Night Owl Recordings, which operates out of the Alexander D. Holmes Recording Studio at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, offers a combination of mission-driven service and cutting edge technology by leading manufacturers of industry-standard equipment such as Avid, Presonus, MOTU, Audient, Reaper, Avantone, Audix, and many others.

With a hybrid concept in mind, the studio can accommodate up to 24 channels with room for expansion.
Night Owl has been designed for artists to both use the in-house studio equipment and easily incorporate their own equipment for studio sessions as well.

The 450 square foot studio, located in the lower level of the Cultural Center’s Education Wing, has ⅝” sheet rock walls hung on resilient channel strips that cover rock wool-filled, stagger-studded 2”x6” walls. The studio features a large live room of just over 300 square feet with an 8-foot, acoustic-tiled ceiling; a vocal booth with four tie lines; a modest control room; and an entryway, air-lock space that doubles as an additional booth for instruments, such as upright bass or guitar amps that need isolation.

The studio is equipped to handle recording sessions ranging from a simple spoken word performance, to small ensembles and bands, to orchestral music as well. The acoustical treatments in the rooms can be adjusted to taste for any given performance.


Equipment list:

  • 2016 iMac i7 3.2Ghz
  • Motu 8M audio interface
  • Audient ASP800 microphone 8 Channel preamp
  • Avid Pro Tools 12.5
  • Presonus Studio One 3 Professional
  • Waves Gold Plugin Bundle
  • Izotope Music Production Bundle (on its way!)
  • Event 20/20 Monitor Speakers
  • Presonus monitor controller
  • Presonus Faderport
  • 16 point XLR patchbay
  • Mics from…
    • Audix drum mics
    • Avantone C12 vocal mic
    • Shure 58’s
    • Shure Beta58
    • CAD


Classes and workshops are offered for anyone interested in recording, mixing, and mastering techniques, including mic placement, acoustics, and signal processing. We also have mentoring opportunities through our Rise and Shine program (for more information about Rise and Shine click here). Also, in conjunction with Cape Cod Community Media Center, Night Owl Recordings offers workshops in Live Sound Reinforcement.

In the coming months, we will continue to expand our offerings as well.

If interested in using the studio space, please inquire about our rates, which range from nominal fees for teenagers, to competitive commercial rates for seasoned professionals. Our email is





Night Owl Recordings operates out of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s Alexander Douglas Holmes Recording Studio. In 2015, a year after Alex was killed in a car accident, his family established a memorial fund at the Cultural Center, initially to provide an annual scholarship for a young Cape musician but subsequently to name the Center’s recording studio for the young man who was affectionately called “Alex of the Ocean” by his family.

The Holmes family has pledged to continue raising funds to support the Center’s commitment to provide young Cape musicians with an affordable but high quality space for recording their work. Night Owl Recordings shares that mission and will provide affordable access for teenagers who cannot otherwise afford such services. “With this fund,” his cousin Melissa says, “we aim to honor Alex’s wishes, his life’s work, and his memory—and to spread his inspiration and positive impact further beyond those who were fortunate enough to know and love him.”