Welcome to Spark One Container Studios

Complete recording studio control rooms & tracking rooms, built within portable 20' shipping containers.

Are you looking for a complete recording studio that not only inspires you and your potential clients, but is completely portable and compact? Tired of renting studio space? Do you dream of working from home? Do you live in a remote location? Do you work with schools? Are you tired of your 'garage studio' and its poor sound? Does the cost and hassle of building a fully fledged studio on your own, fill you with dread?

Until now, most portable and compact recording studio set ups have been plagued with sound issues, such as controlling the low and low-mid frequency build ups and nulls that arise in such small spaces. Untreated sound issues like these can produce less than stellar sounds to hard drive/tape, as well as inaccurate mixes that don't translate well into the real world.

Spark 1 Container Studios provides the solution; complete control and tracking rooms that offer professional acoustic standards within a compact and portable environment.


Control Room Layout

Control Room Layout
Control Room Layout

About our Studios

Your own complete Control Room, Tracking Room or ‘All-In-One’ Room.
All housed within a 20’ shipping container.

Our shipping container control rooms, tracking rooms or all-in-one rooms are built within a 20' pallet-wide, high-cube, single trip container. ‘Single trip’ means that the structure was made in China within the last year, then has made only a single trip to Australia. These units cost more to buy than the usual multi-trip ones - which have been in ‘active service’ for many years, but it pays off as peace of mind, knowing that our studios will be still be ‘in active service’ (and leak free) for you 20 years down the track!

The actual container shell is first lined with flooring, walls and ceiling, creating our ‘outside room’. Once every tiny little gap is sealed, we begin building a separate structure/room within this space. Our ‘inside room’ is free floating and completely isolated/decoupled from the outside structure, which in turn radically reduces noise transference from the outside world in, and indeed transference of sound energy from within into the outside world. From there we build in optimised sound treatment, using the latest bespoke designs in bass traps, slot resonators and absorbers, designed specifically for these unique spaces.

Access for the tracking room will be through 2 highly rated glass sliding doors, and the control room is accessed via 2 glass doors, (side entry). All electrics will be in place, with your specified lighting fixtures and power points. Your specific monitoring requirements can be discussed, as well as the rack space required. (There may be some pricing differences here, depending on your needs).

A standard fit out will include: 2 ports mounted: one for the electrics, and one for your multi core, (both audio and possible video, if using a second room), and an Ethernet port will be fitted as well. If purchasing both units, (tracking and control room), we can fit video links between both rooms, as well as a multi core as optional extras, though we’re happy to source for you, again depending on your specific requirements.

Air conditioning ducts will be fitted for you to connect to a ducted system of your choice. We can source an efficient ducted A/C system for you, (5 year guarantee), or leave it up to you to source your own A/C, within your location. To this point, the ordinary household split systems will NOT WORK in our studios. Split-system A/Cs only re-circulate air from inside the room. With our studios so well sealed, you’ll simply run out of fresh oxygen within the hour, (less with 3 or more people inside), if relying solely on this type of A/C. Recently, there has been some inroads with split systems employing a small duct for fresh air, but after much research, it seems that this type of hybrid system fundamentally still can’t cope, once you have more than one person in the room. After numerous container studio builds, (and we’re constantly trying new approaches with every new build), we still can’t beat using ducted air, as it’s inaudible and totally unobtrusive. Currently, we’re trialling a new design that suspends the indoor and outdoor components of the smallest available ducted system, on top of the roof of the control room, (with a sloping roof to protect the indoor unit from the weather). Simply bolting the 2 units to the roof, even with the best rubber isolators, won’t be enough to stop vibrations shaking the entire studio below, (useless when you’re recording sensitive vocal parts or acoustic guitar tracks with your best condenser microphone). Our new suspension system totally eliminates any transference of energy into the structure below. All our previous builds used a separate structure to house the indoor and outdoor unit, with flexi duct running to both the tracking room and control room, (send and return air). Quite effective, though total portability took a bit more packing down when shipping from one location to another.

Air Conditioning complete system: We’re happy to install a complete ducted system, (cooling one or two units from the one system), though this is an optional extra and is not included in the total price below. A/C complete system will be quoted on the available materials, choice of A/C brand and labour costs, as these units are installed by a registered refrigeration mechanic.

As a final personalised touch, the colour of walls/fabric can be customised to suit your preference.

Shipping: We can arrange transport of your new Spark 1 Container Studio Australia wide (No international shipping at this stage). Please note - transport is not included within this price. FROM $45,000 AUD (ex GST)

Container Studio Pricing

Complete Control Room

FROM $60,000 AUD (ex GST)

Complete Tracking Room

FROM $55,000 AUD (ex GST)

All-In-One Tracking & Control Room

FROM $55,000 AUD (ex GST)