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Flood and Alan Moulder Carry Off Producer of the Year Gong

Flood and Alan Moulder pick up their awards

>>> RECORDING Alchemy Mastering

Opens in West London VETERAN disc-cutting/mastering engineer Barry Grint has opened a new facility in Brook Green, west London. Previously based in the Smithfield area of the City, the new Alchemy Mastering facility is now up and running in its new location. At the same time, Rowan and Neale Laxton continue to run Alchemy Post in Cock Lane, offering a range of post and voice-over facilities. “When we regrouped after the demise of Alchemy at

Centre Point, we found a fantastic location near Smithfield Market,” said Grint. “For Rowan and Neale the site worked well as their voice-over facility was able to service the many New Media agencies that had moved to Clerkenwell and Farringdon. However, it transpired that it was too remote for the major labels as it involved travelling across London. “We made a commercial decision to separate into two

companies with Phil Kinrade and myself relocating Alchemy Mastering to a delightful Mews property in Brook Green, Hammersmith.”

THE ANNUAL Music Producers Guild Awards took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London on 13 February. A total of 16 Awards was presented (see full list of winners below), with the top award for

Producer of the Year going to Flood (Mark Ellis) and Alan Moulder for their work on Foals album Holy Fire. As recipients of this accolade, Flood and Moulder also automatically won the 2014 BRIT Award for Best Producer. A highlight of the evening was a live performance by Producers, the supergroup formed by Trevor Horn who attended the event to receive the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award. Horn was joined on stage by former 10CC musician Lol Crème, award-winning engineer and producer Stephen Lipson, and drummer Ash Soan, as well as special guest Seal. Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, said: “Our winners highlight the creativity that is inherent in UK music production, and when you look at the amazing work these recording professionals have done in the past 12 months it is no surprise that Britain’s recording talent remains the envy of the rest of the world. “Only full members of the MPG can vote for the MPG’s shortlist and therefore the results are

relevant to the creative value of our industry. Winning an MPG Award shows that you are at the top of your game as a recording professional and an inspiration to many up-and-coming producers and engineers.”

The winners for each of the 2014 MPG Awards categories are as follows: • UK Producer of the Year, sponsored by The BRITS 2014: Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder • International Producer of the Year, sponsored by Beats by Dr Dre: Rick Rubin • Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Røde: Guy Massey • Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent • Mastering Engineer of the Year, sponsored by SADiE: John Dent • Breakthrough Producer of the Year, sponsored by Focusrite/Novation: Disclosure (Guy Lawrence, Howard Lawrence)

• Breakthrough Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Prism Sound: Dan Cox • Re-mixer of the Year: MJ Cole (Matthew Coleman) • UK Album of the Year, sponsored by Universal Audio: Foals – Holy Fire • UK Single Song Release of the Year, sponsored by Shure: Everything Everything – Kemosabe • Studio of the Year, sponsored by KMR Audio: RAK Studios • The A&R Award: Jim Chancellor • The MPG Innovation Award, sponsored by Genelec, presented by the Music Producers Guild: David Bowie

• The MPG Inspiration Award, sponsored by UK Music, presented by the Music Producers Guild: Nile Rodgers

• Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Protape and Transco Blanx: Sean Davies • The Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, sponsored by PPL: Trevor Horn

10 March 2014

“Phil and I set the project underway, which then coincided with Matt Colton feeling that it was time for him to start his own facility. Matt had worked for Alchemy at Centre Point and is now a director and equal partner, alongside myself and Phil.” Facilities offered at Brook Green include digital mastering,

vinyl mastering, pure analogue mastering, restoration, compilation mastering, CD duplication, and watermarked CD duplication. A second mastering room will be opening shortly. First clients in the facility include Gabrielle Aplin – English Rain (Grint) and James Blake – Overgrown (Colton).


Focusrite Celebrates 25 Years with Documentary and Contest

IN HONOUR of Focusrite Audio Engineering’s 25th anniversary (and 29 years since the creation of the Focusrite brand), the company is running a contest offering the opportunity to win recording time at London’s AIR Studios, where Focusrite’s original Rupert Neve-designed recording console modules are still in use. The prize also includes working with Grammy Award-winning producer Guy Massey (The Beatles, Manic Street Preachers, Ed Sheeran). Continuing the celebrations, Focusrite has also released a full-length documentary, chronicling the lives of its original recording console, the Focusrite Studio Console. Only 10 Studio Consoles were ever made and six remain in operation today. The consoles are now scattered across the world, living in studios from South Africa to Japan. The documentary can be watched via the Focusrite website.

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