3b Ellis Ave, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia
02 9698 5888

About Studios 301

About Studios 301

Studios 301 is Australia’s busiest recording, mixing and mastering studio complex, helping the Australian and international music communities to shape the future sound of music.

Studios 301 is one of the last studios of its kind in the world, large enough to be a breeding ground for the next generation of successful engineers, producers and technicians, whilst regularly working with acts such as Muse, Kanye West, Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Matt Corby, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Powderfinger, Bluejuice and Xavier Rudd.

The Studios 301 History

2018

New Multi-Million Dollar Facility Grand Opening

Dr. Tom Misner committed to a multi-million dollar ground-up reconstruction and relocation project that took 16 months and an incredible 134,000 hours of labour to complete. The result is a no-compromise studio that now ranks as one of the top five studios in the world.

2016

Australia’s longest running professional recording studio

Studios 301 celebrates its 90th birthday as Australia’s longest running professional recording studio

2015

Studios 301 Byron Bay Studio closes

2012

Six new music production studios

Six new music production studios open next door to the mastering facilities, occupied by composers, engineers and artists

2009

10th Birthday

Studios 301 celebrates its 10th birthday at the Alexandria facilities in November

2006

Studios 301 Mastering relocates

Studios 301 Mastering relocates to the extended premises at the 301 complex in Alexandria, Sydney

2004

SSL 9000K

SSL 9000K series console is installed in Sydney Studio 2

2003

Studios 301 Stockholm

Soundtrade Studios (Stockholm, Sweden) re-opens after a major refurbishment and is renamed Studios 301 Stockholm

2002

Studios 301 Byron Bay opens

2001

75 years

Studios 301 celebrated 75 years of recording in Australia, and Studios 301 Cologne, Germany opens.

1999

Studios 301 recording facilities are relocated to Alexandria

Studios 301 recording facilities are relocated to Alexandria at a cost of AUS$8 million under the direction of Tom Misner

1998

Soundtrade Studios, Sweden

Studios 301 sold to a private investor. The 301 Studio Group takes over Soundtrade Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

1996

EMI sells Studios 301

EMI sells Studios 301 in a management buy-out. Studios A & B closed down and the facility consolidated to one recording and mixing studio, a programming suite, and the mastering operation

1985

First SSL console

The studio’s first SSL console is installed. (Richard Lush records Debbie Byrne album)

1979

First fully digital recording

Australia’s first fully digital recording is made at Studios 301. (Kerrie Biddell and her band)

1978

Studios 301 renaming

In 1978 the entire facility was rebuilt, re-equipped and expanded by EMI to provide 4 studios and was renamed Studios 301

1975

Transition to Studer 24 track 2″ recording

1973

“Abbey Road” Console

The EMI “Abbey Road” Console with a 16 track 2″ machine is installed

1969

3M 1″ machine

Transition to 8 track recording using a 3M 1″ machine

1965

4 track 1/2″ recorder

A Scully 4 track 1/2″ recorder introduced for music recording

1962

First transistor mixing console

The first fully transistorised mixing console is installed. (Designed and built by EMI)

1958

Stereo Recording

Stereo Recording is introduced. (First Stereo recording is of Don Burrows All Star band)

1954

301 Castlereagh Street

The studio was re-located to EMI’s new head office building at 301 Castlereagh Street in the city and renamed EMI Studios. There were 3 recording studios: A, B & C plus disc mastering facilities. As well as music for release on record labels, much of the work undertaken in the early days was for local radio broadcast including the immortal “Dad & Dave” programmes. Jingles for commercial radio & TV, as well as film scores were also a significant part of the studio’s business.

1950

First symphony recording in Australia

Recorded the first symphony in Australia

Recorded the first symphony in Australia. (John Antill’s ballet suite with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

1932

Australia’s first record factory and recording studio

Australia's first record factory and recording studio

The Columbia Graphophone Company (later to become EMI Records) opened Australia’s first record factory and recording studio

1930

First Experimental radio transcription was made in the studios

1928

Kingsford-Smith and Ulm

Recording made of the arrival of Kingsford-Smith and Ulm

Recording made of the arrival of Kingsford-Smith and Ulm from their America-Australia Flight

1926

Columbia Graphophone Company

Columbia Graphophone Company opened Australia's first record factory and recording studio

The Columbia Graphophone Company (later to became EMI Records) opened Australia’s first record factory and recording studio