Engineers & Assistants

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The team strive to ensure the ‘do anything’ attitude that Real World is famous for remains at the forefront of everything we do. An assistant engineer is provided for every studio session to help make visiting engineers comfortable – they know the studio and equipment inside out. We also have two experienced in-house engineers – Patrick Phillips and Oli Jacobs – who can be booked onto your session.

Patrick Phillips, Recording Engineer/Assistant

Patrick began his career in the recording studios of the North of England, before studying at the University of Surrey, where he graduated from the world-renowned Tonmeister Music and Sound Recording course. Recruited by Abbey Road Studios as an assistant, he spent two years working on large-scale orchestral recordings, before joining the Real World Studios team in 2011. With his passion, creativity and ability to think outside the box, Patrick quickly garnered acclaim for his innovative approach to recording music in all genres.


Engineering and/or Mixing

The Breath, Nick Mulvey, Creole Choir of Cuba, Marina and the Diamonds, Peter Gabriel & OneRepublic, John Metcalfe, Thomas Bartlett, 9Bach, Biff Stannard, Chris De Burgh, Kairos 4Tet, The Smoke Fairies, Stealing Sheep

Assistant Engineer

9Bach, The Gloaming, Alison Sudol, Elbow, John Metcalfe, Spiro, Ludovico Einaudi, Kate Bush, Susan Boyle, Tom Jones, Guy Garvey, Van Morrison, Lady Gaga, Bruno Major, Goldfrapp, Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, The Heavy, Taylor Swift, Mark Ronson, Anna Calvi, The Strypes, Pretty Vicious, The Courteeners

Oli Jacobs, Recording Engineer/Assistant

Oli joined Real World’s engineering team in 2014, having graduated from the University of Surrey’s Tonmeister Course and worked for a year as assistant engineer to Peter Gabriel. Almost immediately, he found himself assisting the likes of Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Van Morrison and Guy Garvey. Now a fully-fledged recording engineer, he’s recorded and mixed music with many remarkable artists from around the world.

Oli learnt his craft working, in various roles, with some of the biggest producers and engineers in the business, including Ethan Johns, Ali Chant, Chris Porter, Romesh Dodangoda, David Bottrill and Steve Osborne. With his seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm, extraordinary technical ability and vast experience, there’s no project Oli can’t handle, in the studio or on location.


Engineering and/or Mixing

Guy Garvey, Cat’s Eyes, Amira Medunjanin, Eliza Carthy, 9Bach, Sam Carter, Chris De Burgh, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, The Breath, Akira Inoue, The Lake Poets, Mosaic, Fraser Anderson, Biff Stannard, Bløf, Toto La Momposina, Hannah Peel, Stornoway

Assistant Engineer

Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Marillion, Neil Cowley Trio, Peter Gabriel, Courteeners, Boy & Bear, I’m With Her, Damien Saez, Algiers, Colin Macleod, The Vamps

Jamie Neale, Studio Technician and Engineer/Assistant

Jamie joined the Real World team in 2014, fresh from the University of Surrey’s Tonmeister course, having spent his placement year working for Focusrite. As well as his primary studio technician role, he has engineered and assisted on several recording sessions.

Oli Middleton, Assistant Engineer

Real World’s first internship, Oli joins us on his placement year from the University of Surrey’s Tonmeister course. He’s also a drummer, performing regularly with his band, KIN.

Assistant Engineer

Nick Mulvey, Evelyn Glennie, Bløf, Sidestepper, Thomas Bartlett, The Vamps, Robert Plant, Hannah Peel

“The superb team ensure that all you have to think about is making a great record. The house engineers really know their stuff and, most importantly, totally engage with sessions; making my time at Real World incredibly productive and enjoyable.”
Chris Porter (Take That, Wham, George Michael, Chris de Burgh, Elton John, David Bowie)

Support Staff

Tim Oliver, Senior Consulting Engineer

With over 35 years of recording experience and 20 years running his own small but successful studio, Tim is well qualified to ensure that Real World Studios maintains the standards expected of a world-class recording facility. He keeps a watchful eye on the quality of the rooms, equipment and engineering, supporting and balancing the youthful energy of the staff engineers.

Starting his career in Manchester, back in its heyday, Tim engineered for some of the city’s biggest names, including New Order, ACR, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. With his own project studio now based on the Real World site, he’s recently worked with Robert Plant, Ludovico Einaudi, Sinead O’Connor and Brix Smith.

Lisa Murton, Bookings Coordinator

Lisa has devoted her life to working at Real World, ensuring sessions are easy to book and run smoothly. Arriving fresh out of school and working her way up to the post of Studio Coordinator, she knows the Studios inside out and is on hand to cater to all session requirements.