Recording

With our vintage AMEK TAC Scorpion 24-16-2 British analogue mixing console and vintage TEAC 8516 16 track tape recorder at the heart of the studio, we're able to make your recordings sound like you - not the standard generic digital production you currently hear day in day out. Simply put, our aim is to make your instruments that are played by you, sound like you.

Our rack space is dedicated to a choice selection of outboard gear (valve preamps, compressors, multi-effects processors etc), while our custom-specification PC takes care of recording duties. We use Steinberg's Cubase for our main recording duties and Wavelab for mastering & CD creation.

Here at SoundARC, we have the skills and facilities to write, program, record, mix, remix and master anything from personal projects to commercial briefs - from the dirty demo to the polished production album! Our extensive library of wav samples is at your disposal to help both inspire you with your creations and embellish your recordings.

SoundARC can be booked - with or without engineer - by the hour, day or week.

Studio Spec

Desk AMEK TAC Scorpion 24-16-2 British analogue mixing console
Tape Machine TEAC 8516 16 track 1 inch tape recorder with DBX noise reduction running at 15IPS
Monitors Quested Q205 active & HHB Circle 5 passive
Computer 1 Quad core PC running Cubase 7.5 & Wavelab 6 with MOTO 24IO soundcard
Computer 2 Mac G5 running ProTools 8 with Digidesign and Focusrite, Solid State Logic & UAD plugins
Outboard Behringer T1953 Tube Preamps
Drawmer DL241 dual compressor
ART Tube MP Studio Preamp
ART Multiverb Alpha reverb
Alesis reverb
Mics A range of dynamic and condenser microphones including Rode, Shure, and AKG
Other Guitar amplification by Marshall & Hi Watt
Bass amplification by Trace Elliot & Hartke
Drums by Sonor (choice of 7 kits)
ProKeys 88 SX Semi-weighted keyboard

Recording Options

We offer various recording packages which are detailed below. For examples of the kind of recording you can expect from each, please have a listen to the audio examples.


  • Record A Rehearsal

    Available as a £10 add-on to the cost of a rehearsal, we can record 80 minutes of your rehearsal to audio CD for you to take away at the end. Ideal for developing song ideas, lyric writing or just to keep a record of how your live set is sounding. Please let us know if you would like this option when booking rehearsal time with us.

    Record A Rehearsal Audio Examples

    Record A Rehearsal Vital Statistics

    Session length Dependant on rehearsal booked
    Approx number of tracks As many as can be played in 80 minutes
    Instruments recorded in isolation? No
    Vocals recorded in isolation? No
    Overdubs possible? No
    Editing possible? No
    Output media Audio CD
    Cost £10 (plus rehearsal cost)
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  • Live Demo

    Does exactly what it says on the tin - you set up in the live room as you would a rehearsal, we mic everything up and hit record! Typically you can expect to lay down between 3 and 6 tracks in the time allocated. There are no overdubs or fixes, so with this type of recording it really pays to be well rehearsed and on top form! This is a no-frills (yet still high quality), cost effective way of making a demo and perfect for capturing a band's raw sound.

    Live Demo Audio Examples

    Live Demo Vital Statistics

    Session length 4 hours
    Approx number of tracks 3 - 6
    Instruments recorded in isolation? No
    Vocals recorded in isolation? No
    Overdubs possible? No
    Editing possible? No
    Output media Audio CD
    Cost £90
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  • Standard Studio Recording

    Our standard studio recording sessions offer a cost-effective way of making a band recording. Whilst the backline is recorded live (as with our live demos), time is also set aside for guitar and vocal overdubs, giving the finished product added clarity and definition. This is a great mid-range recording option that has a little more finesse than our live demos, yet is still great value for money! Typically you can expect to lay between 3 and 5 tracks in the allotted time.

    Standard Studio Recording Audio Examples

    Standard Studio Recording Vital Statistics

    Session length 6 hours
    Approx number of tracks 3 - 5
    Instruments recorded in isolation? Yes
    Vocals recorded in isolation? Yes
    Overdubs possible? Limited
    Editing possible? No
    Output media Audio CD or mp3
    Cost £150
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  • Full Studio Recording

    This is the crème de la crème à la SoundARC and includes the full works - total isolation of instruments (utilising all of our live rooms), the opportunity to fix playing errors with both punch-ins and edits (to achieve that 'perfect' take) and full access to all of our plugin effects, virtual instruments and sample libraries, allowing the creation of just about any sound imaginable!

    With our Full Studio Recording sessions, the sky really is the limit! Our producers can turn your raw song ideas into commercial release quality productions, or maybe just help add that bit of extra 'sheen' to an already polished track. Feel free to have as much or as little input into the production process as you want - it's all good with us!

    Full Studio Recording Audio Examples

    Full Studio Recording Vital Statistics

    Session length 2 hours +
    Approx number of tracks Dependant on amount of time booked
    Instruments recorded in isolation? Yes
    Vocals recorded in isolation? Yes
    Overdubs possible? Yes
    Editing possible? Yes
    Output media Audio CD, wav or mp3
    Cost £25 per hour or from £185 per day
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  • Weekender Deal

    Our Weekender Deal is a popular package giving you 20 hours of Full Studio Recording time (usually split over 3 days), and is an ideal way for bands and solo musicians to create something a little more refined than your average demo recording. The same options are open as with our Full Studio Recording sessions; punch-ins and edits come as standard, as does access to our plugin effects, virtual instruments and sample libraries.

    For the best quality recording possible, we recommend tracking no more than 2 songs within the allocated time. While it's possible to record 3 or even 4 songs, we feel that it's better to dedicate more time to fewer tracks - a definite case of 'less is more'.

    Weekender Deal Audio Examples

    Weekender Deal Vital Statistics

    Session length 20 hours
    Approx number of tracks 2 recommended
    Instruments recorded in isolation? Yes
    Vocals recorded in isolation? Yes
    Overdubs possible? Yes
    Editing possible? Yes
    Output media Audio CD, wav or mp3
    Cost £400
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  • Studio Lock-in

    The ultimate for those wishing to dedicate serious time to their art and produce recordings of both quality and distinction. Our Studio Lock-ins can be booked by the week or month, and allow time for both preproduction and experimentation while tracking - meaning that you can be sure that your music is the very best it can be, every step of the way.

    Studio Lock-In Audio Examples

    Studio Lock-In Vital Statistics

    Session length 40 hours
    Approx number of tracks Dependant on brief
    Instruments recorded in isolation? Yes
    Vocals recorded in isolation? Yes
    Overdubs possible? Yes
    Editing possible? Yes
    Output media Audio CD, wav or mp3
    Cost £800
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