The Punishment Farm

The Punishment Farm is Dave The Drummer’s home studio based in Ashford Kent. The Punishment Farm is mostly used as a personal studio for for writing & producing Dave’s techno tracks and other electronic music but it is also possible to hire the place. We also offer a professional audio mastering service for WAV, MP3, OGG for all kinds of digital use, either online or for CD. It is possible to digitally edit, overdub and mix audio here.

We have some 1/2 decent mics (Rode, AKG, Shure) limited space, vocals, guitars, even drums is possible and we get pretty good results. We mostly work in all genres of electronic dance music including: House, Techno, Minimal, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Breaks, Ambient or anything else made with computers, synthesizers and sequencers. The history of the Punishment Farm incorporates many underground techno classics.

We are a Mac based setup focused on Ableton Live 9 as a DAW, but we also use Apple’s Logic Pro X as an editor and secondary DAW. Plug ins come from various well known companies such as Native Instruments and Arturia. Our monitors are powered by Adams and Presonus.

Ableton Live 10

My preferred in house DAW is Ableton Live. I have been using Live since it began and find it one of the most flexible recording and production software systems out there. I have recently been upgraded to an Alpha tester for Live and I have run several tutorials for classes of students to learn Live.


I now offer a digital mastering service due to the purchase of a UAD satellite giving me access to some of the best plug ins on the market. Digital mastering is cheaper than analogue mastering, it is all done "in the box" using Ozone 8 and my own plug in selection. I can achieve great results and I have mastered the entire catalog of Hydraulix plsu many tunes for well known artists, If you want your tracks mastered please use the contact form on this site.

Synthesizers and Plug ins

Over the years I've picked up loads about synthesis and synths in general. It's always possible to find incredible sounds from our range of hardware synths or from software plug ins. I love the feel of using hardware becuase it's so hands on, bit plug ins can be just as good.

Punishment Farm Kit List

I’ve shrunk down the gear to the basic essentials, but over years I’ve started to buy stuff back, I used to be the proud owner a of Roland 909 plus old Korg Synths and Sequential Circuits studd, but a lot of these got sold off, which in hindsight probabaly wasn’t a great idea, but I needed the space & the cash! Currently I are committed to buying some new synthesizers, because hardware is just so fun to use and sounds great. The next one will probabaly be one of Behringers new clones, possibly the 909 clone or the Prophet 5. Anyway the kit list is not too shabby.

  • Mac Mini 2012 2.33GHz OSX 10.14 2TB SSD 16GBRAM
  • Macbook Pro 2.66GHz OSX10.13
  • Ableton Live 10 Suite
  • Logic Pro X
  • Korg Gadget
  • Ozone 8
  • Maschine
  • Plug ins by Arturia and Native Instruments
  • UAD Satellite Quad Core
  • Adams P33 Monitors
  • Presonus E5 Monitors
  • Fostex p11 Monitors (DJ)
  • Nord Modular Synth
  • Roland TB 303 x2
  • Roland TR8
  • Roland SH101 Synth
  • Roland JP08 Boutique Synth
  • Moog Sub 37
  • Sequential Circuits Pro One
  • Access Virus C
  • NI Maschine 2 plus lot’s of additional libraries
  • Korg Prophecy
  • Korg Digital Piano
  • EMU Vintage Keys
  • Ensoniq SQR
  • Yamaha TX81z
  • Rode USB Mic
  • CustomDrum Mic Set
  • Sonar 5 Piece Drum Kit with Zildjan Sabian & Soultone Cymbals
  • Assorted Guitars
  • 2 x Kenton Midi to CV & Gate Converter
  • Doepffer Midi Synch box.
  • Digidesign 002R Audio
  • Tascam DA20 D.A.T.
  • APC 40 MK2
  • Behringer X32 Digital Mixer
  • S-Cat Dubsta Analogue Delay
  • Various Outboad FX (Lexicon, Drawmer, Akai, Boss)
  • 2 X Technics 1210s 2 X Pioner CDJ900 Nexus & Pioneer 600 DJM

Some Music Recorded at the Punishment Farm

Lenny Dee needs no introduction, the godfather of US hardcore, Lenny's musical history goes way back into the earliest days of New York's Techno and House scene. Teamed up here with D.A.V.E. The Drummer, expect nothing less than a damn good thrashing of hard edged techno beats. From the harsh, kick drum driven, Gabba-esque stomp of Seek The Truth, to the modern slick groove of Definition Of Sound, right down to the acid house vibe of The Traveler. We have three cuts of techno madness and gritty dark funk. We are proud to have the master Lenny Dee on Hydraulix.