One of London’s most storied recording studios, Air-Edel was founded by Sir George Martin and Herman Edel 45 years ago.
Originally built as a theatre to serve as the meeting hall for the Theosophical Society, the studio building was converted into Star Sound Studios in 1937 and became the first independently owned recording studio in the UK. Star Sound specialised in recording live performances in front of audiences to wax disc that were to be later broadcast on Radio Luxembourg. Star Sound were also the first studio in the UK to record a full-length radio programme to magnetic tape in 1949.
In the late 1960s, Star Sound became a rock and roll recording studio under the name Audio International and throughout the 1970s and 1980s recorded numerous hit records by artists including Pink Floyd, Tom Jones, Harry Nilsson, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro. When it was acquired by Air-Edel Associates in 1990, the studio also began to record and mix music synchronised to picture for commercials, television, and films such as ‘The Escape’, ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’, ‘Virunga’, ‘Mr Turner’, ‘Thor’, ‘My Week With Marilyn’, ‘Gosford Park’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’.