Sir George Martin (left) and Richard Boote
Richard Boote, owner and managing director of Strongroom recording studios, announced his purchase of AIR Studios, the world-class recording facilities established and chaired by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, from Chrysalis Group PLC and Pioneer GB Limited. The multi-million pound purchase of the AIR Studios premises, a converted Victorian church in Hampstead, London, is backed by Lloyds TSB Corporate.
Sir George Martin CBE, chairman of AIR Studios, says, “AIR Studios has been in existence for nearly 40 years, during which time we’ve recorded some of the finest artists in the world and most of the memorable film scores. What I love about AIR is that as well as being a great studio, it has a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and efficiency. People who record here always want to come back. I am very happy that we are now associated with Strongroom, a company that shares our ideals and our dedication to recording high-quality music. I am confident that Richard will continue to promote and develop AIR as a world-class recording facility.”
Boote comments, “I believe that bringing Strongroom and AIR together will not only ensure the survival of two of the greatest recording facilities in Europe, but also enhance the offerings of both studios. Clients will benefit from an expanded and more varied pool of technological knowledge and experience, a wider choice of studios and access to a much broader range of state-of-the-art audio and video post-production facilities.”
Boote says that he plans to keep both businesses running as they exist today, maintaining their structures, identities and areas of specialization. In the longer term, clients of both studios will benefit from an even richer offering of music and post-production services at a broader range of price points. For example, AIR’s post clients will have access to packages including Strongroom’s off-line and on-line HD video post facilities (enabling the group to offer a complete service of video post, audio post and soundtrack production) while Strongroom’s clients will be able to use AIR’s Lyndhurst Hall studio for orchestral and large-scale acoustic recordings.