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. It makes lovely warm 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 sound.
A 'best friend' in the studio is a 1930s' small, art deco, boudoir Gaveau upright piano, which has a character all its own.
Whilst using vintage technology is fun, it is a responsibility to maintain. It's understandable that so many composers have opted for a minimalist studio of desk, keyboard, computer, amp., speakers and DAW. For us at LaMP, convenience can sometimes compromise music, so we take the extra effort. Like film actors, each piece of music hardware used has a life of its own, which participates. Those characters can bring a special quality, interest and originality to the music composed for films.