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Mike Banks

Mike Banks

Mike Banks, this site's creator & webmaster is the person that throws this site together in the wee small hours and he films and edits virtually every video feature too.


All Mike Banks features

Studio Tours

Marshall Studios - Impressive studio built by Marshall with unique equipment
Marshall Studios - Impressive studio built by Marshall with unique equipment
Tour around an epic recording studio built by Marshall next to their amplification manufacturing plant in Milton Keynes, England.
EchoTown Studio - New SSL studio near Dorchester, England
EchoTown Studio - New SSL studio near Dorchester, England
Tour around Echotown Studios with singer/songwriter Nick Capaldi.  Nick and his wife, Grace, shared a dream to build a high end studio in their hometown and Echotown Studio is the result.
GloWorm Studios, Glasgow
GloWorm Studios, Glasgow
GloWormRecording is a serious studio complex in Glasgow City Centre that attracts artists from around Europe due to its high end facilities and approach to production.
Eastcote Studios - Studio tour around long established London studios
Eastcote Studios - Studio tour around long established London studios
Eastcote Studios is where Adele recorded 'Rolling In The Deep'. Things haven't stood still, now after 40 years they've just upgraded the studios so we wanted to show you how it's now even better than before.
Hive Rooms Studios - Video tour with Phil Bashford
Hive Rooms Studios - Video tour with Phil Bashford
Studio engineer Phil Bashford took us around the Hive Rooms mid COVID pandemic so had to wear a mask but we hope to re-visit and bring a bunch of new videos filmed at Hive Rooms soon.
Master Chord Studios
Master Chord Studios
For “all in one room recording”, the booth’s doors can be left open, letting the sound spread from one room to the others, creating an amazing “ensemble” ambience.

Interviews

Dan Austin - Interview with leading guitar band engineer and producer
Dan Austin - Interview with leading guitar band engineer and producer
Dan Austin is a leading British producer and engineer - many people know Dan for his amazing guitar and drum sounds (we have another feature on that in-edit) so while he was visiting Otterhead Studios Dan sat to chat with Oscar Ball about production, recording...
John Parish - Interview at his private studio
John Parish - Interview at his private studio
Ben Turner from Axe and Trap Studios visited John Parish at his amazing studio with ace cameraman and editor Harv to record this in-depth video.
Nick Mason - History of Pink Floyd
Nick Mason - History of Pink Floyd
Nick Mason tells us how the band met, the various names the band had, Syd Barratt, Dark Side Of The Moon, and look back album by album etc.
Robert Carranza - Recording engineer and mixer feature
Robert Carranza - Recording engineer and mixer feature
We met up with music producer Robert Carranza at Plastic Plant Studios in L.A as we are interested to find the secrets behind his great sounding records and to find out if the whole studio really runs on solar power.
Padley and Godfrey - Interview at their London Studio
Padley and Godfrey - Interview at their London Studio
We caught up with hit making writer / producers Padley and Godfrey at their own facility in London in April 2003 and are very pleased to feature them in an excellent video interview.
Jah Wobble - Video feature at Mark Angelo Studios
Jah Wobble - Video feature at Mark Angelo Studios
Following his founding and subsequently splitting from Public Image Ltd, the band John Lydon joined following the break-up of The Sex Pistols, Jah Wobble has been releasing albums at a great rate.
Benedict Findlay - Video interview
Benedict Findlay - Video interview
Record producer Ben Findlay's approach to engineering is that of an artist, his commitment to detail in recording and mixing is staggering.
Iain Roberton - Video interview at SARM Studios
Iain Roberton - Video interview at SARM Studios
We dropped in at SARM West and managed to wrestle Iain away from the controls of the console to talk about working with people such as Madonna, Spice Girls and William Orbit.
Jon Musgrave - Interviewed at Roundhouse Studios, London
Jon Musgrave - Interviewed at Roundhouse Studios, London
Jon Musgrave's credit list includes:  Culture Club, Boy George, High Lamas, Beverly Knight, Omar &Angie Stone, S Club 7, Darryl Hall & Kylie Minogue.
Mike Nielsen - Archive interviews at Strongroom Studios
Mike Nielsen - Archive interviews at Strongroom Studios
Mike has built up a distinguished reputation as an engineer and producer who began his career by co-producing the first two Jamiroquai albums.
Dave Pemberton - Interview at Strongroom Studios, London
Dave Pemberton - Interview at Strongroom Studios, London
We caught up with Dave at top London studios, The Strongroom, while he was doing a 5.1 mix for Motorhead. Dave is an experienced and sought after engineer and has recently been gaining a respected reputation as a 5.
Matt Howe - Interview at Metropolis Studios
Matt Howe - Interview at Metropolis Studios
Grammy winning Matt Howe in conversation with RecordProduction.com at Metropolis Studios, London, March 2000. A fuller video interview is scheduled in the near future. To contact Matt, please e-mail us.
Iain Hutchison - Recording engineer at Glo Worm Studios, Glasgow
Iain Hutchison - Recording engineer at Glo Worm Studios, Glasgow
This ARCHIVE feature was recorded at Iain's old studio in Glasgow. The NEW studio is featured here: GloWorm Recording Studios Glasgow
Real World Studios - Archive video
Real World Studios - Archive video
The studios must be seen to be believed and must be visited. Watch the vintage pre-broadband video tour - a new one is coming soon.

Techniques

1 SM57 for Recording Drums - A single SM57 can produce Great Sounding Drums
1 SM57 for Recording Drums - A single SM57 can produce Great Sounding Drums
Top recording engineer Mike Thorne shows how to get a great drum sound in his recording studio with limited equipment - using just one microphone.

Blog articles

Tape Baking with Mike Thorne
Tape Baking with Mike Thorne
Recording and Mastering engineer Mike Thorne shows us how he bakes his tapes in this very short video on tape baking!   Over time, tapes can shed their oxide layer that contains the recording.