Multi-award winning record producer Mark Optiz, who has worked with The Divinyls, The Angels, AC/DC and many other legendary Australian artists was quoted by the Canberra Times, "This recording facility rates with any international recording facility I have ever worked in." "It is not just design and this fabulous Neve console, but this university has one of the best microphone collections I have ever seen."
Music technology convenor Associate Professor Samantha Bennett has led the refurbishment of the School of Music studio, which now includes a Neve 48 channel control panel, custom crafted plywood flexible acoustics, two post-production rooms and a voice isolation studio. The acoustics were designed by John L Sayers, an Australian recording engineer, producer and acoustic designer who engineered and produced many classic Australian rock and pop albums and singles from 1969 to the present. The acoustic properties of the space are second-to-none and feature hand-made panelling which can flip from wooden to felt surfaces depending on the type of music being recorded.
The studio will be a boon for current and future School of Music students. Professor Kenneth Lampl said in the Canberra Times "the studio is a beacon signalling the arrival of a new school, new staff and new environment to inspire the game-changing artists of the future".
Read more about the phenomenal newly refurbished ANU School of Music recording studio in the Canberra Times article.