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Cereproc Text to Speech project

January 30, 2012

We recently had Graham and Chris from Cereproc in the studio recording a text to speech project with a Lancashire female voice over artist called Jess to add to their growing range of dialects. CereProc has developed the world’s most advanced text to speech technology. Their voices not only sound real, they have character, making […]

J A Connor – Mysterious Lady no1 on Celtic Radio USA

October 12, 2011

A track I produced earlier this year  for Jim Connor has reached no1 in the Celtic Radio Charts in the USA being the most requested track. Jim sang a great lead vocal on the track which he wrote himself. The track also features Border Pipes by Matt Seattle. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mysterious-lady-single/id435120793

Edinburgh’s Got Talent Winner Gavin Blackie In Studio

December 6, 2010

Just started work in the studio with amazing vocaiist Gavin Blackie. Gavin recently won Edinburgh’s Got Talent competition which was a run by the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotsman. Gavin came in with some great lyrics and a melody which i created the music for. The song is entitled “You Are” and is a ballad […]

A Saltire Sky – featuring The Corries Ronnie Browne

May 19, 2010

Ronnie Browne, formerly co founder of The Corries has been in the studio recording narration for A Saltire Sky. Written and Directed by Maggie Aitken for DaisyChain Associates, this play is informed by the Difference/Diversity project operated by Sunflower Garden – Simpson House and Africa Centre Scotland. The event takes place in the Garden Lobby at […]

Flying Colours – The Secret’s Out

April 29, 2010

Earlier this month singer, guitarist and songwriter Jamie Campbell  came back from Auckland to visit his family and we got together after 27 years and decided to get Flying Colours back in the studio and re- record the last track we did together in 1983 entitled The Secrets Out. The track is featured throughout the […]

School Singing Projects Produced at Offbeat

April 12, 2010

In the past three years I have been involved in recording music for  schools following a meeting with US songwriter Randy Pritchard who got me involved in recording his song Peaceful World for Dean Park School in Edinburgh.  That song involved 75 primary school kids. Last year Tom Houston, songwriter I had recorded an album […]

Beau McClellan – The Worlds Largest Chandelier

March 1, 2010

I last worked with Beau McClellan on the theatrical performance art production of Fulgor in 2002. Since then Beau has been working on lighting projects for various clients, the latest being the worlds largest chandelier which has just been completed in Dubai. http://www.offbeat.co.uk Some facts Length – 38.5 metres – Width – 12.5 metres Top […]

Kenny Skeel RIP

May 26, 2008

Just about to attend the funeral of friend and artist Kenny Skeel today. Kenny did some artwork for Offbeat, most recently the portrait of Jimi McRae for the cover of the album by Pipedreams “Kick Out The Ghosts”. Kenny was a real Edinburgh character, he was a gentle guy with strong convictions. For many years […]

Kirsty Video

February 25, 2008

It’s been ages since i did the blog but anyone who is involved in video editing will know the hours just zoom by when making a film. I’ve been using the opportunity to learn about Final Cut pro which is a truly amazing film editing programme. Since doing loads of tutorials on the subject I’m […]

Happy Xmas To One And All

December 24, 2007

Offbeat wishes all your customers a very Happy Xmas and a Happy New 2008.