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Music Production

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Types of Music Producer

Composer Producer

This type of producer normally works with their own material and self-produces for the mediums in which they operate: Film/TV, Radio etc..

Beat Maker/DJ Producer

This kind of producer is what you would require for creating beats for hiphop, drum & bass, grunge and then recording and mixing for various genres of dance music.

Songwriter Producer

Someone who writes their own material and is able to self-produce to a broadcast standard level.

Executive Producer

This kind of producer usually is in overall charge of the money and is often employed by a label to oversee and keep tabs on the recording budget. This kind of producer doesn’t generally have to have hands on experience of equipment but is able to communicate to a recording engineer how they want the production to turn out.

Musician Producer

At Offbeat, producer Iain McKinna is also a highly experienced recording engineer, arranger, composer, musician and songwriter who will bring the wealth of his knowledge, experience and fresh ideas to your project. 


Engineers don’t have to have musical ability but are able to use the equipment in the studio as an instrument. Ideal for artists who want to produce themselves but who perhaps don’t have the technical expertise with studio technology.

Offbeat Music Production

"If you are a singer, songwriter, solo artist, musician, composer or lyricist and you need your ideas to be developed to the max, Offbeat could be just the right fit for you",

Iain McKinna - Head Music Producer at Offbeat

"I've been specialising in producing Singers, Songwriters, Solo Artists and lyricists since starting Offbeat as a music production company in 1992.

Working with both established and up and coming artists, we get consistently great results in my purpose built boutique production recording studio in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Save money with a planned recording schedule & budget.

The recording process can be time consuming and expensive, especially if you don't have a plan. I can steer your recording sessions to a successful outcome by working  out an agreed budget according to a recording schedule, depending on what you can afford, and achieve the best result

Am I the right producer for you?

The basic criteria is that you like my sound and that your music strikes a chord with me too. Once we have established that we can move ahead.

There are many different kinds of producers and you need to know which is the best choice for your particular project. Some want to be in complete control and expect the artist to conform to their methods of working.

In my view undesirable types of producer are those who exert so much control on your music that it becomes unrecognisable to you. Having all your suggestions shut down is unhelpful and highly unproductive. In the same vein, a producer who offers no guidance and doesn’t warn the artist where things are going wrong isn’t much use either. If the producer isn’t adding anything vital to the project then you might as well be producing yourself!

Being a songwriter myself,  I take a collaborative approach and will work closely with you to get the result you want. 

My attitude is that it's your name on the record and as such you need a recording that represents exactly what YOU are about.

However, if you are unclear about exactly what it is you want at the outset that's not a problem, I can definitely suggest ways to come to an agreed vision of the production.

What if I need more musicians for my project?

If you've written a song on a particular instrument, or even if you're a singer or lyricist who doesn't play any instruments, we can work together to create the music around your ideas in the style that suits you.

This could involve just you and I working on the project which works well in a lot of cases as I can add several instruments in an arrangement, but if you do need the help of session musicians for instruments and styles that we can't provide between us, I'm in touch with a range of session musicians both locally and from all over the globe who can add any instrument in any style to your recordings, depending on the budget of course.

You can come to the Offbeat Studio, or work with me remotely.

Wherever you are on the planet, if you're not local to our Edinburgh Recording Studio, I can work with you using file-sharing and online platforms like Zoom, Skype, Source Connect and Soundwhale.

I hope you feel you can Contact me with your project to find out if we can work together to make more musical dreams a reality".

Please visit the FAQ section to find out more details

Get in touch to find out about our all inclusive music production costs


Watch this video on how producer Iain McKinna triggers sounds from a noise gate

Music To Lyrics

We specialise in creating original music for lyricists and singers in the style of their choice
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Audio Mastering

If your mixes are complete we can take them to the next level across all mediums using our top of the range mastering tools
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Musical Accompaniment

Professional custom backing tracks created with a range of instruments for your original songs with music for your exclusive use.
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How To Book

Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you make your music dreams a reality
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Music Clients

See who we have worked with
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Offbeat Music Vaults

A One hour radio show  put together by the Offbeat team highlighting just some of our music productions
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What artists say about Offbeat Music productions
allie fox


Guitarist, Singer & Songwriter
“Iain has a genuine enthusiasm for his clients and patience by the bucket-load, and being an accomplished musician himself he adds enormously to the arrangements, both in terms of ideas & playing the instruments.  The best pair of ears in the business!”


Singer/Songwriter from LA
“Iain was a consummate professional and perfectionist when it came to working on my project. I was consulted with every step of the way leading up to the final product.  Definitely not the last project with this incredible producer.”
rod clements


Guitarist with Lindisfarne
“Very enjoyable session at Offbeat – Iain got a great acoustic Dobro sound straight away with minimum fuss. The technology’s all there but equally important is the friendly vibe and comfortable atmosphere.”
keith more


Guitarist with G3, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney,
"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”!!!
lesley young


Canadian Singer/Songwriter
“This was the best recording experience we’ve had together to date! Always enthusiastic, Iain is a talented multi-instrumentalist”.
davy paton


Bass Player with Kate Bush, Elton John & Pilot
“The song and the production is excellent. Nice playing. What a fantastic view from your rooftop. Top class”

Music Production Plan

  • Creating a Recording Studio schedule to ensure we stay on budget.
  • Helping you to select songs and instrumentation if required, and working with session musicians.
  • Helping you to select songs and instrumentation if required, and working with session musicians.
  • Coordinating your ideas for the project with any artists or musicians involved.
  • Working on pre-production
  • Recording, Mixing & Mastering, resulting in Broadcast Standard Recordings
  • Coaxing performances from the musicians in the studio.
  • Seeing the project through from start to finish
kirsty mckinna at the offbeat controls
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