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Analogue Catalogue  is a vintage analogue recording studio hidden away in the hills just twenty minutes east of Manchester city centre.

Crafted into a Victorian manor house, this boutique recording studio has three dedicated live rooms, a flat response control room and a myriad of natural acoustic spaces.

The gear list (in particular the Trident desk and 1930s Bechstein grand piano) is inspired by London's legendary Trident Studios, the environment by the yesteryear grandeur of Château d'Hérouville.

Our enviable collection of vintage analogue gear is lovingly maintained and operated by our respected, accomplished engineers. Coupled with a luxurious, relaxed and creative environment at Analogue Catalogue we can record classic sounding records expeditiously and with ease.

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In the final months of 2012, we said farewell to Manchester and closed the doors on what had been Analogue Catalogue’s home for the past 7 years. From the inaugural session in November 2005 with The Aliens through to the recent dismantling of the studio, our time there surpassed all expectations.

We remain all too aware that running an entirely analogue recording studio in the early decades of the 21st Century is foolhardy at best, but we intend to carry on regardless and are currently in the midst of building a bigger and better Analogue Catalogue in County Down, Northern Ireland. Building work is well underway as we convert an old flax mill to house the studio and accommodation, and we will be back up and running in April 2014.

During our time in Manchester we saw indie old and new with the return of The Vaselines who recorded their comeback album ‘Sex With An X’ for SubPop here, through to new kids on the indiepop block Allo Darlin’ recording the acclaimed album ‘Europe’. Other highlights include KLF founder Bill Drummond gathering The17 at Analogue Catalogue for a performance of Score 9: WELCOME and more recently getting legendary producer/engineer Chris Nagle (Joy Division, Magazine etc) back behind a mixing desk for what was possibly the first time this century.

Having people travel from all over the world to record with us is something of which we are very proud and which also made us feel that we were perhaps doing something right. Lords of the Chinese underground The Offset:Spectacles travelled all the way from Beijing to record and mix their debut album here, and both The Shivers and Jeffrey Lewis came from New York to record the albums ‘More’ and ‘A Turn In The Dream Songs’ respectively.

There are still a few bits and bobs from the old studio currently or soon to be released. Mixed at Analogue Catalogue, Fionn Regan recently released the excellent ‘Bunkhouse Volume 1 – Anchor Black Tattoo’ album to great acclaim. Recorded at Analogue Catalogue and following on from ace single ‘The Load’ is Barbarossa’s ‘Bloodlines’ album, out now on Memphis Industries. And if you see King Creosote hobbling about you should probably ask him about the Alter Ego Trading Company and his mysterious new BOER imprint. We’re hugely flattered that KC has chosen to name the inaugural release on his new label after our studio - copies of his ‘Analogue Catalogue’ 10” EP are out there if you know where to look...

In the meantime…

We have been helping to organise a European tour for our good friends The Music Tapes. For those yet to be fall under the spell of The Music Tapes, they are the magical musical project of Elephant 6 members Julian Koster (also of Neutral Milk Hotel) and Robbie Cucchiaro (also of The Olivia Tremor Control). A flying visit to England last year saw The Music Tapes play at All Tomorrow's Parties, and also saw them support and play with Jeff Mangum for two shows at London’s Union Chapel. They have recently been taking their Travelling Imaginary circus tent tour across the US and June 24th sees the European release of their album ‘Mary’s Voice’ through Merge Records. The accompanying tour looks something like this...

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New 600 sq ft Live Room

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Final Wiring of Control Room

Jeffrey Lewis Dream Songs
The Shivers Sleeve
Vaselines Sex With An X Album Cover
Allo Darlin Europe Sleeve

June 2013

Sat 22nd - UK, Glasgow - Nice N Sleazy
Sun 23rd - UK, Perth - Solas Festival
Tue 25th - UK, Aberdeen - The Tunnels
Wed 26th - UK, Inverness - Hootananny
Thu 27th - UK, Edinburgh - Voodoo Rooms
Fri 28th - UK, Manchester - The Deaf Institute
Sat 29th - UK, Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
Sun 30th - UK, Brighton - The Blind Tiger

July 2013

Tue 2nd - FR, Poitiers - Le Confort Moderne
Wed 3rd - FR, Toulouse - La Chatte à La Voisine
Thu 4th - FR, Paris - Espace B
Fri 5th - UK, London - The Lexington

Fri 12th - IRL, Cork - Cyprus Avenue
Sat 13th - IRL, Galway - Róisín Dubh
Sun 14th - IRL, Dublin - Workman's Club

These European shows will be the final Music Tapes shows before Julian returns to the US to begin rehearsals for the hugely anticipated Neutral Milk Hotel reunion shows so catch The Music Tapes while you can!

For more information on The Music Tapes please visit

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