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Rhiannon Mairis one of the rising stars of the recording-studio scene in the UK and started, like many MusicTechreaders, by taking a college course in the subject. Here, she details just how you can do it, too – as long as you embrace a multi-faceted approach and ultimately, just go for it…


Lots of outboard close to hand, Rhiannon at Universal Publishing Studio A

Rhiannon Mair is like many people with a passion for recording. She’s as interested in performing and recording her own music as she is in producing it for other people. The music is at the centre of that passion, then the technique and the technology – and, like many, she chose to study music production at college in an attempt to take her interest up a notch and turn it into a profession. For some, that could be the end of it, but Rhiannon has now taken that extra stride and has recorded in some of the best studios in the UK, including Real World near Bath and Konk and Warners’ Firepit studios in London, with artists including Laura Marling, Port Erin, Kimberly Anne and Emma McGrath.

“I’ve always been very musical and doing music ever since I can remember,” Mair says. Early on, she started playing drums which, as we’ll see, added a string to her bow and has helped her in today’s climate – but she didn’t stop there. “When I got to 16, I started teaching myself the guitar and writing songs. Then a friend lent me a little Boss eight-track recorder and I started playing about on that, recording home demos and tracking songs that I’d written. I didn’t really do anything with them, but I just enjoyed the technology side of music.”

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Emulating the artists that inspired us in our many music-making ventures is as much about rekindling those feelings as it is knowing how the sounds were created. In our cover feature this month we show you how to get impossibly close to the sonic signatures left by your musical heroes. Continuing the theme we present our newest feature ‘Recording Spotlight,’ where we speak to Peter Franco, engineer on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and gain insight into the complex, painstaking work that went into creating this modern classic. Additionally, we sit down with dance-music producer Stefano Ritteri and rising UK production star Rhiannon Mair, get into the meat of Cubase 9.5 and get hands-on with all the latest gear, tech and software. We hope you enjoy the issue…