Backwater Channels Recording Studio - Music Production and Photography - Benfleet,Southend,Basildon,Rayleigh,Canvey, Essex

Backwaters Recording Studio


The Backwaters Channels Studio offers a range of recording and production services, catering for:


  • Band Recording

  • Solo Artists / Vocalists / MC's

  • Voice Overs 

  • FX and Sound Design for film and media

  • Music Production 

  • Audio Mixing

  • Audio Mastering

  • ReAmping



Whether you require a facility for recording your band or need a song mixed down; from applying a simple voiceover through to producing a whole track, we are happy to accommodate. 


Our recording studio is based just off of the A13 in Benfleet Essex and in close proximity to Leigh on Sea, Southend, Rayleigh, Basildon and Canvey. We are also only a 10 minute walk from Benfleet Train Station which is on the Fenchurch Street line so just 45 minutes away from central London.

Please get in touch for further details.

Recording & Mixing

£25 per hour

£85 4 hour session

£150 full 8 hour day 8 hours


We welcome every style of music and every level of production. 


Over the years we have had the pleasure of working with a great number of talented musicans and vocalists from a diverse range of musical styles including Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soul, R&B, Rock and Roll, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Electronica, Dance and many, many more.

For vocalists that do not typically work with musicians to provide their music, we can provide you will professionally recorded backing tracks to sing along to. Choose from our extensive catalogue of songs that covers a diverse range of artists and genres. 


Please get in touch where will be more than happy to discuss your project with you.

Music Production

Priced per project - please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

We offer a bespoke music production services for recording artists, film, and media,

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your project.


£15 per song / 3-5 songs £12.50 each / 6+ songs £10 each

Mastering service available for individual songs, EP's, albums.



Recording Studio Gear List

Microphones Available:

Sony C38B (Vintage circa 1970): Large Diaphragm Condenser. Cardioid/Omni.

RODE 'Classic' (Original mk1) Large Diaphragm, Tube Condenser. Cardioid/Omni/Fig8 (9 available pick-up patterns)

Audio Technica AT4040: Large Diaphragm Condenser, Cardioid.

Shure SM7B: Large Diaphragm Dynamic

sE Electronics sE2200a Large Diaphragm Condenser, Cardioid

Oktava MK-012 (X2):  Small Diaphragm Condenser, Cardioid/Omni.

Audio Technica ATM25 Small Diaphragm Dynamic, Hypercardioid. 

AKG D112 Large Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid.

AKG D12 Vintage Large Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardiod. 

Sennheiser e602: Large Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid.

Sennheiser e604 (X3): Small Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid.

Audix i5 Small Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid

Audix D4 Dynamic, Cardioid

Audio D6 Dynamic, Cardioid

sE R1 Ribbon Microphones (X2)

RB-100 Ribbon Microphones (X2)

Peavey PVM 520TN: Large diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid.

Shure BG 4.1 (x2) Small Diaphragm Condenser, Cardioid.

Shure SM57's (x4): Small Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid.

Shure SM58's: Small Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid.

Shure Unidyne 545D Small Diaphragm Dynamic, Cardioid

Shure 520D Vintage 'Green Bullet' : Controlled Reluctance Transducer, Omnidirectional.

Shure 33-1070D (X2): Small Diaphragm Dynamic, Omnidirectional

Optimus 33-3017 (X2): Small Diaphragm Electret, Cardioid.

Realistic PZM Boundary Mic (X2)



FMR RNP 8380 Stereo Preamp

DAV BG1U Decca Heritage Dual Channel Mic-Pre/DI

Golden Age Project PRE-73 (x2)

ART MPA Dual Channel Tube Preamp  (Upgraded with vintage NOS RCA tubes)

Joemeek VC6Q Preamp / Optical compresser / EQ

Electo Harmonix 12AY7


Sequencing & Recording:

Apple Mac Pro (2x 3.2GHz Quad-core processors, 18Gb Ram) running Logic Pro X

Various Plug-ins & VST instruments including Native Instrument Komplete Ultimate, Waves, Lexicon, & Sound Toys

M-Audio Profire 2626 24bit/192kHz Audio/MIDI interface (x2): 16 ins/16 outs total

Behringer ADA8000 8 channel AD/DA converter

Apple Macbook Pro (2.9GHz Dual-core processor, 8GB Ram)

RME Babyface Interface (used for location recording with MacBook Pro)

Studio Logic SL990 Pro 88-note full-size weighted, hammer-action controller keyboard

Tascam 38, (8 track analog Reel to Reel mulitrack tape recorder)

Tascam 22-2 (2 track analog Reel to Reel  stereo recorder)

Akai 4000DS (Reel to Reel analog tape recorder)

Pioneer RT-707 (Reel to Reel stereo recorder)

Radial J48 DI Box x2

Radial Pro RMP reamping box 


Mixing & Monitoring:

Adam A7 active monitor speakers

Adam Sub 7 

Yamaha NS10M Studio passive  monitor speakers / Yamaha P1600 Power Amp

Mackie Onyx 1620 16 channel Mixing Desk with Firewire

Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro Headphones x5

EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones

Behringer HA4700 12 Channel  Headphone Amp 

Vestax PMC-05 Pro III DJ mixer


Instruments & Amplification:

Vintage 70's Rhodes Mark II Stage Piano 73

Vintage Korg CX3 (circa '79) - Hammond B3 clone

Philips Philicorda GM752 Organ (circa '67)

Hohner Planet T (circa '77)

Sharma 981 Rotary Speaker

Neo Ventilator II rotary speaker cabinet simulator

Vintage Petrof upright piano


Various acoustic, electric and bass guitars

Yamaha Oak Custom drum kit (7 ply kick, 6 ply toms):

  • 22" Kick Drum,

  • 12" Tom

  • 13" Tom

  • 16" Floor Tom

Vintage Ludwig drum kit 1968 (3 ply shells): 

  • 24" Kick Drum 

  • 13" Tom

  • 16" Floor Tom

Gretsch Catalina Club drum kit  (6 ply shells): 

  • 18" Kick Drum 

  • 12" Tom

  • 14" Floor Tom

Various Snare drums including:

  • Ludwig Acrolite

  • Premier 2000

  • Pearl SensiTone

Various cymbals including:

  • 14" Zildjian New Beat Hi-Hats (vintage 70's)

  • 14" Zildjian K Hi-Hats (vintage 70's)

  • 14" Paiste Dixie Hi Hats (Vintage circa 1960)

  • 20" Zildjian A Ride (vintage 70's)

  • 22" Zildjian A Custom Ride

  • 16" Zildjian A Crash (vintage 70's)

  • 18" Zildjian A Crash (vintage 70's) 

  • 16" Zildjian A Medium Thin Crash

  • 18" Zildjian A Medium Thin Crash

  • 16" Zildjian A Custom Crash

  • 18" Paiste Dixie Crash (circa 1960)

Hohner Orgaphon 18MH Valve amp (circa '65)

Fender 'Champ' Valve Guitar Amp (circa '78)

Fender MusicMaster Bass (circa '74)

Fender Deluxe Reverb Valve Guitar Amp (circa '78)

Music Man 212 HD 130 Valve Guitar Amp  (circa '76)

Vox AC15 Valve Guitar Amp

Mesa Boogie Mark III Valve Guitar Amp

Marshall JCM 800 Valve Guitar Amp

Ampeg B-50R Bass Amplifier

Orange Tiny Terror Valve Guitar Amp

Roland Jazz chorus-85

BlackStar HT5 Valve Guitar Amp

Vox Pathfinder 15

Epiphone Valve Junior

Sharma 981 Rotary Speaker

Synths & Keyboards:

Arturia Minibrute Analog Synth

Roland Juno 60 Analog Poly Synth

Roland RS-09 Organ/String Analog Poly Synth

Jen SX1000 Analog Mono Synth

Studio Logic SL990 Pro 88-note full-size weighted, hammer-action controller keyboard

Next 'Superbass 4.4' Analog Bass Synthersizer

Emu Proteus 2000 Synth Module with MoPhat expansion card

Roland JV2080 containing the following expansion cards:

  • Orchestral  

  • Keyboards of the 60s & 70s

  • Vintage Synths

  • Techno

  • Bass & Drums

  • Session

  • Dance

Yamaha TX81Z FM Synth Module

Yamaha FB-01 FM Synth Module

Yamaha QY22 Music Sequencer


Samplers & Drum Machines:

Roland R-70 Drum Machine   

E-mu SP12 Sampling Drum Machine (12 bit, Mono)

Akai S950 Sampler (12 bit, Mono)

Akai S612 Sampler (12 bit Mono)

Akai S1100 Sampler (16 bit, Stereo)

Akai MPC2000XL Sampling Drum Machine (16 bit, Stereo)

Ensoniq ASR10 Samplng Keyboard Workstation.

Casio RZ-1 Sampling Drum Machine (8 bit, Mono)


Compressors & Dynamic Processing:

DBX 163X Compressor/Limiter (Mono)

DBX 160X compressor/Limiter (Mono)

DBX 166 Stereo Compressor/ Peak Limiter / Gate (Stereo)

DBX 128 Stereo Dynamic Range Enhancer (Stereo)

Drawmer LX20 Stereo Compressor/Expander/Gate (Stereo)

FMR RNC 1773 Compressor (Stereo)

ART VLA II Valve Driven Opto Compressor (Stereo)


Outboard Effects & Processors:

Tech 21 SansAmp PSA 1.1  

Lexicon MPX1 Multi FX Unit

Lexicon PCM60 Reverb

Lexicon Vortex Audio Morphing Processor 

Ensoniq DP/4+ Parallel Effects Processor

Ken Multi DE 1200 Digital Delay

Korg Kaoss Pad Dynamic Effects/ Controller

Aphex 104 Aural Exciter

Zoom 1201 Multi FX Unit

Alesis Quadraverb Plus Multi FX Unit

Alesis Midiverb II Multi FX Unit

Yamaha SPX90 II

Evan EchoPet EP100 Analog Delay / Echo Unit


Tape Delays & Spring Reverbs etc:

Roland Space Echo RE-150 Tape Delay/Echo 1979

Watkins Copicat Mk II Tape Delay/Echo (valve) circa 1963

Watkins Copicat MK IV Tape Delay/Echo (solid state) circa 1970

Sound Workshop 242C Stereo Spring Reverb

Vesta Kaza RV-3 Spring Reverb

Van Amps Sole Mate Spring Reverb

JHS SL5300 Spring Reverb 

Pioneer SR-101 Valve Driven Spring Reverb  (1960's)

Pioneer SR-202W Solid state Spring Reverb (1970's)

Sansui RA-700 Solid State Spring Reverb (1970's)


Guitar FX pedals etc:

Various Guitar Effect Pedals Including:

  • Sansamp Para Driver

  • Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer

  • Maxon OD808

  • Tokai TMD-1 Metal Driver

  • Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

  • Boss OD-3 Overdrive

  • Boss OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion

  • Boss DS-1 Distortion

  • Stone Deaf  PDF2  EQ-Filtering Overdrive

  • Pro Co Rat

  • Electro Harmonix Big Muff

  • Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff

  • MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay

  • Boss DD-3 Digital Delay

  • Boss DD-5 Digital Delay

  • Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay/Reverb

  • Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Nano Reverb

  • Van Amps Sole Mate Spring Reverb Pedal

  • Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Wah

  • Digitech Whammy

  • Electro Harmonix POG Micro

  • Boss PN-2 Tremolo/Pan

  • Boss TR-2 Tremelo

  • Neo Ventilator II rotary speaker cabinet simulator

  • Boss CH-1 Super Chorus

  • Electro Harmonix Small Clone Chorus

  • Electro Harmonix Small Stone Phaser 

  • Boss PH-2 Super Phaser  

  • DOD FX25B Envelope Filter

  • Boss GE-7 Equalizer

  • Korg Tone Works G5 Synth Bass Processor

  • Line 6 POD 2.0 Multi FX & Amp Simulation


Boss LS-2 Line Selector

Radial J48 DI Box

Radial Pro RMP reamping box 



Technics SL-1200 Mk2 Turntable

Korg DT1000 Chromatic Tuner