24 Track Analogue and Digital Studio

For $60.00 per hour , Earwig Studios offers  the MCI 2 inch 24 track. We have two MCI’s on site , one that belonged to Cat Stevens and the other to Bryan Ferry. We usually mix to the Studer A-80 1/2 inch 2 track and then master to digital file for online , CD or vinyl production .

Individual tape tracks can be digitised with the two Allen & Heath ICE 16 track digital recorders that sync up to give up to 32 tracks. We also use these 32 channel in/out interfaces to record digitally for projects more suited to Pro Tools . Voice work ,  advertisements and telephone IVR’s are also recorded digitally.

Tape can be digitized for archiving purposes or for recording part of your project at the studio then carrying on at home. For example you could record drums and bass  through the studio console to two inch tape  and then take the tracks  as wave files, synced up and ready to import into whatever recording software you use.

All prices are GST inclusive.



Neumann U87 microphone


Earwig Studio analogue mixing desk.


Earwig Studio control room.

As well as wide format analogue tape recorders, analogue mastering, and multitrack digitizing capability, Earwig Studios offer other services usually not associated with studios in the mid to low range price bracket.
Upright Piano ,Fender Rhodes and Yamaha electric pianos , Hammond organ with leslie speaker , 20m3 concrete reverb chamber , stereo plate reverb , Lexicon reverbs, classic Urei, Manley,  and dbx compression , Neumann U 87 microphone and Soundtracs 44 channell console .All items one would usually associate with higher priced facilities.

The recording room has excellent ‘live’ acoustics with a brick wall at one end to enhance and brighten sound. The control room is spacious, comfortable and fully soundproofed from the recording room and reverb chamber. Both rooms feature soundproof ventilation and the bandroom is isolated on a floating floor. The social area, complete with kitchen facilities affords an inspiring view of native bush reserve.

The Engineer

Darren Mcshane audio engineerProducer/Engineer Darren McShane has an extensive musical background playing in live touring bands and studio outfits such as Stick No Bills, Figure 60 and Chainsaw Masochist. He has written for a variety of musical publications encompassing various styles and forms of music. Darren is currently playing guitar and singing in Auckland band Superturtle, who will be releasing their fifth album in 2020. They have had numerous songs in the Kiwi FM top 10. Darren has more than 20 years experience in analogue recording.


Some projects don’t suit tape , and for these sessions  John Kempt is the in house pro-tools specialist.John spent 15 years engineering in The States , mainly in LA and also has experience in midi and backing tracks.

Studio experience and equipment:

Superturtle , Salon Kingsadore, Galveston,The Echo-Ohs , Na Noise , Echo Children , Garageland, The Hot Grits, Legacy Of Disorder, 8 Foot Sativa, The Broken Heartbreakers, The Whipping Cats, Steve Abel, Fejoa Jam, Marco Liguori’s Stolen Paintings, Uncouth, The Exponents, Alistair Riddell, Goon, Tony Fuemana with Urban Pacifika, Clarion Choir, Surrealistic, Riversedge, Fantababy,  All Torn Up, Relentless Attrition, Sister Morphine, Skivvy, Billy Squire and The Rye, Mike Scorey, The Hitlist, These Four Walls, Roger Skinner, Figure 60, Semtex, Alpha Plan, Smoothie, The Radio Kings, One Black Shoelace, Lanky, AKDK, The Holidays, Mordor, Fluid, Chicane, Rival State, Celadore, Milk Milk Lemonade, Honey Barbara, The Lure Of Shoes, Marble Fawns, Mr Fuzz, The Coolies, Easy Tiger, Frontside Grind,  Spa, Mali Mali, Roger Marshall, Oslo Brown, Cold Harvest Trust, To The Birds, Murray McNabb Group , Thelonious Punk , Lovespud, Magic Factory, Cindy ,Smokestack Slim , ROYGBIV ,  Hannah Fang , The Rvmes , RATSO , Fran’s Remedy ,  The Dawns, Warm Leather, The Bobby Holidays, Dad Joke, The Fuzzies , Video Nasty and many many more.

BAND VIDEO LINKS    Superturtle ( postpunk ) Cold Harvest Trust ( piano based band ) Salonkingsdore ( Instrumental )  Riversedge( Rock n Roll ) Superturtle  ROYGBIV  The Echo Ohs  Superturtle   Hannah Fang The Bobby Holidays

Records recorded or mastered at Earwig Studios[/vc _column_text]

  • Studer A-80 half inch 2 track
  • Fostex D5 DAT recorder
  • Allen & Heath ICE- 16 Digital Recorders ( 2 units that sync to 32 channels )
  • Tascam CDRW-750 CD recorder
  • Revox B77 1/4inch 2 track
  • Soundtracs CM4400 44 channell console
  • 2 X Urei LA-4 compressors
  • 2 X dbx 160X compressors
  • Buzz Audio SOC 1.1 stereo optical compressor
  • Focusrite platinum EQ/comp/limiter
  • Nekotronics MKII SSL G Series 4000 clone
  • Manley Variable MU compressor limiter
  • ART dual channel tube compressor
  • dbx 1046 Quad compressor
  • TL Audio stereo valve EQ
  • ART dual channel tube pre amp
  • Concrete reverb chamber
  • Stainless steel stereo plate reverb
  • AKG BX10 Spring Reverb
  • Lexicon Alex  Reverb
  • Lexicon MX300 Reverb
  • Lexicon PCM80 Reverb

  • MCI 2 inch 24 track
  • Roland SRE 555 tape echo
  • Ibanez AD 220 analogue delay flanger
  • Ibanez AD 100 analogue delay
  • Digital Delay PDD-3000
  • Model 600 leslie speaker
  • 2 X Ashley quadgates
  • JBL quadgate
  • Neumann U87 condensor mike
  • Warm Audio U87 clone
  • Shure SM7b
  • Rode NTK tube condensor mike
  • 2 X AKG C3000 condensor mikes
  • Fostex M88 printed ribbon mike
  • 2 X PVM 480 overhead mikes
  • 2 X AKGD112 kick drum mikes
  • 3 X Shure SM58’s
  • 7 X Shure SM57’s
  • DW moon mike
  • Solomon sub mike
  • CAD N11 Floor Tom mike

  • Upright Piano
  • Fender Rhodes electric Piano
  • Yamaha CP-70 electric grand
  • Hammond Organ with Leslie
  • Korg MS20 mini analogue synth
  • 1973 Fender Precision Bass
  • 1963 Burns Splitsonic electric guitar
  • Burns Double Six electric 12 string
  • 1975 Gibson Marauder electric guitar
  • Lomax 8 string Lap steel slide guitar
  • Theremin

  • Boss DS-1 distortion pedal
  • Electro Harmonix Vocoder
  • Joyo D Seed II Delay
  • Cry Baby Wah pedal
  • Small Stone phaser pedal
  • Holden Wasp 100 watt amp
  • Vox Venue 100 watt combo amp
  • Jansen 640 Twin Guitar amp and 2 X 12 cab
  • Antoria 12 string acoustic guitar
  • Guild G37 Acoustic Guitar
  • Dan Electro Cool Cat tremolo
  • Ibanez tuner
  • Jansen 513 1958 combo guitar amp

  • Peavey 300 watt bass amp
  • Rockitt 300 watt bass head
  • Sovtek 4 X 12 inch quad box
  • Marshall 2 X 12 inch duo box
  • Fane 2 X 15 inch duo box
  • Congas , Cabasa , Vibraslap, tambourines , shakers , triangle , bells , wood blocks , guiro , castanets , cowbell , rainstick  , AX-25N2 Glockenspiel , Flex-A-Tone

Plate reverb

Plate reverb