Third Circle Recordings is a recording and production studio in Brighton & Hove, built and operated by musician and recording engineer, James Gasson, for any band or artist looking for a natural sound that honours the raw power of their material and the uniqueness of the performer.

Put your hand up if any of this sounds familiar:

  • You want to record together as a band to capture that live energy, not sit behind a computer noodling to a click track.
  • You’ve done your recording but for some reason it doesn’t seem to sound like your band.
  • The drums on your recording sound weak… mulchy… not present… and you can’t work out why.
  • Your mix sounds muddy and squashed… it lacks clarity.
  • The last producer you worked with seemed disinterested, or didn’t really seem to “get” you…

Yep. I get it. I’ve been there. That’s why I built this studio.

Bands and artists should sound like their true selves, in all their wonderful, human uniqueness, yet in this digital culture we’re too quick to falsely represent ourselves. Our software screams at us to “fix” everything, until boring, generic “perfection” is achieved. My friends… we are not machines. We are human.

With a focus on mic techniques, room acoustics, the quality of the source instrument and the comfort of the performer, it is my belief that the most evocative recordings are achieved by faithfully capturing a “moment”; bands performing together as one, with all their human characteristics embraced and the acoustic environment faithfully represented. 

When we work together at the studio, I will do whatever it takes to help you realise your vision and to harness your true character, to embed that into the music that is so uniquely, so preciously, yours.

Now put your hand down. You look ridiculous.

“Textbook methods harbour textbook results.”
— James Gasson

PRICES

All prices are inclusive of use of all available amps, drums and other equipment, unless stated otherwise. Take a look at the EQUIPMENT page to see what we have.

Payment Plan: Pay in instalments

If you’re eager to get your session in the bag but are worried about the upfront cost then we may be able to provide a payment plan option, allowing you to spread the cost over a pre-agreed number of weeks or months. Get in touch to discuss your needs.

BASIC STUDIO RATE:
Control Room + Live Room + Engineer
£35 per hour (2 hours minimum)
£250 per day (8 hours)

MIXING / CONTROL ROOM PRODUCTION
Control Room + Engineer (no additional equipment)
See MIXING page for more info, and our MIX DOCTOR deal

£30 per hour
£200 per day (8 hours)

THE DRUMMER’S SPECIAL:
Control Room + Live Room + Engineer
1 day of drum recording (to a guide performer or backing track)
The files are yours to take away at the end
£200

“THE WEEKENDER”:
Control Room + Live Room + Engineer
2 consecutive 8-hour days
£450
SPECIAL MIX DEAL WITH THIS PACKAGE:
Get up to 2 additional days mixing for just £160 per day

FULL WEEK:
Control Room + Live Room + Engineer
5 consecutive 8-hour days
£1000
SPECIAL MIX DEAL WITH THIS PACKAGE:
Get up to 2 additional days mixing for just £160 per day

MASTERING
See MASTERING page for more info
£30 per track

Things you need to know

•  A 20% deposit must be made at time of booking, refundable up to one calendar month prior to your session.

•  Please have the means to pay the outstanding amount on the day of your session.

•  Payment must be made by a single nominated person.

•  Recording days typically begin at 10am and end at 6pm. Equipment may be loaded in from 9.30am.

•  Street parking is available on the roads surrounding the studio. Please see this parking map for details.

•  You will be liable for any unreasonable damage to equipment during your session.

•    While every effort is made to ensure the safety and security of equipment stored at the studio, any equipment left onsite is done so at your own risk.

•  Please specify at time of booking any specific equipment you would like to use, otherwise availability cannot be guaranteed.

•  It is your responsibility to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared for your session. We are not accountable for any delays incurred by lack of preparation on your part (faulty instruments, under-rehearsed performers, etc.)