The Stoller Hall - Manchester, England
Located in the heart of Manchester directly opposite Victoria Train Station, The Stoller Hall is an intimate Concert Hall offering outstanding modern variable acoustics. Our team have recorded in the venue since its opening in 2017 and really know how to to get the best out of the space. Home to our most popular 52-piece ensemble.
The hall has acoustic banners on each wall allowing our engineers to open up the space for recording in a classical manner or to deaden the space to get a studio sound desirable for film scoring and library music.
The stunning sound of the venue is partnered by a visually stunning backdrop for video productions.
Surrounded by superb transport links, hotel accommodation and restaurants The Stoller Hall is well suited for those travelling for sessions.
Located in Central Manchester, our recital room offers a wonderfully clear and controlled acoustic for smaller ensembles. Designed by the same acoustics as The Stoller Hall, ARUP have created a space that is truly a pleasure to record in.
Ideal for ensembles such as string quintets scoring to small orchestras. As with the Chamber Hall remote session capabilities are part of every session, as well as the capability to score to picture with headphones. Utilising large TV screens for performers where no conductor is required.
Accessible for those travelling in being 10 minutes walk from the nearest tram stop and easily serviced by taxi and is immediately surrounded by restaurants and hotels.
How do I book?Bookings are made via the contact form, we haven't implemented an automated process as we want to talk you ensuring the right product for you and your project. You can browse the shared session page for our ensemble sizes and prices for estimated costings. Once you fill in a contact form a member of our team will be in touch with you promptly to discuss further, uploading your scores in the contact form can help speed up the process if deadlines are short. For shared sessions a deposit of 30% is required to secure the slot, 40% at least 1 month prior to the session date and remaining 30% upon delivery of the recorded files.
How much time do I need to book?If you're unsure about how much time to book please contact us with your scores (even if draft) or mockups. Our team will then suggest an amount of time suited to your project. Please don't hesitate to get in touch as there is no pressure to book once we have evaluated your scores. Rough estimations for average difficulty music are: 3 minutes of recorded music - 30 minute session 6 minutes of recorded music - 60 minute session 9 minutes of recorded music - 90 minute session 12 minutes of recorded music - 120 minute session
How far in advance do I need to book?Booking in advance ensures you secure the desired shared session recording date / slot. Our sessions get filled approximately 2-months in advance depending on demand. We suggest booking at least 30 days prior to the session but later bookings can sometimes be accommodated. Contact us to find out what sessions are available.
I'd like to add Piano, Harp, percussion or specialist instrumentation. Is this possible?Piano, harp and percussion are commonly added to our orchestra line-ups. We don't add them to the line-up as each project is unique in its requirements, just get in touch to discuss your requirements.
How do I prepare for a recording?Our team outline pre-production meetings with our Musical Director and Technical team to ensure all aspects of your project are recorded as desired. We will check your scores and talk through them in a Zoom meeting to ensure the scores are ready to be recorded but also to ensure we convey the music as intended.
In-person and remote attendanceRemote session live stream is held using Zoom for video link and talkback from you to stage, audio is streamed from the stage via AudioMovers. To access both a good computer with a stable internet connection is required, google chrome is required to access AudioMovers. We recommend a good set of headphones be used to critically listen to the session and avoid audio echo. You will be able to directly communicate in near real-time with the conductor, orchestra and score proof reader during the session. Chamber Hall Shared & Custom Sessions - In-person & remote Recital Hall Shared Sessions - Remote only Recital Hall Custom Sessions - In-person & remote Studio Shared Sessions - Remote only Studio Custom Sessions - In-person & remote
Do you offer arrangement, transcription and orchestration services?Yes, it is a service that we frequently provide to composers. Our experienced team will work tirelessly to ensure our work on your project reflects your vision. Please ask about the required service when contacting us.
What sample rate & bit depth do you record at?Unless requested otherwise all sessions are recorded and delivered at 48kHz 24-bit resolution.
How, when and in what format will I receive my files?You will receive your files via an online link, you will receive the ProTools session and multi-track audio stems (for other DAW use) of all takes, these will include the main microphone systems, ambient microphones and spot microphones. Files will be delivered no later than 3-day after the session but are commonly delivered sooner, this time allows us to complete a final quality control.
Do you restrict sync, who owns the rights to the music?All rights belong to the client, no additional fee is required for any use in any territory.
At what time do you record?Shared sessions are held in the North-west of England and are held at London time, typically 10:30am - 6:00pm. Custom sessions offer more flexibility.
Located in Central Manchester our studio is equipped with a range of world-class equipment including a wealth of boutique microphones, pre-amps and converters. Instrumentation available ranges from classical to contemporary with a range of classic hardware synthesisers.
The studio also offers a brilliant location for client attended edit, mix and mastering sessions.