About Studios 301

The History of Studios 301

Established as a subsidiary of the Columbia Graphophone Company in 1926 to later become EMI Records then Studios 301, we have the largest recording space  in the Southern Hemisphere and the only Tier One recording studio in Australia. An industry leader in professional audio rivaling the sounds from heritage studios abroad, the new Studios 301 facility boasts music recording studios, production suites, mastering rooms and digitisation facilities, showcasing some of the best acoustic spaces and cutting edge technologies in the world. 

In its previous and current iterations, Studios 301 has played host to numerous internationally acclaimed artists such as Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, U2, David Bowie, INXS, Elton John, Prince, Bob Dylan, Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Flume, Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry, Lizzo, Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, Migos, The Weeknd,Delta Goodrem, Cold Chisel, Matt Corby and Amy Shark to name a few. With the opening of a new multimillion-dollar facility in February of 2018, this monolithic studio has reaffirmed its place in the heritage of global top tier recording facilities, designed to take this historic facility forward into the 21st century and consolidate its reputation as a large-format studio capable of servicing the world’s biggest artists, and foster the next generation of musical talent.

The Studios 301 History


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.


Australia’s longest running professional recording studio

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


Studios 301 Byron Bay Studio closes


Six new music production studios

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


10th Birthday

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


Studios 301 Mastering relocates

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


SSL 9000K

SSL 9000K series console is installed in Sydney Studio 2


Studios 301 Stockholm

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


Studios 301 Byron Bay opens


75 years

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


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


Soundtrade Studios, Sweden

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


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


First SSL console

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


First fully digital recording

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


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


Transition to Studer 24 track 2″ recording


“Abbey Road” Console

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


3M 1″ machine

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


4 track 1/2″ recorder

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


First transistor mixing console

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


Stereo Recording

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


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.


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)


Australia’s first recording of ABC Radio

Australia's first record factory and recording studio

When the ABC was less than 4 months old, Columbia Graphophone was tasked to record the 1932 Melbourne Cup and release it to the public.


First Experimental radio transcription was made in the studios


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


Columbia Graphophone Company

Columbia Graphophone Company opened 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