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Whether you're looking for a producer for your album, need a sound engineer for your next live show, or just want to spend some time in a recording studio, we'd love to work with you! If you have any questions please check out our FAQ below, or feel free to get in contact to discuss your project.


30 Sybrand Road, Sybrand Park
Cape Town, 7700


Instagram: @Concept_Records

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


By arrangement



  • How did you start your recording studio?
    We started Concept Records in late 2018 when our band needed to record our material but couldn’t afford any of the studios in Cape Town. We had learnt the basics of sound engineering through practical experience that we gained while performing in live bands during and after high school, so instead of paying for a few days in a fancy recording studio we bought our desk, monitors, and some microphones, and we learned to record our own and other people’s music. In 2019 we moved into our current space and slowly expanded our expertise and equipment collection. We have now recorded several award-winning albums, and more than 300 songs with various local and international artists. Check out our Productions page for more info!
  • How many room do you have?
    Four. We have a Control Room, a Live Room, a Keyboards/Secondary Live Room, and an Office.
  • What recording software do you use?
    Logic Pro X
  • What preamps/interface do you use?
    We run 8 channels from our Focusrite Octopre Mk-II via ADAT into our 16-channel Allen & Heath ZED-R16 desk and firewire interface for a total of 24 channels. We also have a pair of Rane MS-10 preamps. We mix through a SSL 2+ interface. For more information on our studio equipment, check out our Services page.
  • What monitors do you use?
    We monitor our recordings through a pair of Emes Quartz near-field monitors paired with a KRK 10s subwoofer. We mix using this setup, as well as through a pair of Yamaha HS7s. For more information on our studio equipment, check out our Services page.
  • What microphones do you use?
    We primarily use a Rode NT-1A for vocals and other situations that require a large diaphragm condenser, and we have multiple Shure SM-57/58s for situations that require dynamic microphones. We have a full set of Shure Beta series mics for drums, as well as several other microphones. For more information on our studio equipment, check out our Services page.
  • What are your pedals all about?
    We started collecting effects pedals in high school, and have built up a collection of more than sixty pedals that each process and affect audio in different ways. We love experimenting with these pedals on different sound sources, and tweaking them to find the right tone for any situation. For more information on our studio equipment, check out our Services page.
  • What styles of music do you record?
    We are happy to record any style of music! We predominantly work with live instruments, but we are also able to work on digitally produced projects. We have worked with many jazz, rock, and indie bands, as well as classical, metal, hip-hop, and singer-songwriter acts.
  • I've heard about your artist community - how do I get involved?
    We’re always happy to welcome people into our space - if you want to stay updated on what’s happening at the studio you can sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram. Feel free to get in contact with us if you have any specific questions or offers of support.
  • How does recording work?
    Recording involves capturing sound waves to digital or analogue formats so that they can be played back. We will set up microphones and other equipment to record your performance, and you will have multiple opportunities to get a take that you are happy with. If there are multiple instruments involved, we usually start with the rhythm section (i.e. drums and bass) and then add any additional layers on top.
  • What do I need to prepare before coming into the studio?
    Make sure that you rehearse all of your parts and have a good idea of the order in which you want to record them. Also make sure that you know the tempos and structures for all of the songs (if you are recording to metronome), or that your rhythm section is ready to play together at the same time.
  • What instruments do I need to bring?
    You should bring your guitars, bass, and any other instruments that are important to your sound. If you are recording drums you should bring your cymbals, sticks, and your snare drum (although we have several snares that you are welcome to use). We provide a selection of amplifiers, keyboards, and pedals, as well as multiple percussion pieces and a 5-piece drum shell (with hardware). For a full list of equipment available, check out our Services page.
  • Can I record my tracks live?
    Yes. We can record live bands (up to 24 channels at a time), and we can add any additional layers afterwards if required.
  • How many inputs can you record at one time?
    We can record up to 24 channels at a time.
  • How many hours does a recording session last?
    A full-day recording session runs from 9am until 5pm. We usually recommend taking a break around half-way through. We also offer half-day (4 hour) recording sessions.
  • How many band members can fit in the studio?
    We have recorded bands of up to 8 members in our live room, and we have an additional room if further sound separation is required.
  • Do I need to bring my own food to the session?
    Yes. There are also several restaurants and takeaway spots in the area.
  • What does a sound engineer do?
    A sound engineer sets up microphones and other recording equipment to capture the best possible recordings, operates the recording equipment, and manages the ‘session’ (the digital file containing the various recorded layers).
  • How long does it take to record a song?
    A song can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to record - it all depends on the recording approach and how prepared you are to record your material.
  • How long does it take to record an album?
    An album can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to record - it all depends on the length of the album and the recording approach that you choose.
  • If I record with you will I own all of my copyrights and masters?
    Yes. We charge you for a service, and once you have settled the final invoice will be the sole owner of the products of this service. Your copyright is protected from the moment you come up with a song, and if we contribute to the composition of your work we will develop a songwriting agreement with you.
  • Do I need to be registered with SAMRO/SAMPRA/CAPASSO/RISA before I record?
    No. Your copyright is protected from the moment you come up with a song, so there is no need to register with any professional bodies before recording your original material. However, there is value in understanding the rights and administrative processes associated with these entities, and we’d be more than happy to assist you in understanding how they are relevant to you.
  • Can you record on location?
    Yes. We can record multitrack audio on location at music venues, or anywhere else with access to electricity. If required we also have several partners that can film and edit a video of your performance.
  • Do you record voiceovers/audiobooks?
  • What format do you record to?
    We generally record 24-bit 48kHz WAV files. This can be changed by arrangement.
  • Can you record to tape?
    Yes. We can record to 2-track magnetic reel tape or 4-track cassette (by arrangement).
  • What does a producer do?
    A producer oversees the process of recording music and works with the artist to ensure that the project is completed. A producer can assist with many different tasks including project management, artist coordination and providing creative input.
  • What’s the difference between a recording engineer and producer?
    In the simplest sense, a recording engineer performs a purely technical function (ensuring high quality recordings), while a producer focuses on ensuring the completion of the whole project.
  • Can I bring my own producer?
    Yes! We love meeting fellow sound professionals, and we are always happy to work alongside other producers.
  • How does mixing work?
    Mixing involves the combination and balancing of various recordings into a single mix file.
  • What’s the difference between a recording engineer and a mixing engineer?
    A recording engineer is responsible for capturing sounds as they are created, while a mixing engineer is responsible for balancing those recorded sounds.
  • Can I take the multitrack stems home with me?
    Yes, by arrangement.
  • How does mastering work?
    Mastering involves the balancing of a ‘mix’ in order to make it sound as consistent as possible when it is played back by different devices.
  • What’s the difference between mixing and mastering?
    Mixing involves treating and combining multiple sound sources into a single ‘mix’, while mastering involves treating that single ‘mix’ in order to optimise how it sounds when played back on different devices. We think about it like baking a cake: production and recording are like choosing the ingredients, mixing is like deciding on their proportions, and mastering is like choosing the perfect temperature and length of time for it to be in the oven.
  • Can you mix/master a recording I already have?
  • How much does recording cost?
    It depends on how much studio time you need, which in turn depends on the complexity of your recording approach and your level of preparation. We charge R2000.00 per day for recording, but we also have special rates for projects that we mix. Get in contact with us to discuss the details of your project.
  • Are there additional charges I should be aware of?
    Our rates generally include recording and mixing costs only. Other important factors to consider are the costs of rehearsal, session musicians (if needed), mastering, and distribution. We are happy to help you map out these costs to ensure an accurate budget for your project. Get in contact with us to discuss the details of your project.
  • Do you do bundle/package deals?
    Yes. We charge lower recording rates for projects that we mix, and we can agree to a project rate in advance by arrangement. Get in touch with us to discuss the details of your project.
  • How can I make payments?
    We accept cash, card and EFT payment. Unfortunately we do not yet accept Paypal or Bitcoin.
  • Will you play on my recording/compose music for me?
    Session work and composition are not included in our recording/production rates, but we are happy to discuss making these contributions to your project. Get in contact with us to discuss the details of your project.
  • How do I release my music on streaming platforms?
    The easiest way to get your music onto streaming platforms is through a digital distributor such as Distrokid or CDBaby. We have extensive experience with releasing through these platforms, and we would be happy to assist you in the process.
  • Will you pitch my music to publishers/playlists?
    No. Our services include the recording and production of recorded material, but it is your responsibility to ensure that the material gets the publicity and exposure that it deserves. We are happy to help you develop a strategy for approaching publishers
  • How soon can I book a session?
    As soon as you are ready! Feel free to get in touch today to arrange a session.
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