Shipping Container Recording Studios

Your own complete control room, tracking room or ‘All-In-One’ Room,
all housed within a fully transportable 20’ shipping container.

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? Don’t fancy fitting out a leased space, (knowing that it could set you back many tens of thousands), only to lose all that effort and materials when the lease is up, or you have a change of life/heart?

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 produce less than stellar sounds to hard drive/tape, as well as inaccurate mixes that won’t translate well in the real world.

Container Studios provides the solution; complete control room and tracking rooms built to the highest professional acoustic standards, all within a compact and totally portable environment.

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Your own 

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

Control Room - End View

Our shipping container control rooms, tracking rooms or ‘all-in-one’ rooms are built within 20′ pallet-wide, high-cube, single trip containers. ‘Single trip’ means that the structure was made in China within the last year, and has made only the one 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 using only the single trip type pays off as peace of mind, knowing that our studios will be still be ‘in active service’, (and leak free), for you over 20 years down the track!

The actual container shell is first lined with flooring, walls and ceiling, using only the highest grades and densities of acoustic sheeting. This creates 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 any noise transference from the outside world in, and indeed any 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 to work to the dimensions within these unique spaces.

Our studios can be built & tailored to whatever your audio &/or video needs may be…..
Our studios come as either a complete control room, a dedicated tracking space, or built for you as an ‘all-in-one’ studio space, (tracking and mixing within the same room).

Our current working set up at Spark 1 Studios is one complete control room in one 20’container, placed adjacent to a separate tracking room within another 20’er, (connected via a multicore for audio and HDMI/Ethernet for CCTV cameras in both rooms). Having the two completely separate spaces is our preferred tracking and mixing option. This way, not only will you have more space to work in, but benefit from complete separation/isolation between the two rooms.

Our ‘all-in-one’ studio container is a great option for those on a budget, or if you have limited space to put your studio. The beauty of an ‘all-in-one’ space is that if you decide to purchase a second studio container/control room later on, you can easily turn your ‘all-in-one’ into a complete tracking room, (either keeping the original desk furniture or removing it for more tracking space).

Access into the tracking room &/or the ‘all-in-one’ studio will be through two sets of high grade commercial glass sliding doors and the control room can be accessed via either two glass swinging doors, (side entry), or via two sets of glass sliders (front entry). The control room can also be fitted with dual windows.

Prices will vary depending on your specific needs and requirements. Contact us for pricing.

Tailored for the music professional

A standard fit out will include 3 access ports: 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 fit a multi core as optional extras, again depending on your specific requirements.

All our studios are fitted with ample double power points, (twice as many in the control room), with EVERY power point star earthed, IE: every double power point has its own earth wire taken back to the fuse box. This eliminates any possible issues with ground hum within the studio.

Our studios will all be fitted off with a 3 phase 32A connector, (wired single phase), mounted on the outside of the units, making it easy to disconnect for hassle free transportation. We use the 3 phase connectors as they are waterproof and won’t come loose. (It is the responsibility of the end user to have a registered electrician set up a connection to their own power box, and to cover the cost of installation and all relevant cables/connectors from their power board to the actual container).

Our container studios come fitted out with a complete ducted air-conditioning system, (either a 7 kw system cooling two studios from the one system, or 3.5 kw individual systems installed for each studio). PLEASE NOTE: our optimised aircon units, fully installed and commissioned by a registered refrigeration specialist, are an extra cost and NOT included in the listed studio container prices below. Prices will vary, depending on your choice of brand and selection of dual cooling from one unit, or single/individual systems. Please contact us for prices/options.

Our studios can ONLY be cooled by a ducted system. The ordinary household split systems will NOT WORK in our studios, as they only re-circulate the air from inside the room and don’t bring in any fresh oxygen. With our studios so well sealed, you’ll simply run out of oxygen within the hour, (less with 3 or more people inside).

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’ unit of the ducted system on top of the roof of the control room, or between the two containers if using the dual option. The ‘indoor’ unit is housed under a small metal framed sloping roof to protect it from the weather. Simply bolting the blower/’indoor’ unit to the roof, (even with the best rubber isolators), won’t be enough to stop vibrations shaking the entire studio below, (useless if 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). A very effective system, though total portability takes a bit more packing down when shipping from one location to another. We mount the ‘outdoor’ unit on a concrete or poly slab, seated on the ground adjacent to the container. The electrics and copper pipes for the aircon system run up the side of the container from there.

As a final personalised touch, the colour of walls/fabric can be customised to suit your preference, as can the colours of stains used for the resonators and all other timber components.

The floors are a high density particle board that has been sanded and sealed with four coats of very hard wearing clear satin varnish, or we can carpet or install floorboards for you as an optional extra. The desk furniture in the control room or ‘all-in-one’ studio can be tailor designed to suit your specific studio requirements, with bespoke rack space, drawers etc…

Technical Specifications Coming Soon

Can you build me a 40’ container studio?

40’ containers can be built, but the biggest hurdle for such a space is delivery to your desired location. Due to their physical size, it’s near impossible to deliver these to the average suburban property, let alone set them down safely next to a house. The tray trucks that deliver these need twice the length of the truck to offload. Most properties don’t allow enough space to manoeuvre these into place. Rural spaces maybe a possibility, but to this point, we only build within 20’ containers. Torsion within 40’ containers is far greater than the 20’ers, and can compromise the structures from within. The other issue is having complete isolation from each room, as well as cooling every room. Running ducting to every room will compromise headroom, as well.

Can you ship internationally?

Yes we can! – Ask us about our new international shipping compliant Control Room Design with front access. Side entrance design is available for Australian customers only due to International shipping regulations.


Sparky is a fine engineer and his expertise in the field is second to none. Sparky's mobile studios sound great and the acoustics are as good & true as any of the many Nashville studios I've recorded in. "What you hear is what you get" - I'm sure you know how important that is. Not only that but he is very pleasant guy to work with!

- Bob Montgomery (Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly)


Complete Control Room

FROM $65,000 AUD (ex GST)

Complete Tracking Room

FROM $57,000 AUD (ex GST)

All-In-One Tracking & Control Room

FROM $59,000 AUD (ex GST)

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