Simon Humphrey - Microphone choices for recording - Short video
Simon talks about microphone choices for recording, "try to mix things up".
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Simon Humphrey has been a top flight music recording engineer for over thirty years and continues to record and produce music based at the Chair Works recording complex in Yorkshire. Starting out at London’s top CBS Studios, Simon gained a grounding in recording techniques at the highest level in all styles of music, working with classical artists such as John Williams though pop music recording was to be Simon’s main work working with many of the seventies well known names. Abba, the Glitter Band, David Essex, Marc Bolan, Rod Argent, Hot Chocolate, Tina Charles, Pan’s People (!), Sailor, Smokie among many others.
In early 1977 punk arrived at CBS in the shape of the Clash, and Simon was chosen to capture the band’s seminal early recordings, now acknowledged as one of punk’s great albums, and for which the band presented Simon with his first gold album in recognition. Simon also recorded the Vibrators first album, gaining his first production credit (london girls ‘live’ at the Marquee), also the Only Ones’ another girl, another planet, a young and unsigned XTC, Manchester’s the Drones and many other New Wave hopefuls. In later years, Simon would also work with Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Television’s Tom Verlaine.
Simon has had a unique and varied career in music recording as an engineer, producer, musician, programmer and studio builder and his love of the recording process is as undiminished today as when he first assisted on his first session in 1973 (for the Shadows' Tony Meehan & Jet Harris).
Simon works mainly at the Chair Works Studios in West Yorkshire.
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