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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Aug-18 > PORT PR ODUCTI ON


Moored on the River Thames is Lightship95, a beautiful big red ship that plays host to Soup Studio - a full-fledged recording studio and live room. MusicTech speaks to mix engineer Giles Barrett about what the studio offers its clientele


“I met The Maccabees when I was at university, and that’s when I started recording professionally”

Guitar player-turned-bass player Giles Barrett was still at university when he started playing with folk/indie pop band Hexicon. He then picked up the production bug having been assigned to produce indie rockers The Maccabees – an experience that motivated the fledgling mix engineer enough to set up his own studio at The Bunker in Whitechapel.

Forced out by high rentals, Barrett then met Simon Trought at Soup Studio in Brick Lane and began working alongside him in an engineering capacity. However, gentrification came calling once more, leading the Soup team to studio hop until Trought, remarkably, found a custom-built recording studio on Lightship95, a vessel moored on the Thames and kitted out by previous owner Ben Phillips.

Located at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London, Barrett now works with a team of engineers on the boat offering live band recording and postproduction. Mixing, sound design and mastering is also undertaken in Soup Studio’s purpose-built, analogue/digital recording facility, which has hosted the likes of Julian Cope, Leo Abrahams, Roots Manuva and a host of other artists for labels including 4AD, Domino, Island, and Universal.

MusicTech You were initially a bass player?

Giles Barrett I was a guitar player as a teenager, but I stopped playing music when I started recording it. I met The Maccabees when I was at university, and that’s when I started recording professionally. They were a cut above other student bands, so I hired out a room at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey, cobbled together a bunch of gear and recorded them because I thought the guys were a bit special.

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!