Sarm East Studios

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Sarm East Studios is a recording studio that was located on Osborne street at the southern end of Brick Lane in east London.[1]


The studio was established by Jill Sinclair and her brother John Sinclair [2] with the help of engineers Mike Stone and Gary Lyons in 1973. It was previously called The City of London Recording Studios.[3]

The studio was at one time one of the foremost and famous recording Studios in London and has played host to artists such as Queen, Madonna, the Clash, Depeche Mode, Rush, Yes, ABC, INXS, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Seal and the Hoosiers.

SARM East was later owned by SPZ Group, a holding company belonging to Jill Sinclair and her husband, a prolific music producer Trevor Horn, but was closed down in the late 1990s. Sarm Music Village belonging to SPZ group continues its legacy.


The studio had an early Solid State Logic (SSL) 4000E mixing console and was one of the first studios in London to install one. The SSL replaced an earlier Trident console with Allison automation.

Multitracks were twin Studer A80s (to be replaced later by Studer A800 Mk IIIs) with Dolby A and mixdown machine was a Studer A80 with a 1/2" headblock and Dolby A. Outboard gear included:

  • Eventide H910 Harmonizer
  • Survival Projects panner
  • Lexicon 224 digital reverb
  • UREI 1176 compressors
  • AMS digital delay

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