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

Voice Overs

The Battersea Poltergeist

Production & Recording

Publishers Include:

Penguin Books

Canongate Books

Harper Collins

Bolinda Digital

Worldwide Distribution...

...for Self Publishers

Audiobooks

sawbones audiobook

Production & Recording

Publishers Include:

Penguin Books

Canongate Books

Harper Collins

Bolinda Digital

Worldwide Distribution...

...for Self Publishers

Music

imaginary creatures

Music Production

Recording Studio

Online Remote Recordings

Online Remixing

Musical Accompaniment

Custom Backing Tracks

Music to Lyrics

Audio Mastering

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.

Trusted by major and independent companies, broadcasters, labels and creative individuals alike, we treat every single project here at Offbeat with the same level of commitment and care, whatever the scale. (Scroll down this page to see Who's Been in The Studio recently).

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 technologies.

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.
October 19, 2021
Pat McGlynn Tribute Album - Blue Skies

Great to be involved in both covering a track and writing a song for the forthcoming Pat McGlynn Album 'Blue Skies'

October 19, 2021
DEFRA announcement for Cop 26

Recorded an important announcement for DEFRA about the State of our Oceans with Sally Masterson today - to be played to World leaders at COP 26 in Glasgow on November 5th

August 25, 2021
Henning Wehn - Visit Germany

Great session with Henning Wehn, recording a Voice over for a Visit Germany series of films produced by John Lee of Spiel Creative

August 12, 2021
Pepsi Animation VO

We had the pleasure of working on a Pepsi animation Commercial with Animated Storyboards with producer Caro Hamilton

August 12, 2021
Johnnie Walker Whisky Virtual Tour Princes Street

We have recorded an audio tour for the new Johnnie Walker Whisky expo centre soon to open in Edinburgh's Princes Street with VO artist Marissa Keltie for Voquent and subsequently for Smyle Creative Agency

July 28, 2021
Edinburgh International Festival - Front Of House

Delighted to be recording the Front Of House Announcements for all Edinburgh International Festivals for the 5th year running

June 30, 2021
BBC World Service - Regarding The Pain Of Others

Recording for the BBC World Service today with war correspondent Allan Little and producer Kate Bland again. We love recording the kind of programmes we actually listen to.

June 11, 2021
Christies - Kerr Logan from Game Of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES actor Kerr Logan was in the studio recording a Tennyson poem for Christie’s Auction House. Lovely read, designed to sell a painting!

June 10, 2021
Holyrood Gallery - Acoustic Guide Tour

This is the second acoustic tour guide we have recorded for Holyrood Gallery for ATS Heritage. The first being the Charles II art, and this one celebrates he life of Prince Philip

May 12, 2021
Ian Rankin - Care Radio Jazz Show

Offbeat produced the audio for Alan Steadman's Jazz Show for Care Radio. Alan interviewed Ian Rankin featuring his 8 favourite Jazz Tracks

May 12, 2021
Chiara Lordi - Exciting young talent

Offbeat has been recording this talented young 19 year old singer/songwriter for a few years and her latest song I Only Tasted The Rain shows how her writing, playing and performing has improved.

May 6, 2021
Primal Scream's Simone Butlers narrates

Simone Butler from Primal Scream was in the studio with film director Paul Sng, recording her commentary for an empathetic film about DOTS.. homeless people with their dogs.

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
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.

 

March 11, 2021
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?)

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.

 

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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