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Ross Orton - ProducerRoss Orton - Producer

Ross Orton talks to Nigel Humberstone about his transition from playing drums with Add N to (X), Fat Truckers and Jarvis Cocker into the world of production, remixing and songwriting. His steel city stories include working with Arctic Monkeys and Working Men’s Club, amassing mic pre-amps, favourite microphones and setting up his ‘drum centric’ studio in Sheffield, UK.

Show Notes


00:00 - Introduction
00:47 - Transition from drummer into recording
03:00 - Favourite mic Beyer M380
03:47 - Production
04:19 - Layering electronic drum sounds
05:00 - MIA remix
05:51 - McCall Sound Studios
07:18 - Phone call from Arctic Monkeys
08:38 - Outside toilets
09:09 - Clap master
10:15 - Any old console
10:54 - Mic pre-amps
13:24 - Default drum mic set up
16:11 - Never record in the hole!
18:03 - And compress at will
20:42 - Production & development tricks
21:10 - ‘Make em a reyt good coffee'
23:05 - Mixing quiet on 70s Auratones
25:31 - 'Drum-centric’ studio
26:22 - Ending

Ross Orton - Biog

Ross Orton is a musician/songwriter/producer based in Sheffield, England.
From a background playing drums with Add N to (X), electro trio Fat Truckers and Jarvis Cocker, Orton's songwriting, production and mixing credits include Arctic Monkeys' 2013 album AM, the Mercury Music Prize-nominated Arular by M.I.A., The Fall, Toddla T, Roots Manuva, The Kills, Tinchy Stryder, Ladyhawke, Drenge and Working Men’s Club.

Interviewer: Nigel Humberstone - Biog

Nigel HumberstoneNigel Humberstone is a film music composer and founding member of In The Nursery, the Sheffield-based band who have released more than 30 albums since 1981 with their music featured in numerous film soundtracks and theatrical trailers.

Alongside a passion for sound design and binaural field recordings, Nigel has developed ITN's Optical Music Series, a continuing series of new scores for classic silent films. 

Nigel is also co-founder and Music Director of Sensoria Music & Film Festival.

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