We are Spirit Studios; a higher education provider with over 40 years of experience specialising in music production, sound engineering and music business.

Our History

The Smiths at Spirit Studios in 1980 – the first ever session to take place in Spirit Studios.

Spanning over four decades of iconic music history in Manchester, our early days as a commercial recording studio and rehearsal space saw the likes of local legends The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Simply Red, 808 State and many more passing through our doors. 

We also played host to some of the industry’s biggest record producers such as Trevor Horn and Arthur Baker.


Spirit Studios then became the first music production and sound engineering school in the UK (formerly known as School of Sound Recording), and since then we’ve continued to nurture the next generation of producers, engineers, artists and business owners.

808 State at Spirit Studios circa 1990

Our Students

Alongside unrivalled access to studios, and facilities, our students are offered a range of exciting creative and collaborative opportunities, from hands-on work experience at legendary venues and events such as The Warehouse Project, to collaborative projects such as Interface with students from Catalyst Berlin.

Many of our students have gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the music and media industries, some of which include:

Artists: Adele, Alicia Keys, Alt-J, Blossoms, Coldplay, Foals, George Michael, Green Day, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Massive Attack, Mr. Scruff, Radiohead, Sam Fender, Tom Jones, U2.

Films, TV & Games: No Time to Die (2021), 1917 (2019), Terminator Genisys (2015), BBC, ITV, MUTV, Coronation Street, Avid, Dock10, Flix Facilities, Northern Lads Productions, Sega.

Live Sound: The London 2012 Olympics, Benicàssim Festival, Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, T-In The Park, Reading & Leeds, V Festival, Adlib, Dublin Convention Centre, Noisebox, SSE Audio group, STS Touring, Wigwam Acoustics.

Recording Studios: Air Studios, Blueprint Studios, Castle Rock Studios, Edge Recording Studios, Metropolis Studios, Red Bull Studios, Snap Studios, Soho Recording Studios.

Our Tutors 

Whether you’re being taught by a band member of Courteeners or the mixing engineer for Groove Armada and The Prodigy, our exceptional calibre of tutors are here to inspire you with their real-world experience and knowledge of the latest technology and industry workflows, whilst providing up-to-date and industry relevant tuition.

Our Facilities

Forever rolling with the times, we are home to a range of state-of-the-art facilities including 10 unique studios, an impressive on-site 100 capacity Live Venue, DJ booths, editing suites, Mac and PC suites and a Project Studio; all complimented by the latest software, with on-hand support from our brilliant studio assistants.

Our Courses

Whether you’re looking for bespoke One-to-One tuition to fit around a busy schedule, or you’re ready to take your learning to the next level by studying on one of our Degree courses, chances are we have something to suit your needs and lifestyle.

To find out more about the full range of courses we offer, click here, or to speak to our course advisor, email shane.dickinson@spiritstudio.ac.uk.

Our Open Day events take place throughout the year, and are a great chance to get a feel for our studios, take part in hands-on workshops and meet our tutors. To join us for our next event, click here.