Inside your writing studios
The process of creation is different for everyone. The need to have a quiet, productive space for writing time is universal. Enjoy self-service access, professional equipment, and affordable day rates for all bookings worldwide. Our writing studios help you capture your creativity the moment it sparks.
Pop in for an hour, settle in for a day session, book a week long writers' retreat. Record, mix, and edit in our multipurpose writers' rooms. The space is yours for whatever purpose you need. Available 24/7 to work around your daily routine.
How to book a writing room
Our live booking calendar shows the latest availability of writers' studios. You can book anywhere from a year in advance right up until a few minutes beforehand. Some studios are popular, so we recommend securing your slot in advance. Tap the links below to get started.
TIP: Book enough time to set-up and get comfortable with the gear. Make sure to pack-down and pack-up anything you’ve brought along.
Writing studio rental equipment
- Monitors: Pair of KRK V6 S4 or Yamaha HS8 or JBL 8" LSR 3 Series Mk2 Monitors
- Microphone: SE Electronics SE2200II / 2300 Condenser Microphone or Aston Spirit Condenser or AKG C214 Condenser Microphone
- Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8/ Clarett 4pre / 2pre
- Keyboard/Midi Controller: Novation Impulse 61 Keyboard/Midi Controller or M-Audio Oxygen 61
- Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT770 or AKG K275 or Pioneer HDJ-X5 Headphones or similar
- Other: External Screen, Keyboard & Mouse, Mic Stand, Keyboard Stand, XLR-XLR
Please remember to bring your own laptop, plus a USB C cable (and a hub if required).
PIRATE.COM is the world’s largest creative studio and artist community network. Choose from over 50 locations across the UK, DE, US and IE.
Our writing studios are a great environment to create, write and produce music. Professional equipment and flexible day rates available. Welcoming anyone with an interest in music production, regardless of your ethnicity, sexuality, gender or social status.
Commercial writing studios: essential equipment for 2021
Max of Max DB Audio is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and sound and mix engineer. He runs a professional recording studio upstairs at Pirate Earlsfield, plus online consultations.
With over a decade of experience in audio engineering, we decided to learn more about the machines behind the man. Delve into Max's 2021 must-haves for music production equipment, sound recording equipment and audio interfaces.
Writing studio highlights
Take a closer look at the equipment available in our writing studios.
What our fans say
I've spent a lot of time at Pirate and I really, really like it. You can just lose yourself.
Absolutely brilliant setup... Plug in and go. Get involved!
The equipment was very well maintained and extremely clean
Aaron Deakin — Leeds
Through Pirate I got a chance to practice privately and at my own pace.
Saint Ludo — DJ Mag
Frequently asked questions
Here are some answers to common questions about our writing studios. Something else on your mind? Visit our support hub or reach out via Live Chat.
What if something breaks or I need a spare?
Spare equipment is available at every Pirate location, including instruments, cables, microphones, stands and other hardware.
If you need replacement equipment or something is missing, contact us on Live Chat via the website or WhatsApp for assistance. We will direct you to our spares cupboard quickly so that you can get on with your session.
How do I book a session?
Our live booking calendar shows the latest availability of studios. You can book anywhere from a year in advance right up until a few minutes beforehand. Some studios are popular, so we recommend securing your slot in advance.
TIP: Book enough time to set-up and get comfortable with the gear, and set-up/pack-down anything you’ve brought along.
How do I book OpenLIVE?
Where recording is available, you will see the OpenLIVE logo on the studio image on the booking calendar. When you select Book room, you will be prompted to add OpenLIVE to the session. Once you click Yes, OpenLIVE will be added to the session.
Once you exit the payment process, you’ll receive emails confirming your scheduled recording from OpenLIVE. If you don’t receive your confirmation, please drop us a note via live chat or email and we'll check for you.
What do I need to bring to my rehearsal session?
Artists need to bring their own instruments, except for drums. We also have a limited number of keyboards available on request, but they are not guaranteed.
Drummers must bring their own cymbals if they are rehearsing in Standard or Standard+ rehearsal studios. They also need to bring their own drumsticks to all of our practice studios.
Please check what cables you need for your rehearsal before arriving at the studios. In addition to the listed equipment, we provide XLR (mic) and jack (instrument) cables and carry spares on-site. AUX cables are not provided, but some are available in spares if needed.