BigDStudios originally operated at Little Bridge Business Park nr Westpoint, Exeter in the 00's. The studio was a hybrid digital/analogue setup combining Apple Mac and ADAT feeding through MOTU interfaces to an analogue Soundcraft desk supported by a combination of analogue and digital outboard equipment.
It quickly gained a reputation as a quality studio in the area and one of the highlights of the period include the recording of 3 seasons of comedy jingles for "Steve Wright in the Afternoon" - the most popular show on UK radio at the time. The jingles were aired daily and Steve Wright himself rang to team to thank us and to let us know how much he was enjoying them.
The studio also impressed Ian Richardson - probably best known to television viewers for playing Francis Urquhart of the original "House of Cards". He was also a leading Shakesperean stage actor and as such he narrated the dvd "The Life of Shakespeare" at BigdStudios. He had this to say about the studio...
What a very real pleasure to find a superbly fitted, thoroughly professional sound studio so close to my Devon base! Please be assured that there are no facilities which I have encountered in the Metropolis more efficient than Apache - and in many cases, nothing like so patient and friendly.
During this period BigDStudios became the preferred studio in the East Devon area for the "New Deal for Musicians" - a government scheme which operated at the time to give struggling artistes a much needed leg up. A diverse range of budding musicians came to record at the studio, from a solo drummer to a hip-hop duo, as well as traditional singer-songwriters. Holly Karlsen came to the studio under the wing of Arthur Cook and recorded her album "What will the neighbours say?" and went on to be featured in the national press.
The studio was also
used by a television company providing several commercials to ITV and
Nickelodeon and as far as we are aware in one of the commercials produced
for Crealy Park we were the first to put the sound of F1 car synced to
the pictures of children's go-karts... and now everybody's doing it!.