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The Incinerator back in the 1940s, long before it was a recording studio. It was used to burn waste at high temperatures, until waste was reduced to ash. I’m presuming the ash is why the garden grows so well? Any experts out there? Cleaning out the garden this weekend, lord knows what we’ll fine..Read More
We are lucky to have this LA-2A tube optical compressor at Wundenberg's Thebarton Recording Studio. The LA-2A was designed by Jim Lawrence and released in the early 1960s. Lawrence had previously developed optical sensors for the Titan Missile Program and used this knowledge to create one of the most iconic audio compressors of all time. This compressor works by turning audio signal into light. An internal light panel becomes brighter as input audio increases, which makes a photo resistor's impedance increase, resulting in a reduction of gain. The LA-2A has remained popular amongst recording engineers for over 50 years due to its gentle, slow and multi-stage release time. This compressor responds especially well to the human voice, helping to inspire fantastic vocal performances. Come give it a try and see for yourself ;)Read More
After some testing (and saving) I'm pleased to announce that the second u87 is a permanent fixture here at the studio! The first time I used this microphone I was studying sound production at TAFE SA. As a student we'd go into Channel 9 one day a week to visit John Bridges' Wombat Studios. We did some sort of recording exercise with this microphone and I vividly remember being completely blown away with how great it sounded (I was used to the sound of my cheap Chinese Studio Projects C1 mic). I never thought I'd end up with this exact microphone in my own studio almost 10 years later. Fun fact: this microphone was used to record some of South Australia's greatest. The Travel Auction Ads ('Who wants to go on a holiday, holiday, holiday'), Humphrey B Bear, the Food Land theme song and whole lot more haha. - LewisRead More
Valhalla recorded drums for this track here at the studio a couple of weeks ago.
We've finally got our hands on a Hughes AK-100 Sound Retrieval System (used extensively by Tchad Blake and Kevin Killen). This unit was the only commercial audio product ever produced by Hughes Aircraft Electronics Devision. The AK-100 was sold in the late 80s and is used to create an immersive 3D sound field using only two speakers, through a process known as 'head-related transfer functions'. This device can be used to help mixes feel wider and as though they have greater spacial depth. Keep an ear out for some mixes that we're using it on 😏.Read More
We've got a pair of Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphones at Wundenberg's Recording Studio. These microphones were designed by the BBC in the 1950s and the technical specifications have remained unchanged ever since. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and countless others have famously used these microphone as drum overheads throughout the years. Steve Albini (the man who recorded Nirvana's In Utero) stated that if he could only own one microphone, he would choose the Coles 4038. Luckily we've got two ;).Read More