composer / musician / producer / co-founder of IONA

Open Sky Studio

Open Sky is my small private recording facility situated in a tranquil Lincolnshire village 9 miles from the M180 motorway, 9 miles from Humberside airport and 7 miles from the nearest rail link. The airy studio features plenty of natural daylight, including a large picture window overlooking the garden.

The studio recording equipment is based around the award winning Digital Performer recording and sequencing software (currently v8), running on an iMac Intel G5 24” and a Macbook Pro 17”. There are a huge selection of audio and instrument plug ins available and a large selection of instruments, hardware sound modules and outboard equipment. The studio’s specially designed and tuned control room acoustic makes it an ideal mixing environment. Digital Performer is the recording medium of choice for many top Hollywood composers (Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Trevor Rabin, Mark Mancina etc) and works seamlessly as an audio visual tool, with its Quicktime Movie import facility, compatibility with Final Cut Pro, and surround sound capabilities, making Open Sky Studio ideally suited for film projects, an area that Dave has much expertise in. (see for more info)

With over 25 years experience as an innovative producer and composer, Dave has built up an impressive and invaluable network of musicians covering many styles and genres, who can be called upon to guest on Open Sky projects if required, including IONA members past and present. Dave also has an impressive array of instruments available for use in the studio which is added to periodically.

A local, secluded ancient church which has excellent acoustics can be made available for a small additional fee should a bigger, more natural acoustic recording environment be required.

The emphasis at Open Sky is firmly on creating a relaxed, creative environment away from the pressures often found in larger studios. Projects can, if required, be taken right through from conception to final mastering.

Film projects composed & recorded by Dave at Open Sky:

Album projects recorded and/or mixed at Open Sky:

Currently in progress:

Various Sessions

Musicians who've recorded at Open Sky:

Selected Gear:

(full list on request)





SYNTHS (Hardware)





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