MAP Studio Cafe, London

Recording Studio


MAP Recording Studio is a unique, creative recording studio in Kentish Town, London. We offer high quality recording studio services reasonable rates. Our aim is to provide a comfortable, musician-friendly environment and a warm, creativity-nurturing atmosphere.

The studio has a great mix of classic analogue gear and modern digital equipment, based around a 44 channel analogue desk and Pro-Tools HD.  We have a great range of high-quality microphones, classic outboard, instruments, analogue synths and noise making machines, catering for band recording, vocals, voice overs and production. The main studio has a live room big enough for drums with an adjoining control room. We also have a larger recording space upstairs that doubles as a venue, offering studio-quality recording of gigs and events events. This space can accommodate large bands, choirs or small orchestras and also makes a great filming location.

MAP Studio was founded in 1990 and has played host to artists such as Roots Manuva, Miss Dynamite, Dawn Penn and Junior Delgado.

The MAP café serves as a great chill-out zone for studio users to grab a coffee or beer and sample some delicious homemade cooking!

You can find us in on the corner of Grafton and Inkerman Road at the rear of the Map Studio Cafe, between Camden Town and Kentish Town. Our closest station is Kentish Town West overground.

Click here for images of the studio.


Console / Recorders

Amek Big by Langley 44 channel analogue desk
Mac Pro 3.3 Ghz Quad-Core 16GB RAM
Avid Pro Tools HD Native 16 I/O
Tascam 32-2 analogue tape recorder
Panasonic SV3800 DAT recorder


Pro-tools 10 / 11
Various plug-ins by Slate Digital, Sound Toys, Waves,
Softube, Auto-Tune, Korg, Structure, Lexicon, Altiverb

Preamps / Dynamics / EQ

Neve 1073 DPA x2 pre
D.A.V.  BG1u x2 pre
Focusrite ISA One
Audient ASP 880 x8 pre
API 560b EQ
Lindell Audio PEX EQ
SVA “Red Sun God” stereo EQ
Joemeek Twin-Q dual channel strip
Warm Audio WA76 compressor
SVA TG12413 dual limiter
TK Audio BC1-s stereo compressor
DBX 160XT compressor
DBX 119 decilinear compressor/expander
Lindell Audio 7x FET compressor

Outboard Effects

Lexicon PCM 70
Lexicon PCM 41
Roland RE-301 Space Echo
Yamaha SPX 990
Furman RV1 Spring Reverb


Neumann U87ai
AKG 414 EB
Groove Tubes MD2 valve mic
Shure SM7b
Heil PR40
Sennheiser MD421 (MK1)  x 3
AKG D112
Beyer M201TG
Beyer M160
Coles 4038
Calrec CM1051c x2
Line Audio CM3 x2
Line Audio OM1 x2
Oktava MK12 stereo pair
Rode NT1
AKG C418 x 3
AKG C1000
Crown PZM
Shure SM58 x 2
Shure SM57 x 3


B&W Matrix 805
Bryston 3b power amp
Yamaha NS10M
Event 20/20p
Beyer Dynamic DT100/770 headphones

Keyboards / Synths / Drum Machines

W.Hoffmann Upright Piano
Fender Rhodes MKII
Hammond Organ w/ leslie
Crumar Stringman (70’s analogue string synth)
Roland JX8P (80’s analogue polysynth)
Roland SH09 ( 70’s analogue monosynth)
Korg ARP Odyssey Rev1
Korg X5D
Yamaha DX100
Yamaha TX81Z
Casio CZ1000
Boss DR-55 analogue drum machine
Roland R-8  w/808/ethnic/mallet cards
Roland 707
Roland 727

Instruments / Amps / Toys

Sonor Delite all maple drum-kit (various pro cymbals)
Ludwig 400 Supraphonic snare drum (60’s)
Fender USA Telecaster
Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass
Fender ’85 guitar amp
WEM Dominator valve guitar amp
Decca DC100 50’s valve amp
Trace Elliot bass amp
Sansamp Classic
EHX Small Stone
EHX Electric Mistress
EHX Big Muff (80’s Russian green)
EHX Memory Man
EHX Poly Chorus
Boss DD3 delay “blue label”


Skip Mcdonald, Roots Manuva, Carol Grimes, Junior Delgado, Sam Lee, Sizzla, Goldie, Omar, Aswad, The Ordinary Boys, Dawn Penn, Adamski, Jah Wobble, N-Dubs, Dorian Ford, Skinnyman, Raie, Ricky Rankin, Vlad Miller, Tony Rhone, John Etheridge, Christian Brewer, The Specials, Bukky Leo, James Lascelles, Jimmy Screech, Miss Dynamite, Alexander Nilere, Nina Hatchwell, Jehane Markham, Leon Greening, Alec Dankworth, Tymon Dogg, Jazzmo-thology, Ruth Theodore, Dark Horses, Weird Weather, Lava La Rue, Rhosyn, Tohnino Crespo, Winston Clifford, Cold Fever, General Wayne, Barry Ford, Don-E, Michael Storie, Kate Daniels, The Beat, Zeeteah Massiah, Lee Stone, Damon Brown, Lynieve Austin, Anoushka Lucas, BNDR, Warner Music, Vice TV, EMI, BT Sport



  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Recording of Live Events – from our upstairs venue space
  • Production
  • Media Transfer – DAT / quarter-inch tape to digital


Floor Plan

Floor Plan


£40 per hour
£250 full-day

All rates are inclusive of engineer and include use of all instruments, equipment and backline. 

A full-day is based roughly on 8 hours with some leeway for set-up time, breaks and getting the job done!

Discounts available on longer periods. Please get in touch to discuss.

Studio users are entitled to a complimentary tea or coffee from our cafe.


Contact: Duncan (engineer/studio manager)
+44 (0) 7960 240 216