UPAYA SOUND is an intimate recording studio in Hamburg for emerging independent rock, indie and folk bands.

The studio is located in the north-east of Hamburg, Germany on the edge of both suburban and rural areas. Surrounded by forests and fields, many walking and hiking paths give you the opportunity to clear your mind and relax between recording sessions.

I put a lot of time and effort into the studio lighting and interior design to create an atmosphere for musicians to relax, focus and get creative. The 40m2 space isn’t huge, but we are able to get up close and personal to record and produce authentic music straight from your soul. For larger projects and live sessions we can rent out a bigger studio in Hamburg before recording additional overdubs and mixing at Upaya Sound.

I will guide you through the entire process, from critiquing your band room demos, to pre-production, recording, editing, mixing and mastering. I always give honest feedback, and creative input where needed, but can also take a back seat and let you produce your own music if need be.

I use a number of microphones, preamps, analogue EQ as well as plugins and digital effects to turn your raw tracks into an album of bold and innovative songs with warmth, depth and clarity. Or cold, hard and aggressive, whichever you prefer!

As an active musician, guitarist, songwriter and producer, I thoroughly understand the musician psyche – the highs and lows, the elation, doubts and fears. I work with you to create and capture the best version of your music in a setting where you feel comfortable enough to deliver the best performance.

A Comprehensive List of All Recording Studios in Hamburg

On the following page you will find a list of recording studios in Hamburg with links to their websites and the offered services.

Upaya Sound
Recording, mixing and mastering for rock, indie, folk and related genres. Intimate studio atmosphere for emerging artists to focus on honing their unique sound.
Volksdorf, Hamburg.

Andrew Bryan – NeedTheMusic.com
Drum Recording, Workshops, Vocal Coaching, Drum lessons, bass recording.
Eppendorf, Hamburg.

Audioactive Records
Recording Studio, Label, Publisher. Studio for producing music for their own label as well as others.
Lohbrügge, Hamburg.

Commercials & Music. Recording studio of collaborative duo BBXO.
St. Pauli, Hamburg.

Recording studio for professional audio production. Beginners and semi-professional musicians.
Audio books, Song and Jingle Recordings, Choir and Live Recordings.
Veddel, Hamburg.

Pop, Hip-Hop, RnB, Gospel, World Music, Online Mixing and Mastering. Voiceover coaching, demo production, video editing.

Breed Music
Audio Books, Recording Studio, Publisher

Chameleon Recording Studios Hamburg
Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Film Sound, Events. Renovated in 1980, Previous clients include Tina Turner, Udo Lindenberg and Jeanette Biedermann.
Wandsbek Hamburg.

Chaos Compressor Club
Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Producing, Komposition, Sound-Design.
Sternschanze, Hamburg.

Clouds Hill
Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Analogue Gear. Label of Omar Rodriquez-Lopez and The Mars Volta.
Rothenburgsort, Hamburg.

Ecopark Studio
Audio Books, Music Production, Voice Recording.

Eimsbütteler Tonstudio
Voice and Radio Productions.
Eimsbüttel, Hamburg

Electric Avenue Studio
Tobias Levine – Music Production & Recording
Eimsbüttel, Hamburg.

Elevate Studios
Music Production, Film Music, Jingles, Voice Over, Audio Books. Large recording room with cosy ambience.
Wartneau/Landwehr, Hamburg.

Gaga Studio
Studio & Mobile Recording
Eidelstedt, Hamburg

H.O.M.E – Studios
Music Production, Mixing and Mastering. Studio of Frank Plasa. Clients include Selig, Eminem, Mariah Carey and Depeche Mode.
Hoheluft, Hamburg.

Recording Studio & PA Hire. Music recording, mixing.
Hammerbrook, Hamburg

Killer Wave Studio
Recording, Mixing & Mastering, Post production. Guitar, drums, vocals.
Rothenburgsort, Hamburg.

Krüger & Krüger Studios
Audio production for Film, TV and multimedia. Voice-overs, sound design and mixing.
Altona, Hamburg.

Loft Tonstudios
Commercials, TV, Film, Audio Books.
Bahrenfeld & Winterhude, Hamburg.

Luna Studios
Photography, Film, Music. Film and recording studio rental.
Altona, Hamburg

Music Production, Live Recording.
Fuhlsbüttel, Hamburg.

MOB Recording Studio
Music Production, Film & TV. Clients include Tim Bendzko, Lena Meyer-Landruth, Revolverheld.
Altona-Nord, Hamburg.

Mondbasis Hamburg
Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Video. Live studio sessions, album and EP production.
Rothenburgsort, Hamburg

Nomos Music
Music Production
Tonndorf, Hamburg.

Nullviernull Tonproduktion & Verlag
Studio, Label, Events
Bahrenfeld, Hamburg.

Off Ya Tree Studio
Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Label.
Billstedt, Hamburg.

Parry Audio
Classical Music, Live Recording, Livestreams.
Altona, Hamburg.

PBF Studio Hamburg
Music Production, Film Music, Sound Design, Commercials
Barmbek, Hamburg.

Rekorder Tonstudio
Recording, Mixing, Mastering – Guitar Music. Retro Rock, Stoner Rock, Garage Rock’n’Roll, Punk Rock, Indie Rock.
Sternschanze, Hamburg.

Recording, Graphics, Video
Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg.

Studio Höll
Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Rothenburgsort, Hamburg.

Von Henko
Film Music, Audio Books, Theatre Audio
Altona, Hamburg.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Studios
Recording, Mixing, Mastering. Analogue mixing console and 16 track analogue tape recorder.
Barmbek, Hamburg.

Recording Studio, Coworking Space.
Altona, Hamburg.



Drum recording

Upaya Sound is a recording studio for independent music productions in an intimate setting. Great acoustics, a professional monitoring system and living room ambience makes it the perfect place for emerging musicians to lay down the tracks for their next album.

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Drum Editing

Drum Editing

Good timing is imperative in modern recordings and even the best drummers make mistakes. I will take your raw drum and instrument tracks and make sure only the best takes make it onto the final record. I edit all errors to fit with the groove naturally.

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At Upaya Sound I offer online mixing for artists of any genres loosely related to rock, indie and folk music. I aim to achieve a punchy, clear and transparent sound for your recordings, with warmth and depth, giving each instrument room to breathe.

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Shishir Bhanot
Shishir Bhanot
3. April, 2023.
Nick is an incredible musician, and an even better human. It was wonderful to work with him on my song, he was patient, understanding of my needs, and delivered amazing quality. Also, the he has a fantastic studio set up! Would work again!
Oliver Kupfer
Oliver Kupfer
22. March, 2023.
Nettes und stressfreies kleines Studio, empfehlenswert!
Selim Kavcik
Selim Kavcik
22. March, 2023.
Nick is very skillful and experienced. He was totally awesome at our recording, and not only behind the desk but also also musically with his background. His studio is very nice, clean and well organized. I felt myself like playing in my living room, which had a major positive impact on my performance and the recording. I can only recommend to work with Nick and Upaya Sound
6. March, 2023.
Nick versteht sein Handwerk und liefert sehr gute Mixe ab! Die Zusammenarbeit und Kommunikation ist super angenehm und fokussiert. Sehr zu empfehlen!
Max Stein
Max Stein
30. August, 2022.
Nick ist ein sehr geduldiger und freundlicher Mensch, der stets bemüht ist den Musiker:innen eine kreative und inspirierende Atmosphäre zu bieten. Das Studio ist ruhig gelegen und gut eingerichtet. In der Postproduktion war Nick sehr geduldig und ist auf vielfältige Wünsche sowie Änderungsvorschläge eingegangen!
Fabian Westphal
Fabian Westphal
29. August, 2022.
Das Upaya Sound ist ein sehr schönes Studio in ruhiger Lage in Volksdorf. Nick ist zuvorkommender und freundlicher Mensch und ein hervorragender Toningenieur, mit dem die konstruktive Arbeit am Track, sowie der Recordingprozess selbst, viel Spaß gemacht haben und gute Ergebnisse brachten.
Leo Rosenhauer
Leo Rosenhauer
28. August, 2022.
Super workflow und auch sonst eine wirklich sehr angenehme Zusammenarbeit. Vielen Dank!
Hanne Haumann
Hanne Haumann
28. August, 2022.
Ich kann das Upaya Studio auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen, Nick macht super Arbeit und weiß genau, was er tut. Daumen hoch, der ganze Prozess hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht und das Ergebnis hat mich und meine Band sehr glücklich gemacht 🙂 Tausend Dank!
River Rain
River Rain
21. August, 2022.
Das Recording unserer Single war ein sehr schönes Erlebnis bei Upaya Sound. Nick ist sehr sympathisch und stets bemüht, alle Wünsche zu erfüllen und auf die Bedürfnisse der Band einzugehen. Wir haben uns sehr wohl und gut aufgehoben gefühlt! Ein großes Dankeschön!!


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Tell me about your new album. The more details, the better!

By the way, if you just want to drop me a quick message, you can of course email me instead.

Recording Studio FAQ

Recording studio rates are generally charged per hour or per day. They can vary greatly from 50€ – 80€ per hour to over 150€ for high end studios. Rates for whole days are usually discounted when studio hours are booked in bulk.

Mixing prices can vary from 200€ to over 500€ per track, depending on the complexity of a song, the number of instruments and the profile of the mixing engineer.

Prices for professional mastering are usually between 50€ and 100€ per track. Be wary of any mastering engineers offering lower prices, as this is the final stage in music production and you don’t want an amateur “fixing” up your tracks.

Some studios will also offer a complete project package including recording, mixing and mastering with an agreed time frame but no specific rates for time spent in the studio. This can take the pressure off a band when recording, knowing that they have the time to complete their record creatively, without checking the clock every take and worrying about paying more than their budget allows.

Get in touch below and let me know about your project. I will be able to give to a final quote once I have all the details.

Mastering is the final stage of music production. This involves processing the stereo mix and fine-tuning it for maximum compatibility on different sound systems and media platforms. Mastering involves processing the frequency spectrum, adjusting the overall loudness, and adding meta data such as song and album titles and release codes to the digital audio file.

Adjustments to the frequency spectrum involve cutting any areas that are too overpowering, or boosting any frequencies that aren’t present enough. A mastering engineer will generally only add or cut small amounts of any given frequency to enhance the mix rather than change it dramatically.

Learn more about the entire music production process.

A music producer is the creative and technical person overseeing the music production process. Traditionally, they are in charge of forming an artist’s raw music and talent into a recording that can be marketed to a specific audience. Often, they are hierarchically situated between the record label and the artist and give creative guidance based on the musical vision of the label.

A record producer can take on several roles during the production of a record. Whilst recording an album in a studio, they work alongside an audio engineer, who supports them by setting up microphones, instruments and equipment according to their vision and guidance.

They will often choose which microphones and which preamps to use, where to set up instruments in a room, and which methods are used to capture the sounds.

Producers often get creative during album production with approaches such as recording drums to analogue tape, using unconventional methods for producing reverb and recording in unusual spaces to achieve a unique sound.

Learn more about music producers here.

A guide track is a recording that is used to track overdubs without the whole band playing live.

It is usually used so that a drummer can record his parts before other instruments are added afterwards in the recording process.

A guide track is usually created by recording foundation instruments such as guitar, bass and vocals to a click track in order to guide the drummer while recording solo.

The drummer will often play along while the guide tracks are being recorded, but will then re-record his or her parts afterwards.

The guide track would then consist of click, guitar, bass and vocal tracks, or whatever the drummer needs to be guided through the recording.

That is a very good question! I have written several articles on this subject and have a checklist for bands to download so that you know exactly what to do prior to entering the studio.

Generally you should be proficient on your instrument to record your tracks as perfectly as possible. Practice with the band and at home by yourself. Record yourself and listen for any patches that need extra attention.

Guitarists and bass players need to change their strings about 3 days before hitting the studio and play them in.

Drummers should put new drum heads on their snare and toms and tune them. Get comfortable playing to click and practice over and over again.

Vocalists, finalise your lyrics and practice singing. Learn how to warm up your voice and get a singing tube thing. Record yourself and see how it sounds. Get used to hearing and judging the quality of your voice. Singing lessons can also be extremely valuable prior to recording.

Pianists, strings and other musicians, know your parts and if necessary write out your sheet music on paper or in Sibelius.

Determine what tempo you will be recording each track at. Practice the songs as a group with the drummer playing to a click track.

Make sure to finalise the structure of each song and that every member is on the same page.

Download the recording preparation checklist for a full list of tips.

I have many resources for bands and musicians looking to take the first foray in to the music production world. Head over to my blog and learn about how to record drums, guitars, bass, piano along with many other music production tips and tricks.

I sure can. Get in touch below and we can get on the phone and talk about your project. For more information on online mixing projects – head to my Online Mixing and Mastering page.

Unfortunately I cannot offer any jobs or work experience at this time.

But don’t be disheartened! Set up a home or mobile studio and teach yourself to record and mix with the many resources out there on the web. With every project you will learn valuable lessons and will be producing great tracks in no time!

Also delve into the live scene as there are currently not enough audio engineers to mix the thousands of concerts being held every month in your city.

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