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Producer's view: Stephen Street

Successful producer Stephen Street's view on what he requires from a recording studio.

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Stephen Street is a producer with both a musical and an engineering background. Bands he has produced include The Smiths, Blur, The Cranberries and Catatonia.

Choosing a studio

"Initially, the main thing is that it has got to sound right. I have to be able to put up a mix or something that I have done and be happy with the way it sounds in the control room. There has got to be a good playing area for the band to record in. You have to capture people at the peak of their performance. They have to be relaxed and in a good frame of mind. You want something that is conducive to that kind of session, so for me it's a good well arranged control room where I can set up a few bits of gear that I take round with me. I want a little bit of space but I'm not a great lover of huge control rooms. There was a time when a lot of studios were building huge control rooms and tiny little playing areas and I am not very keen on that."

Acoustics

"I prefer wood rooms to stone rooms. Although having said that, I have been using Maison Rouge for the last few years and that has a stone room, but I have been pressing them to try and put some wood down."

Equipment

"It's is nice to have a good selection but it is not the main thing for me, the main thing for me is a well maintained desk, well maintained machines and good sounding speakers."

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By David Mellor Tuesday February 1, 2000
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