Philip Newell is an independent acoustics-consultant who has been designing sound control rooms and performance spaces for over 45 years. He has also written ten books on the subject of recording systems, acoustics and electro-acoustics, along with over 50 conference and journal papers. For 10 years (1973-82), Philip was the technical director of the Virgin Records recording studios division, during which time (and previously) he worked as recording engineer or producer on many notable recordings. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics, a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) within which he has participated in studies for the Technology Committee for Cinema Sound Systems (25CSS).

Over the years, the work has involved the design of music-recording studios, sound control rooms, television studios, dubbing theatres (many for mixing feature-film soundtracks), cinema theatres, Foley studios, voice-over rooms, music rooms, stages, discotheques, mobile recording studios, rehearsal rooms, sports halls and multi-use venues; along with their well-silenced ventilation and air-conditioning systems. The services offered have ranged from the general advice for small construction to the overseeing of the building of entire complexes.

Different pages of this website highlight the varied aspects of the design and consultation tasks for the above examples. The site is intended to be illustrative and informative, so where possible, the captions below the photographs link to the websites of the actual studios shown, and page 9 offers links to other relevant sites of interest.