Studio Spotlight: Air-Edel Studios

Audio Pro International’s latest instalment of our Studio Spotlight, produced in association with AllStudios, moves to London’s Baker Street to take a look at Air-Edel Studios…

Air-Edel Studios, has a long history of recording both bands and film scores. Originally built to serve as the meeting hall for the Theosophical Society, the building was converted into Star Sound Studios in 1937 and has been carving out a niche of its own ever since.

Studio manager Tom Bullen told AllStudios: "At first the studio specialised in cutting live performances to wax disc for broadcast on Radio Luxembourg. However, in 1949 it went on to secure a place in UK studio history by recording the first full-length live radio programme to magnetic tape. By the late ’60s it had become a commercial recording studio under the name of Audio International, the source of many hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s by artists including Gilbert O’Sullivan, The Sweet, Tom Jones, Mud, Suzi Quatro and Sheena Easton. In 1990, Air-Edel Associates, a film and television music company, acquired the studio and began recording and mixing music, synchronised to picture, for commercials, television programmes and finally for film scores for Hollywood blockbusters (see client list below). It has also recently expanded into the world of orchestral overdubs."? ?

Studio One’s control room centres around a Cadac console with Uptown automation, installed in the late ’80s. Dynaudio 5.1 monitoring is complemented by a selection of nearfield monitors including NS10Ms. There is a Pro Tools HD3 rig with 24 inputs and 40 outputs and a huge vintage microphone collection that boasts three valve Neumann U47s and an all-original AKG C12; a Steinway B grand piano and some sought-after outboard including Urei 1176s, Neve 2254/As, three EMT 140 plate reverbs and a TC 6000 MKII reverb are just a few more toys to whet your appetite.

The smaller Studio Two is designed for overdubs, writing and spoken word recording. This room features a Toft ATB16 console, Focusrite ISA 430 MkII channel strips, Pro Tools HD and Dynaudio monitoring.

Recent music clients at Air-Edel include Emeli Sandé, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leona Lewis, Madness, The Rifles and Biffy Clyro. Film, TV and advertising clients have included Cadbury’s Creme Egg, Jacob’s Club, Where The Heart Is, Stay Lucky, Outside Edge as well as mixing sessions for Thor, My Week With Marilyn, Agora, Cracks, Black Death and recording and mixing sessions for Another Year and Gosford Park.?

For further details about Air-Edel or to enquire about booking the studio please click through to their listing here.

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