why us?

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With our wealth of experience in all aspects of planning, recording and production of spoken word programmes, you can relax knowing you’re in safe hands. If the BBC can’t get into their own studios they come to us and so do many of their independent suppliers. We listen – to your needs as well as your recording! And though we say so ourselves, people do seem to like the friendly atmosphere at Motivation – we take pride in looking after our guests and they like to come back again and again.

We have recorded everything from interactive telephone messages to global education programmes, from talking teddy bears to award-winning dramas and everything in between. In fact many audiobooks, dramas and radio programmes recorded by us have been nominated for or have won various industry awards including our own in-house sound design. We even helped Stephen Fry to get an audiobook to number one in the iTunes download chart. Not the audiobook chart – the main chart!

Plus we’re 10 minutes from central London without the central London fees. Easy for you and your artists to get to and a nice area to be in with everything you need nearby.

So whatever type of spoken word recording you want to do, whether it be artistic, corporate, educational, commercial or inspirational: do the right thing and come and make your programme with us!

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“Since 1998 we have been using the facilities at Motivation Sound Studios. Whether we were recording the Royal National Theatre Company in The Mysteries or Leslie Caron and Stacey Keach in Michael Hastings’ adaptation of The Plutocrat, or Sir Donald Sinden, Alec McCowen, Charles Dance, Geoffrey Palmer and Joseph Fiennes in John Osborne’s memorable The Charge of the Light Brigade or this year Paul Scofield in Michael Eaton’s adaptation of the Dickens story George Silverman’s Explanation, all the actors, directors and producer of Promenade have enjoyed the professional atmosphere and attention they have received from the staff of Motivation Sound Studios.”

Nicholas Newton, Producer, Promenade

“Thank you very much for providing such an excellent service for the recording of our play “Chair” by Edward Bond for BBC Radio 4. I found everyone at your studios very helpful and professional and I am very pleased with the end result”

Turan Ali, Director, Bona Lattie Productions

“Motivation Sound Studios have been recording unabridged audio books ranging from 4 to 16 hours for Chivers since the early 1980s… I would not have the slightest hesitation in recommending MSS as a recording studio, either for the recording of audio books or indeed for any other form of recording work. Their technical expertise is of the highest order, their attention to detail is superb, their ability to cope with the logistical ‘nightmare’ of several titles going through at different stages is exemplary”

Nicole Kirkman, Publishing Director, Chivers Press Publishers

“A very friendly but professional environment for everything from King Lear and Sherlock Holmes to Heidi and W.B. Yeats”

Nicolas Soames, Director, Naxos AudioBooks

“I seem to have spent a lot of the last year up at Motivation Sound and have never said what a pleasure it is to be there… I may have worked in more overtly glamorous places but Motivation takes a lot of beating”

Jane Morgan, Drama Producer

“Thanks again to you for all your hard work. The project has gone really smoothly, you’ve delivered everything really quickly and kept us in touch the whole way through.”

Teresa Raho, Editorial Manager, LCP – Language Centre Publications

“Acoustiguide have used the services of Motivation Sound Studios for a number of projects. We have always found their staff reliable and their work to be of good quality. As a team they are always willing to go out of their way to help us in meeting our objectives and tight deadlines and they do so with great good humour”

Alyson Webb, Creative Director, Acoustiguide

“It has been a great pleasure for our company to discover the expert work that your company provides in producing audiobooks. We have now completed three different projects with you – an unabridged mystery, a non-fiction, and a poetry collection – and we can certainly recommend your services to any other US audio publisher”

Linda D Olsen, President and Publisher, The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

“We were pleased with the production of ‘Don’t be a Stranger’ for BBC Radio 4… It is a good place to work, your staff are welcoming and friendly and the price is competitive… By the way the BBC Commissioning Editor liked the production”

Ralph Rolls, Director, Forge Productions Ltd

“Just a note to say what a delight to be at Motivation for the ten day recording of Philip Pullman’s ‘The Amber Spyglass’. Your whole team looked after Philip and all forty of us royally… Many thanks for making us so welcome and helping to keep the long, intricate schedule running so smoothly”

Garrick Hagon, Director/Producer, The Story Circle

“I have always enjoyed recording at Motivation Sound Studios; the relaxed and friendly atmosphere belies the steely professionalism and efficiency which ensures I get a good product”

Hazel Imbert,Audio producer and Writer of ELT materials

“A Tribute to Finchie was recorded in a small studio in North London.. Like so many Radio 4 dramas, it is a miniature gem”

Valerie Grove, The Times, Play directed by Martin Jarvis

“Just a note to thank you and the sound staff for the invaluable experience the Central [School of Speech & Drama] students gained working in your studios… I was impressed by the way their microphone technique improved in these sessions”

John Scotney, Producer

Here is some shameless name-dropping of some of the people we have been fortunate enough to work with over the years at Motivation Sound. Apologies to any we’ve missed and to the others too numerous to mention who only popped in briefly.

Abigail Tarttelin
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Adrian Lester
Aidan Gillen
Alan Bennett
Alan Rickman
Aled Jones
Alex Jennings
Alun Armstrong
Amanda Drew
Andrew Neil
Andrew Sachs
Andrew Scott
Angela Douglas
Angela Pleasence
Angela Thorne
Anita Roddick
Anna Massey
Anna Maxwell Martin
Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Valentine
Anton Lesser
Anton Rogers
Antony Sher
Barbara Flynn
Barbara Murray
Barry Foster
Barry Humphries
Belinda Lang
Ben Kingsley, Sir
Ben Miles
Ben Okri
Benedict Cumberbatch
Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Hepton
Bertie Carvel
Betty Boothroyd
Bill Bryson
Bill Irwin
Bill Nighy
Bill Paterson
Bob Peck
Brian Blessed
Brian Cox
Brian Glover
Brian Green
Brian Jaques
Bridget Forsyth
Burt Kwouk
Carole BoydCarolyn Pickles
Celia Imrie
Charles Dance
Cheri Lunghi
Cheryl Campbell
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chris Ryan
Christian Rodska
Christopher Biggins
Christopher Cazenove
Christopher Lee
Christopher Neame
Christopher Timothy
Ciaran Madden
Cilla Black
Clare Higgins
Colin Dexter
Colin Stinton
Connie Booth
Corin Redgrave
Cyril Cusack
Damian Lewis
Dan Stevens
Dave Gorman
Dave Lamb
David Calder
David Horovitch
David Morrissey
David Schofield
David Shaw Parker
David Soul
David Starkey
David Suchet
David Tennant
David Warner
Dawn French
Deborah Monk
Denis Quilley
Dennis Locorriere
Dennis Waterman
Derek Jacobi, Sir
Dermot Crowley
Diana Quick
Diana Rigg
Dirk Bogarde, Sir
Donald Sinden
Dorothy Tutin
Douglas Adams
Ed Bishop
Edna O’Brien
Edward de Souza
Edward Fox
Edward Hardwicke
Edward Petherbridge
Edward Woodward
Eileen Atkins
Eleanor Bron
Elizabeth McGovern
Emilia Fox
Emily Watson
Emily Woof
Emma Fielding
Eve Best
Eve Karpf
Eve Matheson
Felicity Kendal
Fiona Shaw
Frances Barber
Frances Tomelty
Francis Matthews
Freema Agyeman
Garard Green
Garrick Hagon
Gayle Hunnicutt
Geoffrey Palmer
Geraldine James
Geraldine McEwan
Geraldine Somerville
Gillian McKeith
Glenda Jackson
Gordon Kennedy
Greg Wise
Greta Scacchi
Griff Rhys-Jones
Hannah Gordon
Harriet Walter
Haydn Gwynn
Hayley Mills
Heathcote Williams
Henry Goodman
Howard Marks
Hugh Bonneville
Hugh Dickson
Hugh Laurie
Hugh Quarshie
Hywell Bennett
Iain Glen
Ian Carmichael
Ian Holm
Ian McKellen, Sir
Imelda Staunton
Imogen Stubbs
Indira Varma
Irvine Welsh
Isla Blair
Jack Davenport
Jack Dee
Jacqueline Tong
James Bolem
James Faulkner
James Wilby
Jamie Glover
Jamie Parker
Jan Francis
Jan Ravens
Jane Asher
Janet McTeer
Janet Suzman
Jason Flemying
Jason Issacs
Jasper Britton
Jenny Agutter
Jenny Hanley
Jenny Seagrove
Jeremy Hardy
Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Northam
Jill Balcon
Jim Broadbent
Jim Norton
Joan Bakewell
Joan Collins
Joanna David
Joanna Lumley
Joanna Page
Joanna Wake
Jodhi May
Joely Richardson
John Gielgud
John Hannah
John Julius Norwich
John le Carre
John McCarthy
John Nettles
John Sessions
John Shrapnel
John Simpson
John Snow
John Standing
John Thaw
John Woodvine
Jon Culshaw
Jonathan Cecil
Jonathan Hyde
Jonathan Mills
Jonathan Pryce
Joseph Fiennes
Joss Ackland
Jude Law
Judi Dench, Dame
Judy Bennett
Judy Loe
Julia Davis
Julia McKenzie
Julian Barnes
Julian Glover
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Julie Christie
Julie Covington
Julie Graham
Juliet Stevenson
June Brown
June Whitfield
Kate Binchy
Kate Burton
Katherine Jenkins
Kathy Lette
Kathy Tyson
Keanu Reeves
Keith Barron
Ken Campbell
Ken Stott
Kenneth Branagh
Kerry Shale
Kevin Whately
Lenny Henry
Leslie Caron
Leslie Grantham
Lindsay Duncan
Lisa Ross
Liza Goddard
Lorelei King
Lucy Whybrow
Lynda Bellingham
Lynn Reid Banks
Maria Aitken
Marin Alsopp
Mark Little
Mark Perry
Mark Tully
Martin Bell
Martin Jarvis
Martin Shaw
Martine McCutcheon
Mary Wimbush
Maureen Lipman
Maureen O’Brien
Maxine Peake
Mel Martin
Michael Bryant
Michael Buerk
Michael Cochrane
Michael Jayston
Michael Kitchen
Michael Maloney
Michael Pennington
Michael Praed
Michael Sheen
Michael Williams
Mike Harding
Miranda Richardson
Miriam Margolyes
Miss Read
Morwenna Banks
Nanette Newman
Natasha Richardson
Neil Morrissey
Neil Pearson
Neville Jason
Niamh Cusack
Nicholas Farrell
Nick Mason
Nicol Williamson
Nicola McAuliffe
Nicola Pagett
Nigel Anthony
Nigel Davenport
Nigel Havers
Nigel Hawthorne
Nigel Lambert
Norman Rodway
Nyree Dawn Porter
Oliver Ford Davies
Owen Teale
Patricia Hodge
Patricia Routledge
Patrick Aitken
Patrick Allen
Patrick Malahide
Paul Daneman
Paul Eddington
Paul Scofield
Paul Whitehouse
Paula Wilcox
Pauline Collins
Penelope Keith
Penelope Wilton
Peter Capaldi
Peter Egan
Peter Firth
Peter Marinker
Peter Maxwell Davis
Peter Sallis
Phil Jupitus
Philip Madoc
Philip Pullman
Phyllis Logan
Prunella Scales
Ralph Finnes
Ranulph Fiennes
Ray Lonnen
Richard Armitage
Richard Briers
Richard Dawkins
Richard E Grant
Richard Mitchley
Rik Mayall
Rob Parsons
Rob Sherman
Robert Glenister
Robert Hardy
Robert Powell
Robert Rankin
Robert Rietti
Roddy Doyle
Rodney Bewes
Roger Allam
Roger Daltrey
Roger McGough
Roger Rees
Romola Garai
Ronald Pickup
Rory Kinnear
Rosemary Leach
Roy Marsden
Rula Lenska
Russell Crewe
Saeed Jaffrey
Sam Dastor
Sam West
Samantha Bond
Sarah Alexander
Sarah Douglas
Seam Barrett
Selina Griffiths
Sheila Hancock
Sheila Mitchell
Sheila Steafel
Shelley Thompson
Sian Phillips
Sian Thomas
Simon Cadell
Simon Callow
Simon Greenall
Simon Russell Beale
Sinead Cusack
Siobhan Redmond
Sir John Gielgud
Sir John Mills
Sophie Dahl
Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Thompson
Stacy Keach
Stanley Baxter
Stephen Fry
Stephen Rea
Stephen Thorne
Steve Nallon
Sue Johnston
Susan Jameson
Susannah York
T P McKenna
Tammy Ustinov
Tamsin Greg
Terence Rigby
Terrance Hardiman
Terry Waite
Terry Wogan
Tessa Peake-Jones
Thierry Henry
Thora Hird
Tim Piggott-Smith
Timothy Spall
Timothy West
Toby Jones
Toby Stephens
Tom Baker
Tom Courtenay
Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hollander
Tom Mison
Tom Robinson
Tom Wilkinson
Tony Benn
Tony Britton
Tony Hawks
Tony Robinson
Toyah Wilcox
Tyler Butterworth
Vanessa Redgrave
Virginia McKenna
Vivien Heilbron
Wendy Hiller
Willard White
William Franklin
William Gaminara
William Hootkins
Zawe Ashton