Are your sessions just for fun or are they for professional singers and musicians?
We cater for every ability. We also have many professional singers and musicians who come back time and time again to record. We have lots of people who book for fun or just to experience a day in a recording studio.
I am under 16. Can I book at the studio?
Yes. Our sessions are suitable for all ages - staff are CRB checked. However you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout your session.
What kinds of recordings can be made at the studio?
Any kind you like. During a music experience you will spend your time either recording cover versions or your own music. To achieve this, you may use a variety of different methods : some use backing tracks so that they can lay down their guitar or bass lines, drums or other covers with the professionals. Others are interested in creating a track from scratch, and here our studio staff will join in by supplying any additional instrumentation required either for cover versions or for new material. Or you can do it all yourself if you like! We also offer songwriting experiences and songwriter workshops as well as music production days when you can learn about recording and developing tracks using music production techniques and software.
I have bought a Recording Studio Voucher. What happens next?
You will receive an email confirming your purchase. Your voucher will then be sent out to either you or your recipient by either post or email along with a letter outlining the experience you have chosen.
I have bought a voucher as a surprise gift for someone and don't want them to find out.
We are used to this and are very good at not giving the game away. Firstly, do let us know you intend the voucher to be a surprise. The voucher and letter will be sent to you and you will then be free to pass it on to the recipient when it suits you (Birthday/Christmas etc) The letter will contain all the information they will need to then book their session on a day that suits them.
I would like to book a special date for my recording session when I buy my voucher.
This shouldn't be a problem as long as it isn't too short notice. Just give us a call on 01691 649044 when you are on the point of buying your voucher to check availibilty for your specific date.
How long is the voucher valid for?
The voucher is valid for 12 months from the day of purchase
I have changed my mind about what I want to record. What should I do?
Just call or email us at a professional recording studio to discuss or alter your recording preferences. Vouchers are entirely flexible so you can choose what you want to record.
How many tracks can I record?
You can record as many tracks as you are able to fit into your booked session. This varies totally depending on whether you are singing to backings, writing an original tracks etc.
Do you provide backings or shall I bring my own?
You can select backings from our extensive in-house catalogue, or request more unusual tracks to be ordered in. This may sometimes incur a charge. Occasionally bespoke tracks can be developed, although this can be quite time-consuming.
Where exactly is the studio?
Our address is on our contact page. We are situated in the unique countryside on the borders between Wales and Shropshire. We are approximately 17 miles from Oswestry, 30 miles from Shrewsbury, 12 miles from Welshpool and 75 miles from Birmingham.
I am ready to book my session, what shall I do?
Give the studio a call on 01691 649044 to book your session. Once booked, you may request a local map to help you to find us. You can also let us know in a little more detail what you will be hoping to do in your session.
What can I expect once I arrive at the studio?
Once you arrive at the studio you will be introduced to our studio engineer / producer who will introduce you to the studio, and discuss its capabilities, and go through the aims you have for your day. The studio succeeds in maintaining an informal, yet creatively commercial atmosphere. You may be given some help with microphone technique, if required, and, for newcomers, more help and instruction will follow, depending on what you have chosen to record. The recording atmosphere is systematic and quite focused, and you will find we all enjoy our work very much, which helps to move things along in a very satisfying way. At various intervals you will come out of the recording booth into the main control room to hear what is happening in context and to allow you to direct how you would like things to go.
Does the studio have disabled access or disabled facilities?
Yes. There is ground level access throughout the studio facility, and wide door access to all rooms except the WC which is too small for this, but has a handrail inside. We cater for people with disabilities routinely, so please don't hesitate to ask questions and let us know how we can make your use of our facilities easier.
Will I be working with a professional recording engineer?
Yes. Philip Lane, who is our principal engineer producer, has the experience of thirty years' in the music and recording business. To quote a recent customer "He seems able to play any instrument he chooses.....,intuitively knows what rhythm and instruments to go for and seems to have an almost encyclopaedic memory for sound......a joy to work with, and his arrangements and production underline his amazing talent."
What facilities do you have at the studio?
We are a professional studio built within a farmhouse. It is located in a green belt in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in our own valley. Nonetheless, we have public access Wi-fi, UDMA wireless facilities for Blackberries and similar mobile phones (signal available). We can accommodate up to 3 or 4 family members or friends of the recording artist. Customers will be provided with tea, coffee or squash but we recommend you bring your own sandwiches/packed lunch if your session is for more than a couple of hours over a lunchtime period.
How many recording artists can you accommodate in one session?
We can comfortably accommodate up to 10 artists at one time. However the Hen Party/Stag Party/ or Corporate Party Packages can be booked for a party of up to 15 by prior arrangement as this will usually incur an extra charge.
Can I be involved in the recording and/or production process if I wish?
You may be as involved as you like in the recording and/or production sides of your session. Many artists find this element very rewarding. Or just leave it all up to the technicians, if you prefer.
Can you tune my vocals?
Yes. Vocal tuning software is available for that additional polish which is sometimes requested on a singer experience.
Can I stop overnight at the studio?
Not at the studio itself, however, you can stop overnight in any of the fabulous local hotels or bed and breakfasts we have in and around the local area.
Can I extend my session if I want to go on?
Normally yes, although prior notice of your intention to extend is preferable in case we have other engagements. We usually charge £40 per extra hour.
Will I get my CD to take home with me?
Yes, normally your CD or MP3 will be produced ready for you to take home at the end of your session. Occasionally if extra work is required to be added to the CD it may be sent on after the session.
What happens if I need to cancel a session and re-schedule it?
Simply contact us to re-schedule your session.
Does the studio ever cancel sessions?
Very rarely and only in extreme circumstances, for example if the studio were to experience a loss of power or services. The studio would endevour to give prior notice in the event of this happening.
It has been over 12 months since I bought my voucher. I have been unable to find the time to use it. Can I request a refund?
The voucher is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Unfortunately once this time frame has passed the voucher cannot be refunded. However, your voucher can be extended at the discretion of the studio, usually for a fee of up to £50.
Are recording experience vouchers refundable?
No. Once purchased vouchers are unrefundable except within the standard 7 day cooling off period. However, they are transferable to other people or studio experiences.
Can I book the use of a musician or a singer for a track?
Yes you can. We can provide a wide range of male and female singers, acoompanists, guitarists, bassists, pianists, violinists and other musicians, but please arrange this as far in advance as possible, and bear in mind that if you have already booked when you make this request you may have to re-schedule if the guest artist is not available.
Can have a video of my experience?
Yes you can. This costs £100. You can either buy the video through the website in advance, or pay on the day with a few days' advance notice. The video is synchronised to a performance using video software to produce an original pop video. If your music is a cover version, however, you may need to seek permissions before putting the video on Youtube.