Focusrite present Rick Rubin the MPG International Producer Award

05 Mar 2010
A-list producer Rick Rubin has been awarded the 2010 Music Producers Guild International Producer award, sponsored by Focusrite.

Rubin is best known for co-founding Def Jam records in the early ’80s, and in the years since then has worked with pioneering artists such as Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Collecting the award on Rick's behalf was Mike Smith, MD of Columbia Records.

Also at the MPG awards, Focusrite pledged equipment worth over £600 to a raffle to support the RNID's Don't Lose The Music campaign (

Dave Harries, a veritable legend in the audio engineering fraternity, was the proud winner of the Focusrite Forte Suite plug-in for Pro Tools. Paradoxically, Dave was one of the engineers who helped to specify the original Forte console, on which the Forte Suite is modelled. Dave will donate his prize to British Grove Studios, with which he is heavily involved.

Commenting on the event, Dave Harries said, "I think the MPG Awards night is great, it's something to champion record production and studios, which nobody has really done before." 

Another winner on the night was sound engineer Marco Martini. He won the new OctoPre MkII eight-channel microphone preamp with built-in ADC. Marco comments "I love this pre, I've just started using it on an acoustic record that I'm doing and it sounds amazing, very musical! The A-D conversion is crystal clear, and the build quality is great. Thanks Focusrite and MPG for this amazing prize!"

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