Colorsound has been one of Edinburgh's foremost rehearsal and recording studios for many years. It is popular with musicians, amateur and professional, playing a wide cross-section of genres, from progressive rock to folk, post-punk to electro-pop. I would recommend it as a practice venue for any up-and-coming or established band it boasts amongst the cheapest rates in Edinburgh, and provides a choice of sound-proofed rooms.
Each room provides a basic drumkit, vocal PA system, and guitar and bass amps.
Colorsound has benefited from its relocation from Fountainbridge at the end of 2006 (as part of the block next to the former Fat Sam's restaurant earmarked for demolition). Since moving to its larger Haymarket premises it has been able to offer bands a greater choice of rooms, and this is expanding due to recent renovation and decoration throughout the building.
Prices begin at £8 per hour for the smaller rooms, with the option of hiring per 2 or 3 hour session, or regular 'block bookings'. There is a small kitchen and toilet facilities. Plans for the new year include incorporating an in-house studio.
Centrally located, two minutes from Haymarket Station, Colorsound has limited parking within its premises (it shares its location with Thrifty car-hire) but after 6.30 there are many on-street spaces.
Rooms must be booked in advance, with a statutory period of cancellation to avoid stumping up fees for an unused room check details with the friendly office staff. A number of more-established bands use the studios, so don't be surprised to bump into the occasional Proclaimer as you head along the corridor!
This is by far the worst studio I've ever come across anywhere.
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