Conceived by Rolling Stones tour manager Ian Stewart and built in 1968, the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio (RSM) was the first ever professional mobile recording studio.
The mobility of the truck and flexibility of its recording equipment allowed the RSM to capture some of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll records of all time. The RSM is even referenced in the Deep Purple song “Smoke on the Water,” which tells the story of how the mobile studio was almost destroyed by a casino fire when the band recorded in Montreux, Switzerland.
Acquired by NMC in 2001, the RSM has since been restored and is now parked next to the King Eddy stage, a historic live music venue, where it can record directly from the stage or connect to any of Studio Bell’s unique live rooms.
“The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio is unquestionably the Sistine Chapel of rock ‘n’ roll.”
— John Leimseider, late Electronics Technician at the National Music Centre
This classic British recording console helped capture the sounds of some of the most seminal albums from acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Frank Zappa and Santana. Originally built in 1968 by Olympic Studios chief technician Dick Swettenham and later upgraded in 1973, the console was the second Helios ever made. Its specs include:
Many legendary albums were recorded using the RSM, including: