WESONATOR May News Update

Things have been crazy busy since the last update.

Mixing and Mastering has continued at the Sonic Cuisine for various acts and in the mean time there's some very cool news to share with you all.

I have the great pleasure to announce that I am now officially a member of the RAK family. Thank you Trish, Nats, Andy, Robbie, Mike, Jen, Kev and the entire RAK crew for welcoming me to the fold.

RAK has been keeping me busy. Been spending a lot of time going back to my classical roots with the amazing Parker. We started recording her in Studio 1 for her Youtube vids, performing Chopin, Debussy, Scarlatti and Copland. This lead to a new EP recording in Studio 3 on a killer Steinway D.

And what do you know, my super assistant, Max Anstruther, turns out to a fab jazz pianist and composer. We've gone into the studio together to record drums, bass, piano, guitars (stoked to be playing the axe on this one) and vocals for his brand new Mottled Gray record.

Meanwhile Mix Magazine sent me out to Vienna to write the cover story on the Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Stage. What a place! Read about it here

Lots more news to follow but first time to get back to the faders.

See you on the other or the same side of the glass.

2016 Yeah!

The end of 2015 got nice and busy.  September saw me join the UB40 boys once more in my beloved RAK studio 2 to complete the recording for their new acoustic album. Hey, and we mixed everything to 1/2" tape, lush.

I got nominated for a couple of awards, didn't win, but that didn't stop us! I spend an amazing time in the studio with 70's post-punkers The Comsat Angels. We recorded and mixed three tracks in RAK Studio 3 with myself engineering and Kevin Bacon in the production and bass chairs.

The amazing Jonathan Quarmby pulled me into that same studio 3 to drive the Neve on sessions for Laurence Fox and Aura Dione and I stayed there on a fab string session for Luke Higgins

December and the start of January saw me locked into RAK 1 & 3 with the superbly talented Plan B, writing with the dynamite duo Craze & Hoax. 

In between all my RAK visits, the board in the Sonic Cuisine saw some really cool stuff. We completed Gloria Nuti's "Quando Non Sei Con Me" with Jon Klein topping it off with stellar video work.


Late summer 2015 was spent in a new studio for me. Tobin Jones's Park studios was our home to record three songs for Georgia Nevada. The first of that selection has been released and is available on all digital outlets. "Loneliness" was written by my lovely wife and myself. I pulled in Jon klein on guitars, Chris Bell on kit, Caroline Campbell on bass, Mo Michael and Raie on BVs. I engineered and produced the work and found myself doubling up on acoustic guitar and additional BV duties. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the follow up singles.


Work has started on the mixing for a new and very exciting band "Tenth Electric". These guys combine hard rock, metal and Electronic Dance Music influences. I will keep you posted on that one. I, for one, am very thrilled.

I had to take a little break from the studio to head over to the NAMM convention. There I had the pleasure and honour to conduct my own workshop on how to get your studio and live sound to a full room. This led to being invited on two more panels with Mark Frink presiding. We covered D.I. boxes and Live sound. To top it all off, I got to do a full on software demo for Duane Wise's Wholegrain Quartet and Trio plug ins. Very cool to be on the same bill as the great Nathaniel Kunkel!

In the midst of all this studio madness, I still had a little time to squeeze in mixing Front Of House for the mighty Praying Mantis at the Islington O2 and of course the mastering doesn't stop either. Delta Unit, Deborah Bonham, Abstract Source and Joolz Denby were just a few of the GHQ Sonic Cuisine mastering clients.

The TC guys have launched a cool new online magazine, The Vintage Musician. We've been busy at RAK and the Sonic Cuisine filming a bunch of vids on vintage gear.

Speaking of gear, the Sonic Cuisine has acquired a few new bits and pieces: Meris Mercury 7 Reverb (AMAZING!), two Crane Song Insignas, Drawmer 1960, Joe Meek (C2, VC2 & Stereo Comp), SPL De-esser, Roland Dimension D, TLAudio C-2021 and a couple of TC pedals ( Phaser, Delay and Dreamscape), UAD Dangerous EQ, Sonnox Envolution

That's it for now. Hope to mix your sounds through all this loveliness very soon.

Quality Sound Matters

It's pretty cool being asked to write about your opinion on a subject for the trade press. It is even cooler when you get a call from The Grammy folk and ask you if it's ok for them to post your piece on their Quality Sound Matters website. So, here it is people. Hope you enjoy the read.

Couple more things to report on.

Work on Mo Michael's album is rolling along nicely. In the mean time, Mo, film maker extra-ordinaire Jon Klein and myself holed up at RAK studio 2 for the day to film Mo perform 4 of his songs...Live. No overdubs, No trickery! Here's the first one for you.

Mo Michael performs his song Moses Jones Live at Rak Studios.

Lastly, it is with great pleasure and humility that I report that yours truly has been nominated for Studio Engineer Of The Year in the Focusrite sponsored Pro Sound News Awards this year. Fingers crossed.

Wesonator Interview

George Shilling & RecordProduction visited The Wesonator at Dean Street Studios, London, to find out more about his escape from Belgium to the production Metropolis of London and get a little insight in to his recording and production techniques.

Thank you Mike Banks for the filming, editing and amazing photography. And thanks Debs Skeldon from Big Sound PR  and Lise Regan at Dean St. for making this happen.

Check out some more of the fab photos Mike Banks took.