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Toby Alington reflects on API award recognition

Daniel Gumble
Toby Alington reflects on API award recognition

Toby Alington has expressed his delight at picking up the API award for Recording Studio Engineer of the year at this year’s PLASA event.

As founder of the renowned Richmond Studios Productions in Twickenham, Allington had this to say regarding his API award success:

“I’m lucky enough to work on some big annual shows, which mark the years passing by, and 2011 saw me mix my 17th BRIT Awards live from the O2. Adele’s live performance, released to iTunes before the show finished, held the UK #1 chart slot for ten weeks. Other performances from the night shot up the charts, and at one point I believe we had five songs in the top-ten.”

He continued: “The last year has given me some tremendous shows and albums to record and mix: Simply Red’s farewell DVD in Sydney, Aha’s farewell concert in Oslo, Kylie’s Aphrodite Les Folies extravaganza at the O2, cast albums of London Road and Lend me a Tenor, Take That in Manchester and London, Gianna Nannini in Verona, Adele at the RAH amongst many other wonderful moments captured on multitrack. Amazing artists, great performances, and a pile of technical challenges to add to the adrenalin.

“It’s an honour working with such brilliant artists and bands. Every gig, every musical moment, and every technical headache teaches me something new. We’ve put a lot of energy into making a great mixing and mastering workflow at the studio in Twickenham – a much-needed efficiency in these days of ever-tighter post-production budgets.

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“It’s a huge delight and honour to receive the Studio Engineer Award,” he concluded. “For me, it’s a reflection of the commitment and passion I have for the live-music genre, and I’d like to thank Kate and my great team at RSP for their support and brilliance over the last year, and our great relationship with Floating Earth and their terrific recording mobile.

“Thanks for the recognition. I’ll keep trying to make those audiences sing, laugh and cry to great performances for as long as I’m invited.”

Tags: Live Sound, Studio, brit awards, take that, adele, Kylie, Toby Alington, richmond studios, twickenham, simply red

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