The Audio Suite Birmingham Coronavirus Special Measures
We are happy to report that our remote recording and editing service is unaffected by the Covid-19 situation…

And with the rigorous safety measures we have put in place to protect visiting voice artists – and us – we are able to continue offering voice-over, commentary and ADR recording to picture, in our voice studio: a large booth housed within a separate room.

We call it ‘Operation Safe and Sound’ and our procedures come from the successful completion of both the Sky TV requisite examination on safe working practices during Covid-19, and ScreenSkills’ e-learning module on the new production protocols. Our thorough studio Risk Assessment document is available on request.

A two metre distance is observed at all times, with mandatory mask, hand sanitising and temperature check on arrival. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own headphones, or alternatively a new pair of ‘budget’ headphones may be given to the artist, at a small extra cost to the client.

We do ask that scripts are delivered to the artist ahead of the session to enable them to read from their own tablet and also that the recording sessions are conducted ‘unattended’ by the client. An online audio or video link is easily arranged however, to enable the artist to be directed, or for clients to watch and listen in. A chaperone remains mandatory however for any minor attending the studio to record.

What we’re getting up to…

Our services

Audio post-Production that doesn’t CO2t the earth…

Use us remotely from wherever you are on the planet, and wherever we are in the world.

Creative freedom… Enjoy the liberation of engaging with us whenever, and from wherever, you feel most comfortable and most creative.

The Audio Suite is a highly-regarded digital audio company housed in a Grade II listed building in the historic Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham UK, and we are renown for our friendly, personal approach and our impressive yet intimate studio environment. Soon, we will be operating in Brisbane AUS, too – a development designed to help us better remotely serve a global client base, by offering round-the-clock, file-based audio post-production services.

Whilst our mixing rooms and voice booths are primarily the workspaces for our audio post and music composition work on long-form commissioned projects, we also make these facilities commercially available by-the-hour to other external clients, as our busy schedule and studio commitments allow.

For these clients we provide bespoke, high value-added audio post-production, ADR and Voice Over sound services from our exceptionally appointed mixing rooms and adjoining voice studios, as well as high-end location sound recording and premier-level Outside Broadcast sound engineering… But we also provide affordable Talking Book and Podcast recording and editing services, too.

Live remote working is made possible by connecting to us through the industry-standard Source Connect audio over i.p. (AoIP) application; or for those studios or artists without a Source Connect license, the simple and free-to-use Source Connect Now that runs on the Google Chrome browser. We can also use regular Zoom, Skype, Webex or Microsoft Teams applications if that suits you better, or a combination of these separate audio and video links.

We welcome ‘virtual’ visiting clients along with actual visiting artists, especially if they’re fun to be around; so please feel free to use the contact form to check studio availability, or call us.

We understand, and can usually accommodate, short-notice or out-of-hours bookings and we are as happy and committed to applying our extensive audio post-production skills and experience to a one-hour VO, ADR or TV commentary recording session, as we are to fully supervising a theatrical-release feature film.

Our studios are easily reached and conveniently located, whilst also offering the convenience of remote access to our impressive in-house facilities. All of this is combined with an extensive track-record in audio post-production that runs to many hundreds of hours of prime-time television programmes, TV and cinema commercials, feature films, internal, external and business-to-business communications, podcasts and best-selling talking books.

The Audio Suite at IMDb
The Audio Suite offers a full range of audio production and post-production services, including:
  • Sound Design (remote working, encrypted server delivery)
  • Editing and Mixing (remote working, encrypted server delivery)
  • ADR (with ADR Master 2 Studio + Source Connect + video remote access, encrypted server delivery)
  • TV commentary recording (with Source Connect + video remote access, encrypted server delivery)
  • Voice Over (with Source Connect + video remote access, encrypted server delivery)
  • Professional podcasting and Talking Book production
  • Location sound recording
  • Outside Broadcast Mixing and Commentary Engineering

All of our television mixes meet the stringent EBU-R128 standard; and audio assets are delivered securely via our encrypted Cloud Audio Post server.

We’re also experienced in creating TV and Cinema commercials. We can arrange Dolby certification through our long-standing associations with good friends such as 750mph and Jungle Studios, Soho.

For further peace of mind, for remote working we offer a free, pre-booking line check to guarantee a smooth session with us.

Please note that our minimum call is 1 hour and all clients are asked to settle our quoted studio fee before a VO or ADR session commences.

This is applied equally to all studio clients however big or small the company, so respectfully, please do not ask us to take a deferred payment or to offer studio time on any other terms when making a booking. We accept same-day bank transfers and all major credit cards on our online payment page, HERE

Making a booking with The Audio Suite is deemed to mean that you accept our terms and conditions, HERE

About Us

The Audio Suite is a very different kind of sound studio.

We are a unique, award-winning Sound Design consultancy: a team that is lead by Dr. Neil Hillman MPSE. We provide bespoke, high value-added audio post-production services for feature film clients that includes sound design, sound supervising, dialogue and sound effects recording and editing; as well as offering a remotely-linked ADR and voice recording service that has been used on feature film productions such as ‘Lincoln’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ and notable television drama series such as ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘Dr. Who’.

“When the sound is bad, you notice the sound…
When the sound is good, you notice the pictures.”
Neil Hillman

“The eye sees better when the sound is great.”
Steven Spielberg

“We chose Neil Hillman and The Audio Suite for this project because of their first-class reputation and proximity to talent. We were pleased with their contribution to the film and impressed with the ease in which The Audio Suite studios and our sound team at Skywalker Sound were able to work together, linking the two studios in real time to accomplish the necessary work.”
Mark Graziano, Vice President of Post-Production for DreamWorks.

Who we are

The Audio Suite is a leading digital audio company, serving a global client base, whilst retaining the comforting feel of an in-house facility.

For more than 20 years we have been a trusted supplier to major advertising agencies, Indies, Super Indies and creative corporate clients; as well as the major broadcast channels. We also now operate in the southern hemisphere.

Our high-quality audio solutions are designed for features, broadcast and corporate film makers, whilst our Consultancy service provides support for projects with complex workflow and exacting delivery requirements.

We create and craft soundtracks for the world that your ideas inhabit… Giving them impact and meaning… Making the message memorable for your audience… All of which results in increased levels of emotional engagement.

Two creatives with one goal…

Dr. Neil Hillman MPSE leads The Audio Suite, and he has a reassuringly extensive and impressive track-record in location sound recording, audio production and audio post-production: including credits for editing and mixing many hundreds of hours of prime-time television programmes; feature films; TV and cinema commercials; as well as internal, external and business-to-business communications, podcasts and Audible ‘Best Seller’ Talking Books. Outside of the studio, Neil has been engaged as an Engineer for the London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, as well as the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

See a list of Neil’s IMDb credits HERE

Marcus Byrne is The Audio Suite’s UK Director of post-production. Marcus is not just a highly accomplished Pro Tools studio Engineer and Mixer with close to 25 years experience, he has also recorded and played on albums with acts such as The Sugarbabes, Cleopatra, One Republic, Mika, The Saturdays, Anastacia and Annie Lennox; and has an enviable CV as a live musician that reads like a Who’s Who of modern touring performers: being engaged as the on-stage Programmer and Keyboard player for the likes of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Take That and Gary Barlow. Marcus’s unique skill set produces a working atmosphere that puts visiting artists quickly at ease in the ADR and VO studio.

Get an insight into Marcus’s skills HERESee Marcus’s IMDb credits HERE

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