Our comfy and well-equipped boutique studio is situated bang in the centre of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, we are just 5 minutes walk from Waverley Station and a few minutes from Princes Street.
We're a BBC Approved studio and make regular recordings for BBC 1, BBC Radio and BBC Bite Size.
We operate a Mac based Logic Pro X set-up using Metric Halo converters along with the amazing DM2000 mixer which boasts 96 channels with warm pre-amps and up to 96k bandwidth. Our equipment includes a range of pro microphones including Neumann U87, KM84s, Coles Ribbon Stereo mic, AKG 414, rode NTK and AKG Solid Tube and excellent signal processing equipment A huge sample library and a top class selection of plug-ins. Check out a full rundown of all our Equipment.
Award Winners recordings we have been involved in include The Story Of Film, an Odyssey, which won The Stanley Kubrick Award for best Documentary at the New York Film Award. Earthrise by Al Jazeera won best documentary at New York Film awards for Ice Stupas of Ladahk. The Eyes Of Orson Welles was runner up for best Documentary at Cannes Film festival in 2019.
No.1 in the Classical Charts and a Classical Brit Award for Spirit Of The Glen for Decca Records and 2 top ten hits in the World Music Charts for Solas by Talitha Mackenzie for World Music Network and Akassa by Hamed Kaneas well as 3 iTunes no1 hits.
Making sure the recording of audio parts are as good as they can be, it’s important that things are recorded correctly.
Studio engineering skills are crucial in blending sounds that need to work together on the same track. When comparing studios and rates, it's not about the cost per hour, it's about what can be done in an hour! And with our decades of engineering experience we will save you all the cost and pain of using inexperienced engineers.
And naturally we have the best tools for the job. That means a professional array of top quality microphones including condensers, valve and tube and ribbon mics, each of which will be chosen to match the characteristics of particular audio applications.
Signal processing is employed at the recording stage too, so that the fundamental sounds that exist in the track are properly optimised.
Noise Gates, Compression, Expansion, EQ and of course recording at the correct levels are all crucial.
Having someone objectively working with you on your track can save a lot of time and money in the studio. There are so many ways to waste a recording budget and still not guarantee a successful result.
A good producer will work on a recording schedule with you, according to your budget, so that the sessions are conducted in a rational and logical way.
The project needs to be steered towards a final result which doesn’t waste time backtracking or doing the many recording tasks involved in the wrong order.
An experienced producer knows these pitfalls and can actually save you money by reducing studio time and organising musicians properly.
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.”
“This was the best recording experience we’ve had together to date! Always enthusiastic, Iain is a talented multi-instrumentalist”.
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,
If you have written a song and need musicians to create and play parts for the song this can be very time consuming and expensive , even if you have your own band.
We can work with a basic demo of your idea and develop it along the lines of your own preferences, influences and references to music you like which you think might fit with your song.
We create custom backing tracks from a wide pallet of live and sampled instruments, sound designed to suit a range of styles. If the budget allows we can also employ our roster of top class session musicians to add to your tracks.
You can take our recording as separate stems into the studio where you live and add your own parts there and mix to your own taste too if you want. Or if you live locally to our studio you could book into Offbeat to add your parts.