Formerly Paperstone Studio

Housed in an ex cinema, Kinema Audio is a creative sound production studio dedicated to making exceptional audio recordings

Services

Sonic exploration is what we do all day every day at Kinema Audio, and after 16 years of capturing and producing sound of every kind we have honed our areas of expertise to 4 main services.

Recording

Our creative space is set in the old cinema auditorium, and is the perfect environment to work alongside bands and artists to help them realise their sound.

Studio 2 features drum kits, stringed instruments of all kinds, a grand piano and plenty of other things to hit, strum, bow and inspire.

Our combination of expertise, a carefully curated collection of analogue and digital gear and a spacious, and highly adaptable live room enables us to bring the most out of your music.

Kit List

What they say

Outside of London, it’s rare that you find a room as musical as Studio 2 to record in. Having the space to let your music breathe can do wonders for the sound, and given the excellent choice of mics and preamps there are always a number of different ways you can approach a recording. All the best studios have great recording rooms, and Studio 2 is no exception!

Mark Cousins

Music Tech Magazine

Composition

Composition has been at the heart of what we do from day one. Writing music informs the way we approach sound in every way – as musicians, recording engineers, music producers, gear lovers and audiophiles.

Over the years we’ve put out somewhere in the region of 500 published pieces of music, which have been used on TV programs, films, adverts, video games and radio. Those tracks have been published by, amongst others EMI Music, Universal Music, BMG, DeWolfe, Deep East Music, Zest Music and KPM.

At the core of the writing partnership of Sam Brown and Huw Jones is a constantly evolving creativity that is kept fresh by working with an array of other talented composers and session musicians.

Composition Syncs

Kleenex

Nobile

Money Heist

BBC Weather watchers

Volkswagen

Lee Jeans

Ford

Film 4 trailer

POM

7 Up

Spanish christmas lottery

Heineken Ad

What they say

Sam and Huw are two of our most innovative composers who have honed their craft over the years working in various styles and genres. They create fresh, unique music that is super syncable and always on brief.

Ciaran McNeany

Director of Global Production at BMG

Voice over

We’ve amassed a great deal of experience in the world of voiceover with many varied and prestigious clients. Let us guide you through the steps to get the right voiceover for your project whether its E Learning, video, technical, advertising or anything else.

Our voiceover service offers:

  • Varied roster of voiceover talent
  • Professional broadcast quality audio
  • Experienced voiceover engineers
  • Purpose built voiceover booth
  • Huge savings compared to London studios
  • Immediate delivery by Secure server, Dropbox or Wetransfer.

Drop us a line to get a quote for your project, or simply to ask for advice.

What they say

My company use Kinema Audio's services to record voiceover for high stakes, worldwide language assessments. I could not recommend them more highly, you will not only get top quality service - enthusiasm and passion comes as part of the package.

Kasia Pawlak

Pearson EDI

Mastering

The quest to maximise level whilst maintaining audio fidelity has been a 20 year process of discovery and refinement, constantly building on the esoteric equipment and knowledge needed to authentically deliver what is probably one of the least understood of the audio services.

Put simply Mastering is the final process of stereo balancing, EQing and audio compression applied to a mixed track, giving it the right amount of volume and shine before it can be professionally released.

Our 3 step treatment of mixes uses a hybrid of digital and analogue equipment and typically consists of ‘surgical EQ ing’ – addition of Analogue sweetness through our high end hardware, and finally Limiting and level matching.

Kit List

What they say

Sam at Kinema's masters were HUGE yet kept punch and clarity.. he turned around the project super fast and is always a pleasure to work with.

Mark Glaister

Head of Production, Deep East Music

Our work

Working in a range of sound disciplines keeps us excited about every aspect of audio production, each day is a sonic adventure where we further develop our understanding and skills. Here are just a few examples of the kind of things we get up to.

Recording

Gallery 47

Info

Track Title

Copyright Final


Composed by

Gallery 47

A project where the track was built from the ground up one instrument recorded at a time, including the studios grand piano. This method allows more flexibility in production and arrangement techniques, in effect the studio becomes another instrument that can be used to craft and shape sound.

Recording

Luccumu choir

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Track Title

Iworere


Composed by

Luccumu choir

Afro Cuban choir featuring 25 singers and 3 piece bata percussion group all recorded together. An example of the large live room being used to full capacity to capture the expansive sound of a multilayered group in all its glory.

Recording

Gary Reader Quintet

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Track Title

Gary Reader Quintet


Composed by

Ebb and Flow

An experimental Jazz outfit featuring Saxophone, Drums, Double bass, Keys, and Electric Guitar. To capture the dynamic interplay between the band it was vital they could play together completely live with full visual contact while tightly controlling spill between instruments. Getting the room set up right is key, finding the right balance between vibe and mic choice and placement.

Recording

No Cigar

Info

Track Title

K Bash


Composed by

No Cigar

Full rock production featuring punchy tight drums with just a little of the large room feel provided by studio 2 live room, and crunchy pile driving guitars that simmer and build.

Composition

Shining in the East

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Track Title

Shining in the East


Composed by

Kinema Audio

Written for Lo Editions, our favourite leftfield library which is owned by Universal, this simple dittie packs an nostalgic emotional punch conveyed perfectly by Molly Higgins vocal performance. The wistful lyrics combine with guitar and Uke to evoke the projects theme of summer.

Composition

Singularity in space

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Track Title

Singularity in space


Composed by

Kinema Audio

This collaboration with Jonny Desai showcases electronic, orchestral and piano arrangements and was selected as track 1 on the album ‘Darkly Delicate’.

Our brief from BMG asked for:
‘ Sparse & delicate Scandi & Nordic noir tracks with emotive depth that should fit perfectly under modern drama.’

Superb performances from Cellist Liz Hanks and Violinist Clare Stanley really helped us reach the sound we were looking for.

Composition

Free Form Fret Fury

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Track Title

Free Form Fret Fury


Composed by

Kinema Audio

Sometimes it’s great to create with no prior ideas and just a bunch a bunch of mics, pedals and kit etc and see where the mood takes you. This piece was conjured in studio 2 with long time collaborator ‘Lee Gretton’ whose drumming and Guitar energy is captured in a series of improvisations.

Composition

I am a strange loop

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Track Title

I am a strange loop


Composed by

Kinema Audio

When asked by one of our publishers to create several sideways pop tracks, we began playing with some drums we had created on analogue synths. The Stranger things series served as inspiration  for us to use our Juno and Oberheim synths to create some retro pads and the vocal started to emerge. Incredible Local singer Tiger Cohen Towell was just right for the synth pop sound and captured the mood of the song brilliantly.

Mastering

Broadstrokes

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Track Title

Clean


Composed by

Broadstrokes

Broadstrokes is part of Giles Peterson’s ‘Brownswood Future Bubblers’. This track was brought to us as stems and is a great example of our post production and stem mastering service – the end result was met with critical acclaim and a good deal of Radio Play on Radio 6.

Mastering

Ryan Farmer

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Track Title

Amelia


Composed by

Ryan Farmer

Ryan’s album ‘Just Another Night’ is a wonderful collection of Songs recorded predominantly live- the challenge was to enhance the richness of the sound and the recording’s space whilst reducing the spill and phase issues.

Mastering

Pete Beardsworth

Info

Track Title

Pour Un Homme Seul


Composed by

Pete Beardsworth

We had the pleasure of mastering this incredible Debut EP from Jazz Pioneer Pete Beardsworth. Much of the volume on this EP was achieved from saturation from our Thermionic Phoenix Compressor and Gyraf G14 Eq.

Mastering

MonoSum

Info

Track Title

Hit Me Again


Composed by

MonoSum

This EP Project was built from the ground up for maximum pop volume. The challenge was to push the mix as hard as it will go before any unwanted break up or artifacts occur.

About

Kinema Audio is co run by Huw Jones and Sam Brown aided and abetted by the most talented individuals Nottingham has to offer, not to mention a few from further afield.

Huw Jones
Sam Brown

Having met at music technology college in 2000 Huw and Sam forged a partnership through their shared passion for music and sound recording, a passion that has led to sustained careers as music producers and audio developers in various fields.

In the wonderful setting of a building originally created as a cinema (known as ‘The Kinema’) they have built on their success first as Paper Stone Studio from 2003, and from 2019 as Kinema Audio.

As well as music production, composition, voiceover and mastering Kinema Audio also develop music software (VST Instruments) as Paper Stone Instruments and Sample packages for musicians.

Full kit list

Contact

We’re always happy to help with enquiries, but at times we are unable to get to the phone as we are in sessions or the creative juices are flowing, in which case please drop us an email and we’ll get back to you asap.

Kinema Audio
Unit 6, OPM House
Haydn Road
Nottingham
NG5 2LB