Celtronic has been at the forefront of the music scene in Derry for more than 15 years.
Throughout that time ‘Celtronic’ has helped to establish two internationally acclaimed music festivals (Celtronic and Music City) aswell as an annual programme of music events held in venues across the city. These concerts attract thousands of music fans and provide performance opportunities for local/national musicians alongside the biggest international names including ‘Chic’ featuring Nile Rodgers, Derrick May, David Holmes, Laurent Garnier, Jon Hopkins, Carl Craig and Andrew Weatherall.
Now, thanks to support from Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, Celtronic have recently opened Celtronic Studios, a state of the art facility at Iona Enterprise Park, Southway, Derry.
“Since Celtronic began in 2001, one of our main aims was to increase the number of producers and DJs from the North West who were working nationally and internationally,” said Celtronic founder, Gareth Stewart.
“Ther’s been some success stories in recent years with acts like ‘The Japanese Popstars’ and ‘The Cyclist’ breaking through on the international music scene. However, these cases are quite rare. Thanks to the funding from DCAL, the city now has the means of production. Celtronic Studios is an accessible and affordable facility that will provide aspiring musicians and artists with a state of the art facility where they will be able to create music, graphics, photography and film,” added Gareth.
We are confident that Celtronic Studios will help see a marked increase in the quantity and quality of electronic music emerging from the north west and the number of young people developing careers in music, graphic design and film-making.”
The studio is kitted out with some of the finest hardware synthesisers, keyboards and drum machines including the Moog Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition, Moog Sub Phatty, the Dave Smith Instruments Propher 12 and Tempest drum machine, Korg Kronos 2 88, Korg Arp Odyssey, microKORG XL+ Synth and several machines from the Roland Aira range, Guitars available for use at Celtronic Studios include Fender Precision Bass and the Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar.
“We also intend to set-up a record label and call it Celtronic Recordings and we will be putting out music by local, national and international producers.
“Radio Free Derry EP is coming soon on Celtronic Recordings. The EP was recorded at Celtronic Studios at the end of August and is a collaboration between Keith Tenniswood aka Radioactive Man and a selection of the finest producers and DJs from Derry including Darren Allen, Confute, Jonny Boy, Hago and Caolan Harkin,” explained Gareth.
The studio has a choice of DAW software including Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Native Instruments Komplete 10 and Propellorhead Reason 8 and a range of controllers including Ableton Push and Native Instruments Maschine and Native Instruments Kontrol 61.
Studio Monitors include Genelec 8130A Studio Monitor, the Genelec 7050B Active Subwoofer and KRK Rokit RP6 G3 Monitors.
Celtronic Studios is also equipped with the latest DJ equipment. The DJ setup features 2 Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus, 2 Pioneer PLX1000s/Technics 1210s and a choice of mixers including Rane MP2015, Pioneer DJM900 and Allen & Heath Xone 92.
Celtronic Studios is located at Iona Enterprise Park, Southway, Derry. For more info, check www.celtronicstudios.com