Our Pro Tools recording system
Knowing where the end result is going, is crucial to recording your projects to a stunning production standard.
Nowadays, its not just about recording...Its about understanding what the session requires to be able to deliver the end result.
Having the skillset and experience to eliminate issues during tracking, and keeping things running at optimum production levels, are all part of the process.
Add in the experience of mixing for high profile clients, and mastering for labels and artists, to the modern release standards required by Itunes, Spotify, YouTube and Amazon, with my hybrid recording system, and you are in excellent hands.
You can use Arena Studio to just record your project. You can then take your files away to mix yourself.
I can give you a price for your project from just recording , to full production with mixing/mastering
Pre production and demo rates ...please call
Call me for a brew and a chat, to discuss your requirements. I can then put a package together to suit your needs. I understand everyones needs are different, so I try and help make the best cost effective package I can!
If you dont see what you need please call for a chat as I can also give you an "all in" quote for your session or project .
Our stunning audio interfaces. See how we can track your band.
Mixing. Let me add all the elements of your recording and create the correct balance of audio and effects.
Mastering. The final shine and polish to get your project sounding ready for the radio/release
Production. Using all my skills and kit to create the best audio for your recordings
Re-Amping. I take a seperate recording of your guitar parts and send them back through your amp of choice. This gives maximum flexibilty to all your tones
Drum editing. Send me your drum tracks and I can tighten the sloppy performances so it sounds slick and tight.
Vocal editing. Let me pitch correct and time up your vocal performances for your songs
Online Guitar Tracks. I can record your guitar parts at Arena Studio and send them across to you.
Check out our fully loaded Guitar rig setup. available now at Arena Studio
Check out our fully loaded production suite. Available at Arena Studio for all your music production requirements!
Band EP Bronze package £POA
2 full days in the studio. 4 trk EP. Includes mixing and mastering
Band EP Silver package £POA
2 days recording time. Your tracks released on our record label to over 300 digital stores. Monthly sales figures.
Band Gold package £POA
The perfect package! 2 days recording your tracks, and 1 day video shoot of your chosen track.
The ultimate package £POA
2 days recording your tracks. 1 day video shoot and distribution of you EP to over 300 digital stores ...ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE MIXING AND MASTERING AND VIDEO EDITING! + 5 CD/DVD copies.
Scroll to the foot of the page to watch some of our clients
Welcome to the recording studio page! Arena Studio is situated close to Crewe town centre. This puts us close to easy access to the recording studio via motorway, road or rail. We service musicians and bands from Cheshire and Staffordshire in all aspects of studio production, mixing amd mastering. All sessions are engineered and produced by Chris Cragg. He has mixed tracks by Adele, Alicia keys, Jason Derulo and Shayne Ward. So you know you're in safe hands! He is also the owner of Craggstar records, so his knowledge and experience as a producer and musician makes a huge difference to your sessions! The recording studio is a full professional studio with excellent acoustics! He has worked in some of the best studios around as a freelance producer and engineer! He is a Protools power user!!
We run protools with a combination of great mics, valve preamps and valve compressers!
Not only do we have a Mackie 8 buss 56 input console, but we supplement our system with all the best plugins around!
We have the full Waves plugin suites, plus the stunning SSL channel strips with the legendary SSL master buss compresser!!!
We have a collection of massey plugins and we also have the great Ozone mastering suite!
So whatever it is you need we have got it covered!
Whether you want to record a single tune, or a full album we can plan arrange and produce your project for you.
If you are a band, singer or songwriter, we can offer a fully inclusive package where we can supply the musicians to make your tune come alive.
If you are new to the recording process, and not sure whats the best option for your project, then we would love to help and guide you through the process.
Many studios have a stuffy and unapproachable attitude to new studio users, but we have an open door policy to anyone wishing to record for the first time. Contact us and we will gladly guide you through.
Here at Arena Studio we treat your session like your rehearsal. You get to play all at the same time!...it works like this...
We put you all together in our live room. The amp cabs are then put into isolation. after we have miced drums,bass guitar and vocals etc we give you all a headphone feed and get you to jam away.
We then hit record and however long it takes to play your songs is as long as it takes to record you!
We still have the ability to overdub or drop in. Working this way we capture that live vibe!!!
This is a very fast and productive way to track your songs/album/EP. It creates more mix and master time and therefore gives you a professional sounding broadcast quality product, which is something we are always looking for in the acts we sign to our record label.
Some of our kit
UAD Apollo x16 interfaces
Waves, SSL, Air and Massey Plugins
Izotope Ozone mastering suite
Mackie 56 Channel console
Drumagog Drum Trigger Software
TL Audio Valve Compressers
Industry Mics by Shure, Sennheiser, Audio Technica and Audix
Marshall JCM 800 (1983)!!!
Ibanez Jem with Kahler trem
Line 6 pod XT LIVE
Classic Boss GL100!!
Alesis Reverb Units
Behringer Stereo Compresser
Art Multitverb LT
Ultragain Valve Preamps
Acoustics by Fender/Takamine.
Hundreds of bits of magical stuff too much to mention!
Some of our clients