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Recording studios in the heart of Leeds!

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State of the art recording studios? Check! Award-winning production team? Check! Affordable pricing? Check!

We’re here, we’re ready and we’re eager to help with your next audio project.

Right in the heart of Leeds down the road from Channel 4 Headquarters and opposite the Sky Sports offices, KVH Studios offer professional studio hire and production for any audio you require.

Our soundproof studios are fully equipped with the latest audio technology including Ableton Live and Adobe Audition to guarantee ease of recording and high-quality sound first time. We also offer full creative support should you need help with the preparation of your audio such as concept creation and scripting, plus first-class post-production and distribution following your recording.

We have a regular stream of clients coming through our doors to record their audio projects each week including high profile celebrities from the world of TV, sports and entertainment, business clients or for personal pleasure.

We have a range of recording studios in different sizes and fit for purpose including our large production studio where we have capacity to record up to 4 people, with the option to add others into your session remotely via phone, Skype and WhatsApp as well as ISDN, source connect and IPDTL.

Whoever you are and whatever you need, our friendly team will make you feel right at home with our hospitality package including meeting room and breakout area provision with disabled access, toilets, free wi-fi, refreshments and transport organisation, should you need it. Plus, we can add visual branding into the studio should you be hosting a client or recording the session.

So if you need to record a podcast, audiobook, TV narration, commercial advertising or any kind of audio, we have everything you need to make your project run smoothly and to budget.

Get in touch today on 0113 233 7800 or production@kvhstudios.com to find out more information.

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In store music – Turn it up! (Or down?)

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An in store music service isn’t just about the content, it’s also about where it’s played, and how loud you play it.

This might seem like a pretty insignificant and pointless detail to talk about; so long as you can hear it what does it matter, right? But that’s not always the case. Think about how you feel when something is too loud. It becomes almost distorted to hear. Or so soft that you struggle to hear it at all– it’s annoying! What’s more, it can completely ruin the effect and the potential influence a service has over your customer…

Practicality

The last thing you want is your customers struggling to hear themselves, or more importantly, your colleagues. If your in store music is too loud, it can cause annoyance and worse, people to walk out!

Brand Awareness

Just to make it even more confusing, some brands actually use loud music as part of their store experience. Although it is unclear if this creates a positive or negative effect on basket spend or dwell time, or if it is worth a loss of functionality in store, as it’s usually advised to play in store music at lower volumes for effective influence.

Technicalities

Sometimes, a store or restaurant’s louder environments makes it difficult to play music at softer levels because it would just be drowned out. In which case you have to judge what would be the best option for your individual business. It can also be beneficial to change the volumes with the dayparts in order to respect different footfalls throughout the day for maximum effect.

Effect & Influence

We have spoken about the benefits of an in store music service on customers hundreds of times, which is why you shouldn’t let something as small as turning the volume up or down affect your service’s influence. Louder volumes, like playing nothing at all, effect people’s time perception. The average time a customer spends in store is shortened, in comparison to increased dwell time with quieter music.

Remember, each business has different requirements for their in store music service. Something that works for one might not work for another. If you have any questions regarding in-store music, get in touch with us at KVH Studios. We advise our clients based on their individual needs to create a service unique to their brand, nothing is off the shelf!

And of course, we offer the full package. Our services are provided with the technology to control such factors as volume in your environment. This allows you to be reactive to your customers and colleague needs. We can also tailor PA systems for each individual space from a basic amplifier and speakers to fully zoned, app-controlled systems.

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: August 2021

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Staycation season may be in full swing, but we’ve still been busy here at KVH Studios keeping our services up to date with the very latest releases. And now it’s time for our Head of Music, Nick Bewes, to share some highlights from August. If you want to know what is happening throughout the month, follow us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic, and our New Music Spotify playlist here.

Our first track this month has received lots of praise. The Guardian said it was “an instant disco-pop masterpiece” and Consequence of Sound said the track ‘’is pulsing, almost dizzying in its dance-floor intensity from start to finish, leaving the listener appropriately breathless’’. We agree with all that and say Take My Breath by The Weeknd is a brilliant single.

From one of the biggest music stars on the planet to a brilliant newcomer. 20-year-old Ellur from Halifax, West Yorkshire and is one to watch. Her latest single Moments is wonderful, and we are very pleased to support her by playing her track on our services.

Katy B has been quiet for a few years, her last album Honey was released in 2016. Five years later, she has released a brand new single, Under My Skin, and it’s a prime slice of Katy B! It’s so good to have her back!

Clinton Kane might be a new name to some, but he’s been making waves on YouTube for a while now, recording covers from the likes of The Weeknd to James Arthur. Now it’s time to shine with his own music and his second official single I GUESS I’M IN LOVE is a beautiful track.

And finally this month, let’s try and hang onto that summer feeling for as long as possible as Silk Sonic provide the sunshine soundtrack with their second single, Skate. Taken from their debut album, which is due in January 2022, it’s another slice of 70’s influenced soul/funk. And we love it!

There you have it for another month. Until September…happy listening!

Our Leeds Festival Preview

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After a year off (you know because of that ‘thing’…), Leeds Festival is back and it’s bigger than ever! As well as the usual stages – BBC Music Introducing, BBC Radio 1 Dance, BBC Radio 1Xtra, Festival Republic (Friday only), The Lock Up (Saturday only) and The Pit (Sunday only) – the organisers have gone big this year, with not one but two main stages! And they are promising that there won’t be any time clashes between the two.

In our opinion, the line-ups for the main stages seem to be a bit strange, not really knowing who they are wanting to attract. I’m not sure there’s many people that will be interested in watching KSI & then Liam Gallagher on Friday or Becky Hill and then The Wombats on Sunday for instance, but fair play to the event for trying to mix it up.

Right, let’s have a look at some of the highlights…

FRIDAY

The Festival Republic stage has an amazing line up. Sophie & the Giants, Baby Queen and headliner Girl in Red all being brilliant, but for us the highlight is the superb Holly Humberstone.

On the Introducing stage, check out Leeds’s very own Yard Act, while on the Main Stage West it’s Biffy Clyro who headline, replacing the Queens of the Stone Age, while Liam Gallagher is top of the bill for Main Stage East. Our main stage pick for Friday though is Wolf Alice, on the back of their brilliant latest album Blue Weekend, this is going to a special set.

SATURDAY

The second day sees the main stages welcome the legendary Stormzy (East) & Catfish and the Bottlemen (West) as headliners. Elsewhere on Main Stage West is Sam Fender who is getting ready for his new album to be released and if the single is anything to go by, it’s going to be a cracker.

On the other stages, highlights include MK & Franky Wah on the Dance stage, Jack Harlow headlining the 1Xtra stage Yonaka making a fair amount of noise on The Lock Up, while Hull’s Low Hammer top the bill are on the Introducing stage.

SUNDAY

Getting things underway on Sunday on the BBC Music Introducing stage at Leeds Festival is the rather good Police Car Collective, a group that we have been supporting this year, likewise Finn Askew and headliners Calva Louise. It’s a good place to discover your next new favourite!

Over on the main stages, KVH Studios favourite Sigrid is on East, alongside Two Door Cinema Club, a band we seem to have been playing for years having first playlisted them in 2010, and headliner Post Malone. Over Main Stage West, Slowthai and The Wombats warm things up for headliners Disclosure, who might well be dropping some of their new material like Seduction.

And there you have it, our highlights for the Leeds Festival. Full details of the line up can be found here. And if you are heading to the festival, here are all the details you should need before setting off.

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Get started on your podcast with KVH Studios

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The popularity of the podcast continues to grow, attracting millions of listeners worldwide. They are a great way to share insight and information in a fun and engaging way. Plus help to differentiate your business. They can take any format and, with audio, it’s easy to convey passion and enthusiasm to increase emotional connection.

KVH Studios have been helping businesses get started with their podcasts for over 5 years. Based in the heart of Leeds, we offer skilled, creative support for the conception and management of your podcast, and easy and affordable studio hire and audio production for your remote or in-person recording with our range of high-quality, purpose-built audio studios.

Is your business or client thinking of starting a podcast? Let’s look at the top 3 advantages which make them so popular…

Accessibility & Simplicity

In a world where we demand easy access and are always multi-tasking, podcasts are a simple and effortless way to access information or entertainment on the go, and when you want. Plus, easy to set-up!

Brand Awareness

Podcasts are a great way to share expertise of your business. We all want information to be reliable, unbiased, and balanced. That’s the beauty of a podcast, it helps to connect your brand with the audience building an effective relationship with engaging, interesting content.

Influence

According to Acast, 76% of UK podcast listeners have followed up on an ad or sponsored message they heard in a show, with 37% saying an ad had led them to seek out further information on a product, and 24% were prompted to visit a brand’s website.

We’ve worked with some high-profile clients to create chart topping podcasts including Superdrug’s ‘The Beauty of it all’ and Leeds City Council’s ‘Leeds in Conversation’, and our team of audio producers, sound engineers and creative managers are ready to ensure YOUR podcast project is delivered on-time, on-budget and beyond expectations.

Speak to one of our friendly consultants to find out more.

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Motivate and inform your gym members with the full Audio-Visual package

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When it comes to fitness, music is essential for increasing motivation and providing necessary distraction for a successful workout. Leading to return visits and member retention!

But everybody knows that right?

The question is, do you have a music strategy in place for your gyms and is it pulling its weight?

To guarantee the most positive and effective experience for your members, it’s important to create a motivational atmosphere and adrenaline buzz so members will immediately feel driven to work out and ‘in the zone’ upon arrival. Plus ensure they remain motivated throughout their visit. All whilst being on brand and frequently updated with new tracks for those regular visitors (and staff!).

Our highly experienced production team are specialists in profiling music for the gym setting. There is a great deal of science behind how specific tempos and styles have a powerful effect on workouts. Our curators rigorously apply this science and their in-depth music knowledge when hand-selecting tracks for your bespoke profile. Careful consideration is also taken in the scheduling of tracks to ensure a consistent rhythmic flow to maintain workout endurance.

We also understand that you may need an alternative ‘vibe’ in different areas of your fitness centre. By creating unique channels for different zones such as spa, changing rooms and swimming pool, you can ensure the most appropriate sound wherever your customers are spending their visit.

But it’s not just about sound… teamed with visual media, you can entertain, inform (and even distract) your members whilst they workout. Whether you choose impactful, motivational music videos that inspire, animated digital signage informing of the gym activity/competitions/services; or maybe a bit of both, visual media is an effective addition to the gym environment.

So make sure your music is pulling its weight and you are taking advantage of all the benefits available with expert curation and visual creative from KVH Studios.

 

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Why playing commercial radio may be inappropriate for your brand

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Playing music in a retail, hospitality or leisure environment is essential to improving the atmosphere and ensuring your customers have an enjoyable and positive experience.

But of course, it’s not just about playing any old music. The wrong style, or inappropriate tracks, can be detrimental to your brand and have a negative impact on your customers, alongside other factors that influence their mood and mindset.

Many businesses choose to play commercial radio and, although you may feel this is the easiest option, there are many downsides when doing this…

  • The music is potentially unsuitable for your brand, environment, and demographics
  • You have no control over the content leaving listeners at the behest of the presenters and potentially exposing them to gloomy news reports and competitor adverts.
  • You risk alienating and, at times, offending customers

All this can affect the positivity of the atmosphere or worse, drive customers elsewhere and leave them with negative connotations of your brand.

But this can easily be avoided with a bespoke curated music service from KVH Studios. Our music specialists develop tailored music strategies that compliment your individual business, deliver the most suitable ambience and are effective in creating a positive brand experience for both customers and staff consistently across your estate.

With our huge database of commercially friendly copyright and license-free music, you can be confident we will meet your objectives whilst keeping to budget. Frequently updated with new tracks and day parted to reflect the footfall flow, your expertly profiled service will be fresh and ever evolving for continuous maximum impact.

Plus, don’t miss out on the opportunity to speak to your captive audience. Include bespoke branding, advertising, features or presenter shows for a totally unique sound that entertains, informs, and upsells to stand out from the crowd and engage customers.

Get in touch today to find out how you can benefit greatly from the simple addition of your own branded radio service by KVH Studios, and eliminate the risks associated with playing commercial radio.

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: July 2021

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It’s been a hot one recently, and we’re not just talking about the weather! There have been some fantastic new music tracks released and KVH Studios Head of Music, Nick Bewes, is here to guide you through a small selection that have been added to our music services

We have been fans of James Blake’s superb music for over ten years and we can’t quite believe it, but he keeps getting better and better. His new album is due for release in September, and the first taste of it is his single ‘Say What You Will’. The video features Finneas, brother of Billie Eilish of course, who is a rather good producer and songwriter in his own right.

Also returning this month is Sam Fender. ‘Seventeen Going Under’ is the title track of his new album due for release in October. We have to agree with some of the reviews we’ve read, the track does have a Springsteen feel to it. Impressive return.

Next, one of the biggest boy bands on the planet have teamed up with of the most popular singer songwriters for a perfect slice of Pop! Step forward BTS with ‘Permission to Dance’, co-written by the one and only Ed Sheeran.

While we are talking about Ed, he’s just signed the brilliant Maisie Peters to his Gingerbread Records label, and the duo have also written a single called ‘Psycho’.

Finally this month, some calypso-flavoured indie pop from Cassia, who we first played at the beginning of 2019. They have just released the rather good ‘Slow’.

And there you have it for another month. Keep up to date with our playlist additions by following us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic, and our New Music Spotify playlist.

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Improve your staff communications through the power of audio

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Are you struggling with your staff communications?

Finding it hard to engage your teams on the latest information?

Looking for an easier and more effective way to keep them up to date?

 

Audio allows for flexibility, ease and control with your staff comms and training, whilst also breaking down the barriers between head office staff and the teams on the ground by showcasing personality and empathy.

Using music, sound effects, clips and multiple voices or personalities in a creative and entertaining format increases engagement and the likelihood of information being absorbed. In turn, achieving effective results from your workforce and for your business overall.

There are a variety of ways in which you can use the medium of audio to motivate and inform your staff. All eliminating the need for them to read printouts or for screen time in their busy working day. The most popular with our clients being…

Own-brand radio

Out of hours business updates or staff shows provide your colleagues with a regular appointment to listen to their own-brand radio and take in the latest information and guidance from the business. Plus, if live, you can make sure your staff feel involved and included through interaction such as song requests or competitions/quizzes.

Podcasts

Make your business updates and staff communications available to download through your intranet or via a link. These can be listened to on the go, such as driving to work or whilst performing a basic task, making it easier for your colleagues to get up to date at their convenience.

KVH Studios have been supporting clients worldwide with staff communications for many years. Our creative consultants will advise on and produce the most suitable format for your brand and business, all recorded in or broadcast from our purpose-built, state-of-the-art audio studios with high level production values and top-quality sound.

Ready to liven up your staff comms and start seeing results?

Give our team a call on 0113 233 7800 or email production@kvhstudios.com to find out how we can help you make improvements through the power of audio.

Moto Rugby opens with our state-of-the-art digital signage package

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Our digital signage solutions come in all shapes and sizes to fit a wide range of environments and purposes. Not only do we retrofit sites, but we also work with clients to develop solutions throughout new builds. Therefore, are part of the process from the very beginning.

In 2018, long-standing client Moto Hospitality asked us to provide them with an audio-visual package for a new site they were planning to open. They were looking for a state-of-the-art, digital signage solution that incorporated both a large screen video wall and individual menu screens for each of their concessions.

The entire process required close planning and development with many different teams within Moto, including close collaboration with builders, architects, and developers plus a number of site visits and workshop meetings.

Our digital solution provides live television, real-time traffic and weather information, automated day-parted visual menus and offers for concessions such as Costa, KFC, M&S, WHSmith and Greggs, and the opportunity for third-party and external advertising with all scheduling. In addition, we implemented a digital audio system as an extension of the service we offer across the estate.

KVH Studios were heavily involved in the concept design and completed the full installation. Following this, we manage all the content for this site and others across the estate by uploading and scheduling supplied visuals as per the client’s brief. All content is logged and monitored through our in-house content schedule which Moto have access to as and when required, plus we lead on further development and ongoing maintenance.

The new £40m Moto site at Rugby finally opened in May of this year following delays due to Covid-19 and it looks fantastic. KVH Studios is so proud to be a part of this fantastic new development and so glad to hear our client is impressed and pleased with the results.

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