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The Recording Studio

About Conatus Studios

My name is Vladimir Cochet. Conatus Studios is a Swiss recording studio through which I offer my music production services. These include recording, editing (a term that includes mastering, pitch tuning, and other magical practices), mixing, mastering and producing. The studio is multi-genre: it certainly enjoys a great experience and reputation within the Metal and Rock scenes, but I have also had the opportunity to work successfully on projects from extremely diverse horizons (Gypsy Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Folk, Hip-hop, Electro Rock, to name a few).

The recording studio is located in Chardonne, a peaceful little wine-growing village in the canton of Vaud. It is nestled on the Mont-Pèlerin with an exceptional view over Geneva Lake. The towns of Vevey, La Tour-de-Peilz and Montreux are a few minutes below. The building is ideally located in French-speaking Switzerland by virtue of its central geographical position, at the crossroads between the cantons of Fribourg and Valais, and not far from Geneva.
In terms of its structure, the studio is composed of various rooms: a separate control room, a matt recording room, and a hybrid room with large volumes allowing for more reverberant sound recordings, which is particularly pleasant for drum recordings. The sound is picked up using a fine array of microphones carefully selected over the years, class-A preamplifiers and high-quality, ultra-transparent converters. The shaping of certain sounds can also be done using the equipment available on site, such as an impressive collection of guitar cabinets and amps, or various software (virtual instruments, effects, etc).

I have been a musician myself for many years and know, having lived through it, what a recording represents, whether it is the first or the next in a long series. I know the expectations and the difficulties that a studio session can represent. But I also know how enriching this experience can be: I take advantage of the recording sessions to go beyond my role as a technician and literally coach the musician, thus achieving a double result. On the one hand a better performance in the studio, but also a general improvement in his or her playing for the future. The band generally comes out bigger, which is noticeable in rehearsal rooms as well as at live shows.
Depending on your wishes, I offer a complete or partial solution that will meet your desires and needs. In addition to this, I offer particularly competitive prices. Do not hesitate to contact me using the form on the contact page for a quote or further information.

Gear List

The list below is intended to be more indicative than exhaustive. Please also note that the available quantities of each item are not indicated, and that the list of plugins and virtual instruments only mentions the brand and not the individual programs.


Reaper (dernière version)


API 512C
Fredenstein Artistic MicPre
Midas 502

AD/DA converters


Hardware miscellaneous

Alesis DM5
Empirical Labs Distressor
Roland JV-2080
TC Electronics Finalizer
TLA VP-5051 Valve


Antelope Edge Solo
Audio-Technica AT4040
Audio-Technica ATM250DE
Audix I5
Audix D6
Behringer B-1
Beyerdynamic M 160
Beyerdynamic M 201
Beyerdynamic MC930
Beyerdynamic MM1
DDrum kick trigger
DDrum snare trigger
DDrum tom trigger
Electro-voice RE21
Electro-voice RE27 N/D (vintage)
Heil PR 20
Line Audio Design CM3
Line Audio Design CM4
MXL Genesis
Oktava MK-012
Oktava MK-319
Royer R-121
Sennheiser E609
Sennheiser MD-421
Sennheiser MD-421 (vintage)
Sennheiser MD-441U (vintage)
Shure Beta 52A
Shure Beta 57A
Shure Beta 91A
Shure SM 57
Shure SM 58
Shure SM 7
Slate Digital ML-2
Studio Project C1

Guitar amps / preamps / combos / poweramps

Engl Savage 120
EVH 5153
Fender Twin Verb (1972)
Fractal Axe-FX II
Krank Revolution 1
Marshall JCM2000
Marshall Mosfet
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Mesa Boogie Simul-Class 2:Ninety
Mesa Boogie Triaxis
Mesa Boogie V-Twin
Peavey 6505

Guitar cabs

Bogner Übercab 4x12
David Laboga 2x12
Engl 4x12
EVH 4x12
Hughes & Kettner 4x12
Krank 4x12
Laney IRT212 2x12
Mesa Boogie Standard straight 4x12
Mesa Boogie Standard slant 4x12
Mesa Boogie Traditional 4x12
Mesa Boogie 2x12
Mesa Boogie 1x12
Marshall 1960 Vintage 4x12
Marshall pre-greenback (1968) 4x12
Marshall 4x12
Marshall 4x10
Marshall 2x12
Palmer 2x12
Randall 4x12
Randall 1x12
Rivera 4x12
+ divers modèles fait maison

Guitar various

Boss HM-2
Boss MT-2
Jim Dunlop Cry Baby
Maxon OD-808
Maxon OD-09
Morley Bad Horsie 1
Rocktron replifex
SansAmp GT2

Bass various

Boss ODB-3
Ibanez PD7
SansAmp RBI

Drum parts

Ride: Zildjian Z3 megabell 21”
Snare: Mapex Black Panther Persuader 14x6.5
Snare: Tama Superstar 14x8 (vintage)

Plugins: companies

Fractal Audio
IK Multimedia
Neural DSP
Plugin Alliance
Slate Digital
Sound Radix

Virtual instruments: companies

Audio Imperia
East West
Native Instruments
Steven Slate
Sugar Bytes