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Just an amazing place to record. His knowledge of drum engineering and tuning is immense, so there´s no need for samples. This studio is one of the most productive musical environments I have worked in. Can’t wait to come back!
— Darby Todd (The Darkness, Kee Marcello, Robert Plant, Gary Moore)
Recording guitars at Top Floor studios was easily the best guitar tracking experience to date. As a very precise musician himself, Jakob understands the importance of cutting edge equipment and zero latency - and most importantly a great sound - as few others.
— Olof Mörck (Amaranthe)
I have mixed several albums recorded at Top Floor by Jakob Herrmann, and he’s a real pro. Everything delivered is top-notch and flawless, which is of utmost importance for a great mix these days.
— Jacob Hansen, engineer/producer (Evergrey, Amaranthe, Volbeat, etc)
The collection of different snare drums is a dream for any drummer, and the recording room sounds great.
— Jonas Ekdahl (Evergrey, Death Destruction)
Jakob has consistently gotten some of the best drum sounds I’ve ever recorded. Amazing space and wonderful gear, Top Floor is my home away from home!
— Ryan Kelly, engineer/producer (Beyoncé, Slash, etc)
One of the most creative, effective and vigorous producers I’ve ever hired. And a great guy to hang out with.
— Kasper Søyland (Hengsrø Smie, Frost)
Jakob and Top Floor Studios created awesome tones, making my mixing easy.
— Forrester Savell, mixing engineer (Animals as Leaders, Karnivool, Minora, etc)
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The Studio

Total Isolation - in the middle of a city

In the heart of central Gothenburg lies Stora Teatern ("the big theatre") built in the 1850s. It is one of Gothenburg's trademark buildings, and the home of Top Floor Studios. When working here, the city is just outside the door. Inside the building, two spacious guest apartments are available free of charge. There are also more than 40 hotels available within walking distance. 

 

studio design at its best

The studio is designed and built by renowned studio architects Claes Olsson and Ingemar Olsson. The design includes floating floors, double doors, high ceilings, natural daylight, and a smart climate system that ensures a perfect work environment.

Defined by a controlled yet lively sound, the recording room is designed for recording a variety of music styles and instruments. 48 wall mounted input channels around the room, together with dedicated guitar amp/cab connections and eight ethernet outputs for the Aviom personal monitoring systems, makes this room suitable for all styles of recording.

Upstairs from the regular studio lies the big theatre stage. 40 microphone channels going straight down to the control room, together with 4 ethernet outputs for the Aviom systems, transforms the stage into Gothenburg's biggest studio connected recording room. Highly suitable for grand piano, choirs, brass or strings.

Client list

Main engineer Jakob Herrmann works within a lot of different music styles, and has earned a wide reputation for his drum recordings and vocal producing. Jakob has worked as producer, engineer, and drum tech on a large number of albums, and has also provided material for well known software companies and audio plugin manufacturers Softube, Centipeak, and Addictive Drums by XLN Audio.

The client list for Top Floor Studios, and for Jakob Herrmann as recording engineer or drum tech, includes artists and musicians such as Europe, Hurts, Machine Head, Raised FistAmarantheHardcore Superstar, Evergrey, Diablo Swing OrchestraMikael Wiehe, Kee Marcello, Bob HundThe Resistance, Jamey Jasta, Body Count, Engel, Jesper Strömblad, Mustasch, Hurula, Andreas Weise, Grand Magus, Freak Kitchen, Draconian, H.e.a.t., Art Nation, Avatar, Ammotrack, MinoraBatAAr and many more.

Other employers and collaborators include producers and mixing engineers such as Roberto Laghi, Tobias Lindell, Joe Barresi, Jens Bogren, Jacob Hansen, Tue Madsen, Forrester Savell, Jonas Quant, Ryan Kelly and Steve Lagudi.

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Gear

Console / DAW / Monitoring

SSL 6000G
48 channel strips with the famous eq/comp/dynamics on every channel, as well as the legendary SSL bus compressor.
This is the mixing console emulated in plugins and hardware by Waves, Softube, UAD, Slate Digital, etc.

Pro Tools, Logic & Cubase
For the benefit of the customer and guest engineers, we´re not bound to a specific program.
Multi-track recordings, editing and mixing run effortless on a brand new Mac Pro 8-core, with 64 GB ram and SSD drives.
Recording is virtually latency-free, even during large sessions, due to fast RME cards and Ferrofish converters.

3 and a half pairs of Genelec
Two wall inserted 1073 in the front. Three elevating Genelec 8030 in the front,
Two elevating Genelec 8030 in the back. One wall inserted 7070 subwoofer.

Preamps / Outboards

Tube/Solid-state
UA LA-610 Putnam Edition. UA 6176 (x2). Vintage Series (x2).
Vintagedesign M87D Neve-style. SSL 6000 (x32),
Compressors
UA LA2A. UA 1176 (x2). TFProP38 (stereo).
Klark Teknik SQ1 (x8). SSL 6000 (x32 mono, x8 stereo).
Reverb/delay/eq
Klark Teknik DN360 (x5). Roland SDE3000. TC Electronics M2000. Yamaha SPX90.
Lexicon PCM81. V-Verb 2496. BBE Maximizer. SSL 6000 (x32 mono, x8 stereo).

Microphones

Dynamic
Shure SM57 (x7). Shure Beta57 (x5). Shure Beta52 (x2). Shure Beta56 (x2).
Shure SM7B. Sennheiser 421 (x2). Sennheiser e902. Sennheiser e904 (x4). Sennheiser e906.
Condenser / Tube
Neumann U87 (x2). Milab DC96C (x2). Milab VM44 (x6). Milab BDM-01 (x2). Rode Classic MK1 (x2).
AKG C451B (x3). AKG C214 (x4). Rode NT5 (x5). Rode NT2 MK1 (x2). Rode K2. AKG SE300B.
Other
GAP Ribbon (x2). Shotgun mic. Shure Beta91 (x2). Sennheiser e901 (x2). Yamaha Subkick.

Drums / Amps / Other

Kits
Pearl Masterworks. Tama Starclassic. Vintage acrylic.
Snare drums
Approx. 30 snares from DW, Ludwig, Pearl, Yamaha, Premier, Tama, Beat Head, Mapex, Spunky, etc.
Cymbals
Approx. 30 high-end cymbals from Sabian and Zildjian.
Guitar amp heads
Peavey 5150. Engl. Mesa Boogie. Vox. Fender. Marshall.
Guitar amp combos
Fender. Hiwatt. Vox.
Guitar amp cabs
Suhr. Peavey. Hiwatt.
Pedals
Delays, reverbs, fuzzboxes, distortion, wah-wah, noise gates.
Keyboards
M-Audio midi controller. Yamaha acoustic grand piano.
Third-party plugins
Softube, Soundtoys, iZotope, Celemony, Native Instruments, Toontrack, XLN Audio, Slate Digital, etc.
Monitoring
Ethernet-based Aviom A16 Personal Monitoring System (x8)
Headphones
AKG K240 (x3), Total Isolation, Metrophones, Vic Firth headphones (x2), Whydah Gally (x5), etc.

 

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Rates

The studio rates are calculated per individual project to offer the best solution for your budget. We ensure a great working environment, top-notch producing, and high quality equipment. Always included in the price is the studio itself, along with all available studio and backline equipment, as well as our spacious guest apartments if needed. All located in our central Gothenburg theatre building.

Top Floor Studios has a huge network within the music and recording business, and can offer many different types of solutions for recording and mixing. Our flexibility and experience with different kinds of projects makes us suitable for every budget level, and both established and new artists will find themselves right at home.

If you're looking for a price quote, or want to discuss the best solution for your project - get in touch. Our contact info is at the bottom. 

 
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Contact / Map

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email

info@topfloorstudios.se

Phone

+46 (0)702 647 574

Visiting

Stora Teatern
Kungsparken 1
411 36 Gothenburg
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