the space

the space is teeming with brilliant recording spaces, acoustically treated by local producer/musician Don Holderness. From the main church hall live space to the train carriage space and several others, all have their own unique character. The ability to experiment is what the space is all about so we have tried to make the connectivity as versatile as possible, so you can record anywhere whilst not losing sight of your fellow musicians. From a large classical ensemble to a small folk group or even a solo singer/songwriter, the space will satisfy your needs.

Headphone monitoring is provided by a Hearback digital monitoring system which allows up to 8 musicians (or groups of musicians) to have independent control of their headphone mixes in pristine audio quality.The Audient 4816 mixing console has legendary pres and permits 32 tracks to be recorded simultaneously, whilst modern digital recording facilities allow 'in the box' operation. A superb semi-concert Wendl and Lung grand piano is available for all studio users.

For those working to a tight budget, we now offer a two tier booking system: Book the space as discussed above, or... bypass our control room, mixing desk and outboard gear, and treat the space as a large home or project studio into which you can bring your familiar tried and trusted gear - to write, play and record at your own pace (a 'dry hire'). That way you won't need our equipment, engineer or technical support, yet you will still benefit from the use of the grand piano, audio screens, the amazing creative environment and recording spaces we offer, and you'll save yourself a considerable sum of money.

We believe the strength and appeal (and we hope - ultimate reputation) of the space will lie in the building and its location - rather than just the technical resources it can offer. Email us now for a quote or request a callback so we can discuss your particular needs - info@thespaceorkney.com

An Audient 4816 desk with Neumann monitors sit in the spectacular “hanging” control room above the main chapel area and Logic X (operated through a powerful 32” 16Gig RAM, Apple iMac) forms the basis for the space’s recording capability.

Sightlines are excellent with the control room’s frontage made entirely from large safety glass panels (donated free by www.recipro.com)

Analogue recording is through a 38 Tascam 8 track half inch recorder. A classic Studer A8 is also available for analogue mastering.

Downstairs in the live room sits an immaculate 7ft Wendl & Lung concert grand piano, and an array of microphones include Sanken, Rode and 2 AKG 414s for stereo pairing of piano and other live applications.

As a former church, the main hall is perfectly suited to live performance and recording. As you would expect, it boasts a fabulous natural reverb with a highly usable decay of 1.8 seconds. Artists are encouraged to harness this reverb effect on their recordings The building also has a variety of other recording spaces, including a “variable acoustic” vocal room and a genuine 1950s first class train compartment.

Finally, headphone monitoring is provided by a Hearback digital monitoring system which allows up to 8 musicians (or groups of musicians) to have independent control of their headphone mixes in pristine audio quality.

Musicians intending to use the space can contact our studio engineer Don Holderness ahead of their booking for more info and to discuss their requirements. Orkney is a long way to come and then find out you should have brought that extra plectrum!