A guide to the best recording studios in Australia

If you have sounds to make and want to record those sounds in a format conducive to ear-friendly playback, you should consider some of the following studios, depending on your location, budgets, and penchant for carpets. soft.

Seriously, studio hunting can be a minefield, so we’ve only rounded up the most reputable locations. Major labels, indie artists, foreign artists and everyone frequent these places, so I guess that’s an official TIO seal of approval.

A cheeky hour from Sydney’s CBD and set in a Central Coast forest, these studios were built by legendary band INXS’ Garry Gary Beers, and have seen the likes of Silverchair, Eskimo Joe (these dudes move) and even Garry’s old band that does classics there. Sometimes you have to get out of town to really create.

The boutique school opens its doors to a select group of 16 students in its first year, giving them access to a recording studio complete with all the top-of-the-line equipment and experienced producers – and appropriate qualification at the end, a Diploma in Music Industry (Sound Production).

There are also no prerequisites for this course – just the creativity and passion for sound that all the greats record. If this is a career you could see yourself pursuing, you can head to one of the studio’s upcoming open days to see the place for yourself – this could be your next step towards a career in music. .

With ninety years of experience as Australia’s leading and best-known recording, mixing and mastering studio, you’d be forgiven for thinking that 301 is steeped in the past. Well, you’ve embarrassed yourself with that misconception, because they’ve just launched their new, multimillion-dollar studios in Alexandria in Sydney’s mid-west, complete with both cutting-edge technology and classic consoles and gear. We were lucky enough to be given a tour of the many rooms recently and we basically want to live there forever.

If you’re in Perth and want some of that city’s excellent musical magic dust to rub off on your recording, head to Wastelands Studios, owned and operated by award-winning ARIA artist and producer Joel Quarterhand of Eskimo Joe. It’s got that touch, and its decades of industry experience means it won’t mess with you or try to auto-tune your jazz odyssey.

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Another relatively new studio, the facility opened in late 2016 in Woolloomooloo, and has since recorded gems from everyone from Shawn Mendes, Flume and Niall Horan, to Billie Eilish and Angus & Julia Stone. They’re backed by UMA, but you don’t need to be signed to the label to enjoy major label sound. Vintage or modern equipment? Well, why not use both?

Another legendary Perth space; Basically all the great songs that came out of WA in the late 90s/early 2000s were born in this studio: End Of Fashion, Sleepy Jackson, Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy, Bob Evans and many more have honored these parts – you probably already know the sound.

Some of Melbourne’s finest records were recorded at Sing Sing Studios on Chapel Street in South Yarra; check out this long list of clients. Analog and Pro-Tools aficionados are well catered for, and the mastering suite has honed some of the best international records.

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