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Article from International Musician & Recording World, April 1975

Alex and the boys come up for AIR

AIR STUDIOS... Pilot have been in recording an album with Alan Parsons producing and engineering... The Sensational Alex Harvey Band were in to mix an album, Pete Sweatenham producing... The Quad mix of America's new album, produced in L.A. by George Martin, Geoff Emerick engineering, was recently done at Air under the supervision of Pete Sweatenham... Renaissance were in briefly, laying down a single with producer Dave Hitchcock, engineered by Bill Price... Dave Courtney has been recording an album with Leo Sayer and Andrew Powell producing, Geoff Emerick engineering.


C.B.S. STUDIOS... Roger Daltrey has been recording a solo album, produced by Russ Ballard, after stints at Ramport and Scorpio, engineered by Dick Palmer... Vince Hill and producer Paul Phillips of C.B.S. A&R were in with an album, Mike Ross engineering... Nicky Graham of C.B.S. A&R in recently with A Band Called 0, Dick Palmer engineering... The Andy Fraser Band were in, producing their own album, which was recorded at a farmyard in Chalfont St. Mary's, on Ronnie Lane's mobile studio... Duane Eddy hurriedly recorded an album to follow up his single, Tony Macauley producing, Doug Bogie engineering... Kokomo's Old Grey Whistle Test was filmed and recorded at C.B.S., Dick Palmer engineering...

E.M.I. STUDIOS... Pink Floyd and Roy Harper have occupied most of the time at E.M.I. for the second month running; Floyd are producing themselves, and Peter Jenner is producing Roy H... Mountain Child have been in doing an album with Gil King... Jack Harris was in, Alan Parsons producing... Saffron came in to record a single with producer Bob Barrett...

I.B.C. STUDIOS... The Seekers came in with Keith Potger, Hugh Jones engineering... Barry Ryan's new album, produced by Bill Landis with Hugh Jones handling the engineer's chores was done at I.B.C...

LANSDOWNE STUDIOS... Mack and Katie Kissoon were in for a single and an album, Wayne Bickerton producing, John Mackswith engineering... Bliss recording with producer Gerry Bron, engineer Peter Gallen... Osibisa recorded an album produced by Peter Gallen, Ashley Hawe engineering...

THE MANOR... Henry Cow and Slaphappy have finished mixing a new album, Phil Becque producing... Sally Oldfield (Mike's Sister) has been in for overdubs and mixing with engineer Mike Glossop... Robert Wyatt recording an album and producing himself, with engineer Steve Cox...

MARQUEE STUDIOS... Gus Dudgeon mixed forthcoming Elton John album at Marquee with Phil Dunne... Geno Washington's back in the studios with producer Kaplan Kaye and Geoff Calver... Marquee have recently installed two new machines, a 4 track and a ½" recorder, both from M.C.I...

THE MASTER ROOM... Producer John Alcock came in to finish an album for Chrysalis featuring tracks from Alice Cooper, Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas) and The Faces, which will be released early this month... Eric Clapton's new album, recorded in the States (at Atlantic) with backing tracks from Jamaica, was finished up by producer Tom Dowd...

MORGAN STUDIOS... Titanic, a C.B.S. (France) band were in with producer Roger Quested... Billy Lawrie recorded an album with producer Gary Osborne and engineer Robin Black... Billy Day and Mike Leslie laying down tracks with producer John Porter, engineered by Martin Levan... Steve Howe recording an album, produced and engineered by Eddie Offord... Rick Wakeman recording an album, and also producing it with engineer Paul Tregurtha... Murray Head has recorded an album with producer Paul Samwell-Smith and engineer Robin Black...

PYE STUDIOS... Kilburn and The Highroads were in with producer Hugh Murphy and engineer Larry Bartlett... Paul Da Vinci came in with producer Eddie Seago and engineer Terry Evenette... Mungo Jerry were in to mix a new single with producer Barry Murray and Terry Evenette... Jimmy Helms recorded with producer Wilf Pine and Terry Evenette... Lena Martell recorded with George Elrick producing and Terry Evenette engineering...

RADIO EDINBURGH AND R.E.L. STUDIOS... Dillinger were in recording, Neil Ross engineered the session... Bright Red Tandem came in to cut some tracks early in the month... Dolly Dagger were in recording a number of singles...

RAMPORT STUDIOS... Henry McCullough was in recording and producing himself, with engineer John Jansen... The Ross Band were in with producer Mike Finesilver and engineer Dennis Weinreich... Roger Daltrey's new album occupied a good chunk of studio time, with producer Russ Ballard... Film Director Ken Russell was in with producer Roy Baird working on the score for Russell's forthcoming film Liszt..

ROCKFIELD STUDIOS... Horslips recorded an album with Fritz Frier producing and engineering... Kieron White laid down an album with engineer Dave Charles... Budgie recorded an LP with producer Graham Maloney and engineer Pat Morgan... Pete Akin was in to record and produce himself, with engineer Pat Moran... Be Bop Deluxe and producer Roy Baker recording, Pat Moran engineer... Hawkwind came in with Dave Brock producing, Pat Moran engineering... Half Breed came in to produce themselves, Dave Charles engineering...

SARM STUDIOS... Fox have been in the studios recently with producer Kenny Young and engineer Gary Lyons recording an album and a single to follow up "Only You Can" recorded at Sarm earlier this year... Ex-Barclay James Harvest member Robert Godfrey has been in with his new band The Enid, produced by John Sinclair... Barry Blue came in to finish some tracks he put down in the States... Phil Coulter has been producing an album by Geraldine, Luxembourg's entry in the Eurovision song contest... Roy Baker came in for some overdubs with Be Bop Deluxe...

SCORPIO STUDIOS... The Sensational Alex Harvey Band have been finishing their new album with producer David Batchelor, Ray Hendriksen engineering... Streetwalker came in with Roger Chapman handling the production, Dennis Weinreich engineering... Gilly Lindsay finishing an album with Ken Scott producing and engineering... Roger Daltrey came in with his producer Russ Ballard to mix a new album, John Jansen engineering... The Chi-Lites were in with Mike Berry producing, Peter Hoskins engineering...

STRAWBERRY STUDIOS... The Bay City Rollers came in, both to record an album with Phil Walnman and engineer Pete Tattersall, and to record some new numbers for their new network television show, beginning this month... Sweet Sensation were in with producer Des Parson and Pete Tattersall... 10CC came in to record and produce a single with Eric Stewart engineering...

TRIDENT STUDIOS...Duane Eddy came in to record with Tony Macauley and engineer Jerry Smith... Arthur Brown was in... Brian Auger came in with Oblivion Express, Jerry Smith on the board... Kai Olsson produced himself, with Peter Kelsey engineering... Half Breed were in with producer John Anthony, Ted Sharp engineering... Starry Eyed and Laughing came in for some mixing with engineer Mike Stone...


L. Kenny Young, R.Gary Lyons

Following a report on the compu-mixing facilities at Advision last month, Sarm Studios have been quick to point out that they've been using compumixing for some months and have found it extremely efficient and reliable... Despite opening only a couple of years ago, Sarm have pioneered the use of much advanced recording technology in the U.K. and were the first studio to use 24 track recording on a regular basis... Barry Ainsworth described the Automated Process compumixer as "fantastic, bloody marvellous" and visiting producers have all found cause to bless this great aid to 24 track mixing... Unlike Advision's Quad 8 desk, Sarm's compumixer is not built into the desk, but is tacked on to a Triad B series console. 32 channels are controlled on the compumix. The basic system of mixing is similar to the method we described for Advision desk last month. The compumixer stores digital information on two tracks of the 24 track machine and by a process of up-dating, allows infinite adjustment and re-adjustment to be made to mixes... The compumix system feeds a 24 track 3M and MCI machine that has 24 track, 16 track and 8 track capabilities and Studer two tracks.

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International Musician - Apr 1975

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