Recording Creativity… Naturally
Mastering grade pro audio – mentoring musicians and producers since 1997
Pic : Sirkus Red Room
Superb Mics &
88, 61, 25 Keys
+ Keys & Bass
Izotope Iris etc
NI Komplete 13+
Ableton Suite 11
Logic Pro X
Optimised Real World Listening Acoustics
Focusrite 192kHz DACs
Wavelab Pro 10
Ozone 9 Adv
for Spotify etc
Set your own goals
for a short course
Or learn on
your own tracks
at your own pace
- Overlooks Canning Circus – Buzzing Independent Sector
- Windows that open
- Low EMF/WiFi Smog
- Organic Coffee & Tea
- Sustainable cleaning products & electricity that won’t damage you… or our environment
Stay fresh and inspired to get really creative with your art
In recent years some high profile mastering engineers have been openly admitting that they mostly use good plugin emulations. We’ve been saying & doing this for 20yrs. DAW mixing & mastering has sounded far superior for that long… in the right hands.
A huge range of those latest analogue component-level modelled outboard & synths, plus an open sounding vocal setup ensure this studio continues to be capable of getting the performances and production values needed for the globally recognised and Billboard chart topping music we’ve been excelling at for quite a while now. Check the credits tab
One of the Longest Established Recording Studios in Nottingham, UK
Hours locked away without daylight recording vocalists stuck in foam-packed vocal booths or isolated behind sterile glass kills creativity and sounds boxy. So we ripped up the recording studio rule book and built a facility that puts the people who make music first. With natural light & acoustics that simply let you hear & record audio accurately – and mirror real world listening.
The Future Of Studio Production
We have award winning vocal mics that win shootout contests.. It’s the sound of each artist in each song that counts. trust your ears, not assumptions or price tags.
And we have superb preamps for vocals including the classic Drawmer 1960 variable-mu tube compressor. We have great drum mics & the increasingly rare skills to record drums properly, but in the 21st century Superior Drummer & XLN Addictive Drums are far more important. Most of the drums heard on the biggest tracks have been emulated by packages like these for many years.
Real World Listening
You will hear the truth revealed with our pristine ‘air’ enabled Focusrite mic pres, 192kHz AD/DA converters and mastering grade monitoring accuracy. Super-fast waterfall plots & high slew rate power amps drive passive speakers direct from those high-end DA converters with no mixer to degrade the signal. This ensures you hear all the transients, all the punch and all the masking issues, but with zero bass resonance from tuned ports… and no built-in limiters like those in many ‘studio grade’ powered monitors. You’ll get no ear fatigue either from overly bright tops and mids. The room is acoustically trapped & tuned to represent real world listening.
- Custom Celestion Ditton 25s
- Tri-amped Audiophile Re-capped Crossovers
- Custom damped 12″ Bass Drivers
- Accurate Modern Dome Tweeters
- Club Style Sub Extension
- Full Isolation
- Yamaha NS10Ms
- Auratone 5C MixCubes
Established at the very pinnacle of studio monitoring by the best ears in the business for decades… and for good reason.
Vast Pro Experience
The live/dead recording studios debate has raged for decades. We’re firmly in the live camp. So all this attention to detail results in a natural, controlled acoustic that means our mixes and masters translate exceptionally well.
You won’t find monitors is other recording studios in Nottingham or elsewhere that translate better to real world listening, in our experience.
The core Sirkus team of 5 have a combined 100+ yrs of top flight musicianship, pro audio & related academic research.
Make your own mind up
Working With Us
We operate a cooperative style producer/engineer studio share model. Click the contact icon menu below right to call or msg & discuss any project, or if you’re interested in becoming one of our team. Our freelancers contribute a fixed-fee per month for affordable access to these awesome facilities. You’ll need top musical, audio & people skills – and impeccable character references. Our team set their own prices, but are expected to contribute a serious retrospective invoice when their work earns serious dollar. They also chip in with sweat equity when we’re upgrading etc. Proper teamwork, with high level pro audio and music business mentoring.
HIgh-End Mastering for all Platforms
Current Producer/Engineer Team
Coming Soon! – Room4
Flexible podcast/video/recording studio with daylight/blackouts, green/black/white screen for podcasts, video or performance/ installation/live full band recording & filming
- Mark Ellis
- Ash Balu
I've been a customer for three years and it's the best creative environment I've ever experienced. Top kit, top staff, top vibes.
Great facility in a great part of Nottingham 🙂
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