Number of locations
|Sydney, NSW Australia & Byron Bay, Australia|
Studios 301 is an Australian recording studio. Established in 1926, Studios 301 is the longest running professional recording studio in the southern hemisphere. It is also Australia’s largest Studio complex featuring 72 channel Neve 88R console and 72 channel SSL K Series consoles. Separating from EMI in 1996 it now has two complexes, the largest of these is located at 18 Mitchell Road, in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria, the other location is 373 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.
Founded in 1926, the Columbia Graphophone Company studios were one of the oldest established in the world. In 1954 they relocated and were given a new name, EMI Studios. In 1978 they were renamed again as Studios 301 and completely re-equipped. Now privately owned, 301 have one of the largest recording rooms and mastering facilities in the Southern hemisphere. In 1996 Studios 301 was purchased by the management team at the time, then was sold again in 1998 when producer/engineer Tom Misner took ownership and underwent a multi million dollar relocation & re-build. Up to early 2011, Studios 301 were part of the SAE Technology College group, until SAE were sold and Tom Misner retained ownership of Studios 301.
Studios 301 has a long and distinguished history, starting with the 1928 recording of the arrival of [[Charles Kingsford Smith]] and Charles Ulm into Australia following their flight from America, the first flight of its kind. In 1932, the studio recorded another first, a landline recording of the Melbourne Cup, and in 1954, the recording of the first symphony in Australia (John Antille's 'Ballet Suite' with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra).
In 1954, the studios relocated from their original site in Homebush, to 301 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, and underwent a name change from Columbia Graphophone Studios to EMI Studios. Stereo Recording was introduced to the studios in 1958. The first artist to be recorded in stereo was the Don Burrows All Star Band. In 1969, the studios made the transition to 8 track recording, using a 3M 1" machine, and four years later EMI installed the "Abbey Road" Console, which was a 16 track 2" machine. Transition to 24 track recording was made in 1975.
A total refit and redesign of the studios was carried out in 1978, and the name was changed to Studios 301. The studios were now able to make fully digital recordings (the first for Kerrie Biddell and her band in 1979).
1996-1998 saw Studios 301 changing hands after EMI sold them in a management team buyout. The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) group of companies, headed by Tom Misner, acquired Studios 301, as well as Soundtrade Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Misner directed the move of the recording facilities to their current location in Alexandria in 1999. The mastering facilities following in 2006. Navitas bought out the SAE Group in 2011, however Misner retains ownership of Studios 301. The band 5 Seconds of Summer were discovered at Studios 301 by studio manager Adam Wilkinson in 2011.
Studios 301 Mastering and Recording
Since 1980 Studios 301 Mastering has been catering for a multitude of Australian recording artists along with an ever-expanding international clientele. 301 Mastering is Australia's premier and largest fully purpose designed and built mastering complex. It features specifically tailored acoustics and monitoring along with high-end analogue and digital signal processing including vintage custom EMI TG mastering consoles and components providing a smooth, warm analogue sound. It is situated within the Studios 301 recording/mixing complex in Sydney. Artists who have used Studios 301 include Kanye West, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Muse, Black Eyed Peas, U2, Taio Cruz, Snoop Dogg, Powderfinger, Silverchair, Sneaky Sound System, Bag Raiders, The Vines, Washington, Santhosh Narayanan and Angus & Julia Stone. Dating further back, David Bowie, Prince, Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Easybeats, John Farnham, Icehouse, The Divinyls, Slim Dusty, The Angels, INXS and Midnight Oil.
In July 2012, Studios 301 successfully wooed prolific American producer Nick DiDia to work in their Byron bay studio. October 2012 sees the opening of six new production studios at the complex, making it one of the largest in the world.
|1977||Chrisye||"Jurang Pemisah" Album||Mastering|
|1979||Dire Straits||"Communiqué" Album||Mastering|
|1981||INXS||"Underneath the Colours" Album||Recording|
|1981||INXS||"Stay Young" 7" Single||Recording|
|1982||Cold Chisel||"Circus Animals" Album||Recording, Mixing|
|1983||INXS||"Dekadance" 12" Single||Remixing|
|1983||Split Enz||"Conflicting Emotions" Album||Mixing|
|1984||Cold Chisel||"Twentieth Century" Album||Recording and Mixing|
|1984||Duran Duran||"Seven and the Ragged Tiger" Album||Recording|
|1985||Cold Chisel||"Radio Songs - A Best Of" Album||Recording and Mixing|
|1985||Elton John||"Breaking Hearts" Album||Recording|
|1986||Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls||"Gossip" Album||Recording|
|1988||Kids in the Kitchen||"Shine" Album||Recording|
|1988||The Lime Spiders||"Volatile" Album||Mixing|
|1990||Slim Dusty||"Coming Home" Album||Recording|
|1994||Gina Jeffreys||"The Flame" Album||Recording & Mixing|
|1995||Powderfinger||"Mr Kneebone" EP||Mastering|
|1996||Gina Jeffreys||"Up Close" Album||Recording & Mixing|
|1998||Gina Jeffreys||"Somebody's Daughter" Album||Recording & Mixing|
|1999||DJ Tiësto||"In Search of Sunrise" Album||Recording|
|2001||Savage Garden||"Declaration" Live Album||Mixing|
|2002||INXS||"Stay Young 1979-1982" Compilation Album||Recording and Mastering|
|2002||Silverchair||"Diorama" Album||Orchestral Recording|
|2002||The Nugget||"The Nugget" Film Score||Mixing|
|2006||Happy Feet Soundtrack||"Happy Feet" Film Score||Score Mixing|
|2006||Radio Birdman||"Zeno Beach" Album||Recording|
|2007||Silverchair||"Young Modern" Album||String Recording|
|2009||Eskimo Joe||"Inshulla" Album||Recording|
|2009||Powderfinger||"Golden Rule" Album||Recording, Mixing, Orchestral String Recording|
|2009||QANTAS||Orchestral Recording for TV commercial||Recording|
|2010||Kanye West||Tracks from Watch The Throne Album||Recording|
|2010||Jay Z||Tracks from Watch The Throne Album||Recording|
|2010||Kanye West||"Runaway" Single||Recording|
|2010||The Vines||"Future Primitive" Album||Recording|
|2011||Jason Derulo||"Bombs Away" Japanese Limited Release||Recording|
|2011||Lady Gaga||"Bloody Mary" Album Track - "Born This Way"||Recording|
|2011||Angus and Julia Stone||"I Can Sing This Song" Single||Recording, Mastering|
|2011||The Jezabels||"Prisoner" Album||Recording|
|2011||Matt Corby||"Into The Flame" EP||Recording, Mastering|
|2011||Powderfinger||"Fingerprints And Footprints" Album||Recording, Mastering, Mixing|
|2011||Totally Unicorn||"Horse Hugger" EP||Recording, Mixing|
|2011||The Living End||"The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating" Album||Recording|
|2011||Kylie Minogue||"Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" EP||Mastering|
|2011||Darren Hayes||"Bloodstained Heart" Single||Mastering|
|2011||David Campbell||"Let's Go" Album||Recording, Mastering|
|2011||Matt Corby||"Brother" Single||Mastering, Mixing|
|2011||Justice Crew||"Come Closer" Single||Instrumental Mastering|
|2011||Tim Freedman||"Australian Idle" Album||Recording, Mastering|
|2011||Reece Mastin||Self-Titled Album||Mastering|
|2012||Matt Corby||"Lighthome" Bonus Track||Recording|
|2012||Esbjorn Svensson Trio||"301" Album||Recording|
|2012||360||"Boys Like You" Polyfonik Remix||Mastering|
|2012||360||"Boys Like You" Alison Wonderland Remix||Mastering|
|2012||Reece Mastin||"Shout It Out"||Mastering|
|2012||Guy Sebastian||"Battle scars" feat. Lupe Fiasco||Mastering|
|2012||Karise Eden||"My Journey"||Mastering|
|2012||Santhosh Narayanan||"Attakathi" Album||Mastering|
|2012||5 Seconds of Summer||"Somewhere New"||Recording|
|2014||Bruce Springsteen||"High Hopes" Album||Partial-Recording|
|2014||Jessica Mauboy||iTunes Session EP||Recording|
|2014||Santhosh Narayanan||"Enakkul Oruvan" Album||Mixing and Mastering|
|2015||Santhosh Narayanan||"36 Vayadhinile" Album||Partial-Recording & Mixing|
- Official Website
- Smart Company
- "Charles Kingsford Smith". 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Studios 301". 2008.
- Marc Zanotti (18 September 2012). "Studios 301 Announce Six More Production Studios". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- Amelia Parrott (18 September 2012). "Studios 301 Announce Six More Production Facilities". Retrieved 23 September 2012.