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Russell Cottier

Russell Cottier

Russell Cottier started life on RP as an interviewee but has gone on to record many excellent features over what seems like ten years. He is a very busy recording engineer / producer and is as at home with a folk band as with a metal band. Russ also writes for Resolution magazine.

http://www.russellcottier.com

Record Producer Russell Cottier has worked for Chart-Topping Artists and Labels - such as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sony, Sky TV, Nuclear Blast Records, Tamoki Wambesi Dove, Cavern Records, Playboy Channel and many more.

Credits/projects include RPO, Dimmu Borgir, Sly and Robbie, The Big Three, Don Carlos and Gold, Erol Holt, Lincoln Scott, Aston Barrett, Capulet, Alex Hulme, The Roscoes and many more.

Russell Cottier has been a long standing contributor to this website and has recorded so many features we have set up a YouTube playlist with his videos.


All Russell Cottier features

Studio Tours

Rooksmere Studios - Mark Hutchinson feature
Rooksmere Studios - Mark Hutchinson feature
We recently recorded a new video interview with Rooksmere Studios' Mark Hutchinson. Russell Cottier asked the questions and Blair Dunlop joins the conversation half way through to discuss Mark's Folk Music production techniques.
Rock Hard Studios - A tour around top Blackpool Studio
Rock Hard Studios - A tour around top Blackpool Studio
Take the 4 minute studio tour around Blackpool's leading recording studio - Russ Cottier meets up with Daniel Atkinson of Rock Hard Studios to find out about the rehearsal and recording complex. Daniel Atkinson of Rock Hard Studios shows us his comprehensive microphone collection.
Parr Street Studios
Parr Street Studios
25 Years old in 2017, Parr Street has seen many major artists through its studio doors so Russell Cottier visited with a video crew following behind to find out a little about the studios success and history.
Catalyst Studio - Andy Bowes
Catalyst Studio - Andy Bowes' studio tour
Owner Andy Bowes has upgraded to a new desk with the lock-down giving time to wire up and fine tune the newly upgraded control room and as you can see, the range of three main recording spaces gives plenty of flexibility and isolation, perfect for...
Abbey Road Studios - Iconic recording studio
Abbey Road Studios - Iconic recording studio
Abbey Road Studios are the Worlds best know recording studios and are the oldest purpose built studios in the World, building started in 1926 and was opened by Sir Edward Elgar. Abbey Road celebrates it's 90th Year in 2021.
Motor Museum Recording Studio - Al Groves interview
Motor Museum Recording Studio - Al Groves interview
Russell Cottier visited the super talented engineer and producer Al Groves at his Motor Museum Studios late in 2017 to find out more about how Al gets his superb drum sounds etc and to take a bit of a tour around the Motor Museum.

Interviews

Tom Peters - Trapdoor Studios
Tom Peters - Trapdoor Studios
Tom Peters has moved in to his new recording studio up in Liverpool and we took a tour around and had a demonstration of Tom's guitar / pedal setup for recording.
Sylvia Massy - Creative producer legend interview
Sylvia Massy - Creative producer legend interview
When we set off to meet Sylvia we had only legend to go by so it was a relief to meet her and find out that she's one of the nicest people that we've met.
Scott Mathews - Talking outside the Cavern Club
Scott Mathews - Talking outside the Cavern Club
We first featured Scott many years back, way back, probably more than ten years back so it was great to hear that he was over in the UK and we managed to track him down to Liverpool and Russell Cottier called him and did a...
Russell Cottier - Producer video features
Russell Cottier - Producer video features
Based in the north of England near Liverpool Russell Cottier has worked for Clients such as Sony, Tamoki Wambesi Dove, Trojan records etc. Specialising in rock and metal (but embracing all) genres.
Jim Moray - Interview at Edwin Street Studios
Jim Moray - Interview at Edwin Street Studios
Jim Moray took time out from a recent tour to chat at Edwin Street Studios with Russell Cottier about folk music and record production.
Fay Hield - Interview with Russell Cottier
Fay Hield - Interview with Russell Cottier
Recently Fay Hield invited us into her beautiful family home to talk about production of her new album 'Looking Glass' and her academic work on traditional music with Russell Cottier.
Andrew Scheps - Interview at Monnow Valley Studios
Andrew Scheps - Interview at Monnow Valley Studios
Russell Cottier and the RecordProduction.com crew visited Monnow Valley Studios to meet up with the legendary mixing engineer Andrew Scheps to find out about how he became such a 'brand name' and cover hot topics ranging from 'mixing in the box' to being the 'audio...
Metal producers round table discussion with engineers & producers
Metal producers round table discussion with engineers & producers
We managed to get a bunch of great metal engineer and producers to meet up and talk about a wide range of issues facing modern metal production.
Hannah James, Sam Sweeney and producer Andy Bell
Hannah James, Sam Sweeney and producer Andy Bell
Russell Cottier met up with Hannah James and Sam Sweeney who are one of the foremost duos performing English Folk music today at Hannah's studio in South Yorkshire. Russ wanted to find out about their recording methods with top folk engineer and producer Andy Bell.
Ken Scott - Discussion about Epik Drums EDU DVD
Ken Scott - Discussion about Epik Drums EDU DVD
Ken took time out to meet us in the newest studio at Abbey Road Studios so that we could find out more about Epik Drums and the new 'EDU' DVD Tutorial version.
Andrew Scheps - Mixing in the box
Andrew Scheps - Mixing in the box
Mixing legend Andrew Scheps is known for working with artists at a high level and most people would agree that Andrew knows what he's doing behind a mixing desk but Andrew is now discussed so much due to his switch to 'in the box' mixing.
Andrew Scheps - Talks about moving to the UK
Andrew Scheps - Talks about moving to the UK
Russell Cottier talks with record producer, recording engineer and mix legend, Andrew Scheps at Monnow Valley Studios in out fourth short video.

Techniques

Sylvia Massy recording setup and explanation
Sylvia Massy recording setup and explanation
Russell Cottier and the RecordProduction.com crew visited Edge Studios in Cheshire , UK, on a rainy day to find out about the famous recording techniques that Sylvia is known for - recording guitars through cheese and light bulbs, using hose pipe to get a different...
Mike Cave
Mike Cave's mixing tips - Pt 3 - Working with mix buss processing
In this episode of Mike Cave's mixing tips he tells Russell Cottier about his methods for getting a better sounding mix.
Mike Cave
Mike Cave's mixing tips - Pt 2 - Better vocals in a mix
In this episode of Mike Cave's mixing tips he tells Russell Cottier about his methods for getting a better vocal sound and getting vocals to sit better in the mix.
Mike Cave
Mike Cave's mixing tips - Pt 1 - Better bass in a mix
Russ Hello and welcome to the RecordProduction.com masterclass tips. We are at Loft Studios in Liverpool with Mike Cave.
Dan Logan - Talks about recording drums at Orchard Studios
Dan Logan - Talks about recording drums at Orchard Studios
Russ Cottier met with Dan Logan at Orchard Studios and talked drums. Recording drums is one of those subjects where you just can't get enough information and opinions - we think, anyway.
Drum recording with two microphones - Comparing AKG 414 and Coles 4038
Drum recording with two microphones - Comparing AKG 414 and Coles 4038
We are planning a full studio tour and video interview with Andy Bowes at Catalyst Studios in the next few months but for now, we hope you enjoy watching this short video that we recorded with Russell Cottier pre-COVID on comparing two pairs of mics...
Andrew Scheps - Recording guitars
Andrew Scheps - Recording guitars
Russell Cottier talks recording guitars with legendary producer, engineer and mix engineer Andrew Scheps. In this short video segment taken from our hour long interview at Monnow Valley Studios recently this feature covers Andrew's love of recording guitars.
Andrew Scheps - Drum recording techniques
Andrew Scheps - Drum recording techniques
Russell Cottier talks with recording engineer and mixing legend, Andrew Scheps.
Andrew Dudman - Takes us around his live recording setup
Andrew Dudman - Takes us around his live recording setup
Around 80 producers and engineers met up at  Abbey Road's Studio Three  in October 2018 to participate in a live recording workshop with senior Abbey Road Studios engineer Andrew Dudman.

Blog articles

Russell Cottier Video Blog 2 - The Issues Raised
Russell Cottier Video Blog 2 - The Issues Raised
Welcome to Russell Cottier's Video Blog Number Two: In The Studio With 'The Issues Raised'.
Russell Cottier Video Blog 3 - Out of the speakers
Russell Cottier Video Blog 3 - Out of the speakers
Russell Cottier takes a look at expanding your sonic horizons In this issue of the video blog Russell Cottier tries to find ways to enhance the sound stage and create additional width in the stereo soundfield.
Russell Cottier Video Blog 4 - The Haas effect
Russell Cottier Video Blog 4 - The Haas effect
This month recording engineer and producer Russ looks at the Haas Effect and how it can be used by anyone looking to widen the soundfield.
Russell Cottier Video Blog 1 - Impedance needn
Russell Cottier Video Blog 1 - Impedance needn't be boring
In the first of a new series Russell Cottier takes a look at the little understood subject of Impedance and why it's worth paying attention to it..