School of Sound Recording

David Wood was the second cohort to study sound recording at John Breakell’s ‘School of Sound Recording’ in 1985 (which is now known as Spirit Studios, and formerly known as SSR).

Based in the basement of a Tariff Street property in the Northern Quarter of Manchester; School of Sound Recording was the first audio engineering and music production school in the UK, and one of the first in the world.

David studied with Tim Oliver – who went on to work with Sinead O’Connor, Electric Soft Parade Robert Plant, etc – and whilst there, he extended his knowledge of recording techniques, recording equipment, editing, mixing, mastering and the manufacturing process.

After David left the School of Sound Recording, it quickly gained a reputation within the music industry for producing well trained students.

The school eventually outgrew Tariff Street, relocated to Ardwick, began offering degree courses, and in 2009 won the Manchester Evening News ‘Business of The Year’ award.

Spirit Studios Manchester now serves as their global HQ, with London and Jakarta.

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