A Full Production Experience
From conception to completion
Conveniently based in central Auckland, Roundhead is a recording studio shaped by musicians for musicians. Every element has been carefully crafted to ensure that musical creativity is always the centre of attention.
Whether it’s your first time in a studio, or if the control room is like a second home, we know you’ll be impressed by Roundhead’s unique comfort and character.
From recording a simple vocal melody to a full orchestra, capturing the energy of a live performance or producing a complete album, Roundhead has the people, spaces, equipment and experience to make it happen perfectly.
"After working at most of the best Recording Studios in North America, such as Cello, The Village, Sound City, Sunset Sound, The RecordPlant, Oceanway, The Hit Factory and my own PLYRZ Studios, Roundhead Studios blew me away. Amazing studios, tons of incredible recording gear and musical instruments, and a crack engineering staff. I wait impatiently for my next invitation. Go there if you can. It's incredible "
We all want the same thing: quality, professional sounding recordings that bring an added dimension to our live performances and epitomise our creative talents.
Now, with the rise of affordable digital recording technology, an increasing number of musicians are taking a DIY approach in their own spaces.
But hang on, you’re the musician. Wouldn’t it make sense to focus on a better performance rather than spending time and money learning how to be a sound engineer, a music producer, and a studio architect?
Why give up your creative time running out cables or fussing with microphone positions and acoustic baffles when you can have someone do it all for you. And do it right the first time. Wouldn’t it be better to go into a recording session without the distractions of whether you caught the take or whether everything was at the right level?
And that is where we come in.
We have created a number of spaces to serve different purposes, for songwriting or recording, and capturing the essence of a live performance. Whatever stage you’re at with your musicianship, Roundhead studios can, and will, save you time and money. More importantly, it will foster and focus your creativity like no other recording space.
With our engineers you will get a professional, fresh and unbiased opinion of how your performance is sounding – and the result will sound good because it does, not because you desperately want it to.
We understand that home recordings have their place, however Roundhead will help you get results faster, better and in a more creative environment.
Simply put, Studio A is a beautiful place to make music. This studio was built with musicians in mind, created to help them focus on what they do best, make music.
Roundhead’s Studio A features spectacular lighting technology to create the perfect ambiance. While it is one of the quietest rooms in New Zealand, it is a fully customizable acoustic space, with variable surfaces, curtains and wooden louvers to add richness to sound.
Recording in Roundhead‘s Studio A will take you on a journey. You’ll follow in the footsteps of The Who, Joan Jett, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Jeff Buckley, REM and Alice Cooper – all of who have used Studio A’s Neve 8088 to capture an outstanding moment in their musical careers.
"Roundhead is one of the best studios there is. The equipment and environment is as good as it gets and the people working there really do know what they’re doing and do a great job"
The Brick Room is another dynamic space, newly renovated with an API 1608 console at it's heart. The perfect space for producers, artists and engineers alike.
This outstanding space has been used for live to air performances, album recordings and launches, as well as songwriting sessions. It is an excellent complementary space to Studio A.
"There is no studio in the world more thoughtfully put together and accommodating than Roundhead. Great gear, great vibe, great people, what else could anyone need?"
Simon Gooding is the in-house Producer and Engineer for Roundhead Studios, New Zealand's premier recording facility. With over 10 years experience both locally and internationally.
Simon has worked with Ed Sheeran, P!nk, Migos, Dua Lipa, Neil Finn, Fazerdaze, Tiny Ruins, Alien Weaponry and many more. More recently he has worked on new music for Six60, Mitch James and Drax Project, including their chart topping single 'Woke Up Late'.
His diverse resume of projects reflects both a commitment to the highest quality sound and the desire to take an artist's work to the next level.
Listen to Simon’s work here.
Paddy has been working at Roundhead since 2016 with a diverse range of artists and projects. He enjoys analog workflows, using the studio as an instrument in itself. He is also competent running session on tape machines.
Paddy is deeply involved in the local music scene, working with Soaked Oats, Drax Project, Jess B, Leisure, Villainy, The Shambles.
Paddy has also been involved organising various events at Roundhead, including NZ Music Producer Series, Songhubs and IMNZ Going Global.
Listen to Paddy’s work here.
As the studio assistant engineer Emily contributes to a variety of sessions both big and small. She has worked on sessions with artists such as Dua Lipa, Devil Skin, and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. She ran Pro Tools for Susan Rogers during ‘Songhubs Sphere’ and assisted Sylvia Massy during the NZ Producer Series 2018.
Emily is credited on Mitch James’ self-titled album, Kimbra’s live session with Warner Music, the 2018 Play It Strange album, and has worked with Karl Steven on a variety of music for picture.
Emily is able to run Pro Tools during recordings, and can do drum editing, vocal editing and session prep for engineers.
Listen to work Emily has contributed to here.
With 7 years of industry experience, Scott has recorded a range of artists in a range of local recording studios including York Street Studios and as an in-house engineer at Roundhead.
Throughout his career Scott has worked with New Zealand and international artists such as; Shihad, Passenger, Mumford & Sons, Neil and Tim Finn, Sons Of Zion, and Julia Deans.
Scott’s album credits include; Shihad ‘FVEY’, Passenger ‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’, Neil and Liam Finn ‘Lightsleeper’, Alien Weaponry ‘TU’, and Strangely Arousing ‘What Do’.
Listen to Scott’s work here.
After studying English and Music at Otago University, Tom has worked in the New Zealand music industry for 10 years. He has experience as an audio engineer, producer, and musician, working with the likes of Tiny Ruins, Jamie McDell, Popstrangers, Bic Runga, and Jen Cloh.
Tom is able to adapt his engineering and musical skills to work on any aspect of a project. He is credited as producer, recording and mix engineer on; Tiny Ruins ‘Brightly Painted One’, Popstrangers ‘Fortuna’, Nomad ‘Can You Feel It?’, Dunes ‘Dunes’, and Clap Clap ‘Riot Dull Life’.
Listen to Tom’s work here.