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Whatever kind of music you listen to, the recording studio is where the magic happens. Whether you have always wanted to record yourself singing, or just to live out a rock star fantasy, this is your chance to get some real studio time. The experience comes complete with a sound engineer/producer, who talks through the recording process to make sure you get the most out of the session time. Singers or musicians alike, simply come along with a song or piece of music well-rehearsed and have the studio to yourself, as the engineer does the rest. Recording studio experiences make fantastic gift ideas for musically-inclined friends and family. Take home your best performance from the session on a CD, to keep forever.
Availability varies between venues. Dates generally fill up quickly, so we recommend you book several weeks in advance, particularly during the busiest summer weekends.
Under 14's or 16's (depending on venue) must be accompanied by an adult. Up to two people are welcome to take part, singing solos or duets or playing instruments.
Lasts for three hours. Come well-rehearsed to ensure that valuable studio time isn't wasted on practise and re-takes. Please don't arrive more than five minutes early as a previous session may still be running.
The studio time is held on a one-to-one basis with an experienced recording engineer.
Either two or four spectators (depending on venue, minimum age eight at Manchester and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) are welcome. They can bring cameras or video cameras.
If you have problems finding a particular track, each studio has an extensive catalogue of songs and will be happy to help. Most studios will call you to discuss your chosen song with them a week or two in advance of your booking.
Brilliant session Grace [the sound engineer] was kind and helped me to perform the pieces really well. Studio recording was easier than expected. She made me sound how I hear myself. Not the tinny sound from a mobile camera video Great experience
Had a fantastic day at the studio...was made very welcome and my husband and i chilled out while my daughter enjoyed an amazing experience...highly recommended. A huge thank you to Jim.
This was a Christmas present from my husband, and its probably one of the best things I've ever been bought. Not only was it really enjoyable, it was really, really interesting too. Jim, the technician was great and really knew his stuff. I expected a bit of a amateur set up, but this was the real deal with a talented professional on hand who was happy to offer tips and advice on how to get the best out of my recording. If you've ever fancied knowing what it feels like to be a pop star, this is one sure way to do it.
I had a great time and we actually managed to get through 3 tracks. The finished product was a fab demo and the whole experience incredible. A great present.
Sound engineer Jim was very helpful and very patient and very professional, but could not make sound like Michael Buble
Took my 8 year old to the studio yesterday for her birthday. Jimmy was absolutely brilliant with her and made her feel comfortable from the outset. I would highly recommend this experience. Thanks Jimmy and thank you Red Letter Days.
Well organised. Friendly. Great CD to keep forever.
Everyone was really kind to us and even though we are only teenagers we weren't treated like it. Everyone was very professional, Jimmy is very friendly and helpful and we were really happy with how it turned out! We will definitely be coming back to Abbot Street!
I'd just like to say a huge thanks to the guys at Abbot Street Studio, especially Jimmy who was my engineer for the day.... Made you feel really welcome and relaxed, offered constructive ideas on sound and possible changes on how I was playing to get a crisper note ... It's great to at last here songs I have sung and some I have written actually down on CD - I'm looking forward to a creative year. I'd recommend this day 100%
Despite being absolutely terrified, the guy who was running it, Tom, put me and my friend at ease immediately. We had a really good time and would definitely consider doing it again!
Very friendly and most helpful in the studio
I brought the experience for my Daughter who was 9. She came away with a disc of 4 very well presented tracks. The advice and support was superb and made her feel very calm in a new environment. The 3 hours flew by and the disc is a keep sake for her. It made a wish of hers come true.
I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic experience. My day was spent at SSR in Manchester singing a couple of songs and then getting my own CD copy at the end. James Trott the sound engineer on the day was incredible. He made me feel so relaxed, which really helped, and let my 3 children watch "daddy singing", which again made the whole experience very special. Thank you once again.
James Trott the recording producer was absolutely fantastic. He made the whole day thoroughly enjoyable. Kasia my daughter managed to record two tracks. James spent a lot of time explaining the recording process with my daughter who is currently studying music technology at A level so this helped her understand. Kasia was able to go over each element of her songs and re record anything she was not happy with. James was patient and helped Kasia record two amazing tracks. He also said that we were to listen to the tracks at home and if we thought any elements needed altering we were to email him and he would sort them. I can recommend this experience to any one who either wants to have a go for the first time in a recording studio or wants a proffessional track. James was patient and very methodical creating 2 fabulous proffessional tracks for my daughter. We will post the track on you tube under Kasia Howley. A great day that I would definitely recommend.
I bought this gift for my 12 year old Daughter as her Christmas present and we finally booked it up for Friday 17th August. We had an amazing time at the Abbot St Studios in Hackey. The Studio itself is beautifully decorated - quite quirky with a lunge area and also a kitche that you can use . The staff made us feel very at ease and very welcome. The man who worked with my Daughter was very patient and really helpful. I would certainly recommend this experience and thought it was great value for money. Thanks to all!
The Abbot Street Studio were so much fun to work with. Ready to start straight away and so friendly from the minute I entered the door. The sound engineer that did my session had so much experience and helped me achieve the final result that I wanted. I would definitely go back to Abbot Street Studio to record and chill out in their exceptional lounge area. Recommend to anyone wanting to have fun, make a serious track and try a new experience. Was the best 21st birthday present ever, Thanks Dad!
This experience completely exceeded all expectations! Despite only bing a amateur musician the studio was professional and gave me lots of tips to help me beyond the day. Having explained what I wanted to ge out of the day they worked to deliver exactly what I wanted and gave me an experience that will stay with me a long long time!
The whole experience was exciting and successful. Must do it again.
I was very nervous before the session but was made to feel very comfortable. I'm just a karaoke singer but was feeling like a rockstar soon enough. The whole experience was unforgettable and will be one I recommend to others
I love singing and have always wanted to have a go in a recording studio, so when my family gave me this experience as a birthday present, I was very excited - and then terrified! I shouldn't have been nervous though as Jimmy, the sound engineer at Abbot Street Studios, put me at ease. I was able to sing my two chosen tracks through four times each and then watch as he pieced the best bits together. There was also time to unexpectedly squeeze in a third track. I am proud of the CD and would love to do it all again one day - next time without the nerves.
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