Engineers & Assistants

Engineers’ music of the week

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 experienced engineers 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 to a high level before graduating from the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey in 2014. Following a placement year with Peter Gabriel, he rejoined the Real World Studios team, moving up to become head engineer in 2018 and has since been fortunate enough to work with talented musicians and producers from all over the world.

In 2017 Oli engineered records with artists including The Vamps, Stornoway, Lenny, Hannah Peel, Simon Phillips and Erland Cooper. He recorded the soundtrack for a Volvo advert, produced/mixed the Christmas campaign for Nokia and engineered/produced the soundtrack for feature film, Starfish. 2018 began with a session in Abbey Road 2 followed by a trip to record in Trondheim, Norway – both with musician Amira Medunjanin. He worked on a further two album projects with producer Ethan Johns, an album with Freya Ridings and sessions with Sub Focus and Wilkinson.

This year so far Oli has produced/mixed an acoustic EP for Chris Linton, recorded an acoustic EP for The Breath and engineered or mixed projects for a host of other musicians including Erland Cooper, Fofoulah, James Everingham, Zands & Louisa Duggan and Big Big Train. He programmed and mixed adverts for Nike with composer Will Hyde. Oli restored and mixed a challenging live recording from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performing at WOMAD festival in 1985 and also engineered a recording of Madness playing live at Kenwood House, with orchestra.

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.


Full list here


Engineering and/or Mixing – Guy Garvey, Cat’s Eyes, Amira Medunjanin, Aqualung, Eliza Carthy, Chris Linton, 9Bach, Liam Payne, Erland Cooper, Chris De Burgh, The Breath, Bløf, Toto La Momposina, Simon Phillips, Hannah Peel, Stornoway, Madness, 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

Oli Middleton, Studio Engineer

With youth and energy on his side, nothing is too much trouble for Oli. His welcoming smile, can-do attitude and deep love of music makes him the perfect addition to the studio engineering team. As a graduate of The University of Surrey’s Tonmeister course, his technical skills are as impressive as his musical ability – an accomplished drummer and percussionist.

Oli spent his placement year at Real World before rejoining us in 2018 as an assistant engineer and is quickly gaining his stripes as an engineer, having worked with the likes of The Indigo Girls, Young Waters, Jacky Naylor and David Mrakpor.

His assistant engineering credits include: Robert Plant, Nick Mulvey, Jorja Smith, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Hannah Peel, Blue Lab Beats, Michael Ball, Richard Spaven, Alfa Mist, Loney Dear, Neil Cowley, Elbow, The Vamps, The Breath, Ethan Johns, George Ogilvie.

Dom Shaw, Assistant Engineer

Dom joins us on his 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:
Katie May (2018-19)
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.

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

“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.