Classic Quadrophenia project. At the helm is Myles Clarke, an engineer and producer who has worked closely with Townshend over many years. "I am running this as a traditional commercial studio," he says. "...A production space for hire. When you arrive, the desk is zeroed; everything is clean and tidy. I want it to be like the studios I assisted in and learned in—a fresh blank canvas for producers and engineers to come and do their thing in. I've been to lots of so-called commercial studios that are actually very much a Producer's own studio—things are broken or labelled badly, and so on... I've spent the last few months making sure that this place is perfect."

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