We love recording music and audio and since we started as a music studio and music production company in 1992 we have worked with some amazing clients in a diverse range of musical styles in our Edinburgh recording studio.
Around 10 years ago we also began recording voice overs for multi-media projects. Our voice over clients now come from far and wide and have introduced us to the amazing world of recording voices or Radio, Film & TV.
Since we developed our voice over studio for broadcast quality audio work, projects we have been involved in have won seem prestigious awards.

Welcome to

Music Production and Voice Over / Audio-Visual Recording Studio on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Since we started out back in 1992 we’ve been involved in many music productions and audio-visual projects for a wide range of artists and clients. 

File-sharing & real time transmission, using professional audio technology allows us to work on productions all over the globe, as well as locally in our centrally located Edinburgh recording studio.

The Offbeat recording studio has continually evolved over time and that’s an ongoing process, but one thing hasn’t changed,
 our passion for recording audio and producing music.

Do you have a music or voice-over or audio book or audio-visual project you'd like to bring to life? 

Get in touch today! 

Music Producer

Experienced Sound Engineering

Audio Mastering

Remixing

Musical Accompaniment

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Music Composition

Realtime Remote Facilities

Studio Instruments Available

Voice Overs

Includes Sound Engineer

Superfast Editing

Free File Transfer

Audio Production

Sound To Picture & ADR 

Audio Books

Dial In Facilities

BBC Approved Studio

Awards

classical brit award

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

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

stanley 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.

who's 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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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... 
November 18, 2019
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.

November 12, 2019
Canongate Books - Audio Book

We are delighted to be commissioned to record our first Audio book with World famous publishers Canongate Books. The book is entitled Bobby March Will Live Forever by author Alan Parks. It will be narrated by Andrew McIntosh who has voiced all Alan Parks audio books so far.

November 12, 2019
National Museum Of Scotland

Recorded a Voice Over for The National Museum with voice artist Ashleigh More for Damn Fine Media in London. It's for an exhibition of Chinese art for children with Mandarin references.

November 7, 2019
Unesco City Of Literature

In partnership with Bright White in York, we have won the contract to install a AR (Virtual Audio Reality) installation in John Knox House in the Royal Mile for Unesco City Of Literature in 2020. The project will feature well known literary figures..still to be announced

October 28, 2019
Future Library

A fascinating podcast about the Future Library is being recorded in the studio with Art Director Anne Beate being interviewed by the British Library. One artist or author is featured every year from 2014 until 2114 and their work won’t actually be seen or heard until then. A new library is being built and a forest is even being grown to provide the paper for the work. This years artist is Katy Paterson. Previous artists include Margaret Atwood.

October 26, 2019
James McGinley

James McGinley is an instrumental composer who plays Nylon string Acoustic Guitar. He's in the Offbeat Studio in October and November recording an album of highly original compositions. The range of material on the album, which is solo unaccompanied guitar is amazing. His style, includes improvisation so no two takes are the same.

October 14, 2019
Harmonic Overdrive

The studio owners Kirsty & Iain McKinna are back onto recording new songs for the forthcoming album 'The Afterglow' which is due for completion and release in 2020. Their debut single You Inspire Me was featured on Tom Robinsons show on BBC Radio 6 and the youtube video of the song is garnering more plays.

October 14, 2019
BBC Radio 3 - Arthur Craven

We have been working with BBC Producer Melvin Rickarby on two episodes of a forthcoming documentary series about the life of Arthur Cravan, the nephew of Oscar Wilde. His proclivity for shock was what endeared him to the New York Dadaist movement, who adopted him as a poster boy after his death despite the fact Cravan never self-identified with the movement.

October 14, 2019
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.

October 14, 2019
Henry Box Brown

After mixing and mastering an album from a live recording of this award winning 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show, Offbeat is currently recording an audio book for Children's Theatre Company in New York as well as providing music scores of the entire show.

October 1, 2019
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The York division of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation headed by Craig Barton visited Edinburgh to meet up with colleagues from Edinburgh & Glasgow to record a podcast highlighting poverty issues in Scotland. The event was hosted by Times journalist Kenny Farquharson.

September 12, 2019
Norine Mindeyes

Norine Mindeyes has been in the recording a series of tracks with Producer Iain McKinna over several years now. Just back from a tour in her native Nigeria, she's back recording another of her compositions entitled 'Time'.

September 7, 2019
Haunted Voices

27 writers record their short ghost stories, and along with archived material, an anthology is being created which will be released as an audio book, an e book and a printed version.

September 4, 2019
Offbeat Scotland - Adventures In The Studio

Offbeat Radio Offbeat Recording Studios & Productions in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile have produced a one hour radio show / podcast entitled  Offbeat Scotland - Adventures In The Studio!!  … highlighting just some of the tracks that showcase the amazing diversity that’s been produced at the recording studio now and over the past 25 years, as […]

September 1, 2019
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.

September 1, 2019
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

August 31, 2019
Eddie Izzard & Sarah McGuinness

Eddie Izzard was in the studio in his role as Piano player with Singer and Award Winning Director Sarah McGuinness

August 25, 2019
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.

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
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