Recording and producing great music takes a combination of things to get the mojo right. You need top end equipment, great people, the right environment and good vibes all round. The Porch Recording Studio has it all. Located on the outskirts of Hamilton in a serene rural setting, it has all you need to put everything else behind you and focus on the job of creating great music and sounds. We can write, compose, produce, arrange, engineer, record and enhance the vision you have for whatever soundtrack you are putting together.
Welcome to The Porch Recording Studio.
With over 10 years experience, Regan has developed a broad repertoire of work having freelanced his way through many of New Zealand’s top studios. He can cover all styles, has a great ear and a relaxed and creative approach to production. And being an accomplished musician means he can add value at every step. He has the ability to connect with artists and use his musical genius to produce world-class work.
Resident Engineer Nathan Sowter
TESTIMONIES FROM CLIENTS
“Coming from Liverpool, England the home of the Beatles and the epicentre of the musical world, I was looking for somebody that could hear the ramblings that were in my head and turn them into something epic. I searched and searched for a producer but all I could find was empty lifeless sounding music; music that had no consistency. To put it another way, imagine music was a onion, the music I was hearing from the so called big guys had no layers. Then I found Regan sitting on his porch. Regan is a musical freak, a mystery a fairytale.. What he did for me was seriously life changing. He made me believe in myself once again and he also directed me back onto my musical path. Anybody can put a mic in front of a guitar or drum kit and press record but it takes a genius to feel your passion and help it grow into something you thought it couldn’t be. That genius is Regan and the guys at Porch.. ”
Dean Taylor-Levey (Grace Falls)
“I had the pleasure of working with Regan McKinnon at Porch Studios in 2009. I was recording a full length album and Regan took the reins as head engineer/producer, displaying an incredible natural ability at re working songs to a professional and radio worthy standard whilst having total control of the studio in terms of achieving the best possible sound from the amazing gear on offer at the studio. Regan has a fantastic working relationship with a range of New Zealand's top session musicians and often employs the skills of these people full effect in the studio to achieve a truly professional sound. Regan's laid back personality allows his clients to relax in an idyllic setting while he constantly challenges himself and every artist who he encounters to better themselves in order to create a product of the highest level.”
Matt Bodman (Matt Bodman and the valentine grind)
"Ladies and gentlemen of all ages and decrees...in the five years that i have been labelled a "singer/songwriter", i have had the esteemed privilege and pleasure of working along side Regan McKinnon from The Porch Recording Studio. During which time Regan produced, mixed and mastered my debut EP "this is my home". Having never had any experience recording, Regan gave me the incentive to "relax and let the creative juices flow", which in turn, allowed me the freedom of being an artist. Regans' ability to hear how my music is meant to sound brought out the best of "what my music means to me"...so if any of you out there with the urge to record who you are through song or music...i recommend you give The Porch Recording Studios a go...i did...and three years later, I’m still in love with my CD...peace" WATSON TUHUA
"I have had the privilege of recording my own songs, and also working as a session guitarist for Regan McKinnon for the past 5-6 years. From small beginnings in small rooms with not much to work with, to bigger and better things and now his own professional studio The Porch. You always know you will come out with a radio-quality product. " SIMON HIRST
"Regan is Simply one of the best producers and engineers i have had the pleasure to work with, His ability to bring the best out of songs and take artist in a direction they might not have considered is second to none... He brings the Mojo. "- Nathan Sowter
The soundtrack you put behind your business - be it voice over, dialogue, music bed, jingle, sound effects or a combination of some or all these elements will make a huge difference to how you position yourself. Don’t settle for a cheap soundtrack. With the right investment we can help you stand out. We have a wide range of production music at our disposal plus the talent and creativity to give you the edge through great original music and sound.
We have worked in varying capacities on a very wide range of musical recordings. The best way to find out is to play some of our work and, if you are keen to bring your next musical creation to life with us, give Regan a call.
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Recording packages are tailored to members needs. A consultation with the producer is required to establish a suitable recording package.
$40 vocal booth demos
$99 song writer demos
$250 live band demos
$1500 produced single
$2000 produced single and porch session band
$2500 song creation/collaborations
Ideal for artists with existing backing tracks. For example, hip-hop artists, cover singers etc.
* Includes 1 hour recording in our B Studio with an engineer.
Designed for songwriters without existing backing bands. This deal gives you the opportunity to experiment with different instruments with the aim of discovering a genre/style appropriate to the artist’s taste.
* Includes 2 hours recording and a free mix in our B Studio with an engineer and assistance from a producer.
Designed for a full band, this deal is a great way to record the bones of your band live, aim for a tight performance, overdub vocals and additional textures.
* Includes 3 hours recording and 1 hour mixing in our A Studio with an engineer and assistance from a producer.
Perfect for bands that are competent with their song performance, arrangement, structure and textures and do not require the assistance of a producer.
* Includes 10 hours recording 5 hours mixing with an engineer in our A Studio. Opt to have no producer and save $200.
Perfect for bands that are open to the assistance of a producer in order to ensure their song reaches its full potential. The producer can provide creative advice and suggestions for performance, arrangement and structure.
* Includes 10 hours recording 5 hours mixing with an engineer + producer in our A Studio
We have a range of other opportunities available including:
The Porch Recording Studio was built and purposely designed for recording quality audio. Our large air conditioned control room makes for a comfortable and great sounding experience. Different parts of our live room offer alternative reflective wood surfaces and there are mid to high frequency absorption panels designed to control the response of the room. The Porch also offers an isolation booth large enough to record a drum kit. The room is fully dead of reflections and great for vocals or anything requiring a dry signal.
Microphones: Classic dynamics, sm57s, sm58s, Sm7 x1, Akg d112, we can source more if need be. Condensors, 2 x Neumann TLM 103, AT4047SV, 2 x DPA 4090, 3x NT1. We can source more if need be.
Studio A consists of a control room, live room and vocal booth. Gear avaliable in this space is described below;
Mixing Console:Our Mixing console is a 1982 Amek Angela Blue. Re Capped in 2006, the desk was imported and used for 4 years at Dudley Studios. Regularly maintained, this desk is regarded as one of Ameks best sounding consoles.
Rack: SOC 1.1 Buzz audio ST optical compressor, Chameleon Labs 7720 ST compressor, QSP Buzz 4 ch mic/line pre amp, Art pro mpa mic pre.
Conversion: Apogee rosetta 800 ADDA and clock. Digidesgn 96io and 888io
Computer: Quad core 2.66GHz, 6GB ram
Software: ProTools HD 8
Monitoring: KRK Rockit 8 with KRK sub
Headphones: HEAR Hub 8 ch monitoring setup. Mix your own headphones whilst your recording
Piano: Marshell and Rose 1973 Grand Piano
Also Available: A variety of percussion
Studio B consists of two small but cosy rooms, a control room and a vocal booth. The Control room has;
iMac Quadcore 27" with 8GB ram
Please call to organise a visit for a more detailed examination.
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439B Rotokauri Rd, R.D.9, Hamilton 3289, New Zealand
Music Funding Membership
Every month The Porch will be giving away one $1950 radio single package. These singles will be compiled annually onto a Porch Records compilation album. The album will be released and sent out to members, managers, media contacts and record labels.
How To Enter:
Eligibility Tick These Boxes:
FEES: Check if you need to pay to enter…
Date of Recording
Fee Per Song Entry
The Porch Recording Studio
After May 1st 2013
Before May 1st 2013
$25 (first one free)
The Porch Recording Studio
After May 1st 2013
(Waived by becoming a Member)
Before May 1st 2013
$50 (Discounted by becoming a member)
MONTHLY FUNDING PRIZES!
Proudly Sponsored by:
The Porch Recording Studio
The Fine Print – TERMS & CONDITIONS
Register your song by the deadline date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You/Your band may only enter one song per funding round.
Fees are due and payment needs to be made within one week of the date of application acceptance.
Registration dates are available on by emailing email@example.com
Location: You must provide proof of residence of at least one member in your band, in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taupo or Rotorua Areas. This can be done by letterhead of bank, electricity bill etc.
Your registration needs to be approved by the producer to ensure quality control. This is done on a case by case basis. You know your song has been approved when you receive a acceptance of registration email.
By registering your song, the artists agree to allow their entered work to be used as promotional material for Porch Records or The Porch Recording Studio.
As an artist(s) registering your songs, you agree that, should you win first prize, your fully recorded prize song will be sent to various music managers, labels, media contacts and others.
Your registration needs to be approved by the producer to ensure quality control. This is done on a case-by-case basis. You will not be charged fees if your registration is not accepted
The registered song can be original or a cover
All prizes are sponsored by The Porch Recording Studio and will be completed on premesis.
Prizes must be redeamed/booked within one month of announcement. They must be used in one visit. Engineers will tailor your experience to your needs within reason.
Registered song must be the song that is recorded if you win1’st prize
Proudly supported by The Rockshop, The Porch Recording Studio Drum Workshop, seek to guide up and coming drummers in all aspects of their music. On the 3rd of December 2011 The Porch Recording Studio has managed to lure Patrick Kuhtze, session drummer, into hosting two intense four hour exclusive drum clinics. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Patrick has worked all over the world with amazing musicians includingMichael Jackson’s Drummer, Jonathan Moffat and Jerry Harrison from Talking Heads. He is an ideal coach for up and coming drummers.
This will be a great opportunity to understand drumming from a recording aspect with Regan Mckinnon, The Porch Recording Studios’ resident producer, identifying how recording studios work and the best ways to mic up our kit.
Participants will also have the opportunity to try out the Sonar 3007 drum kit, courtesy of The Rockshop.
Tickets are $50.00 with the first session starting at 9am and finishing at 1pm and the second session from 1:30pm - 5:30pm. There are only twenty places available.
The program will be updated shortly.
CALL: 07 850 1145
TEXT: 021 264 0420
Payment will be required before the event date.