Past and Present

 Aged 19, I left my home town of Birmingham to begin my studio life as a staff engineer for Island Studios in London. 


Island Records was renowned for its eclectic artist repertoire, which required of the engineers to learn a variety of engineering and production skills. I had the good fortune to record some of the most varied, exciting and talented artists of the day, including Bob Marley, Free, Cat Stevens, Paul McCartney and Led Zeppelin.


At 24 years of age, I moved to LA , engineering and producing as a freelancer, working on artists including guitarist Albert Lee, Booker "T" and The M.G's and Robert Palmer. I continued working for Island through their LA office. On return to the U.K in the mid-eighties I continued working with most major labels (Sony/Reef, Waterboys/Ensign, Mica Paris/Island) and at many famous studios, including Abbey Road and Air. 



Recent projects include re-mixes of Bad Company albums "Bad Company" and "Straight Shooter" as well as the mixing of their first live album.


I now work mostly from home here in glorious Torquay Devon; mixing, mastering and song production.

Click on the Soundcloud link at the top of the site for most recent productions.


Click on the link below for a discography of much of my work.






Welcome to Richard Digby Smith's Music Production and Engineering site and his TQ1 Music production company. Combining an unmatched passion for music with natural talent.
Torquay's TQ1 Music Studio provides professional sound recording, engineering, song production, mixing and mastering facilities.

Website design with Matilda Millington.


Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. TQ1 Music loves to harness that power by being involved in the creative music process. With our team of gifted and experienced musicians and vocalists, we can turn your song ideas and demos into fully professional sounding masters. If your track mixes are already recorded, then look no further. 

Send us your audio tracks as WAV or AIFF format in any commercial sample rate, 44.1KHz, 96KHz, 192KHz and 16 or 24bit.

Please ensure your tracks are bounced from zero and if not please send us your session files, PRO TOOLS or LOGIC. We can handle other DAWs too.

Your track(s) will be mixed and mastered with state of the art technology, ready for duplication/replication and commercial release.

Use the contact page below to introduce yourself, with a brief outline of your requirements. We will get back to you and help you find a suitable way forward for your creative project to succeed.

Audio Books

We've produced a number of audiobooks for the professional market including Jonathon Dimbleby's "Battle Of The Atlantic" published by Penguin and the Times number one best seller "The Unmumsy Mum" by Sarah Turner.


Our engineers are experienced in the recording of this specialised format and are highly skilled in the detailed editing and post-production process, producing the highest quality audio and quick turn-around times.


Use the contact page below for pricing and availability. 


Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”

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