With a glorious setting at the foot of the Pentland Hills and natural light and line of sight in every room, the Sound Café provides the perfect ambience for all your recording projects. We have ample parking facilities as well as a ‘to the door’ bus service. The local pub/restaurant/ hotel is a 3 minute drive from the studio and the near-by town of Penicuik has an array of shops and hotels. Edinburgh airport is 20 minutes by cab or car.

Studio Gallery

Studio Equipment
The studio is based around Avid ProTools HDX on the latest MAc Pro .5GHZ 6-Core running Protools 10 and 11.

Digidesign C24 Desk, SSL Alpha ADA convertors SSL Delta Link Madi HD.

KRK VXT and Sub, Yamaha NS10, AKG aurotone, Bose, KRK Rokit Mk1, B&W, Tannoy Mercury.

Acoustic Grand or upright piano available by arrangement.

We run a selection of major DAW’s – ProTools 10, Logic 9, Cubase 7 and Ableton 9.

For mastering we have a selection of outboard including processors from SPL and TC Electronics as well as mastering specifc plug-ins from UAD, Waves and Slate Digital. For final compilation and DDP dispatch for CD production we use Sonic Studio SoundBlade mastering software.

  • UAD
  • Waves
  • Slate Digital
  • Altiverb
  • Avid
  • Melodyne
  • Guitar Rig
A few of our virtual Instruments include:

  • Komplete 8 Suite
  • BFD
  • Kontact
  • Stylus RMX

We have an extensive selection of microphones - from the most accurate large diaphragm condensors to the warmest ribbon micʼs. We can also source specific micʼs if required.

  • AKG C12VR
  • Advanced Audio CM47
  • ADK Area 51 TT
  • SE Gemini
  • SE Z5600
  • SE Isis

  • Neumann U87
  • AKG 414XLS’s
  • Sennheiser MKH40
  • Audio Technica AT4033’s
  • SE2200
  • Rode NT5’s
  • Electrovoice RE20
  • Sennheiser 421’s
  • Sure SM58’s
  • Sure SM57’s
  • Beyer M201
  • Sennheiser E604’s
  • AKG D112

  • SE electronic Rupert Neve RNR 1
  • Golden Age R1

Mic Preamps:
  • SSL Full Channel strips
  • Golden Age
  • Warm Audio
  • Joe Meek VC1Q Channel
  • TLA Audio 5001
  • TLA Audio 5051 Channel
  • SPL Gold Mike
  • Audient ASP008
  • Digitech Valve Channel

  • SPL Vitalizer
  • TC Finalizer96k
  • MXR Dual Compressor
  • Aphex Valve Compressor
  • TLA Indigo 2012 Valve EQ
  • Lexicon LXP-15mk2 Reverb
  • Alesis Quadraverb Multi FX
  • Alesis Midiverb MK2 Multi FX
  • Zoom 9120 Multi FX
  • Akai S950 Sampler
  • Edirol PCR-M50 Midi Keyboard Controller
  • Akai MPD32 controller
  • Cajon, assorted percussion including congas and bongos
  • Gretsch and Premier Dum Kits
  • Yamaha and Freshman Acoustic guitars
  • Yamaha Bass guitar
  • Fender and Tokai electric guitars

Bits and Pieces:
  • Beyer, AKG and Audio Technica headphones
  • Radial Pro DI Boxes
  • Sansamp Guitar Preamp/DI Box
  • Line 6 Pod Guitar Preamp
  • Blackstar HT-Drive and HT-Dual valve guitar preamp/distortion
  • Sadowsky Bass Preamp/DI
  • AAD Super Cub 300 Gtr Amp
  • Fender Deluxe Valve Guitar Amp
  • Fender Bullet Guitar Amp
  • Ashdown Bass Combo
  • Large selection of Boss FX pedals
  • Cry Baby Wah Wah

Need something you don’t see? Just ask and we may very well have it - or can source it.