Recording at Studio Bell
A boutique style recording environment, NMC studios are uniquely positioned in a class of their own. We invite you to experiment, perform and record in one of the most unique recording environments in the world.
The studio environments include three control rooms, three live rooms, three isolation booths, one live music venue, and access to over 300 musical instruments spanning 450 years of music technology.
Record using one of three historic analogue consoles in any combination of adjoining live rooms. Each live room is designed to have its own sound and has a selection of historic musical instruments suited for the uniquely designed spaces.
The recording facilities at Studio Bell were designed to provide artists access through NMC artist in residence programs. The facilities will also be made available for limited commercial access. Revenue raised through commercial access will directly benefit the care and preservation of this unique living collection.
Conceived by the Rolling Stones tour manager Ian Stewart, the Rolling Stones Mobile (RSM) was an innovation previously unseen in recording technology. The mobility and flexibility of the recording equipment allowed the truck to capture some of the most iconic recordings ever made. The RSM is now adjacent to the King Eddy stage, a historic live music venue, where it can record directly from the stage or connect to one of three unique Live Rooms, each with its own sound and available historic musical instruments.
Control Room A is NMC’s largest control room and is centered around a historic Trident (Triad) A Range Console. Featuring beautiful views of downtown Calgary including the Saddledome, Control Room A offers a relaxed and comfortable working environment best suited for larger production teams. Fully wired to the rest of the facility, Control Room A is equally suited for large tracking or mixing sessions. Control Room A is also adjacent to an intimate isolation booth.
Centered around a one-of-a-kind custom built analog console built for Olympic Studios in London England, Studio B offers an intimate and comfortable working environment best suited for smaller production teams. Fully integrated into the rest of the facility, Studio B is equally suited for large tracking or mixing sessions. Studio B is adjacent to an intimate isolation booth and can be connected to one of three unique Live Rooms, each with its own sound and available historic musical instruments.
The Live Rooms designed by Martin Pilchner of Pilchner Schoustal International Inc. blend modern design and convenience with access to hundreds of historic instruments and pieces of music technology. Within these inspiring three Live Rooms, artists have the freedom to create new sounds and record through a range of options.
“The studio design juxtapositions materials and assemblies that pay homage to historic approaches, with unique modern topology and composition yielding a facility that honors the past by looking forward.” — Martin Pilchner
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
Amplifying the love, sharing, and understanding of music.
850 4 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R1
300—851 4 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1P2
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday to Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm*
*Open 7 days per week May 16–September 3.