Recording Studio

Our Recording Studio

Mill Hill Music Complex doesn’t offer just any other recording studio – it has a pedigree dating back to 1979. It offers some of the best facilities in London, and you only need to check out our reputation to discover just how good our recording studios are.

Studio 1 – Key Details

Recording

  • ROOM DIMENSIONS:
  • live room – 21′ x 18′
  • control room – 9’ x 14’
  • chill out room – 9’ X 10’
  • RECORDING EQUIPENT: Apple macpro / logic 9; MOTU 24 I/O; Media transfer available from Fostex B16 tape & ADAT
  • DESK:Soundtracks Megus 28 Channel
  • EFFECTS: A large selection of outboard equipment and valve pre processors including TLA, Alesis, Symetrix and much more
  • FREE USE OF BACKLINE: Pearl Master Series DrumkiT; Marshall Amp;Trace Elliot bass amp
If booking more than  1 day, call 020 8906 9991 for discounted rates!!!

Price including Engineer

1 hour – £50
2 hours – £80
3 Hour – £100
4 Hours – £120
8 Hours Week days – £200
8 Hour Weekends and Bank Holidays – £240

What makes a great recording studio?

While recording studios come in many shapes and sizes, the nature of the so called ‘live room’ can make a huge difference to the quality of the recording that’s produced. The size of the studio and its acoustic properties will determine the nature of the recorded sound – it’s vital that a recording studio works to create the right sound for you, whether that’s the purity of a solo vocalist performance, the historical authenticity of classical music, the complexity of jazz or the raw power of rock.

The average recording studio comes in two parts – the studio or live room and the control room where engineers ‘mix’ and manipulate the recorded sound. The trinity of factors that work to create a great recording are:

  1. The architecture of the recording studio and its carefully designed acoustic properties
  2. The quality and skills of the engineer who assists in the recording
  3. The relaxation and confidence of the musicians.

Whilst the first and second can easily be checked out, through reviews and word of mouth recommendations, the third is something that you have to bring to the process and we’ve got five tips to help you get a great recording.

Getting the most from a recording studio

Before you get into the recording studio there’s work to be done:

  1. Practise, whether vocal or instrumental, can really ensure that you’re going to make the best of every minute of studio time. One easy way to check on your readiness is to record your part on an ordinary mobile phone and listen back to it. This will show you basics, such as whether you’re speeding up or slowing down and whether you lack confidence in certain parts of your performance – you can correct those faults as a solo artist before you get into the recording studio
  2. If you’re the vocalist, bring a lyric sheet for the engineer, this allows him or her to ensure he can hear every word you’re singing. It can also help the rest of the musicians, if you’re part of a band or ensemble, to have the lyrics pinned up inside the recording studio. Sometimes this suggests new bridges or breaks that can make a recording really special.
  3. If your recording requires harmonies, somebody might need to get executive on the subject. Not all musicians can harmonise and it may be necessary to stop some of the band joining in to get the best sound possible.
  4. But don’t be too executive – unless you’re a soloist, the most important thing in the recording studio is that you work as a team. Perfecting your part, or criticising somebody else’s can seem vital but in the end it might be detrimental to the whole piece.
  5. Relax and enjoy it – recording time is one of the most creative and intense experiences any musician will ever know. Don’t be so focused on the product that you forget to enjoy the process

Next Steps

Want to see how the studio looks and Sounds?

Here is the iconic David Cross (King Crimson) recording in our studio

This is Koven recording in the studio