"An Aladdin's cave of rare & vintage recording equipment, instruments, microphones and outboard gear"



Orphan Recording Studios was set up in 2010 by musician/producer Gavin Glass. Gavin has played and produced on countless records over his 20 year career and is one of Ireland's most in-demand record producers. 

Located just 10 minutes from the City Center and a 3 minute walk from the Blackhorse Luas Stop Orphan offers 3 very spacious treated live rooms and Dublin's largest control room. 

Offering both modern and vintage recording techniques the studio is based around Pro Tools 11 but is also home to one of the few remaining fully operational 24 track 2" Analogue Tape Recorders. 

Experienced In-house producers, engineers and session musicians all available upon request for your required recording projects. 

Free Car-Parking Available for up 6 cars with easy load in.  

Team Orphan

Gavin Glass - Owner/Producer/musician

With over 20 years experience, Gavin is one of Ireland's most in-demand producers. He has played alongside and recorded with Paul Brady, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy & Jerry Fish to name but a few. He has also toured and recorded with international artists such as the late Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band fame, Garth Hudson from Last Waltz legends THE BAND & English "Rockney" innovators Chas & Dave on their recent Warner release "That's What Happens".

He recently completed work on "Once" & "Begin Again" director's John Carney "Sing Street" which he was the Music Director. Sing Street has being wowing critics and audiences alike across the world. 

He has released 4 universally acclaimed solo albums as well as producing and playing on countless other Irish releases. He is a multi-intrumentalist who specialises in stringed and keyboard instruments.

He has built up a solid reputation as the "go-to-guy" for young Irish bands and artists as his innovative, understanding and patient approach has helped an array of young talent overcome the many obstacles of achieving world class sounding productions.

Sean COleman - producer/engineer/tech

Hailing from Virginia/San Francisco, Sean brings an encyclopedic level of musical & technical knowledge to Orphan Recording Studios. Having toured America & Europe several times over Sean settled in Dublin 8 years ago and has planted himself firmly here as one of Ireland's busiest producers and musicians. He recently completed Dylan Tighe's sonic masterpiece "Wabi-Sabi Soul", indie darlings September Girls - "Age of Indignation" and Dovecote's beautiful eponymous titled album. He is currently sailing the console of Trust Me I'm A Thief/Beautiful Unit Brian Mooney's latest album project which features Little Green Cars as the backing band.  

Scott Halliday - engineer/musician/producer

A force of nature as a multi-instrumentalist, engineer & producer - Scott Halliday is the mixing master at Orphan Recording. A graduate of both Newpark Jazz & Pulse Recording Colleges, Scott brings the perfect balance of musicality and technical know how to Orphan. Gavin and Scott often work closely together as a production-team with singer-songrwiter's who may not have the personnel or funds to incorporate a band on a recording project. As a touring technician he was worked and played alongside Prince (yes... THE Prince!!!) James Vincent McMorrow & Lisa Hannigan.



Peter ashmore - Engineer/musician/producer

Another musical engineer, specialising in Drums. Peter has been the recording engineer on sessions for The Hot Sprockets, The Young Folk, Paul Brady & The Eskies to name but a few. A vital asset to the studio for larger sessions or when Gavin or Sean are producing/acting as band member for a recording project. He recently mixed Dublin two-piece We Cut Corners sophomore release and his original band "Burnt Out" recently caught the ear of musical tastemaker Nialler9 who championed the band on his website. 



28-Aug-2017 - Orphan Online Studio

We're now launching our online studio! We're offering access to some of our best equipment from anywhere in the world including master and multitrack tape transfers, hardware compressor prints, re-amping, EMT plate reverb and more. You just send us the tracks you've recorded using our submission form, select your processing unit and settings and we'll do the rest.

Check out our online studio here.





11th May 2016 - YOUNG FOLK ALBUM LAUNCH!!!

The Young Folk's Orphan recorded album is being launched down in The Button Factory this Saturday 14th May. The album has been getting rave reviews both at home and abroad. Gavin will be joining the band for a couple of songs too! Here is the video for the first single "Home".  

May 6th - Roisin El Cherif's new video!! 

Check out this brand new video from rising star Roisin El Cherif's debut EP. Recorded and produced by Gavin & Scott at Orphan last year.

May 1st - Nicole Maguire Album Launch Whelans 12th May !!!

Nicole Maguire launches her Gavin Glass recorded & produced album in Whelans this Thursday 12th May. The album was recorded in 10 days and features heavyweight session musicians Dave Hingerty, Joe Doyle and Jack Maher. 

Dylan Tighe - Album launch/on MY KNEES VIDEO

Dylan launches his Sean Coleman produced/Orphan recored album in the Dun Laoghaire Library on Friday 29th April with a special live headphone performance concert. A really beautiful record, take your ears for a massage. Recorded to tape for the audio nerds! 

April 8th - September girls album release

September Girls release their album Age of Indignation on 8th April. The album was recorded with Sean Coleman in Orphan Recording Studios. 


Recording Equipment 

Pro Tools 11 with plug-ins from Slate, Waves, Sound Toys etc. 

24 Track 2" Otari MTR 90 with Transport 

Monitors by ADAM & Genelec 

Outboard includes Neve, Tubetech, Focusrite, Universal Audio, WSW, Magnatone, TL Audio,

Microphones Neumann, Peluso, Geffel, Schoeps, AKG, Royer, Beyer-Dynamic, Reslo, Shure (must be seen!)

Allen & Heath Saber 24:16:2 and Midas Venice 24:4:2 

6 Stereo Headphones mixes   

GUITARS                                   keyboards

Gibson ES347 (1977)                                Yamaha U2 Upright Piano (1973)

Gibson Les Paul (1972)                             Baby Grand Piano (1939)

Gibson Les Paul with bigsby (1994)                 Wurlitzer A200 Electric Piano

Gibson ES 125 (1950's)                             Hammond M-100 Valve Organ with Valve Leslie Rotary

Gibson SG (1960's)                                 Fender Rhodes Electric Piano

Gibson B-25 12 String Acoustic (Early 60's)        Phillips Philacordia (x3)

Fender Telecaster Black (1989)                     Pump Harmonium Two Tier (1898)

Fender Telecaster Blonde (2010)                    Box Harmonium 

Fender Telecaster Custom (1972)                    Roland Juno 6 

Fender Stratocaster (1991)                         Moog MG-1 

Fender Lap Steel                                   Nord Electro

Danelectro 12 String Electric                      plus a load more vintage granny organs, noise makers & synths

Danelectro Baritone Electric 

Dussenberg D-Caster 

Epiphone Casino (Flatwounds set up)

Martin Custom Built D-28 Acoustic 

Martin DC-1e Acoustic

Tanglewood Resonator/Dobro

P. Healy Custom Built Hi-Strung Acoustic Guitar 

Sho-Bud Pedal Steel 

Deering 5 sting banjo

Vega Tenor Banjo 

Epiphone Mandolin 

Cuttarro (10 Stringed guitar like instrument)

Aria Ukulele


Vox AC30 (60's x 2)

Vox Cambridge (60's)

Vox AC-50 Head (60's)

Fender Twin Reverb (Blackface)

Fender Deluxe (Silverface) (70's)

Fender Princeton (Blackface) (60's)

Fender Junior

Gibson Epiphone Comet (60's)

Gibson Epiphone Galaxie (60's)

Ampeg Gemini II ( The motown amp!)

Supro Thunderbolt (60's) 

Various Marshalls Amps & Cabs 

Orange Bass Cab

Ashdown Bass Cab 

Marshall Bass Cab







fire & smoke commercial 

featuring Gavin Glass/Orphan Recording 

Denny Foods approached Gavin Glass with the request to film a typical recording session which was used in their "A Life Less Ordinary" advertising campaign. Here is what went down. 



LO- FI DOgma Project

5 bands in 5 days, lots of rules!!!

Orphan Recording was selecting by International Recording Collective Lo-Fi Dogma to host the Irish leg of their worldwide recording manifesto.

Basically the rules were, 5 bands recorded over 5 days. Everything had to be recorded live, absolutely no overdubs, all bands had to use the same backline, microphones with all equipment in the room with the band. Mixing had to take place as the band were playing the song. A max of 12 channels/microphones. ALl recorded and mixed live to 2 track 1/2" inch tape. It was a real challenge but great fun! The artists selected were Jen Jermane, The Hot Sprockets, Exploding Eyes, The Minutes & Tomorrows. Here are the results -

Miles Graham 

"You Made it good" Live from Orphan Recording Studios

Dublin soul man popped into Orphan with his band and producer extraordinaire Greg Malloca. Gavin sat in on keys. Filmed by Stephen Mogerley. 



Nice performance video from Edisons boys Pete Fagan & Fran King. From their John Dillinger inspired concept album "Little Bohemia". 

Michael MacLennan

 "Right side now" live performance

Here is Scottish born, Ireland based songwriter Michael MacLennan performing the opening track from his sophomore album. This is "Right Side Now". A great singer, musician and writer.  

Gavin Glass & The New Shakers

"Better left Alone" Live video performance 

Here is Gavin playing "Better Left Alone" live from Studio 2 in Orphan Recording. This is from Gavin's 4th studio album "Sunday Songs". 

Some of the artists who have worked in

orphan recording studios 

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Joe Jackson , Lisa Hannigan, Bell X1, John Grant & Villagers, Jerry Fish, Declan O'Rourke, The Riptide Movement, The Hot Sprockets, The Eskies, The Young Folk, September Girls, David Kitt, Damian Dempsey, Paul Brady, Dublin Gospel Choir, Little Hours, The Minutes, Jake Clemons (E-Street Band), New Secret Weapon, Come On Live Long, Richie Egan (Jape), Edisons, Trouble Pilgrims, Dylan Tighe, Arbours, The Address, I Have A Tribe, Michael MacLennan, Black Bank Folk, BP Fallon, Land Lovers, Dr. Millar, We Cut Corners, The Daily Howl, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The Crayon Set, And The Ground Will Shake, Baba, Blaithin Dunleavy, Gypsy Rebel Rabble, The Urges, Mongrel State, Donna Dunne, 2 Minutes 2 Midnight, Clive Barnes, The Blue Choir, The Lost Brothers, The Grand Parade, Taken, Alice Jago, Keith Burke, Pale Rivers, Daniel Vezoja, John Sheahan (The Dubliners), Kicking Bird, Oki's Wagon, Dovecote, Eoin Glackin, Twin Headed Wolf, Kolumbus, Interference, Luan Parle, Nicole Maguire, Lisa McLaughlin, Turning Pirate, Keith Grace, Lo-Fi Dogma, The Kilkennys, Conor Hamilton,  Quicksand Band, Our Little Secrets, The Pavement Kings, Meridian Sway, Pete Fagan, Stephen James,  Roisin El Cherif, Miriam O'Donohue, Miles Graham, Owen Vahey, C.R Avery, Fanlights,  Exploding Eyes, Tomorrows, BBC, RTE, Today FM, Universal Music, Bella Union & EMI plus many many more..... 


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