applies to the Princes trust for funding to start a recording studio
and business plan all completed and submitted to the Princes trust
- Funding finally approved start Bally studios, with The Princes
Barclays putting up 50% of the money each.
- Location found in Bermondsey for soundproofed units
- On first day of the recording studio being opened, within the first
two hours, we suddenly realise that the units are
soundproofed enough for recording live bands with the drum kit, so
studio is put on hold until we can find a more suitable location.
August 2005: - while
guitar shoping in Palmers Green, Jimmy spots an advert for Sync City, a
2 room rehearsal studio complex in Tottenham Hale. Jimmy and Francesca
go to view the studios with a view of renting one of the rooms in
downtime, but currents owners announced they are looking to sell the
October 2005: - at the
seventh (7th!!!) attempt, Jimmy and Francesca finally gets 50% of the
money needed to take over the business. 25% of the money needed is
raised through credit cards and 25% is deferred so that we get six
months to pay off the remaining quarter owed. Jimmy and Francesca
takeover Sync City and rename it Bally Studios. On the first day, all
extra hire fees for equipment are abolished and the kettle is bought for
free teas and coffees. Jimmy also adds his personal guitar amps to the
studios available stock, a Fender Princeton chorus guitar amp and a WEM
office is split into 2 and one half is let out to a courior service
- Start to offer incense to all of the bands that want it in the rooms
- Extra soundproofing work is done on what is to become studio 3 to
convert it into another rehearsal studio. This is rented out on a
permanent basis to band The Super Nashwan Kids, who are signed to Blue
Mountain Music. This money goes immediately to the former owners to help
pay off the remaining balance.
- Tape recording facilities added to the room for bands to record their
- Jimmy and
Francesca sell three guitars they own to cover the rent through the
quieter Christmas period.
- Extra soundproofing takes place on studio 2
- introduce the free herbal teas at the studio. Eight different
- due to
requests from bands to set up a small shop in the office, owing to the
20-25 mins it was taking for the bands to walk the petrol station and
back, we set up the Bally tuck shop. Only selling Coke and Diet Coke,
and 4 different chocolate bars.
- A business on the industrial estate decides to throw away a shipment
of rugs. Bally Studios suddenly has rugs and all their rooms!!
February 2006: - The Super
Nashwan Kids move out of studio three and it becomes the 3rd permanent
rehearsal studio. Brand-new PA system, Laney RB4 bass amp and Mapex M
Series drum kits bought for new rehearsal room.
- Repaint all of the rehearsal studios
- extra soundproofing takes place on all doors, outside Studios 1, 2 and
March 2006: - Work starts
to split the current office into a much smaller office and a new Studio
- Whilst on a walk home one day from wood green, Jimmy and Francesca see
2 Brown leather armchairs been thrown into a skip by a house clearing
firm. Jimmy carries them 1.8 miles to the studio, and two of the studios
inherit an armchair
April 2006: - Ownership of
the studios finally transferred to Jimmy and Francesca after the
remaining money owed is paid off . Jimmy and Francesca move home to live
at the bottom of the Mill Mead Road due to working so much at the
May 2006: - Studio 4 is
completed. Brand-new PA, drum kit, Peavey bass amp and Fender front man
guitar amp purchased
June 2006: - Old Diamond
drum kit is upgraded with new Premier Cabria drum kit
July 2006: - PA system in
studio 2 is upgraded from 800 Watts to 2,400 Watts
- TV finally bought for the office. World Cup final penalty shootout is
watched by 34 band members in the office.
- 1911 Pianette bought to the studios and put in studio 4.
conditioning installed into studio 4
supplies shop is finally set up at Bally Studios, stock being provided
by Holiday Music in Leytonstone
conditioning installed into studio 2
November 2006: - 1970's
GEM organ bought and put in studio 4
conditioning installed into studio 1
January 2007: - new
armchair is bought for the office for bands and staff to sit down on.
conditioning installed into studio 3
- expand the
range of herbal teas that we offer at the studio to 20
triggerman combo and epiphone triggerman head and 4 x 12 Cabinet added
to studio stock.if
lighting scheme is installed in each of the studios, with different
colours for each one.
Industrial fan installed in studio 1 to cool the room along with the
fan installed in studio 3 to cool the room along with the
November 2007: - Vox
AD50ST added to studio stock.
MG100 DFX added to studio stock.
- Crate 120
Watts guitar amp added to studio stock.
Industrial fan installed in studio 4 to cool the room along with the
March 2008: - Hayden 4 x
12 guitar Cabinet added to studio stock.
May 2008: - The Fractured
City Collective is formed, a group of six bands that rehearse at the
studios that decide to combine resources, such as a van, PA system, bass
amp, etc and start putting on their own gigs.
- Hughes and
Kettner guitar amp added to studio stock.
October 2008: - Fender
Performer 1000 added to studio stock
Pearl Export drum kit added to studio stock.
December 2008: - Fender
Frontman 212R added to studio stock.
- Hartke 2 x
10 bass cabinet added to studio stock.
MGX 100 guitar head and 4 x 12 Cabinet added to studio stock.
March 2009: - Peavey TKO
keyboard/ bass combo added to studio stock.
- As we are
now having long periods in advance with all the studios are booked up,
we decided to split studio 1 into a new smaller studio 1 and a brand-new
studio 5. Work starts on spits in the room
- The smaller
studio 1 is now opened, with bands having to walk through the work in
progress studio 5.
June 2009: - three months
after putting in a request to have manhole in studio one looked after
noticing damage on it, manhole gives way during torrential rain in and
studio 1, 3 and 5 are flooded. These studios are closed for five weeks,
as the initial work done on manhole proves to be inadequate and the
studios are flooded again 15 days after initial flooding. Landlord
finally completes the work, and after 11 days of drying the rooms out
with industrial dehumidifiers, and have in the rooms treated for damp,
studios 1 and 3 are opened again. 2 power amplifiers and three
amplifiers are lost in the flooding, but new manhole cover means we
never have to worry about it happening again.
- Studio 5 is
finally opened. Brand-new red Pearl drum kits is bought, as well as
Peavey Transtube guitar amp, and Laney linebacker bass amp.
- Old Trace Elliot 8 x 10 bass cabinet which was being stored in studio
one and had not worked years is finally revived, and new Gallien Krueger
bass head is purchased for it.
member of staff, Simon King, starts working at Bally Studios, having
previously rehearsed at the studios with his band.
- Industrial fan installed in studio 5 to cool the room until the
air-conditioner is installed.
message board is opens outside studio 5. It is soon followed by a
second, third and fourth one within two weeks as so many bands are
putting up adverts for gigs.
treatment is applied to all five studios, in some rooms to bring out the
natural acoustics and in others to dampen down errant frequencies. Takes
one week to do and is unanimously met with approval from the bands.
November 2009: - CCTV
installed in the studio complex. Before this, just the corridors were
covered by CCTV
December 2009: - extra TV
is added to the new internal corridor outside studio five so that bands
do not have to keep running around the office to check the scores of
world series 100SC guitar amp added to studio stock. Bought from
rehearsal studio 7k in Seven Kings.
rewiring at the studio takes place so that each room has two different
power supplies to spread the load evenly in all of the rooms.
- introduce a
new digital recorder so that bands can record their sessions, for only
£3 a session, including the CD being burnt.
- Mark Edwards
starts working at Bally Studios, having previously rehearsed at the
studio doing solo drum sessions
May 2010: - Brand-new
sofas brought for studio 2
June 2010: - Peavey
Express 112 guitar amp added to studio stock.
fan installed in studio 2 to cool the room along with the
September 2010: -
120 Watt guitar head added to studio stock.
chill out zone is created outside studio 3 so that bands have somewhere
to sit down and relax.
Industrial fan installed in studio to cool the room along with the
- Laney TF200 guitar amp added to studio stock.
December 2010: - Air
conditioning installed into studio 5
studios starts to make a minimum of 25p donation for each session that
we have at the studio to charity, raising up to £600 a year for worthy
- We start
giving away free Bally Studios badge and Bottle openers
March 2011: - buy
brand-new sofa for studio 2.
- introduce a
2nd new digital recorder so that bands can record their sessions, for
only £3 a session, including the CD being burnt.
May 2011: - after spotting
a small hairline crack in the ceiling in studio 2, we decided to replace
it with a much sturdier soundproofeded ceiling. Two hours into the job
we suddenly realise that extensive work is needed on the ceiling, and
studio two is closed for seven weeks while a brand-new soundproofed
ceiling is installed
June 2011: - Tom Oakes
starts fixing Bally Studios guitar amps.
- We finally
stop using MySpace despite having 130,000 friends as by now we are
getting about 100 messages a day that are all spam. Switchover to
August 2011: - London
riots caused by a police shooting nearby in Tottenham means that Mill
Mead Road has to shut for four days. First time since opening six years
ago that sessions are unavailable at the studio.
September 2011: - Vox
Escort 50 watt guitar amp added to studio stock.
- Bally Day
Hire Recording Studio is opened, meaning that bands and sound
engineers/producers can hire a room at Bally and all of the equipment
and record their own sessions
November 2011: -
Christopher Pinkston starts working at Bally studios, having recently
moved into the same apartment block that Jimmy and Francesca used to
live in, at the end of Mill Mead road.
- Simon King stops working at the studio having moved to the other side
- Bally makeover is completed with different themed portraits and
professional photos in each studio.
December 2011: - spend
£600 replacing small things such as XLR cables, microphone stands,
microphone clips, etc, to make sure that everything is in top notch
January 2012: - Tesco just
down the road from us opens, meaning a new cashpoint for the bands.
February 2012: - Bally
studios starts the hunt for a new location to open another branch of
- Expand the range of herbal teas that we offer the studio to over 60,
with them still being free of charge
- Buy a CD burner so
that bands can take away a rough mix of their recordings at the
end of recording sessions
May 2012 - Brand New PV 215
Speakers installed into Studio 1, which are double the size, both in
volume and size of the last ones.
- After committing to
the project for over 4 months, HSBC pull out of funding the new studio 4
days before building work is due to start. In 23 days, we manage
to switch our objectives, and by the end of the month, we now have a new
mixing studio all set up in Muswell Hill, which means we can take on
extra work which will hopeful give us the opportunity to self fund the
new rehearsal studios. The timescale is unclear as to how long it
will be before the new rehearsal studios are set up, but the studio is
still moving forward with new mixing facility, which incorporates full
analogue and digital interfaces, with full outboard.
- Start selling Moen
Guitar peals at the studios, all of which are brand new, and will a 12
- Loads more photos of the studios and
Tottenham Hale in general are uploaded to the wesbite.
- Upgrade the
recording mixing desk from the Allen Heath GL2200 to the GL2400, which
is very much like the old one, but just better!!
September 2012 - Horror Film
"The Voice" is filmed at the Studios, staring our very own Francesca De
- Studios WIFI, which is still free of charge, is doubled in speed.
October 2012 - Installed brand
new tweeter arrays in Studio 2 to make sure that the high frequencies
are as crisp as possible. We now have 8 tweeters taking on the
high frequencies, as oppose to the 2 we had before.
- Brand new website, the one you are looking at now, uploaded, with
extra sections, etc. Extra features include our new blog section,
lots of examples of stuff that has been filmed and recorded at the
studios, as well as over 35,000 words of recording advice