Red Door Sounds
What’s the studio set-up you have there equipment-wise?
Paul ‘Woody’ Annison, producer and studio manager:
“The main console is the SSL G+, however, we recently purchased the 60 channel Neve Vatican from Sydney’s BJB, of which 12 channels are now in the SSL room. We also have Pro Tools HD3, Studer 24-track tape machine, UAD Quad plus plenty of outboard gear including Neve, Vintech, Universal Audio and mics including AKG, Beyer, Neumann, Rode, Sennheiser, etc. Monitoring is via Genlec, Yamaha NS10s, Auratone and AVIOM. Visit reddoorsounds.com.au for full details.”
Any tips for artists entering a studio for the first time?
Which notable artists have worked at the studio?
“We’ve only been operating for a year so the list is just starting. At the moment Children Collide are in the studio making their third album. We get a lot of varied acts coming though like Die Antwoord, Dropkick Murphys, Operator Please, Red Riders, Black Cab, Hunting Grounds and more.”
Who do you have on staff and what’s their background in the industry?
“Darren Middleton [Powderfinger] has relocated to Melbourne and has just come on board as a new in-house producer. Tyson Fish is our in-house engineer. Along with Chris Cheney [The Living End] and myself, we hope to provide a good range of options. Background wise, obviously Darren and Chris have years of knowledge writing and producing via their bands, and are now lending that experience to other artists. I’ve been involved in the making of records since moving from the UK to Australia 20 years ago.”
Can bands bring in their own engineer or do they have to solely use a house engineer?
“Yes they can, they will just need the assistant to help with the basics.”
Is the studio capable of holding a full band at once for recording?
“We have a large ‘live’ room, a small ‘dead’ room for a great ‘70s drum sound or vocals, and a large ‘natural’ room with beautiful acoustics and adjustable baffl ing. More than four to fi ve in a room can get a bit tight. It really depends on the size of the band and how they want to record.”
We’re an impoverished indie band – do you offer any deals for acts in our situation?
“We do offer stand-by rates but there really hasn’t been any free time in a while. We think our rates are really competitive for the studio’s gear and location.”
Do you have any in-house instruments at the studio that acts can use, or is totally BYO?
“We have a drum kit plus a good range of guitars and amps.”
What’s the access to the studio like with regards to parking, flat load, etc?
“Flat load with two car spots.”
Working in the studio can be arduous and we’ll need a break – what are the amenities in the local area?
“Plenty of action on Smith and Brunswick streets – both are walking distance from the studio.”
What are your contact details?
25 Sackville St, Collingwood
0417 051 977