Welcome to The Dub Cavern

Tracks recorded, mixed or mastered at at the Dub Cavern Studio located on the outskirts of Norwich.

About The Dub Cavern


Mikey Shaw is an Engineer and Producer with a long history entrenched in the local Norwich music scene. After years of running small mix rooms and studios in the Norwich area, he teamed up with like minded Engineer – Jason Baldock of Old School Studios to create and share a space.. A cool as hell military bunker to be precise! – The Crunch studio.

The studio comprises of a massive 2 part live room, control room and has all amenities needed. It is a hybrid set up of vintage analogue recording gear, beautiful old and modern microphones, handmade ‘one offs’, and high quality converters set within a digital interface/multitracking system. The aim of the studio is to provide an authentic recording space which is set far apart from other small and digitally based recording services on offer locally in Norwich. We are suited to either large scale live or multi-track recording and comprises of a set up of vintage analogue recording gear and microphones, handmade ‘one offs’, and high quality converters.

Whilst Mikey’s specialty has traditionally been reggae and dub, there is no limit to the studio’s applications in terms of genre! The vintage warmth and beefiness of valve and tape based recording/mixing equipment lends itself to just about all forms of music.
And if you just want clean and sparkly… Well, that’s fine too!
Mikey has built up a wide knowledge both musically and technically which allows him to confidently undertake many varieties of recording, mixing or session work. With many years of experience gigging with locals bands Solko and The Piratones, Mikey is also able to provide drums, percussion, sax and keys to your tracks if required, and has a community of local talented session musicians to call upon to add extra elements to your tracks. The studio leans towards a thick, driven and colourful sound, but feel free to contact using the details below to discuss your requirements and needs.

All kinds of work can be undertaken, band/artist recording/mixing, post-production/stems work (for producers/artists wanting to add the finishing touches), spoken word, vocal overdubs etc.

Past artists include:
The Piratones
Thieving Icons
Junior Ras
Harry Ixer
Music Lessons
Lisa Redford
The Vagaband
Dr Clyde
Moco Lotif
Polly Violet Collective
Jack Pout
Kolin Druier

Studio Images

Gear & Equipment


Universal Audio Apollo Firewire Interface
Custom made audio PC from Inta Audio 16GB RAM
Cubase 7
Reason 5
Audio Accessories 96 point Patchbay

Condenser Microphones:

Avantone BV-1 Valve Microphone
Neumann U87
Vintage Neumann U-47 FET
Neumann U-47 valve clone
Rode NT2000 (Pair)
AKG C 451 B Pencil (Pair)
Avantone CK-1 Pencil (Pair)

Ribbon Microphones:

Vintage Coles 4038 Microphone (Pair)
Cascade Fathead II (Pair)

Dynamic Microphones:

Vintage Sennheiser MD 421-N (x2)
Audix D6
Shure SM7B
Shure Beta 52b
Shure Beta 57a
Shure SM91 Boundary Mic
Shure SM57’s
Shure SM58’s

Outboard Equipment

Microphone Preamps:

UA Apollo Unison pre’s
Audient ASP008 pre’s
Warm Audio WA12 pre
Vintage Valve ‘Joe Meek style’ British Handmade Pre
Vintage Stereo Valve (Dual Triode) British Handmade Pre
Stam Audio Stereo 1073 Preamps (Neve 1073 Clone)

Dynamics Outboard:

Retro Instruments 176 Valve Vari-mu Compressor
Stam Audio SA-2A (Vintage UREI LA-2A remake using NOS valves + parts)
DBX 160x Compressor
Warm Audio WA76 Compressor
Warm Audio EQP-WA Pultec Valve EQ

Effects Outboard:

(Above valve pre’s for saturation & distortion)
Vintage Roland Space Echo RE-201 Tape Echo
Vintage Grampian 636 Spring Reverb
Vintage Valve Spacexpander Spring Reverbs (x2)
Korg SDD1000 Digital Delay
Troots FT1 Dub Filter
Vintage Leslie (Hammond Organ) Rotary Cabinet



A Canadian Maple drum kit is available to use in house, handmade by Sam Buckland in Shropshire.
Vintage Zildjian hollow logo Z and A Custom 18” & 16” Crash cymbals
Sabian Signature 18.5” Crash
Zildjian A New Beat Hi Hats
Sabian Vault Jo Jo Mayer Hi Hats
Zildjian Dark Splash 8”
Sabian AAXplosion Splash 10”
Zildjian K Custom Dark Left Side Ride 20”
Various Percussion
Hang Drum
Tank Drum


Hammond Organ & Leslie 147 valve cabinet
MicroKorg Analogue Synth
Axiom Pro 49 Midi Keyboard
Guitars, amps etc. can be sourced easily if required.

Contact & Location

Contact the Dub Cavern Studio for more information on studio rates and availability.

Mobile: 07791561908
Address: Unit 32, Scottow Enterprise Park, Lamas Road, Badersfield, Scottow, Norwich, Norfolk, Norfolk
Email: mikey@dubcavernstudio.com