Who are we
Aston End Studios is a relaxed, friendly and professional boutique sound and video production studio based in the rural village of Aston, Hertfordshire only 25 miles from Central London.
For over a decade, the in-house sound engineer and music producer Martin Van Der Sande has maintained the objective of providing a friendly service to all clients and ensuring the best results are achieved and the most creative experience of recording and making music is enjoyed.
Having studied the art of sound recording in Liverpool back in the year 2000, owner Martin kept the passion of studio sound, however, moved into live sound for West End, bands and touring theatre shows for many years as a monitor and FOH engineer. After the amazing experiences on the road he expanded his sound knowledge into the corporate and outside broadcast world for TV and live events; working on some of the largest conferences/festivals in the UK and Europe.
Continuing to freelance at many recording studios and being a musician/music producer at heart from those early inspired Liverpool studying days; Martin, after a year battle of cancer, decided to set up Aston End Studios in 2009, in his home village of Aston in Hertfordshire, with the vision to create a friendly and affordable recording studio for all to enjoy making music and recordings. Since then there has been no looking back and the fulfillment granted from sound recording and the creativity in music production is quite simply a joy!
Our main services here at the studio include professional audiobook recording, music recording, production, mixing and mastering. We can also provide a full live sound rig/production for your event with a full mobile recording set up.
We welcome you and your project to our studio and hope our website gives you an insight to how we can help you!
The recording studio
A creative air-conditioned space fully equipped with great audio kit for you to record and produce your music/project.
Treat yourself or a loved one with a unique recording studio experience cutting your very own record. We offer a 12 month valid gift voucher. A truly fun experience.
Make use of our in-house video production suite and film making experience. From music videos to conference films! We can record and produce a high quality video for your project in-house and/or on location!
Clean, warm and crisp audio for all your voiceover needs. Whether you are making a full audiobook recording or voiceover recording for film; we can record, edit and produce it here in the studios perfectly treated isolation booth.
The recording studio
Our boutique recording space offers the perfect creative facility to record your music or voiceover at affordable prices. We are a small studio which can deliver a very large and vibrant sound. Every recording is different and our in–house producer/engineer Martin will help you achieve exactly what you want from your recording, whether it be a demo for showcasing your music for future gigs/record labels or a produced album ready for mainstream release – we can produce it.
The studio consists of a small live room and treated isolated vocal booth, perfect for audiobook recording and singing recordings, which are all patched into the control room. If your recording project is large, for example an orchestra or larger band, then we can arrange a location recording to suit, but then returning to the studio for mixing. We house a great selection of microphones, outboard kit (including Neve 1073 and Universal Audio 6176 & 710-D) and vintage Marshall & Vox guitar amps too which patch into our analogue and digital recording system.
Current main technical kit in the studio is: Avid Pro Tools HD, Genelec/Yamaha monitoring, Neve and Universal Audio mic pre amps. Tegeler audio, TLAudio and SSL compressors. Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser, Rode and Shure microphones.
For more information about using our sound recording studio services please contact us and we’ll be in touch with you asap to discuss your project. After all, it all starts with a chat!
“A truly great recording set up, friendly and amazing sound!”
You’ve got a passion, we record it!
Gift day recording experience
The experience of recording in the studio is any singer or musicians dream. Stepping out of the bedroom and instead singing in the professional studio is certainly a fabulous way to encourage and fulfil those steps towards becoming a recording artist.
Since the revival of talent contests like X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent; more and more people are realising they can sing too. Maybe a family member or friend of yours deserves a unique and fun day out to enjoy their singing?
We always hear the quote “Thank you, we have had the best time” after our gift clients finish their session. Its makes us very happy as a studio to know that the gift sessions we offer provide that wonderful experience to singers young and old.
Our gift recording sessions are relaxed, fun and will be a musical experience that will never be forgotten. For booking your ‘Gift recording voucher’ which is valid for 12 months please make contact and we will be happy to help!
Meyer Street Records
Are you looking to take the next step and work with a music producer?
Martin our in-house producer/engineer, songwriter and musician works closely with artists in our creative space. Having that extra help and insight from a music producer is very valuable to artists and songwriters. Simply check out your favourite artist and you will find that behind all records is a great producer too. Martin, as well as working with many bands and solo artists; has also been working and producing ‘Britains Got Talent’ star Gabz who reached iTunes top 5 chart success.
After over a decade of recording, mixing and producing music for many clients here in the studio we decided to start our own recording label in 2019 which is called Meyer Street Records.
Meyer Street Records helps artists produce great records. Working to your budget (signed or unsigned) we will create the best and most productive recording and mixing experience.
For more info about working with a music producer/label to take your music to the next level, please get in touch and lets chat!
“Working with a music producer really enhanced my vision for the album”
We have put together some audio samples of music and productions recorded at the studio. Some are medleys, and some shorter edits; so sit back, relax, plug in your nice speakers and have a listen!
From an Oasis rock tribute trio to a full choir we can record and produce music to a very high standard. We house fantastic audio equipment to capture performance and always ensure the recording process is professional and memorable too.
Songwriters and solo musicians are fabulous to work alongside. Creativity is key and we strive to help make the best possible recordings whether it’s a demo of songs or a full commercial release single/album. The audio sample below has nearly 350k views on You Tube, which we produced for iTunes Top 5 star Gabz here in the studio.
Capturing studio quality audio from a live recording is what the aim is here. Making sure the essence of a live take still remains. Whether it’s for a demo with just guitar and vocal, a piano performance or maybe recording a bands live performance at a show to then sync with video or showcase to labels/venues we can ensure your recording and edit is at a very high standard.
Our voice recording service will leave your production; whether it’s an advert, TV show/film or promotional video, with a very professional sounding recording which is crisp, warm and natural. We house an isolation booth and use a great selection of mics and pre amps for recording.
Music and outreach video production
We can create a high quality video production for promoting your talent and message. Whether it’s a live performance, promo video or a directed music video, we can record and produce it!
Record your voice audio product here to then sell to your clients at events or online.
The studio houses the perfect vocal booth with a range of high end microphones suited for audiobook recordings. Clarity is key and we have worked with many businesses, publishers and training companies in the past who have used the concept of ‘Audio Books’ to communicate with their customers and to sell their products online.
The studio also offers a voiceover to picture suite and your team can direct your voice talent remotely too via a Skype video line to the studio screen monitor for an interactive and efficient session.
So whether you want a professional voiceover recording to enhance your film project, an audiobook recording with full editing or maybe you are looking to put together a hypnosis audio series; a successful recording/production will be achieved by using our voiceover recording studio near London.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your voiceover project. Our prices vary in this field of recording, so the more we know about your project the better we can quote for you.
“My NLP audio book was recorded here and the quality, patience and professionalism was fabulous!”
Mastering is the final process which your sound recording will go through before it is ready to be duplicated or even played on mainstream environments. Having a fresh set of ears to mix or master your project is a very usual practice in the music industry.
Enhancing, polishing, fattening up, tweaking, making louder, compressing are some of the terms used when people talk about mastering a mixed piece of music.
Aston End Studios has a fantastic mastering and re-mix suite for all final adjustments your recording may need. With our audio experience and working to your brief, we will listen to the tracks and mix your music for you. Our mastering and mixing process involves a mix of analogue and digital audio processes to make your recordings sound great on all platforms. Prices are from £50 per track.
If you’d like to have a chat about an upcoming recording project, book a date or just want to find out more about us, why not get in touch.
Aston End Recording Studios
Aston End House
Aston Village, Stevenage
Please note that visits to the studio are by appointment only, so please contact us to arrange and discuss.