Founded by SAE graduate Bakari Murray in 2015, Dark Room Recordings is a multi-genre production company and recording studio based in Barbados. Over the years, The Dark Room has become home to some of the island’s brightest talents and we have built our reputation on consistently delivering quality, authentic work.
Whether you’re an audio engineer, an artist, or a producer, you won’t be disappointed!
Apollo Twin X
Avid Artist Control
Presonus Audiobox 96
Avid Pro Tools 12
Avid Pro Tools 2020
Logic Pro X
Presonus Studio One
AKG K240 Studio
Presonus Monitor Station V2
Sennheiser HD280 Pro
Neuman TLM 103
Applied Acoustics Systems
Arturia V Collection & Fx
Celemony Melodyne 5
Lexicon PCM & Native
Mastering the Mix
Native Instruments Komplete 12 & Fx
Spectrasonics (Omnisphere, Keyscape, Trillian)
Waves Complete 14
Xfer Records Serum
Arturia Keylab 49
M-Audio Keystation 61
NI Maschine MKII
Our address is:
Dark Room Recordings
55 Shop Hill
St. Thomas, BB22016
We are open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm every day. We continue to reply to messages and book sessions after hours until 10:00 pm. However, our studio sessions are booked by appointment only.
Please be prepared. Rehearse your lyrics until you can confidently give your best performance. In addition, Be sure to email or bring your stems/instrumentals to us before or on the day of your session. This allows us to set up beforehand so you can spend more time in your session recording.
Studio drives will be cleared every six (6) months. To ensure that your files are not forever lost, be sure to obtain them during or soon after your session. You can bring a flash drive or portable drive to transfer and store your session files & related media.
The fastest way to have your questions answered is to send us a message on WhatsApp or give us a call at 246-269-2802 during the hours of 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, daily. If you’re unable to call, you can always fill out our form on the Contact Us page and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After your session, we encourage you to stay in touch with us for any edits or revisions needed. We will be in contact via email and phone to ensure that you received the highest quality customer service. We often ask for a testimonial to publish on our website and socials and further promote you as an artist.
No. We require a 50% deposit to secure your time on the schedule for the studio and for the engineer. The balance is due upon arrival for your session. Deposits can be made in Cash, through 1st Pay, PayPal, or Bank Transfer.
Please notify Management 48 hours in advance if you need to reschedule. If you notify Management to reschedule LESS than 48 hours before your session, the initial 50% deposit is forfeited. This action is required to prevent the loss of re-booking the studio and the engineer to another client.
Appointment times have been arranged specifically for you. If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose sessions follow yours. See our Policies & Procedures for more information.
Mixing is one of the most critical components of creating a quality recording. Once the song is recorded; volume levels are set and effects (EQ, compression, delays…) are added to make a cohesive and natural-sounding recording. This process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, depending on the level of production you are seeking.
The best and safest way to prepare your stems for mixing is to bounce them all out as separate raw audio files (WAV or AIF). Logic X in particular has an option to ‘Export All Tracks As Audio Files’, but basically whatever DAW you’re using you need to get your raw separate audio stems bounced/exported out, all starting at 0 over to us and we’ll handle the rest. We also accept Logic X projects if you just prefer to zip compress and send that over as well as many other options… Just ask, and we’ll be there to help guide you through it.
Mastering is the process of turning a mixed song or collection of songs(EP/Album) into a final cohesive body of work for manufacturing so that it translates well across systems: CD player, radio, computer, car stereo, phone, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, etc. You can take a look at our album deals on our Mixing & Mastering page.
We record many different genres; Afrobeat, Dancehall, Pop, R&B, Rap, Reggae, Soca, Etc…
Outside of music, we also record voiceovers for commercials, television shows, cartoons, video games, movies, audiobooks, promotional mixes/CDs, etc…
Yes! Our team of experienced producers & songwriters can compose, arrange, and program beats to fit any artist’s ideas.
Each songwriter and producer has different contracts customized to each project. In most cases, an artist may be able to obtain exclusive rights. This often depends on the upfront cost.