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The Best Recording Studios In Dublin

Photograph of the blog post author, Georgia Carter

Georgia Carter

18.10.2022

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Are you looking for a recording studio in Dublin but want the best of the best? There are quite a few that you can use to record your next single or album. As an artist, you want to know where the best local studios are and what rates they charge. If you can save a little money here and there and record your finest work, then you are sitting pretty. So we have done all the work for you and this is the list of recording studios in Dublin you need to know. 

Camden Recording Studios 

The Camden Recording Studios in Dublin opens up its doors to emerging artists, as well as the more established musicians. Hozier, Ed Sheeran, Gregory Porter, Snow Patrol, Niall Horan are just a few of the names that have walked through those doors. It is a well known fact that they support composers, songwriters, musicians and also audio/video content creators. As well as recording music, they offer services such as; production, mixing, mastering, songwriting, arranging, composing, videos, podcasts, videocasts, audiobooks and voiceovers. As an artist, you may not need these last two as much, but you never know where your career may take you. When it comes to an example of a successful Dublin recording studio, there you have it. 

Their services can be used for both small scale recording projects and those which need a bigger impact, especially large live sessions. There is the opportunity to use the ‘Hear Back™ monitoring system’ allowing you the final say of what you want on your track. You will be in ythe best of hands as the team behind this recording studio are at the top of their game and will be with you every step of the way. 

‘Our flagship studio Studio A is fully equipped with a Neve Genesys Black G32 analog console, great outboard gear, two large live rooms, a vocal booth, a large control room, a Steinway Model B grand piano, a Yamaha U3 upright piano, and a wide range of vintage and modern instruments, amps and gear.’

‘Studio A along with our other studio spaces that can be used for vocal and instrument overdubs, mixing & mastering projects, podcasts, voiceovers, and audiobook recording.’

Windmill Lane Recording Studios

What if I told you that U2 used the renowned Windmill Lane recording studios, amongst others? Some would call it the beating heart of music production in Dublin and big names having recorded there such as U2 and The Rolling Stones, The Cranberries, Ed Sheeran – I mean the list goes on it really does – then that is quite a satisfactory description. It may not be one of the cheap recording studios in Dublin, but you get what you pay for. 

‘Where history is made and legends are born’. 

With 3 studios and rates that work around you and your budget, you will be able to find the right space to create exceptional, authentic music. And whether you think your sound aligns more with the likes of Lady Gaga, who have used Windmill Lane’s services in the past or have the vocals similar to David Bowie, there is room for you and an abundance of equipment to play on. All you need on the day, or however long you will be at the studios, is your passion for your music and the musical team will be on hand to ensure a memorable experience. 

Darklands Audio Recording Studios

This is the recording studio in the centre of Dublin, run by the composer, engineer and producer Dan Doherty. Since 2012, it has become a professional music hub for artists in Ireland. Whether you are a solo artist, emerging or more established, there will be services that you can use to ensure to take that next step in your career. Names such as Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes, Scattered Ashes, Creative Crime are just some of the artists they have worked with. 

Daniel himself still writes music and performs with Creative Crime and even before the set up of Darklands he had been performing for 12 years with his bands like Sickboy and Ghost Estates. 

The studio is part of The Chocolate Factory, a creative community. 

The studio allows for recording, mixing, mastering and production so every project is catered for. The team is on hand no matter what stage your song is at and there is even a dedicated in-house engineer producer who can play a variety of instruments if you feel as a solo performer you need some more back up for your track. No task is too much, and you will undoubtedly achieve the best performance from them on the day. 

They offer 2 recording deals at Darklands that you can take advantage of:

EP Deal – 5 Days for the price of 4

  • Book 5 Days Recording for the price of 4!! get the  5th FREE!
  • Total Days Recording: 5 Total Hours: 50
  • 50% deposit required to book the deal & secure dates

Album Deal – 10 Days

  • Book 10 Days Recording for the price of 8!! get the 9th & 10th day FREE!
  • Total Days Recording: 10 Total Hours: 100
  • 50% deposit required to book the deal & secure dates

As recording studios in Dublin, Ireland go, you do not want to miss out on these deals! 

The Song Studio

In terms of new unsigned songwriters and producers on the Irish scene, The Song Studio champions them, and gives them the opportunities to showcase their talent. They offer a collaborative studio space – which includes co-writing – song development services, music for businesses, music production, recording and podcast opportunities. They are the sister company of The Nucleus and those who possess a prominent talent at The Song Studio will be able to join The Nucleus. 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Nietzsche. I definitely agree, music is good for the soul and this studio space is an example when the untapped talent of artists is allowed to run free, the result is incredible music. 

With natural light and based in the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter, you will be amongst other artists just like you. The possibilities for making music range from performing to mixing your own tracks. Tracks can be recorded using AMS Neve and Apogee into Logic and Protools using mics by Neumann, Shure and Blue. They monitor through Genelec, Yamaha NS10s and Ultrasone. 

Finglas Recording

Space is offered to singer songwriters, small groups, karaoke singers, musicians, voice over artists and also for the use of audio books. If you are looking for decent Dublin recording studio rates, then look no further as at Finglas recording, they will charge €25 per hour. Finglas offers you the time to be able to record, mix and master your own tracks all in one sitting, with the help of digital software.  Pro Tools 2021, Logic Pro X, or Studio One 4 are all available at Finglas and there are the most current plugins to use at your disposal. In terms of mastering, software such as Wavelab, iZotope, ik Multimeda or Waves.  

Dublin Recording Hub

There is a slightly different process when it comes to music production, as Dublin recording Hub operates online. Out of two studios, producers, session musicians, composers and audio engineers work collaboratively to create amazing music for you as an artist, such as a song demo, single or album. There can be so much as lyrics and a basic tune which they will turn into a record label standard track, which then can turn into a full album. The reason why it works so well for artists is that you start with a seed of an idea for a song or album and through collaboratively working with you via zoom, email and in person studio sessions, you can record your music, consequentially mixing and then mastering the final product. You may choose to use your own vocal and instrumental components for the track but the team is there to create the piece from your initial idea.  

Guerilla Sounds Recording Studios

The Guerilla Sounds recording studios in Dublin are a music production company that help musicians, producers, composers create music that matches their individuality, using both analogue and digital recording systems. Since it is a grassroots company, and operates on more of a boutique style music production aesthetic, you are more likely to find an affordable price than other studios in the city. It was established by producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy in 2009 in Cork and it then moved to Dublin where following a collaboration with Ian Chestnutt it then became Guerrilla Studios in 2011. The Dublin studio runs predominantly as a mixing suite but there are further studios across the UK and Ireland. 

When you chose to use Guerilla Sounds, in terms of equipment that is on offer for you, there are just a few examples; Moog Little Fatty Mk 2, Fender Mustang (US), Neve Portico 5042 Pre, TAC Scorpion MI & MKII, Boss Dunlop Rotovibe, Beyer Dynamic DT 880 Pro – and the list goes on. 

One of the features of the Guerrilla Sounds is the ‘Live At Guerrilla Studios’ online programme, where you can watch live performances and interviews with Irish musicians. This is very popular and they release fresh videos regularly on their website.   

FloodPlain Studios 

This has to be one of the affordable recording studios in Dublin, as it charges €45 per hour, or a reduced rate of €320 for a full day (8 hrs), including studio engineer. They are experts in audio production and also provide post-production services as well. 

Their full range of services they offer include; multi-track digital audio recording & post-production, catering for all musical styles & audio projects, full complement of session musicians & voice-over artists, studio & mobile location recording, video recording & post-production, CD sleeve design & disc duplication, mastering, private tuition in recording & post-production, recording session gift vouchers, pop-star parties. 

‘The studio caters for all musical genres & audio projects, from Traditional Irish, Jazz, Orchestral, Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, Choral, Folk & Country, to Radio Ad & Film Voice-Overs, etc.’

Closing Thoughts

So it is obvious that there are plenty of music recording studios in Dublin and you will be spoilt for choice. If you happen to be based in Dublin, or feel like it is worth a plane ticket (which it is), you will not be disappointed in the wealth of music professionals willing to help you create music which demonstrates your unique talent. Whether you are looking to embark on a smaller project with a lower budget or spend a little bit more on your passion, then you will certainly be able to do so working with one of the studios mentioned above. You need to find the right fit for you, so you may want to reach out and as we have just covered the basics here, we urge you to do more research.  Find the world class recording studio in Dublin made for world class artists like yourselves. Happy recording!

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