London (February 9, 2006)–In a multi-million pound deal, Richard Boote, owner and managing director of Strongroom recording studios, has purchased AIR Studios, the recording facilities established and chaired by Beatles producer Sir George Martin, from Chrysalis Group PLC and Pioneer GB Limited.
Richard Boote (left) and Sir George Martin inside Lyndhurst Hall at AIR StudiosThe purchase of the AIR facility, a converted Victorian church in Hampstead, London, is backed by Lloyds TSB Corporate. Boote plans to keep Air Studios operating under its existing name, and keep both businesses running as they exist today.
Boote said: “I believe that bringing Strongroom and Air together will not only ensure the survival of two of the greatest recording facilities in Europe, but also enhance the offerings of both studios. Clients will benefit from an expanded and more varied pool of technological knowledge and experience, a wider choice of studios and access to a much broader range of state of the art audio and video post-production facilities.”
AIR’s Studio AMartin commented on the sale: “AIR Studios has been in existence for nearly 40 years, during which time we’ve recorded some of the finest artists in the world and most of the memorable film scores. What I love about AIR is that as well as being a great studio it has a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and efficiency. People who record here always want to come back. I am very happy that we are now associated with Strongroom, a company that shares our ideals and our dedication to recording high quality music. I am confident that Richard will continue to promote and develop AIR as a world-class recording facility.”
According to Boote, both businesses will maintain their structures, identities and areas of specialization. In the longer term clients of both studios–in industries ranging from music, film, broadcast and advertising to games and new media–will benefit from an even richer offering of music and post-production services at a broader range of price points. For example, AIR’s post clients will have access to packages including Strongroom’s off-line and online HD video post facilities so that the facility can provide complete audio and video post-production and soundtrack production, while Strongroom’s clients will be able to use AIR’s matchless Lyndhurst Hall studio for orchestral and large scale acoustic recordings.
Strongroom Studio ARecent film scores recorded at AIR studios include: Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Pride and Prejudice. Forthcoming films include The Da Vinci Code and the animated feature Over The Hedge. Recording artists who’ve worked in AIR’s music studios recently include Coldplay, U2, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, George Michael and Sir Paul McCartney. Meanwhile, artists such as Feeder, The Prodigy, Sugababes, Goldfrapp, The Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, The Thrills and Razorlight have recently recorded and mixed at Strongroom.