Recordists & Assistant Engineers

Chris Barrett, Recordist/Editor

Chris, our most senior recordist, has established himself as one of the most highly regarded Pro Tools recordists and score editors within film scoring. Bringing with him a wealth of technical and recording knowledge, Chris is an asset to all sessions and much in demand, both at AIR and on external projects.

He has worked with orchestras and choirs for a wide variety of film soundtracks and scores – including Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Lorne Balfe), 21 Bridges (Henry Jackman and Alex Belcher) and IT Chapter Two (Benjamin Wallfisch).

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John Prestage, Recordist / Assistant

John joined AIR in 2011 and works on high-profile film and band projects. Since Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar in 2014, he has regularly taken the role of Pro Tools recordist on many major film scores including Isle of Dogs by Alexander Desplat, Red Sparrow by James Newton-Howard, Lady in the Van by George Fenton , alongside his work on album projects for Adele, Biffy Clyro, Muse, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and many others.

John recorded and mixed the score for the Doctor Who spin-off Class, as well as Charlotte Harding & Keaton Henson’s score for Balletboyz Them/Us and the debut album for Patchwork Jazz Orchestra. Before joining AIR John studied a joint degree in physics and musical performance (trumpet) at Imperial College and the Royal College of Music and worked at Rockfield Studios under the mentorship of producer Matt Butler. John loves working with new bands and jazz artists.

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Laurence Anslow, Recordist / Assistant

Laurence joined AIR in 2011 after graduating from the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey. Since then he has worked on a collection of high-profile productions as a Pro Tools recordist, including Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Daniel Pemberton), Loving Vincent (Clint Mansell), Mary Queen of Scots (Max Richter) and The Crown (Martin Phipps).

He has also assisted on recordings by Joshua Bell of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy/Violin Concerto No.1, and by Inon Barnatan of Beethoven’s Trio/Emperor and Violin Concertos, as well as albums by Paul McCartney (New), Mumford & Sons (Wilder Mind), Muse (The Second Law), and Coldplay (A Head Full of Dreams).

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Alex Ferguson, Assistant Engineer

Since arriving at AIR as a runner in 2015, Alex has become addicted to studio life, and to working with the finest engineers. His recent highlights include the scores for Rocketman (Elton John and Bernie Taupin), Aladdin (Alan Menken) and Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman), plus artists Muse, NAO and Gregory Porter.

Before joining us, Alex could be found picking up valuable live sound and events experience on a range of stages at Glastonbury Festival and Reading & Leeds Festival. His passion for music from an early age led him to win a scholarship to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, followed by an internship at Metropolis Studios.

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Jack Mills, Assistant Engineer

Jack joined AIR in October 2018 from Abbey Road Studios. He works across a range of film and TV scoring sessions. He has quickly built up a rich and varied CV, including the scores for Midsommar (Bobby Krlic), Blackbird (Peter Gregson), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Daniel Pemberton), Ad Astra (Max Richter) and The Art of Racing In The Rain (Dustin O’Halloran & Volker Bertelmann).

He grew up in Scotland performing and writing music before winning a place on the acclaimed Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey. His placement year was spent working for Peter Gabriel, first at Real World Studios and then on tour in North America.

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Ashley Andrew-Jones, Runner

Ash started at AIR in 2017 on his Tonmeister placement year, and after graduating in 2019 became a full-time assistant engineer.

His first few projects have included the scores for Isle of Dogs, Paddington 2 and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, as well as Biffy Clyro’s soundtrack for Balance, Not Symmetry. Outside AIR, Ashley’s an avid guitarist, playing in pop and post-rock bands and writing for a range of genres.

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Gianluca Massimo, Runner

Gian joined AIR in 2019 having previously worked here as a freelancer. He studied at the National Conservatory in Italy and began his studio career as an assistant at ADS Studio in Milan.

Before joining AIR he worked as a monitor engineer, broadcast mixing engineer, system engineer and crew chief on a variety of projects including Robert Plant, Andrea Bocelli, Justin Timberlake, Thom Yorke, Gwen Stefani, Bryan Ferry and George Clinton at The Roundhouse, Womad festival and Somerset House.

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Jedidiah Rimell, Runner

Jed is the newest member of AIR Studios, having joined the team as a runner in August 2020. Following his graduation from SAE London in 2016, Jed set off to work as a freelancer across both live and studio applications for the next three years. 

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