Welcome to Edinburgh's Premiere Recording Studio on the Royal Mile, unrivalled in our Music Production , Audio Book and BBC accredited Voice Over Studio.

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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

Audio Books

BBC Approved Studio

Publishers Include:

Penguin Books

Canongate Books

Harper Collins

Bolinda Digital

Harper Audio

Voquent

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-19 protected. 

See details below of who we are currently working with.
April 13, 2021
Sawbones, a Stuart MacBride audiobook
In the studio recording another Harper Collins audiobook. Sawbones is an amazing new Novello by Stuart MacBride and narrated by Steve Worsley. 
 
March 12, 2021
Rory Bayliss Chalmers - Alternative Rock Sessions
Working in tandem with artists who have their own home setup and bringing in session players who also have their own recording studio can save a lot of money for our clients and get a top quality result too!
 
March 12, 2021
Lez Graham - Manners Not Mayhem - Audio Book

The Audio books just keep coming in. This one is by Lez Graham, a well known dog trainer who has written a highly successful series of The Pet Gun Dog range of books. Lez knows her stuff and this book will be incredibly useful for anyone who wants to know how to train their puppy.

 

February 8, 2021
The Battersea Poltergeist - BBC Sounds

Paranormal specialist Evelyn Hollow was in the Offbeat Studio in February recording the final episode of The Battersea Poltergeist with Danny Robins for BBC Sounds & Bafflegab Productions. 

 

February 3, 2021
Canongate Books - Alan Parks Audiobook

We are pleased to be recording the next Alan Parks Audio Book for his latest novel The April Dead for Canongate Books. Narrated by Andrew McIntosh and Recorded and produced by Steve Worsley & Iain McKinna

 

February 3, 2021
European Chatbot

Offbeat has produced an online Video Presentation for the European Chatbot Conference in February 2021 with Sydney Eneremadu & Angus Addlesee.

 

February 1, 2021
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!

January 14, 2021
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.

January 3, 2021
Harmonic Overdrive

The debut album by Offbeat Records artists Harmonic Overdrive has been completed and is scheduled for its official release on 1/6/21. In it's current pre-release stage the album already reached no1 in the iTunes New Age Chart in December 2021. Featuring the music of Offbeat Studio Owners Kirsty & Iain McKinna.

November 10, 2020
Gemma Cairney BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio Presenter early breakfast presenter Gemma Cairney is in the Offbeat Studio on Wednesday 11th November 2020, interviewing various artists over Zoom and produced remotely by Bruce Munro for BBC Radio 6.

 

November 9, 2020
National Theatre Of Scotland

Writer and Director Adura Onashile is in the studio with musician and Audio producer Nik Paget Tomlinson recording parts for the forthcoming AR production of Ghosts. Based on Glasgows history of the slave trade. Music and Production by Niroshini Thumbar

 

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 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?)

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

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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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