Real World Studios

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Coordinates: 51°25′08″N 2°15′09″W / 51.4189°N 2.2525°W / 51.4189; -2.2525 Real World Studios is a residential recording facility in Box, Wiltshire, England associated with the Real World Records record label founded by rock musician Peter Gabriel.


The studio's Big Room houses an SSL 9000K XL mixing console, with additional outboard equipment surrounding the room. The Big Room is designed to be one big collaborative space without walls - but also houses two isolation booths. Adjoining the Big Room is the Wood Room. This room features a more lively acoustic and a booth, mezzanine floor and movable acoustic screens.

In January 2008 work was completed on the Big Room to provide a multi-purpose facility that could also accommodate final mixdowns for film and television projects. A separate foley recording studio was also created around that time and work to renovate and upgrade the foley studio was completed in Autumn 2010. Real World Studios has been host to film and TV projects including Quantum of Solace, The Golden Compass, Green Zone and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

The complex also houses a large rehearsal room, a foley studio, surround-sound 7.1 mixing studio with dubbing facilities, kitchen/dining room (with an on-site chef) and accommodation including a production cottage.


When Peter Gabriel had finished the album So, he decided it was time to move from Ashcombe House to a permanent recording facility. The most important thing about the location for Peter was to be close to water. Peter, David Stallbaumer and Mike Large looked at several sites - usually old mills - in the Bath area. The Real World site had the size and space they wanted, a river and was situated in a beautiful part of the world, accessible from London with the city of Bath less than 8 miles away.[1]



Artists including Fuat Güner, [2] Marillion, Super Furry Animals, Manic Street Preachers, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyoncé Knowles, Muse, Laura Marling, Crowded House, Take That, Sade, New Order, Tom Jones, Starsailor, Stereophonics, Kylie Minogue, Patrick Wolf, Placebo, Ludovico Einaudi, Anna Calvi, Paloma Faith, Robert Plant, Birdy, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Young Guns, Van Morrison, Brian Eno, Loreena McKennitt, Ray LaMontagne, Rudimental, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Vanessa Carlton, The Wanted, Natasha Bedingfield, Marina and the Diamonds, Dappy, The Beautiful South, Joss Stone, The B-52s Natalie Duncan and Elbow have used the studio complex.[3]


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