The LaMP studio is François Evans's film music composition and production facility.
The studio began with a trip to the London Rock Shop in Camden, London in the 1980s, and the purchase of a Roland Juno-6 synthesizer. This was soon supplemented with a Yamaha RX-15 drum machine and a Tascam 244 4-track portastudio to make demos.
In the early 90s the studio evolved into a MIDI facility in Rickmansworth (SE England), with outboard synths, hardware samplers and effects boxes to layer sounds and make orchestral mock-ups. The studio moved to Hackney and grew further.
With a move to Barnet, North London, along came faster computers and big hard disks. The studio switched from using MOTU Performer digital studio workstation (DAW) software, to MOTU Digital Performer - optimal for film scoring. An interest in and love of older analogue synthesizers from the 1970s never waned (see Influences).
Re-locating to France, an abandoned nursery school was discovered East of La Rochelle in South Vendée. Dating from 1906, it had a high-ceilinged classsroom with an oak floor and a warm acoustic (described by one visiting musician as une ambiance très sympa). A side room was adapted to become the control/composition/programming suite. A 32-channel, British-made Soundcraft DC2000 analogue mixing desk with flying faders was acquired, restored and installed for warm music mixes.
Tracks are recorded through two Focusrite ISA428s or valve Ferrograph pre-amplifiers, to give a glowing sound.
Special software for making 'spectral' sound transformations is in its infancy. We like to give time occasionally to incorporate sound morphing into your music scores. In hair-raising, pleasantly-disorientating ways, this can blur the boundaries between real & electronic instruments, and between colourful music chords & sound identity, to integrate music with film sound.
A 'best friend' in the studio is a 1930s' small, art deco, boudoir Gaveau upright piano from 1936, which has a character all its own.
Whilst using vintage technology is fun, it is a responsibility to maintain. Many composers have opted for a minimalist studio of desk, keyboard, computer, amp., speakers and DAW. At LaMP, we favour quality over convenience. Like film actors, each piece of music hardware used has a life of its own, which participates. These characteristics can bring a special quality, interest and originality to music composed and produced for films.