Studio Focus: Benchmark Mastering

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Studio Focus: Benchmark Mastering

The Blue Mountains based mastering studio

Tell us about the history of your studio.

Benchmark Mastering was set up by Don Bartley and family in 2006 after 35 years experience mastering with CBS, RCA and EMI. We have worked with major Australian and International artists and music companies.

What are your studios digital and/or analogue capabilities for recording?

We are equipped with state of the art analogue and digital equipment that covers most formats and requirements.

What recording gear is available to use?

Neumann SP-79 Mastering Console, Ampex ATR-100 1/2 Inch Recorder with Class A Aria pre-amps, Studer A810 ¼ Inch Recorder, Sequoia Workstations, Dangerous Monitor Controller, Pass Labs Amplifiers GML, Manley, Duntech Sovereigns and much more.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on most recently?

The Cold Chisel vinyl box set, the Australian Crawl re-master, the Tumbleweed re-master and vinyl, the Alberts Goodtime box set, Illy, The Brothers 3 and a whole lot of great new Aussie music coming out of the A&R company.

What are some of the projects you’re most proud of?

The Beatles Sgt. Peppers audiophile vinyl release for EMI, You’re The Voice by John Farnham, Duran Duran, Alanis Morisette, Radio Birdman, Icehouse and many more.

What do you think makes a good studio?

Being user friendly, a relaxed atmosphere, listening carefully and knowing your place.

What separates you from the rest? Why should people come to you?

Most experienced mastering engineer around offering personal attention to every detail of your project. Benchmark is able to offer the best possible results for any Genre of Music. Combining the latest state of the art equipment with a musical and artistic approach Benchmark Mastering will bring a level of quality and attention to detail to fulfil any artist’s vision. Operating independently out of the Blue Mountains allows for flexibility, quick turnarounds and affordable budgets.

Extras: Approximately 1 minute walk from Blaxland Station and shops in the lower Blue Mountains and just over an hour from Sydney and easy parking available.


Don is available for a mix evaluation prior to mastering. To find out more, get in touch via the Benchmark website.