Interview with Mike Marsh, mastering engineer at The Exchange studio
Old 29th December 2012
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Interview with Mike Marsh, mastering engineer at The Exchange studio

I recently added a new interview to my Oasis website and thought that some here may find it of interest; Mike Marsh mastered Oasis's album Be Here Now in 1997 and The Masterplan b-sides compilation in 1998, and has based this article on detailed notes he took during the original sessions at the Exchange studio. He has kindly provided lots of detail on his mastering techniques as well as the specifics of his work with Oasis. Many thanks to him for finding the time in his very busy schedule to contribute!

The Mastering Plan: Mike Marsh on mastering Oasis The Mastering Plan: Mike Marsh on mastering Oasis | Oasis Recording Information

Regards,
David
Old 29th December 2012
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Thanks for posting this link, David!
Old 30th December 2012
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Yes, thanks for posting.
Old 30th December 2012
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thanx
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Great interview!
Old 4th January 2013
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Exchange has done some of the Best records ever.
Too bad Marsh thinks the Oasis is his best cuz I think the album sort of sux. But then again I don't sell millions of records so take that for what its worth.
Old 5th January 2013
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Great interview... Mike Marsh does amazing work.
Old 18th January 2013
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Glad you liked the article! I will pass on your kind comments to Mike.

Like Mike says, I hope we do get to see hi-res music made available for widespread download in due course. I know there are various specialist sites that offer 24/96 downloads (HDTracks etc) but it would be great if iTunes got behind it.
Old 6th December 2014
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I'm looking for some infos about Mike Marsh mastering gears and technics, I would love to learn a bit more on how he works.
This interview is great but miss a bit of technical infos, what's his chain etc... there are good parts on tapes and discussion on loudness, but not much more.
He mastered so many of my favorite records, and manage to be at the very top even today, I'm really interested in learning more from him.
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BTW, I too love the work of Nilesh Patel, but can't find any info, it seems he didn't do any interview before he passed away...
Old 7th December 2014
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Exchange Mastering will soon shut its doors.
Old 8th December 2014
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Really? That's sad news :(
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Wow didn't see that coming; sad news I agree; How do you know that?
it would be cool if we could have some interview with Mike Marsh,
or maybe even a Q&A here at gearslutz!
Can someone do that?
Old 9th December 2014
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I posted on their Facebook page the question in regards to shutting down but no reply. I hope this is not true as they pretty much are the only guys I really trust for my vinyl. I tried some others also here in Germany with out getting that same special feel and ultra clear and rich sound.
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I don't know about this rumor of closing; wait and see...

I've seen on the Cassius Facebook page that Mike Marsh is mastering their album right now... can't wait to see the new work of this dream team!
Old 10th December 2014
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It closes on 10th December. The building is being sold and turned into apartments so they have sadly decided to call it a day. Mike and Simon are continuing with there own separate new ventures.
Old 10th December 2014
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It closes on 10th December. The building is being sold and turned into apartments so they have sadly decided to call it a day. Mike and Simon are continuing with there own separate new ventures.
Today?? Had the pleasure of sending one of my mixes off to Simon only a month ago. Here's wishing the best for Graeme, Simon, Mike and Karen's future ventures. Sad to see such a legendary (not to mention quality!) name in mastering close up shop!
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BTW, I too love the work of Nilesh Patel, but can't find any info, it seems he didn't do any interview before he passed away...
NILZ was probably the best EDM mastering engineer in the world. Just listen to Daft Punk - Discovery on a good system. EAR EQs and Compressors galore.
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NILZ was probably the best EDM mastering engineer in the world. Just listen to Daft Punk - Discovery on a good system. EAR EQs and Compressors galore.
Yes I fell like you, incredible work on so many Electronic albums that I loved, and with an incredible vibe, a kind of rock attitude with some class and an uptodate sound. What else to ask for?
I've yet to find another mastering engineer sounding in the same way.
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It closes on 10th December. The building is being sold and turned into apartments so they have sadly decided to call it a day. Mike and Simon are continuing with there own separate new ventures.
So they'll continue to work, that's good news for many peoples.
And for us to hear well mastered stuff!
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So they'll continue to work, that's good news for many peoples.
And for us to hear well mastered stuff!
Not sure who did the Ulrich Schnauss album, 'Goodbye', or whose fault it was, but that album from 2007 sounds atrocious on CD. Very sad to see them stop though, and wish them all the best with their future endeavours! And am sure Graeme Durham's kids will continue to keep the all analogue flag flying!
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NILZ was probably the best EDM mastering engineer in the world. Just listen to Daft Punk - Discovery on a good system. EAR EQs and Compressors galore.
I still have two records ready to get pressed from him. They are so well mastered and every time I talked with him it was like he knew what I wanted better than me. Very sad loss of the greatest IMHO.

The Exchange is also going to be sadly missed and I am not sure who will be able to fill their shoes.

Frick!
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NILZ will live on through his great work and all of the good EDM albums that he left his indelible mark on.

Ars longa, vita brevis
Old 10th December 2014
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still wondering why he died so early...
Old 16th December 2014
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The Exchange

Hello to everyone,

Thanks for all the positive comments regarding The Exchange. I just wanted to let everybody know that The Exchange is still carrying on, just in a different guise.

The Exchange mastering studios in London, Camden, closed it's doors this Saturday 13th, with the last mastering sessions taking place on the Wed 10th.

After new landlords took over the building we had to move to a new location due to our space being turned into flats, the usual story in London nowadays.

After a lot of deliberation Mike, Graeme and I decided that we would like to run our own separate businesses, albeit still under the umbrella of The Exchange name.

On the one hand, it is really sad that we have left the building at Bruges Place after 28 good years, on the other hand all three of us are excited to be starting on our new ventures and I think we are chomping at the bit to get our places unman running!

Each of us has taken our equipment with us, so 'The Exchange sound' will continue, just in new premises.

We will still be using a lot of analogue valve gear between us, EAR eq's/ compressors, PULTECS and Original EMI Curvebender eq's.

I am setting up my new studio as we speak called The Exchange Vinyl. Mike Marsh's studio is called The Exchange - Mike Marsh Mastering, he has already built his studio and is making the final adjustments. Graeme Durham is setting up at the moment.

You can reach me here : simon@theexchangevinyl.london

You can reach Mike or Graeme on the old email address here :

studio@exchangemastering.co.uk

So as they say, 'It's business as usual'. Looking forward to working with some old faces (and some new ones).

All the best and have a good Christmas.

Simon Davey
Old 16th December 2014
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Nilesh Patel

And as for Nilz, well what can I say. He was a vital part of The Exchange team and sound. Such a hard worker and nice genuine guy. We all miss him loads.
Old 16th December 2014
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All the best for your new businesses!
Happy to know that you'll all keep on making great sounding albums in the future!
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Thanks!
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Good luck on your new adventure Simon.
Regards
Jason
Old 17th December 2014
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Happy to hear the good news!

Q: Will all links etc on the website remain valid or will there be several new sites for each "branch" of the new tree?

Just thinking about updating contact info., site bookmarks and so on...
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