WHO WE ARE

Darklands Audio was set up by Dan Doherty in 2013. He has spent the last 12 years playing around the world and recording with his bands Sickboy and Ghost Estates and is currently performing, producing and writing with Hip Hop Duo Creative Crime

He has worked in some of the best studios in the country alongside top engineers including Marc Carolan (Muse, The Cure), James Darkin (Hozier, Sinead O'Connor, Paulo Nutini) and John Henry (Head Engineer-Grouse Lodge). He has a diploma in Music Technology from BCFE.

A multi instrumentalist who plays drums, bass, guitar and piano with a keen interest in electronic production using Akai MPC's, Ableton and various Software and hardware Synths. 

He recently finished his 1st score for the Film Cardboard Gangsters which is now the most successful Irish Film of 2017 winning awards at Manchester Film festival and Newport Beach film festival in The US.

In the studio Dan prides himself on putting people at ease and in the right frame of mind to get the performance the song deserves. Whether it's a full band, MC, folk singer, string section or choir you can rely on Daniel to approach each session with good technique and a level head for professional results every time.

 

Recording / Mixing / Production €300 10 Hours!! / €35 Per Hour

Record and mix your project in a relaxed environment with people who care about getting the sound YOU want. No matter what your level or what stage your song is at we can get really hands on and help with writing and producing or we can BACK OFF! and just capture you doing what you do best. 

Flying solo?

Are you a solo artist? Would you like to add more instruments to your songs and go for a bigger sound? Are you a MC with no beats? Don't worry we can HELP! Our in-house producer engineer also happens to play loads of instruments, make beats and arranges and composes! 

With our great selection of analogue and digital equipment, acoustically treated live  and dead rooms and years of experience you can be sure your project is safe in our hands.

 

Check Out Sound Examples

note 1: (50% deposit required to book recordings)

note 2:  minimum booking for per hour rate is 2 hours

Mastering €35 per track!!

The final essential step in every recording! We offer a basic mastering service of €35 per track.

VOICE OVER €35 per hour!! 

A great sounding voice recording is essential to any professional media project. We use top quality microphones, preamps and AD/DA converters to give you that top quality sound you hear on film & TV. Recent clients include: RED BULLGAA and Little Beast Films

note: minimum booking 2 hours

REHEARSALS

REHEARSALS WITH FULL BACKLINE FROM €65 / OFF PEAK (mon-fri 10am-5pm) €12.50 per hr (min 2hr booking)

MUSIC PRODUCTION COURSES

Check out the ABLETON LESSONS page for more info

MUSIC lessons

Check out the MUSIC LESSONS page for more info

HD LIVE VIDEO RECORDINGS €299!!

Darklands Audio has teamed up with The Sound Feed to offer a great live performance video package. We shoot a multitrack multi angle HD video of ONE of your songs over two hours all for €299!! Oh and all the backline is provided!! Just show up and look and sound good!

 

Check Out Video Examples

note 1: one round of mix changes after initial mix (€150 deposit required to book) 

 

 

   

 

FILM & TV SCORE

We have just finished our first score for the film Cardboard Gangsters, working alongside director Mark O'Connor and Five Knight Films

 

LOCATION

Darklands Audio is a professional recording studio in the heart of Dublin city centre, just a 2 minute walk from O'Connell St. The studio is part of The Chocolate Factory a creative community, event space and Cafe 

26 Kings Inn St Dublin 1

 

GEAR LIST

Console

TL AUDIO M4 24 CHANNEL TUBE CONSOLE

cONVERTERS

Lynx Aurora 16 mastering grade

Apogee Rosetta

MICS

Neumann Km184 x 2 (Stereo Pair)

Neumann TLM 193

SE electronics Gemini

Akg 414

Akg D112

Cascade Fatheads x 2 (Stereo Pair)

Seinheiser MD421 x 2

Seinhiser e604 x 3

Shure beta 52a

Shure Beta 57a

Rode NT5 x 2 (Stereo Pair)

Shure m58 x 4

Shure SM 57 x 2

OUTBOARD

Universal Audio 6176 x 2

Emirical Labs Mike E Tape Saturator & Distressor

Focusrite ISA 8

Focusrite Octopre Platinum

Roland vintage Space Echo

WEM Copicat

Digi design 002

Line 6 Bass Pod

DAW

Pro Tools 12.5.1

Ableton 9.5

Apple Mac Pro 5.1 6 Core 32GB RAM

 

MONITORING

Yamaha NS10 with Quad 306 amp

Genelec 1030A

INSTRUMENTS

PIANO

Will. Steinman Upright Piano

DRUMS

Premier Elite Maple

Kick: 24" Toms: 12" + 15"

Snares: Pearl Masters Maple 14"

Premier Elite Maple 14"

Cymbals: Sabian Vault 19" Crash

         Sabian HHX Banda Turca 13" Hats (The best hats Ive ever heard!!)

Sabian AA Rock Crash

Sabian AA 21" Rock Ride

Random!:

Roto Toms

Bongos

AMPS

VOX AC 30 BLUE BULLDOG

FENDER EVIL TWIN

AMPEG BA-115 BASS AMP

GUITARS & FX

Fender Jaguar Bass

EHX Electric Mistress

BOSS DD-5

Boss Vintage Flanger

Boss Slicer

Boss DS 1

Boss Tremelo

Joyo Tube Screamer

SAMPLERS & KEYS

Ableton Push

MPC 500

KAM Direct Drive Turntable

M-Audio Oxygen

 
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RECORDING DEALS

EP DEAL €900 (5 DAYS for the price of 3)

Book 5 Days Recording for the price of 3!! get the 4th and 5th FREE! Saving €600!

Total Days Recording: 5 Total Hours: 50

Total Cost: €900!

50% deposit required to book the deal & secure dates

ALBUM DEAL €2100 (10 days for the price of 7)

Book 10 Days Recording for the price 7!! get the 8th, 9th & 10th FREE! Saving €900!

Total Days Recording: 10 Total Hours: 100

Total Cost: €2100!

50% deposit required to book the deal & secure dates

ABLETON LESSONS

ABLETON INTRO 4 WEEK COURSE €195 

  • Ableton Intro > Learn the basics and start making tracks with Ableton

Summary: Start making music with Ableton now! Our 4 week hands on Ableton intro course is the perfect way to get  started with Ableton Live. We want you to walk away from this short course with the ability to make your own track from scratch. Familiarise yourself with Abletons interface and learn how to load and use some of Abletons instruments. Learn basic drum programming using the drum rack, program & play bass and synth lines using the Analog synth, learn how to record and edit midi, learn how to sync loops using abletons warp feature and finally apply  effects, mix, master and export your track.

Duration: 4 weeks One 2hr class per week

Class time: 2 Hours 

Week 1: Software intro > Devices & set up > Session & Arrangement View > Recording Audio & Midi

Week 2: Start composing your track > Drum Rack intro > Basic drum programming > Bass & melody with Analog Synth  

Week 3: Warping Intro > adding warped loop to your track > Arranging your track in session and arrangement view

Week 4: Effects > Mixing > Mastering > Song Export

SAMPLING INTRO €195

  • Sampling Intro > Learn how to chop vinyl and build a track using samples

Summary: This course teaches how to make full tracks using samples from Vinyl records. Lean how to record, edit, chop, time stretch and pitch the samples inside Ableton using the Simpler sampler. Build full tracks around the samples by adding drums and synths with Abletons drum rack and analog synth. This Fun 4 week course will have you addicted to sampling and digging through your local charity shop for oddball vinyl releases.

Duration: 4 weeks One 2hr class per week

Class time: 2 Hours

Week 1: A history & examples of sampling > Gear set up > Recording Vinyl into ableton > Loading samples to Simpler 

Week 2: Simpler modes> Classic Mode > One Shot Mode > Slice Mode > Set up Analog Synth

Week 3: Start building a track by using a sample loop > add drums using drum rack > add bass
& melody using the analog synth

Week 4: Add Effects > Mixing > Mastering > Song Export

MUSIC LESSONS

DRUM LESSONS   

Learn basic drumming techniques one to one with an experienced drummer 

Cost: €25 for 40 mins / Book 4 classes for €90

Note: Lessons must be paid in advance PAY CASH / BOOK VIA PAYPAL BELOW

BASS LESSONS

Learn basic bass guitar techniques one to one with an experienced bass player 

Cost: €25 for 40 mins / Book 4 classes for €90

Note: Lessons must be paid in advance PAY CASH / BOOK VIA PAYPAL BELOW

 GIFT VOUCHERS

Vocal voucher! record your favorite song €100

Are you a budding singer or have a friend or relative that loves to sing? Give them the ultimate gift of the Darklands Audio vocal voucher. Get that polished professional sound and have fun whilst soaking up the atmosphere of a professional studio.

What's Included?

  • A Darklands Audio gift wrapped vocal recording voucher will be posted out as soon as you buy online (€2 Postage charge will apply at checkout)
  • 2 hour recording session of a track of your choice with a professional sound engineer
  • 2 professionally mixed and mastered CD's and digital transfer of your recording on MP3 & WAV files 

VOUCHERS MUST BE USED WITHIN 120 DAYS OF PURCHASE

BASS LESSONS X 4 €90

What's Included?

  • A Darklands Audio gift wrapped bass lesson x 4 voucher will be posted out as soon as you buy online.
  • 4 40 minute bass lessons

VOUCHERS MUST BE USED WITHIN 120 DAYS OF PURCHASE

DRUM LESSONS X 4 €90

What's Included?

  • A Darklands Audio gift wrapped drum lesson x 4 voucher will be posted out as soon as you buy online.
  • 4 x 40 minute drum lessons

VOUCHERS MUST BE USED WITHIN 120 DAYS OF PURCHASE

Darklands Audio Live Room

Rehearsal Studios

RATES & Times

Weekday Evenings:  5.30pm-10.30pm €65

Weekends: 10am-3pm / 3pm-8pm / 5.30pm -10.30pm €65

OFF PEAK: Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm €12.50 per hour (min 2 hour booking)

Full Backline provided Drums, Bass amp, Guitar amps x 2, Mics & PA

BOOK NOW

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