Hello and welcome to Sidrat Studios!


My name’s Dan, owner and director. I provide music production and graphic design services for musicians and vocal artists of any genre. My cosy studio is perfectly suited to the production of most modern and traditional types of music. The live room is ideal for recording vocals, from singing and rap to spoken word. It's also a great space for recording solo acoustic and electric guitar, as well as other stringed instruments, such as violin and cello. The acoustically treated room is also well-suited to capturing solo brass and woodwind performances, as well as all kinds of percussion.

As well as recording, I also provide advanced MIDI sequencing techniques for the creation of original backing music. From basic accompaniments to full backing tracks, I can compose anything from classical to electronica, funk to hip-hop, rock to EDM. I then bring all these recorded and sequenced sound sources together into a coherent, mixed piece, using all the tricks and methods I've learnt over the past 25 years of experience in making music. If required, I can offer my guidance throughout the creative process in order to help steer your music in the desired direction, assisting you in perfecting your own unique sound in the role of music producer.

The studio is conveniently close to Chelmsford town centre, just 15 minutes' walk from the train station. In fact, it's at the bottom of my own little garden and I do all the work myself - not on the garden, that's the other-half's area of expertise - but, as far as the studio is concerned, I'm a one-man-band. I am purely self-taught, with an insatiable passion for producing music of all kinds. My work speaks for itself, because I always approach every track with the same objective - to make it shine!



Recording - Studio live room

Vocal Recording

Capture your live vocal performance. Singers, rappers and other voice artists can perform along to any backing track supplied (or original backing music - see Sequencing for details). I also have experience of recording and editing spoken word for published audio books, commercial advertising, automated telephone systems and various other purposes.

Instrument Recording

If you’re a solo artist or duo, I can mic up and record you playing your instruments live - whether they're acoustic or electric - such as guitar, bass, violin, flute, trumpet, harmonica, cello, keyboards, piano, etc., etc... I can then add your vocals afterwards, or in some circumstances, I can record them as you play, if you feel more comfortable performing that way.


Mixing - Studio control room

Multi-channel Mixing and Editing

Mixing incorporates a wide range of skills, using various techniques, not least of which is editing the raw audio waveform, which requires considerable experience and accuracy to achieve a good result. I’ve been honing my mixing and editing skills for over 12 years and I’ve learned some hard lessons - as well as a few tricks. Balancing a mix between several instrument layers and vocals can be an art form in itself, but a final mix often comes down to personal preference, just as much as technical execution.

So, if you’ve already made your recording, but you’re just not satisfied with the mix, I’ll be happy to have a listen to it. Often all you need is a fresh pair of ears and some minor tweaks here and there, but occasionally you simply have to start from scratch, stripping the track back and taking a new approach; a fresh start alone can improve a track no end.


Sequencing - Studio control room

Backing Tracks

Creating original backing tracks for a wide variety of musical styles is my specialist area; I build beats and loops for any number of today's various modern genres, as well as composing more traditional music. I use a combination of software applications and hardware equipment to produce my music, with a wide range of plug-ins and gear to choose from, depending on what is required for the job.

Accompaniment

I'm well experienced in sequencing many real world instruments, from acoustic drums to full orchestral arrangements, as well as more modern sounds, like pounding bass lines and electronic synth mayhem. These musical elements can be composed to work with your own live instruments, whether solo or a full band, to complement and enrich your tracks.







The creation and production of music are very similar processes, and in some circumstances the two are inseparable; in fact in most cases, when I am recording and mixing (and especially sequencing) a track for a client, I can't help contributing a certain amount towards the production of that track. However, as much as I tend to offer some occasional advice throughout the process, this is intended as guidance only, and unless specifically asked to take on the role of the producer, I am happy to follow the artist's own creative direction for their music.

However, I have worked with a variety of vocalists, solo artists, duos and bands in order to help them achieve their own unique sound and produce original tracks. Depending on the artist and the type of music, it’s likely that I will use an assortment of microphones, software and hardware equipment such as sequencers, drum machines, synths and samplers, in order to refine your audio character. Also, my network of contacts includes some very talented musicians, all capable of adding a range of live instrumentation to your tracks.


Production - Studio control room






Another service I provide is professional graphic design, creating original cover art and layouts for inserts and booklets, ready to be sent to print - assuming, of course, that you're actually planning to produce a physical CD or vinyl for real-world release. Alternatively, designs can be provided in digital formats for online use with popular platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media.

As well as utilising my skills as an illustrator to produce unique cover artwork inspired by your music, I also specialise in logo design and the creation and application of visual identities for musicians, artists and bands. Among other things, I can then apply this imagery and styling to eye-catching flyers, posters, ads, merchandise and promotional items, all of which can be designed to your own specifications.

If you're interested in any of my design services, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to discuss the details with you.


Album artwork illustration for Ease Springs - Who is Leonard Bopper?
Single Artwork Photo-based illustration for Ease Springs
Album CD Face Artwork for Richard Capener - River




Please take a look at my Rates page to see the basic prices I charge for my various audio and design services. I have also compiled a selection of package deals, which should cover most needs and budgets, ranging from simple vocal recordings with a basic mix... ...to recording and mixing multiple instruments and vocals... ...and full music composition, sequencing and arrangement.

In addition to my music production packages, I’ve included several design deals covering several music-related packaging options, from CDs and vinyl to digital media, including USB sticks and images intended for online use. I can also liaise with printers on my clients' behalf.

I’ve created my package deals to cover a range of price brackets, too, so there should be something for everyone, whether you're a spoken word artist, singer or rapper, a solo artist, duo or a full band.

If you still can’t find what you're after, just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to discuss your project with you before offering you a tailored quote.