The St Johns Wood studios have played host to an enormous number of diverse and exciting recording artists and producers over the 35 years its doors have been open. Click on a producer to read a testimonial.
Each studio has its own character and we choose rooms depending on the sound we want for pianos, drums or strings. The engineers and assistants have become some of our go-to team and they always try to up the game each time we start a new session. The artists we work with love coming here and always comment on the relaxed, inspiring nature of the building and crew. The desks, mics and other equipment are always impeccably maintained and there’s never any downtime due to faults and repairs. From small intimate acoustic sounding records, to big productions with large bands and string/brass ensembles, RAK is pretty much perfect for the majority of our production work
Without RAK studios my life would have taken a very different path and to be honest, I would not have enjoyed the career I have had. Siouxsie And The Banshees, Psychedelic Furs, Thompson Twins, Kirsty MacColl, Big Country Travis, The Pogues and Beady Eye have all had the benefit of the sunniest control room in London.
RAK has some of the best, and best maintained equipment anywhere in the world and their commitment to nurturing the next generation of producers and engineers is exemplary.
In a world of constant change I know that for the last 30 years I have been able to pick up the phone and some of my favourite people will be answering. Thank you RAK.
Having recorded at RAK since 1979 this year has only reinforced my opinion that RAK must be the best studio in UK, if not the world! The studio excels in so many areas other studios fail: big rooms (or small if you want), daylight (if you want it), first class gear (where else do you get 48 input API), huge selection of microphones and Studer tape if you want it, high class accommodation and gourmet food, ample parking and it's in the best area of London. The engineers and staff are always like family and it comes with the great tradition knowing that so many hit records have been made there. At RAK you can do anything and I can't wait to get back
I always look forward to working at RAK, it has the rarest of qualities in the modern studio landscape. It combines classic equipment, great sounding rooms & top-notch technical expertise. But it does all this with a staff of exceptional, welcoming people, for whom nothing seems too much trouble. Long may it continue to prosper.
I've been recording at RAK for nearly a decade now, and that's for a number of reasons. It's the perfect place for me. I love the sound of the live rooms - they're all different but great in their own ways. The equipment is high end and always works, and on the rare occasions there's been a problem it's been sorted immediately. The mic collection, the outboard, vintage desks, the accommodation, the rec areas and staff are all fantastic and go to make it a tremendous place to spend long hours working. X DK
Rak studios are a rare thing in London in as much as that it has consistently resisted the fickle and fast moving fashions of the recording industry. Instead of trying to compete with the latest and greatest it has trod its own path, and in doing so has preserved what appealed to the musicians who first walked through those strange glass doors. And equally by never trying to be all things to all people what you get is something truly unique - which as far as I'm concerned couldn't be more important in today's world of homogenised pop music. This being said, a studio is far more than bricks and mortar, and green-carpeted walls...it is the people that make RAK a great place to make music in. Because if you can't have a good time making music then what's the point in recording it?!!
I just know RAK is the best studio in the best neighbourhood with the best people who have always treated me so well!!! xxrick
Rak studio one is my top favourite drum room in London. The large wooden room creates a lovely warm room sound that works well for everything. It would be hard not to get a great drum sound in there straight away.
In the last year I recorded all the drums for the latest Keane album and the fourth coming Tom Odell album for Sony. Prior to that it's also where I tracked the Vaccines. The API desk is in excellent condition and is the only one like it in a commercial studio in the UK. The mic collection is extensive and so it's always a joy recording in there. It's also the warmest sounding room for strings or anything acoustic.
All the staff are fantastic and will do anything they can to accommodate your every need; there's no better place to track!
I've recorded some live sessions for my solo record at RAK and worked with The Last Shadow Puppets there. Whether you're working in the huge space of Studio 1 or the smaller more intimate rooms, there is simply a great atmosphere and vibe about the studio. The vintage equipment is quality and the engineers are all talented guys. Everyone at the studio is happy to help and that makes the whole experience of working at RAK just so fun and easy. I can't wait to work there again!
Over the years RAK has worked with the following artists:
Curiosity Killed The Cat
Siouxsie & The Banshees
Wet Wet Wet
Kiki Dee and Elton John
Lamont Dozier / Ben E King
Adam and the Ants
Michael Des Barres
Ricky Lee Jones
Pet Shop Boys
Gallagher and Lyle
Ocean Colour Scene
Johnny Hates Jazz
Mary J. Blige
Brand New Heavies
Tricky / Elvis Costello
Rick Wright (Pink Floyd)
UNKLE / DJ Shadow
Ace of Base
Prince Buster / Aswad
Kodaline and Clean Bandit
Fine Young Cannibals
Manic Street Preachers
Chrissie Hynde / UB40