We think of ROC2 not just as a facility, but also as a community. We work at all levels, on a range of different projects and are on hand to offer advice and services, - whether a specialist sound engineer, cameraman, video editor, PA expert or music producer. All staff who work at ROC2 Studios will be sensitive to you, the clients needs and to the creative process.
Steve Hywyn Jones
Founder. ROC2 STUDIOS
ROC2 Studios sits where the municipal aerodrome used to service the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and the Royal Air Force in World War II. The airfield came under control of Royal Observer Corps, precipitated by the onset of the Cold War.
In 1962 a hardened nuclear bunker was built for No.17 Group Royal Observer Corps, North Wales, who provided the field force of the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation. No.17 ROC would have sounded the four-minute warning alarm, in the event of war and warned the population of Wrexham in the event of approaching radioactive fallout. The building was manned by up to 80 volunteers.
Due to the Royal Observer Corps being disbanded, the bunker went through a transition between September 1991 and December 1995, was put up for sale by the MOD and was repurposed as a Recording and Mixing Studio by dance music remixers, K-Klass. The gallery was removed, ceiling dropped and a studio built within the map room, designed by acoustician, Sean Zoega, with a production room, and a small vocal booth for guest artists.
After K-Klass vacated the bunker, occupants arrived and left, adding to and modifying the building but leaving Studio 1 largely untouched. Its principal design and function as a high-end Recording and Mixing room has been retained.
The current lease was signed in May, 2015. Customers arrived through the door in its first week of opening, with Catfish and the Bottlemen using the Filter Room to rehearse for their gig at Glastonbury and as a base for writing tracks for their album, The Ride.
A Calrec Q1 mixing console (formerly at BBC Studio 1 in Cardiff) has since arrived in ROC2 Studio 1 and has undergone extensive modifications. Work has continued on the building and with new tenants taking rooms, bands taking storage and creative professionals using the recording and photographic/video facilities, ROC2 Studios is slowly building its band of merry collaborators.
If you have something to bring to the party at ROC2 Studios, get in touch! We are aways happy to meet new people.
Steve Hywyn Jones has worked within Creative Industries for his entire working life, both as performer and as technician.
Steve's professional life began as a musician, recording two albums and three singles, recorded for and released by Sain Records with the band, Brodyr Y Ffin. Several compositions for TV followed this period and production work within recording studios continued at Realworld in Bath & Mayfair Studios in London.
A member of BAFTA winning 'Best Actuality Crew' (on location for ITV Wales), Steve has had a successful career in Location Sound Recording, both within Wales and on Network Television programs. Recording sound in 24 different countries has meant having to be adaptable, creative and to always have an open mind. Steve has worked on location in all genres of television production, including music, entertainment, drama, factual, sport, corporate, multi-camera OBs and has worked with all HD video / film formats, recording surround-sound where required.
Performance work as a musician include Bryn Terfel's 'Faenol' festival and Focus Wales; acting in plays directed by Sara Sugarman & Gregory Doran at Theatr Clwyd ; network TV appearances on Channel 4 and BBC1.
Television sound recording includes BBC Music Live, North Wales Music Festival, Gregynog Festival.
Steve is a full member of the Institute of Professional Sound.