My name is Robert Hobson. I started a recording studio business called Silent City Recording Studio by accident in 2008 when I realised I preferred production to performing.
Finishing a maths degree at Leeds University in 2003, it took several years of acquiring studio gear before taking the plunge and starting my own business. I immersed myself in the Leeds DIY music scene soon after graduating, organising gigs with my housemate, giving everything we made back to the bands. I quickly found myself playing guitar in a grindcore band (Executive Distraction Tasks) and spent the next couple of years gigging around the UK.
I love good music, regardless of style. If you've checked out some of the releases I've worked on, you'll notice it's mostly metal. I'm passionate about metal production. But I'm also a jazz and classical musician, who has recorded and mixed many other styles including Classical, Choral, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Indie, Jazz, Pop and Reggae.
I still dabble in a bit of composition, and currently write music for my black metal studio project, hvíldarlauss dauðr.
You've spent years practicing your instrument, countless hours crafting your songs and perfecting them in rehearsals. I believe in presenting the energy of your performance, without editing away all of that heart and soul.
I use a hybrid system of classic analog outboard alongside modern, digital production techniques.
If I am mixing your project and you choose to record yourself, I can act as a consultant and even offer mic and preamp hire.
I've mixed bands across the UK, Europe, to Canada and as far as Australia. If you like my production style, working together on a mix is simple wherever you are in the world.
Mastering is the last technical step in the production process to prepare your music for distribution. I use high-end, mastering grade analog outboard and clean digital processing to increase the clarity, depth and loudness of your mix.
If your mix needs a little help to get it up to standard, ask about my "stem mastering" option.
Mastering your tracks online is a straightforward process. Upload your audio and let me do the rest.
You can hire me to record and produce your whole album. Or maybe you only need drums recording, perhaps a guitar reamping or a vocal tracking session. There are many different approaches to recording your album/EP and I'm able to offer advice on the best and most cost effective way to proceed.
Recording either takes place at a studio facility in Leeds to suit your budget, or I can come to you. Alternatively, if you want to record in a unique space, I can bring a mobile rig to you for a location recording.
- In Leeds, the rate is between £110 to £310 per day, depending on your budget and requirements.
- Location recording is £110 per day plus travel expenses if outside of Leeds. Venue hire not included in price - some spaces are free!
- I can also produce in a studio near you. Contact me for a quote.
Every song is unique, every project has a different length. Therefore mixing is calculated per project. Contact me for a quote.
Mastering rates are:
- £20 for singles,
- £80 for EP's,
- £140 for albums,
- Additional £5 per song for vinyl mastering,
- Additional £35 per song for stem mastering.
If you have any queries or would like a quote, please either call me on 07759 592887 Monday to Friday 9am-2pm, or email me at email@example.com