In 1969, George Martin, the producer of the famous English rock band “The Beatles”, split ways with EMI and founded his own recording studio. This was the birth of the, now famous, AIR studios. AIR (Associated Independent Recording) studios now has three branches in various parts of the globe and is one of the most successful sound recording studios in the world. It had studios in London and the Caribbean. The Caribbean studio, on the island of Monsterrat, was constructed in the mid 1970s.
This studio attracted famous artists from around the world. However, it was forced to close down after the deadly Hurricane Hugo destroyed the beautiful island in 1989. The AIR studios were previously situated on Oxford Street, London. However, they were later on moved to Lyndhurst Hall in the quiet suburb of Hampstead. Sir George Martin was heavily involved in the designing and construction of the new studio. Hence, he inaugurated AIR Lyndhurst in late 1992 with a splendid performance of “Under Milk Wood” in the royal presence of His Highness, The Prince of Wales. The AIR studios have attracted a large number of famous artists and have also recorded some of the most famous movie scores.
Sir Elton John had recorded three of his albums in the AIR studios in the 1980s. Dire Straits recorded their superhit album “Brothers in Arms” at AIR studios. The studios have also witnessed the recording of superhit albums by other great artists like Paul McCartney and bands like Rolling Stones, The Police and Supertramp.
The AIR studios comprise of three studios in all. It also includes a writing room and four large and spacious strongrooms. Studio1 is a large studio with 140m of fully floated floor and 3 guitar amp booths. It is perfectly suited for small choirs and soloists. Studio2 is on the first floor and is a private suite. All the famous artists who come to AIR studios use Studio2.
Studio2 also provides private bathroom and kitchen, DVD player, Cable TV and iMac with wireless broadband connection. Studio3 is a large studio which is technologically ideal for music mixing and film score mixing. The AIR studios also boast of owning the most exclusive restaurant and bar in Hampstead. Apart from being one of the best recording studios in the world in terms of technology offered, it is also one of the most posh and luxurious studios in the world.