Richard Dowling - A Brief History

I started my studio life back in 1986, by attending a music production course in London. After completion in early '87, I set about the task of writing to as many studios as possible seeking a tape-op position. By May I was employed initially as a maintenance assistance based on my Limerick Institute of Technology qualifications at PRT studios in Marble Arch, London. This complex, (formerly PYE), had 2 studios, 2 cutting rooms, a CD-mastering suite and copy room. It was a wealth of experiences in one location, and discovering mastering was a major eye opener and one I became very drawn to. In my time there before its demise, I was fortunate to work with Paul McCartney, Bill Wyman, The Waterboys and Motorhead amongst others.

In early 1990, Pete Waterman of Stock, Aitken and Waterman fame bought the entire contents of PRT with the intent of expanding his studios and building a new mastering facility next to his Borough studio complex. Initially I assisted Harding and Curnow while the mastering studios were being designed and built, adding studio experiences with Jesus Jones, the famous 'Grease Megamix', Cliff Richard, Kylie and a host of PWL/S.A.W. remixes.

By the end of 1990, Transfermation was ready to open, ironically the first album for the previously S.A.W. produced Rick Astley. There I remained with my colleagues Noel and Tracey until it's closure in 2005.
16 years working for the boss "PW" which was a pleasure and also the unbelievable wealth of Artists/Management/A&R/Producers/Record Companies I had mastered for in that period.

So here we are 20 years later back home!

Richard Dowling - October 2006