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The Windmill text 2

Drum recording studio run by Ash Soan

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“Every hit I’ve ever had which has live drums has been Ash. He can make a good production sound incredible. It’s the combination of feel, taste, sound and vibe which make him absolutely unique.”

FRASER T. SMITH (Producer)
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“Ash is one of my favourite drummers. His timing and feel are impeccable. His drums always sound great which I believe is in part because he often records them at his own studio. Great work Ash!”



The Studio

The Windmill is a drum tracking studio in the base of an 18th century windmill, built in response to changes within the music industry here in the UK and elsewhere. Due to budget and time restrictions it’s not always possible to record drums the way you’d like. Here I’m able to offer flexibility to producers/artists and the opportunity to have live drums on tracks which in the past would have been programmed or looped.

Artists I’ve recorded for at The Windmill include Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Alicia Keys, Cher, Fraser T Smith, Rik Wakeman, Taylor Swift, Snow Patrol, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Gary Barlow, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa, Jessie WareRumerGavin JamesBirdyTom OdellTake ThatFleur EastElla HendersonJeff Lorber, Cher, James MorrisonRonan KeatingHamish Stuart and SealProducers that have hired the studio include Trevor HornJamie ScottSteve Lipson and Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, Mark TaylorFraser T. SmithRob ShirakbariMike SpencerRollo ArmstrongJeff Lorber and Steve Power

The Windmill

Ash Soan

My discography includes 58 top 10 albums. It also includes 17 Top 10 singles and to date, I’ve recorded 29 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles that have featured on various pop and rock charts around the world.

I’ve recorded with multiple artists over the last 20 years or so including Sam Smith, Alicia Keys, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, Cher, Robbie Williams, Seal, Cee Lo, Rumer, James Morrison, Ronan Keating, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Del Amitri, Birdy and Adele. I also played on the Terminator Genisys, Mission Impossible Fall Out, The Lion King 2019,  Doctor Who Series 11 and Kung Fu Panda 3 movie and TV soundtracks.

Send a demo drums file and the track minus drums plus tempo information etc.

I'll track my drums in my studio with communication with you.

I'll then send all the files Raw and Or Rendered for you to import into your session.




Studio & Outboard

ProTools latest

Universal Audio Apollos (Various) Including all Plugins.

Audient ASP880

Neve and API 500 series Pre Amps



Yamaha Sub Kick
Vintage Sennheiser MD421 x2
Shure SM57 x2
Vintage Shure Unidyne III 545
Beyerdynamic M160

Neuman 47Fet

Soloman LoFreq

Beyerdynamic 201
AKG C414 x2
Coles 4038 x2

Gretsch, Yamaha, Sakae,  Ludwig Drums.  

Broadkaster – 22×14 / 10×8 / 12×8 / 16×16

1963 Roundbadge – 22×14 / 13×9 / 16×16

Snares NEW and Vintage Available Including:

Gretsch 50s Rounbadge

Ludwig 1970s Acrolite

Ludwig 1976 Supraphonic
Broadkaster – 14×5.5
Broadkaster – 14×6.5
70s Chrome Over Brass – 14×5
Purple Heart – 12×7

Noonan, Montineri and Dunnett custom snares.

Zildjian Cymbals NEW and Vintage including:

50s K Hats, 70s A Hats, 40s K Hats,

12″ FX Spiral Stacker
14″ A New Beat Hi Hats
18″ Kerope
19″ Kerope
20″ K Constantinople Medium Thin Low Ride
22″ K Constantinople Overhammered Thin Ride
22″ Kerope plus many more ….. 


Get in touch with any studio enquiries

Norfolk, UK


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