Changing the Game for Musicians in Berlin

The Famous Gold Watch is a recording, mixing, filming, production and writing studio in Berlin, founded by former Universal Music Publishing composer and artist Cameron James Laing. Thanks to its stunning boutique design, it also can be booked as a unique photography and film location.

Spread across eight rooms, there are three fully equipped studio workspaces with top of the range audio gear, instruments and everything you need for making your albums, EPs or live performances come to life at professional quality and reach your visions’ full potential. 

Whilst being fully equipped for pro artists’ needs, our philosophy is to ensure we are also  supporting and nurturing the independent music and arts community, and we offer all our services to independent artists for a fraction of the price of a typical studio, whilst also helping artists as best we can with our voluntary label projects, community work and support networks.

The extraordinary boutique-design rooms are split into Studio A (comprising a 25sqm control room (The Red Room), a 40sqm live room (The Blue Room) and a 13sqm small live room (The Green Room), Studio B (a 25sqm mixing and mastering suite) and the new Studio C (The Rabbit Hole); an all-in-one recording and mixing facility in a floating, isolated room with an adjacent Lounge which can double up as a second performance room in conjunction with the studio C.

Our engineers are all multi-instrumentalists, producers, arrangers and writers who’ve spent a lifetime recording and performing around the world, and have recorded and produced hundreds of artists in Berlin and beyond. We know what it’s like to be in a studio and how to get you in the right frame of mind to deliver your best performances, and can help you build your songs into the final arrangement you always wanted.

 

A Truly Unique Atmosphere

We believe an artist should have a warm and cosy atmosphere to work in – as if it was their own strange little creative home – and we’ve gone to painstaking detail to design the perfect aesthetic across all of our rooms in order for artists to feel comfortable and inspired.

Check out our Rooms section to see our stunning selection of recording, mixing and filming facilities.

The studio is located in a quiet artist community (the European Creative Centre) on the edge of the city but just 25 minutes from Alexanderplatz on public transport. The grounds of the building have a large garden complete with a bonfire area, so artists can take nice long breaks outside after soundcheck before getting into performance mode.

 

Our Team and Creative Network

Our small gang of engineers and producers include founder Cameron James Laing (UK), Bob Spencer (Australia) and Sam Hanlan (UK). Whether you need someone to compose and write an orchestra score, play guitar, bass, keys or throw down backing vocals, lapsteel, glockenspiel, organ or banjo, we can help you with a lot of the instrumentation you might need. If you are a band or solo artist who covers all the instruments yourself, we just dedicate ourselves to whatever it is you need from recording and mixing and sound shaping and musical direction.

We also work with a wide network of professional session musicians, videographers and photographers to meet almost every requirement. From classical musicians at Deutsche Oper to rock drummers and avant garde flautists, we have it covered and can guide you through the process of choosing the right fit for your project.

 

The Famous Gold Watch is also proudly sponsored by Shure Microphones