Cadac console, and a Studer 24 in the back. Note the futuristic-looking
and incredibly expensive EMT 250 reverb in the back.
Studios Davout, studio A, Paris.
Recording basic tracks - MCI 600. Based on my look, it must have been way past midnight.
Studios Davout, studio A, Paris. Alliage.
Studio A with the old MCI 600 board. I'm looking very happy with myself. In a few hours, my suntan will be gone.
Behind the 3M 24 track, there's a lot of ancient and useless (for me) movie equipment, but the topmost piece in the rack on the right is a beautiful Fairchild 670 - I still dream about it.
Davout, Studio A.
Studio A with the MCI console.
Davout, Studio A.
Davout, Studio M. Frankie Vincent.
Mixing is serious business.
Davout, Studio M. Mikado.
Mix sessions with Mikado in the old mix room. Cadac console with some old ping-pong automation - notice the small terminal monitor. To save money, there were no channel meters on the console, only for the quad mix buses. Awesome. Notice also right next to the video monitor the two PCM recorders - very futuristic.
I'm reaching out for the machine remote - I'm probably laughing thinking that the Gunther Loof 32 track analog tape machine at the other end of the remote is going to explode anytime now.
Davout, Studio M. Trust.
Mix sessions for Trust with Andy Johns. In the back, a 3M 24 track and a 3M two track. Note the rear speaker for quad mixing - there were actually no woofers behind the screen, but it looked good.
Studio Aquarium, Geneva. Trust.
MCI 500 console, and MCI remote. The tissues on the console were used to dry my tears. The band was going through a rough time dealing with internal "artistic differences", while I had to deal with my own problems: first, I couldn't figure out how to get a decent sound in the dry room with weird comb filters and flutter echoes. Then, there were constant maintenance problems with the console and the tape machine that drove me crazy but didn't seem to worry the studio management. Their typical reaction was: "We've ordered a replacement part, it will get here in a week". They would invariable conclude with "relax...the lake is not on fire." - ("Y'a pas le feu au lac").
Photo credit: DD official fan magazine, 1986.
Duran Duran, Notorious sessions, 1986. London or Paris?
Nick watches as John plays the guitar. I don't remember where or when this was taken. I don't remember ever wearing this shirt either.
Photo credit: Virginia Liberatore, from the book "Duran Duran World."
In the remote truck for the "Duran Goes Dutch - Live at the Ahoy" mini-lp. I look surprisingly relaxed, considering I'd never done any live recording before.