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Edinburgh Recording Studio on the Royal Mile

Music Production, Edinburgh Voice Over Studio, Audio Book Recording

Offbeat is a boutique Edinburgh recording studio,
audio and music production company.

Since we started out way back in 1992, we’ve been involved in countless sound recordings for companies, self funded artists & clients.

We're continually evolving over time in an ongoing process.

But one thing hasn’t changed, and that's our passion for recording audio and producing music.

Music

Music Production

Composers Recording Studio

Online Remote Recordings

Online Remixing

Musical Accompaniment

Custom Backing Tracks

Music to Lyrics

Audio Mastering

Voice Overs

Includes Producer/Engineer

Superfast Editing

Free File Transfer & Setup

Audio Book Recording

Sound To Picture

ADR Film Dubbing

Dial In Facilities

BBC Approved Studio

Global Recording Studio

Offbeat also offers a unique Global service to Broadcasters & Multi-Media Companies as well as Remote Music Production for Singers, Songwriters & Solo Artists.

Although we are the most central recording studio in Edinburgh, we work on projects from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Europe, Africa and the US, sometimes utilising Skype, Zoom, IPDTL & Source-Connect communication technologies.

Trusted by major and independent companies, broadcasters and labels alike, we treat every single project with the same level of commitment and care, whatever the scale.

Do you have a music, voice-over, audio book or any kind of audio project you'd like to bring to life?

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Projects  in the studio

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Busy, busy, busy, that's the way we like it, with so many talented artists working on so many diverse projects passing through our studio... 

Allie fox

Allie’s second album at Offbeat, Wayland’s Blues, is an instrumental album of highly original acoustic and emotive guitar-based compositions, incorporating folk, blues and classical influences, arranged for both solo guitar & multi-musician line-ups.

CBBC 
Gym stars

Recording the finale commentary for this popular CBBC series Gym Stars with Presenter London Hughes & TV Producer Tamsin Summers for Drummer Television productions

OFFBEAT RADIO

We are currently producing a 1 hour radio show highlighting the incredible diverse range of music we've been involved in. The show will be syndicated to various stations and features - Mike Heron, Spirit Of The Glen, Becky Smith, Doug Anthony Allstars, Tam White, Hamed Kane, Imaginary Creatures, Hex and many more artists we've worked with at Offbeat.

JA connor

We've been working with singer/songwriter JA Connor for many years noe. Recording two no1 tracks for Celtic Radio. Now Jim is back in the studio creating instrumental versions of his songs Drift Away, Mysterious Lady and Open Your Mind for TV stations in the USA.

Stuart reid

Incredible Childrens Author Stuart Reid is recording his first audio book from the successful Gorgeous George series entitled Grandpa Jock and the Incredible Iron-Bru-Man Incident

BBC RADIO 4

Rosalind Newton is in the Offbeat studio recording for BBC Radio 4 with producer Melvin Rickarby for the Soul Music series focusing on music with an emotional impact.

The track being featured is Peter Maxwell Davis's famous composition Farewell To Stromness

Pineapple fm -netflix

Catherine Cohen, one of the amazing comedians performing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival is recording a voiceover session to record intro's and outro's for a Netflix podcast by New York's Pineapple FM.

Becky Smith

Singer/songwriter Becky Smith is currently recording her debut EP of vibey piano-based Pop songs with Iain on musical accompaniment and production. Becky's a gifted vocalist and musician who also plays guitar,  

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Back in the studio for the 3rd year running, recording their online programme and the opening announcement for this year's International Festival, produced by Mauro Silva (above right). Offbeat also recorded the opening announcement for last years 2018 International Festival spectacle at Edinburgh's Festival Square.

UNION JACK RADIO

Recording a series of radio interviews / podcasts  for Union Jack radio during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Featuring Christopher Biggins. Marcus Brigstocke, Simon Brodkin, Shappi Khorsandi, Lucy Phol, Basil Brush & Mark Dolan

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We are fully open again for business following the lockdown. the studio is fully Covid protected. 

See details below of who we are currently working with.
September 24, 2020
The B - iTunes no1 Singer/Songwriter Chart

The B - aka Brian Lee recorded his song Bad Poetry in the Offbeat studio on 2nd September with Producer Iain McKinna and three weeks later it reached no1 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.

September 17, 2020
Penguin Random House

We are very pleased to be recording the audio book for Christopher Harding's book The Japanese - A History In 20 Lives for Penguin Random House. Chris is also narrating the book during sessions in September 2020.

September 16, 2020
Richard Davidson

Mixing and adding some Bass & Guitar parts to this astonishing album by Singer/Songwriter/Keyboard player Richard Davidson is great fun. Offbeat first worked on a remix for Richard back in 2014. Some great Pop, R&B and Dance songs are featured here, beautifully recorded and initially performed by him on his laptop!

September 14, 2020
Allie Fox

Allie’s second album at Offbeat, Wayland’s Blues, is an instrumental album of highly original acoustic and emotive guitar-based compositions, incorporating folk, blues and classical influences, arranged for both solo guitar & multi-musician line-ups. It's all been recorded and mixed and is currently being mastered for release in 2021.

September 11, 2020
Tobermory Gin, VO by Mareesa Keltie

Recording a Voice over for Voquent / Scottish Voice Overs with Mareesa Keltie (also vocalist with The Eves). Its for a short film for Tobermory Gin. Having worked now for Whisky, Vodka, Red Bull and Gin its a wonder we can still stand up here at the studio 🙂

August 10, 2020
Janis Mackay - Audio Book

Janis reads her novel The Watchmakers Wife based on the life of her Grandmother Joanna Lockhart. The book is set in early 20th Century Edinburgh. Janis is a storyteller by trade and does a superb job of voicing her debut Audio Book.

July 23, 2020
Edinburgh International Festival

Great to have the Edinburgh International Festival team in the studio today, recording commentary for a forthcoming video about a range of Children of the Festival events to be announced in August.

June 28, 2020
A Ray Of Light

Nemai Ghosh : A RAY of Light is a moving story of how an ordinary man came to be associated with a giant of Cinema - Satyajit Ray - and became the photo- chronicler  of his creative and personal world for 25 long years until Ray’s demise. The voice over for the film was recorded at Offbeat.
The documentary has been selected for 14 Festivals and has won 4 Awards. 

May 11, 2020
Creative Informatics AR

Even in the lock-down, and in partnership with Bright White in York, we are now producing (pre-Corona) recorded performances of an AR (Augmented Reality) installation for John Knox House in the Royal Mile for Unesco City Of Literature. It will be 'live' later in 2020, (or post Covind 19, sometime this decade...surely?)

March 27, 2020
The Island - Audio Book

Author Ben McPherson has written a cracker of a novel loosely based on the Oyata Island massacre. Scots born Ben lives in Norway. The book is published by Harper Collins. The Audio Book is narrated by Steve Worsley.

March 26, 2020
Harmonic Overdrive

Offbeat studio owners Kirsty & Iain McKinna own project, Harmonic Overdrive, are currently recording new songs for the forthcoming album 'The Afterglow' which is due for completion this year and release in 2021.

March 3, 2020
Calista - Audio Book

Calista McGillivray, from near Blairgowrie is healer, a visionary and a best selling Hay House Author. She was in the Offbeat Studio recording her first Audio Book of her new work, The Female Archangels.

February 20, 2020
Ian Rankin BBC Radio 3

Ian Rankin reads an extract from Lord Of The Flies by William Golding for BBC Radio 3. Produced by Camellia Sinclair at BBC Bristol. Ian also narrates a short essay about the book too as a precursor to the extract from this classic novel.

February 8, 2020
Canongate Books - Audio Book 2

We are delighted to be commissioned to record our second Audio book with World famous publishers Canongate Books. The book is entitled The Red Red Snow by author Caro Ramsay. It will be narrated by James McPherson.

February 7, 2020
Holyrood Palace - The Royal Collection

Offbeat has recorded the audio guide for the Charles II Royal Collection at Holyrood palace with Narrator Scott Noble for Voquent. This week we have added the final touches to the programme which will be running from Spring 2020 for the rest of this year.

February 3, 2020
Gemma Oaten / Dr Ranjit Singh

Emmerdale and Holby City star Gemma Oaten is in the studio recording a Voice Over for a TV series with Strictly Come Dancing star Dr Ranjit Singh for Pedwar Productions.

January 21, 2020
Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson was in the studio recording a short essay dedicated to her Mother for Audible UK.

January 20, 2020
Majk Stokes

Singer & Songwriter Majk Stokes is back at Offbeat recording his 3rd album. With a great collection of new material, Majk's maintains his humourous approach to songwriting while managing to convey some serious points in the process. Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Didgeredoo & some guests.

Offbeat Recording Studios 

Award Winning Music Production and Voice Over Studio on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Award Winners

The Eyes Of Orson Welles

Cannes Film Festival Award 2018
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The Story Of Film

New York Film Festival Award 2018
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Stanley Kubrick Award 2014

Stanley Kubrick Award 2014

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Earthrise —  Al-Jazeera

New York Film Festival Awards for Best Documentary 2018
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Spirit Of The Glen - Journey

Classical Brit Award 2009
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Spirit Of The Glen

Classic FM #1 in 2009
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SOLAS by Talitha MacKenzie

World Music #3 USA 1997
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SOLAS by Talitha MacKenzie

World Music #12 Europe 1997
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Searching by The Harmonics

No1 on Apple iCompositions 2007
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The Harmonics, Living The Dream

Music In Scotland Trust Winner 1991
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AUDIO FOR BROADCASTERS

Our BBC approved music production and recording studio produces audio recording for:

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 6

BBC Radio 4

BBC1 TV

BBC Bytesize

Turner Classic Movies

Edinburgh International Festival

John Paul Getty Museum

Universal Music Group

Decca Records

Sky TV

Al-Jazeera TV

Film 4

More 4

STV

Offbeat For A Reason

Offbeat Experience

As both musician and producer Iain McKinna’s audio and musical journey – from Analogue in the 70’s to Midi in the 80’s to Digital from the 90’s to the present day — offers a wealth of knowledge and experience when collaborating with clients on their audio and music projects.

He's produced albums that have achieved World Music chart success and has received 2 Gold records and a Classical Brit award for recording the Spirit Of The Glen series of albums for Universal/Decca Records.

But even those achievements barely scrape the surface of Iain's background, past, worldliness, understanding and involvement in the industry to which he has devoted his life.

Offbeat Value

"Clients don't judge us by the size of our desk, they judge us by the outstanding results and real value we add to their projects."
Iain and Kirsty killing it in the 80s!

Offbeat Enjoyment

Clients don't return just for our great production values, they return for the craic, the confidence and relaxed professionalism that comes from lifetimes of experience.

On The Beaten Track

Only five minutes walk from Waverley Station, we're about as central as it gets on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. 
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You may have noticed we're not the same as other studios.

KEITH MORE

Engineer
"Iain & Kirsty's musical talent, productions and friendly helpful attitude have always been second to none. If you are looking for top notch productions look no further!!!"
“Iain was a consummate professional and perfectionist when it came to working on my project. Definitely not the last project with this incredible producer.”

Mark Cousins

Film Director & Presenter
“To Iain - In Admiration”

That's probably why our clients keep coming back.

You may have noticed we're not the same as other studios.

It's why our clients keep coming back.

Phil Niland

Avalon productions
Director & Producer
"Great to work with you again with Russell Howard at Offbeat."

Khylune

Singer/Songwriter from LA
“Iain was a consummate professional and perfectionist when it came to working on my project. Definitely not the last project with this incredible producer.”

Keith More

Guitarist with Tina Turner, Paul McCartney. Engineer.
"Iain & Kirsty's musical talent, productions and friendly helpful attitude have always been second to none. If you are looking for top notch productions look no further!!!"
“To Iain...
         ... in admiration.”
Film Director & Presenter
Mark Cousins

Award Winners

The Eyes Of Orson Welles

Cannes Film Festival Award 2018
Learn More

The Story Of Film

New York Film Festival Award 2018
Learn More

Stanley Kubrick Award 2014

Stanley Kubrick Award 2014

Learn More

Earthrise —  Al-Jazeera

New York Film Festival Awards for Best Documentary 2018
Learn More

Spirit Of The Glen - Journey

Classical Brit Award 2009
Learn More

Spirit Of The Glen

Classic FM #1 in 2009
Learn More

SOLAS by Talitha MacKenzie

World Music #3 USA 1997
Learn More

SOLAS by Talitha MacKenzie

World Music #12 Europe 1997
Learn More

Searching by The Harmonics

No1 on Apple iCompositions 2007
Learn More

The Harmonics, Living The Dream

Music In Scotland Trust Winner 1991
Learn More

Awards

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Brit Award

This trilogy recorded for Universal Music Group was no1 in the Classical charts and won best album at the Classical Brit Awards in 2009

cannes award

Cannes Award

Offbeat recorded the commentary for this film which won 2nd prize for best documentary at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

kubrick award

Kubrick Award

The 15 part series with commentary by Mark Cousins won a Stanley Kubrick Award best Documentary and the Palme D'Or Award for Best film.

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