6dB studio is a Manchester city centre based recording atudio first established in 1990.

In April 2016 the studio relocated to a purpose-designed space, with a 65 sq m acoustically treated live room , drum booth and amp room. There's a spacious control room with a hefty arsenal of vintage and modern outboard equipment and mic pre-amps. There's also a seperate vocal booth and amp rooms


Owner and in-house engineer, Simon 'Ding' Archer is a Mancunian born musician, composer & producer now based in Salford.

He first started training in studio engineering in 1987 and recorded and produced 2 albums by his own band, As Able As Kane, whilst still in training.

As a musician he has toured, predominantly as bass player with many bands, including The Fall, PJ Harvey, Frank Black Francis,

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry & Moris Tepper [Capt Beefheart/Tom Waits] . He also played bass on the Pixies' "Indie Cindy" recordings of 2013

Currently he plays and records with severtal Manchester bands.

Between 2002-2017 he enjoyed a healthy working relationship with Mark E Smith and had involvement in the recording of many of the releases by The Fall over that time, including recording & producing the number 1 track in John Peel’s last ever Festive 50 - the 7" version of Sparta FC .

He has credits on 11 of their albums and 10 EP/singles.


Working on both sides of the glass, Ding has a great reputation for understanding the needs of artists in order to coerce the best

results from them. Add to this decades of recording and production experience, coupled with a healthy eye on new approaches and the warmth of the analogue options that 6dB has to offer and good results are pretty much guaranteed here.


6dB thrives on a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is located really close to all of the amenities that both Manchester and Salford

have to offer. Manchester's main high street, Deansgate is just a 5 minute walk away, there's a friendly local pub and local shops open til midnight. Accomodation can be found as little as 200 yards away.


Prices are very competitive and the studio offers various recording deal options. If you're looking to record, please get in touch, explaining want you want to achieve and we will provide you with a quote.







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Band/Group Recordings

Solo Artist Recording




Music Composition

Music Production

Audio Restoration

Vinyl To MP3

Sound Design

Spoken Word

Apple Mac Tune-Ups

One-To-One Tuition