Welcome! If you’ve never been to Gain Ctrl before then we ask that you attend a short induction chat on a Tues or Thurs between 4pm-6pm at our Platform studio (Click for Google map).
When you arrive at reception just explain that you’re new and want to have an induction at Gain Ctrl. They will help you register for our services and bring you up to the studio space to meet one of our staff.
We will explain the process for getting studio time, how we work, what you can expect and more. You can also ask us any questions you might have and then we will book you in for your first session. If you’re lucky there might even be a slot free that day, we reserve the 4:30pm slot for newcomers so arrive at 4pm for a chance to secure it.
After you’ve attended this induction you’ll be able to book sessions online and attend the drop in sessions (these will be explained in the induction).
This all depends on how much time and dedication you’re able to give. Everyone we work with has their own bespoke plan of action with goals set.
Some of our past members have gone on to work with artists like Skepta and chart toppers Rudimental. Others have made huge progress with their independent career by gaining themselves over a million plus streams and have been nominated for awards. There are no limits to what you can achieve if you’re willing to put the work in.
We have over a decades worth of experience developing and supporting the careers of chart topping artists and producers, so if we can’t help with your needs we can definitely point you in the direction to some external support.
For many we simply provide something fun to attend with friends, and for others Gain Ctrl provides the clarity and support needed to take things to another level, but all are welcome.
100% free, you don’t have to pay a single penny for any of our services. All we ask is that in return you’re on time, polite, and open to push yourself out of your comfort zone to achieve the goals we agree on.
If you collaborate with someone on a song there may be song split sheets that would need to be filled in before you could start earning any income from steams/downloads via services like Spotify and Apple Music. But these are just to ensure that everyone (including yourself) gets the credit and publishing they would be entitled to from any future earnings. No advance payments are required in our sessions and there are no fees for advice/help in this area.
We also would never require anyone to sign any form of management, label or publishing collection agreements while attending Gain Ctrl. We’re a pro-independent entrepreneur building organisation and want you to own as much of your work/rights as possible.
To use our recording studios you must be between 13-21yrs old, though we will always offer what support we can to those that are older.
Sometimes, in some special circumstances we make temporary allowances for one off projects for those over 21yrs but under 25yrs. But these cases are very limited and require a formal plan of action with both our team and the external youth workers in the buildings we run our services from. Come into our Platform studio (click for Google map) for more info on a Tues or Thurs between 4pm and 6pm explain you’re an older member.
Don’t worry, we got you.
If you’re wanting to record vocals but have never written your own song, we can either start things off with you doing a cover to get used to recording or on our Thursday sessions at Platform (Click for Google map) between 4pm-8pm we have songwriting support on hand where you will be given help with lyrics and more.
If you’re wanting to make beats, scroll down this page for more info.
Content recorded must be radio friendly & comply with the Gain Ctrl ethos, we do not wish to promote the use of senseless discriminative, derogatory or violent content. And we do not want to be linked to content that glorifies & encourages illegal activities or abuse.
If the music you make can’t be edited to comply with our requests then we suggest that you find another studio to use.
Yes, we can help.
There are a number of digital distribution services out there, but we will help make sure you don’t get ripped off by any offering free distribution in exchange for a dodgy user agreement that ends up with you secretly signed to their label.
We will also make sure all your licences and song split sheets are in place so you don’t get anyone coming after you for money you owe them for using their beats etc.
Just come down and we can explain the process in person as this changes often.
We always put safeguarding first, our priority is to ensure that all young people attending Gain Ctrl feel safe and can approach our staff if they have any questions. All of our staff have had enhanced DBS checks and have years of experience in youth work/safeguarding.
Also the buildings we run our services from also provide external support from local council trained youth workers, they can help with a range of needs beyond our services such as employment, mental health support referrals and more.
If you have any other questions though please do contact us here.
At the end of each day, all tracks are sent on to the youth workers we’ve partnered with who check the content of the songs.
If the content is ok then it is sent on and you’ll receive it via email.
If you didn’t get your track then there is a chance the content needs reworking so it fits with our Gain Ctrl ethos. Please come in for another session to discuss and get support on making the changes needed.
Our staff don’t generally offer an exclusive instrumental service, we prefer to help you network with young producers that attend Gain Ctrl. You might have to show them you’re serious beforehand by getting a good few tracks or an EP finished to show them first but generally they are up for collaboration and it’s something we very much promote.
No, we’re here for you if and when needed. Some members attend regularly, others pop in when they can fit it around work or studying. We ask that you attend a number of times to fully experience the offer but understand if this can’t be every week.
If someone has reached out about any form of paperwork that you’re unsure of, we’re able to give it a little look to check it’s credibility and highlight certain areas you would want to review with a professional, but we always suggest that you take it to a professional independent music lawyer that is in no way connected to the company or persons offering you the deal/partnership.
We run a project called MNTR that will teach you the core foundations of the business side of music but if you can’t wait for our next term, get in touch with Help Musicians (here) for more information on finding a good lawyer.
And if you get an email from someone claiming to be from a label but their email address does not end with the labels official website, just delete and ignore it as it’s a scam.
Yes, in our Platform studio we have wheelchair ramps and a lift to the studio. Also there will be staff at reception to offer any additional support if needed.
Yes, however please contact the youth team at Platform (click here) directly beforehand to discuss needs.
Gain Ctrl is an open access service, however there are specialist services that may be more suitable. We’re more than happy to help with a referral if needed.
Yes of course, we have members from all over London, Essex and beyond. We only ask that if you do book a session and you’re traveling from far that you leave early to make sure you’re on time.
If anyone is 20mins late for their 1hr session then the slot is cancelled.
We love teaching young people how to make music, however this process is much longer than if you were wanting to just record vocals.
We break down each section of music production into 1hr sessions on Monday’s or Friday slots. You would be required to attend a number of sessions, each getting more advanced and include a certain amount of home work.
If you’re willing to put the work in then we will support you all the way, from having never made a beat to releasing your own projects and selling instrumentals online.
Come in for an induction session on Tues or Thurs at Platform (Click for Google map) from 4pm and we can explain the process in better detail.
We run a project called MNTR (pronounced mentor) where we go over the fundamental foundations of the music industry. Making sure you know the difference between a publishing and a record deal, what a good one of either would look like, how you can start earning money from your music without any scary contracts in place and so much more…all for free!
Click here to see when the next term is running.
Aside from our studio computers, we also have a number of Apple computers loaded with Logic X for you to use. If you use another DAW and wanted to have your track mixed we ask that you bounce down the stems and bring them in on a USB stick.
Our Platform studio is covered in acoustic panels, we have an i7 Mac Mini, AKG C414 Microphone, Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Interface and Focal CMS 65 monitors.
The Rose Bowl studio has a similar setup with KRK monitors and a separate acoustically treated vocal booth.