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Kathie Touin

Starling Recording Studio

Starling Recording control room

The control room at Starling Recording Studio

Welcome to Starling Recording Studio...

Located minutes from the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Orkney's West Mainland is a cosy recording studio with a warm welcome. Starling Recording Studio offers you friendly service and a quality sound, designed to accommodate everyone from soloists to small ensembles. Whether you're a student or an old pro, we'll do our best to meet your needs.

Starling Recording Studio is running Pro Tools 10. We have an eclectic collection of vintage analogue and digital synthesizers, as well as modern keyboard work stations with on-board sample triggering. We offer SoundIron sound libraries, featuring a wide selection of found instruments. A range of percussion instruments is available. There are professional condenser microphones from ADK, Samson and Røde. Please see our equipment list below for more details. Also available (downstairs) is a 1929 Bluthner full-size grand piano.

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Sunlight streams into Starling Recording Studio - though not every day!

Fiddle player Fiona Driver, singer Jo Philby and guitarist Griogair Morrison have released CDs recorded at the studio. Other clients have used Starling for voiceover work, spoken word stories and creating a CD gift of songs for a relative - so why not try it yourself?

Griogair Morrison in Starling Recording Studio Griogair Morrison in Starling Recording Studio Griogair Morrison's new EP

Griogair Morrison in Starling Recording Studio, working on his Bonxie EP, recorded and engineered by Kathie Touin (image of CDs in box: Griogair Morrison)

Included in the price is an audio engineer. Other services available are keyboardist, arranger and producer. We can also do small duplication runs of CDs, and suggest mastering engineers and manufacturers.

At Starling Studio we want you to have an enjoyable recording experience and pride ourselves on providing a calm, relaxed atmosphere to record in.

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Guitars in Starling Recording Studio

Equipment includes:

Avid Pro Tools 10

SoundIron sound libraries

Plug-ins: Waves Audio (including Waves Tune); AAS; Don't Crack; UVI; Elastik 2

Behringer Truth monitors

Behringer pre-amps

Alesis reverb

Berhinger compressors and signal processing

Microphones: Røde; ADK; Samson; M-Audio; Shure; Takstar

Roland Phantom S88 keyboard workstation

Roland FA-06 keyboard workstation

Korg and Roland rack-mount synthesizers: Wavestation; U-110; JV-1010

Korg JD800 digital synthesizer

Korg Mono/Poly analogue synthesizer

Roland FP-30 digital piano

Microboards CD duplicators

Beyer Dynamic DT110 headphones

More Me headphones

A box full of percussion instruments!

Fiona Driver in Starling Recording Studio Starling Recording Studio Studio mascot Roscoe

Fiona Driver, keyboards and Roscoe in Starling Recording Studio

Contact Kathie Touin at for a free consultation and rate information.

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