Dire Straits

Money for Nothing

Dire Straits

Recorded: October 1984 – February 1985 Released: 13 May 1985
Engineered by: Neil Dorfman
Mixed by: Chuck ainley
Produced by: Neil Dorfman and Mark Knopfler

Money for Nothing was Dire Straits only number one record, and it was huge in 1985. It enjoyed continual rotation on not just radio but also MTV, becoming one of their most played tracks of all time.

The album Brothers in Arms was recorded in Montserrat at Air Studios, a facility that enjoyed the very best and latest recording equipment available, including the a stunning Neve 8078 console and the very latest 24 track digital multi-track recorder from Sony.

EMT plate reverbs were among the many reverb units used on the recording, as well as two of the latest digital reverbs, the AMS RMX 16 and the Sony DRE-2000. Clarification on what was used where is hard to come by, but Money for Nothing is without a doubt one of those tracks that most definitely used liberal does of reverb to great effect.