Edinburgh Recording Studio
Edinburgh recording studio
Offbeat, has been established in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile since 1992. As well as recording many local Singers, Songwriters and bands the studio has been involved in a myriad of projects involving music, audio and related recordings.
The studio is run by music producer and musician Iain McKinna and singer and electric violinist Kirsty McKinna who have been working together in the music business since 1984. They are also working under the name Harmonic Overdrive and are working on their debut album at the studio.
Current projects include the album Lest We Forget which has contributions by Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, Roger Eno, Steve Balsamo and has been recorded in conjunction with Paul McCartney and Dave Gilmour‘s producer Youth.
Iain is also working with Singer/Songwriter Brij Bagwesh on his debut pop album as well as other music projects with local artists. Grammy award winning US vocalist Skyler Jett uses Offbeat studios on various projects he is producing.
From pre-production Edinburgh recording studio to award winning studio
Offbeat was initially set up as a production house for music projects he was involved in at Edinburgh recording studio, Palladium where he worked on projects with musician and producer Jon Turner as well as another Edinburgh recording studio Cava, which Iain & Kirsty had sold to Brian Young from Cava after both running Sonic Studios at the same location since 1985. Albums he produced at the time included Solas for World Music Network & Riverside Records with former Mouth Music singer Talitha Mackenzie. The album reached no3 in the USA World Music charts. Iain played Guitar, Bass & Drum programming on the album and toured with Talitha as the band MD in Canada, Europe and the UK to promote the album following its release.
He also produced Incredible String band founder Mike Heron’s solo album Where The Mystics Swim for Demon Records and contributed Keyboards to the album at Edinburgh recording studio, Palladium in the mid 90’s.
The Offbeat studio was only equipped for pre-production on these projects in the early days and over the years has steadily evolved into a fully fledged production house where recordings they have been involved in have achieved International recognition including Spirit Of The Glen which was awarded best album of 2005 and which also won a Classical Brit Award for the second album in the series ‘Journey’ for Universal Music group & Decca Records. The album was recorded in conjunction with another Edinburgh recording studio, Heartbeat which Iain & Kirsty have had an association with since working with the late Runrig Producer Chris Harley with Dave Valentine in 1985.
Voice Over & Film Projects
As well as music projects Offbeat records voice over commentaries for BBC’s The One Show, BBC Radio 4, Sky Cinema, Turner Classic Movies, Channel 4, Film 4 and many other well known broadcasters.
Our Edinburgh recording studio was also involved in the dubbing for Indian Movie Adam Joan with International actor Prithvaraj. Iain ended up dubbing the voice of the leader of a Satanic cult in the movie.