Studios where located in the basement area of Stanhope House,
Place, London W2,
close to Marble Arch.
Philips opened in August 1956.
In 1956 - 8 input mono console rebuilt in 1958 for stereo.
(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
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.
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
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
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.