The Team2018-11-11T20:27:01+00:00

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 engineers – Oli Jacobs and Patrick Phillips – who can be booked onto your session.

Oli Jacobs, Recording Engineer

A lover of music from an early age, Oli studied classical singing, drum kit and piano before graduating from the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey. Following a placement year with Peter Gabriel, he rejoined the Real World Studios team in 2014, moving up to become head engineer in 2018.

In 2017 Oli worked with artists including The Vamps, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Stornoway, Lenny, Hannah Peel, Simon Phillips and Erland Cooper. He engineered the soundtrack for a Volvo advert, produced/mixed the Christmas campaign for Nokia and engineered/produced the soundtrack for an indie feature film, Starfish.

2018 began with a recording a session in Abbey Road Studio 2 followed by a trip to record in Norway, both with musician Amira Medunjanin. Oli later went to Croatia to mix front-of-house and record Amira’s concert with Trondheimsolistene Orchestra in Pula arena and is set to do the same in December in Sarajevo.

This year Oli has also worked on two album projects with producer Ethan Johns and an album with Freya Ridings. He has also produced a second advert for Nokia, recorded/mixed an acoustic album with Chris Linton and recorded/mixed an album for up-and-coming Bath band, Novatines.

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, Aqualung, Eliza Carthy, Chris Linton, 9Bach, Chris De Burgh, The Breath, Bløf, Toto La Momposina, Simon Phillips, Hannah Peel, Stornoway, Sub Focus, The Vamps

Assistant Engineer

Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Marillion, Michael Ball, Neil Cowley Trio, Peter Gabriel, Courteeners, Boy & Bear, I’m With Her, Algiers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Freya Ridings

Patrick Phillips, Associate Recording Engineer

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, Rag’n’Bone Man, Marina and the Diamonds, Peter Gabriel & OneRepublic, John Metcalfe, Thomas Bartlett, 9Bach, Chris De Burgh, Kairos 4Tet, The Smoke Fairies, Stealing Sheep, Blue Lab Beats

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, The Vamps

Oli Middleton, Studio Engineer/Assistant

Oli Middleton joins us as a graduate from the Tonmeister Course at the University of Surrey having spent his placement year as an assistant engineer at Real World.

Katie May, Assistant Engineer

Katie joins us on her placement year from the University of Surrey’s Tonmeister Course. Real World has a long association with the University; the Peter Gabriel team have been employing a placement student from there for around 10 years. The commercial studio only began taking placement students in 2016 and it is a tradition we hope to continue.

Past studio placements:
Fraser Latimer (2017-18)
Oli Middleton (2016-17)

Olly Seber, Studio Technician

Olly Seber joins us as our Studio Technician from the University of Surrey’s Tonmeister course. Olly spent his placement year as a Hardware Design Intern at Focusrite.

“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.