The Phonogram Desk

Philips Studios where located in the basement area of Stanhope House, Philips Studio Stanhope Place 2-4 Stanhope Place, London W2, close to Marble Arch.

Philips opened in August 1956.

In 1956  -  8 input mono console rebuilt in 1958 for stereo.

Quote:    (Philips Studios recorded)  “Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers and all that. And then all of a sudden this desk wasn't 'any good' any more and this tape machine wasn't 'any good' any more and everything had to be digital. And as soon as we all went digital, man, everyone sounded the fucking same. From country & western to funk to rock'n'roll or whatever, everybody sounded glassy and linear. A technical thing but it's true".   Paul Weller 2008

I964  -  The first Neve console was installed in 1964. It consisted of 16 channels and three groups and was one of the first germanium transistor desks.

1968  -  Philips went 8-track.

1972 -  Neve 20 into 8 console.  Ampex 16 and 8 track.

August 1972  - A Custom desk built by Phonogram International Project engineering dept. in Baarn Holland installed as the main desk. The mics amps used ICs.

Studer 8 track.   Philips 4 track and 2 track

Tannoy Monitors


In 1978  -  The studios were stripped back to bare walls and rebuilt by Eastlake. Many people disliked the resulting dead sound and the rooms where altered over the following years to bring back some life in the studio area.

Solid Bond Studios

By 1983 the studio had become part of the Polygram group and was put on the market for sale. It was bought by Paul Wellar who changed the name to 'Solid Bond Studios'. They used the Polygram desk until 1985 when due to outside pressure ( the studio started taking in outside clients) it  was changed to an SSL 4000E. There was also a small Neve 8 into 2 with 1062 eqs from the Philips days set up in the copy room.

Tape machines - Studer A80 24 track, 8 track and 2 track. Philips Pro 50 valve 2 track. Ampex ATR100 4 track. For a full list of the studio gear see the for sale list from 1991.

Down a flight of steps to the rear of the building was the echo room, covered in white tiles with no parallel walls. To one end was a Leslie cabinet permanently wired in.

 Paul Weller closed the studio in 1990 and sold off the gear in 1991 (See the advert for what was available at the bottom of the page)

Recorded at Philips Studios :

The Who -  I'm the Face    June 1964

Dusty Springfield - Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty    June 1965

Walker Brothers  :  Make it easy on Yourself   1965                                               The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Electric Light Orchestra  : Electric Light Orchestra   July 1970

The Move  :  Do Ya  Dec. 1971.

 

 

Philips Studio Desk
Studio 1959. The very large but relatively empty pre-Neve German valve console, possibly a Neumann. 

Steve LillywhiteSolid Bond Studios
Neve Desk at Philips
Philips Studio Console