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Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Jah Power » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:13 pm

Does anybody know which pieces of studio equipment Lee Perry used in the Black Ark studio? Or can anyone identify any of it from the pictures on album sleeves etc? I am thinking about tape decks, mixers, amps, effects, speakers and anything else used including instrument amps and actual instruments. Some of these things are visible in pictures of him and the control room but what are they?
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Mick Sleeper » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:02 pm

If you're thinking about re-creating the Black Ark in your own studio, someone has beaten you to it. :wink:
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Jah Power » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:43 pm

Good! I just wanted to know what he used, thanks Mick.
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Jah Power » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:49 pm

Although it sounds pretty authentic (ish) it doesn't answer my question, I'd still like to know which pieces of equipment he used. Good to hear someone making this music still, is it the Bakery in Macclesfield? Or where?
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby mark b » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:18 pm

Am sure, chocolate soldier and others have discussed this here in detail before,over various threads.
If you do a search, it comes up.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=42479&p=301841&hilit=lee+perry+mutron#p301831
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Roman » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:48 pm

Interesting video posted by Mick Sleeper. The music sounds halfway between Black Ark and Summer Records...
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Nicholas » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:37 am

From the web :

According to "People Funny Boy" Scratch used these in the early days of Black Ark (1973-75) :

- Alice mixer (Scratch: "They weren't professional machines they were only toys")
- Grantham spring reverb
- Roland Space Echo RE201
- Marantz amplifier for instruments
- AKG drum mic for vocals
- Teac 3340 1/4 inch 4-track recorder
- Teac 2-track recorder for mix down

In 1975 he added some new equipment:
- Soundcraft mixer (replaced the Alice)
- Mutron phaser (an early demo model)
- better mics

- Around 1979 he was given a Teac 1/2 inch 8-track recorder but he didn't like it and almost never used it.

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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby MulatuAstatke » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:02 pm

All true apart from it being a Grampian spring reverb, not Grantham.. He also had a spring reverb from radio shack which cost nothing back then and can still pick up cheap. You can hear it on a Leroy Wallace (horsemouth) tune that is temporarily evading my memory.
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby MulatuAstatke » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:05 pm

Also check this tune by the bakery studio just released:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXVuAUBabM4

Black Ark influenced but his own thing Fi sure..
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby kingj » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:17 am

That video..and musical composing of that steve bakery composition...in my opinion is the best duplication of lee perrys sound ever...in fact that music, in my opinion...sounds better than any ( most any) wackies stuff...Never was a big fan of Wackies...Steve virtually nails that upsetter sound on the head!! bravo!!!
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Jah Power » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:04 am

Yeah, it's a great sound, very close to the Upsetter, possibly a bit too much going on musically to be quite authentic but I just ordered a copy. I noticed the Mu-Tron and Roland effects boxes on their youtube videos.
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby iosumarti » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:32 am

I agree to kingj...
Bakery studio has the most "blackark" sound ever listened by me...
It is also surprising that it hasn´t a lot of youtube visits. I think it is similar to the past, when in J.A times, Black Ark productions they weren´t so popular...
What do you think about?
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby kalcidis » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:54 am

There's a guy here in Stockholm that has managed to get the Black Ark sound down to a t. He's very secretive about it but from what I've understood he's going to start releasing his stuff soon. Will give more info when I have it.
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby underated » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:36 pm

It would be interesting if LSP was in one of those Black Ark inspired studio's , i wonder what he would say & record ?
& when was the great one last behind a mixing desk ?

I think he has been a live performer much longer than he was a producer.
& yet fans still revel at his recordings from decades ago.
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Re: Black Ark studio equipment

Postby Mick Sleeper » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:37 pm

Bakery Studio is boss! Black Ark sound but more than just a copycat.
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