Location: Balmain, NSW
Hours of operation: 7 days – 10am – 8pm
Tell us about the history of Damien Gerard Studios.
Damien Gerard Studios is one of the oldest and most established studios in Sydney. Founded in 1982 by Luke “Gerard” Everingham and Adam “Damien” Everingham, the facility began as one recording studio and three rehearsal rooms in an Old Wool Store Warehouse in Ultimo._ In 1985 Marshall Cullen and partners took over ownership of the facility. During this time Russell Pilling began his long-standing role as chief engineer. After being trained by Marshall, Russell is still currently the chief engineer to this day. In 2001 the original Electric Avenue building in Balmain (designed and built by Sydney Studio legend Phil Punch and home to The Church for many years) became available, and DG’s found a new permanent location. The premises now houses two rooms, the iconic Studio A which has one large live room and three separate booths as well as The Red Stairs Room – a mastering/mixing suite with a vocal booth.
What recording gear is available to use?
Our main console is a Soundcraft 2400 mid 80’s classic analog 32/24. Presamps included are: Neve, ATI, Gappre 73, API, BAE, Avedis, UA. Compressors include: Urei, UA, DBX, AMEK, API, Neve Portico, Opti1A, Dramastic. Outboard EQ’s included: Neve, JLM, ATI, We also have plenty of microphones on offer, featuring high quality brands such as Neuman, Rode, Shure, Sennheiser, Audio- Technica plus plenty more.
Who are your in-house engineers and what is their experience?
RUSSELL PILLING Russ has been engineering for over 25 years and has worked with Grimskunk, Hoodoo Gurus, Yothu Yindi, Noiseworks, Pete ‘Lucky’ Luscombe (Rockwiz), The Vines, Ghostwriters, Died Pretty, Jon Stevens, The Church, The Cruel Sea just to name a few artists. ANDREW BECK_ Starting out in the intense music-recording scene on the USA West Coast throughout the 90’s, Andrew has worked with the likes of Soundgarden recording “Superunknown”, Delicious Vinyl, Bad Animals Studios Seattle, Ocean Way Studios and MCA Music Publishing in house Studios and Trauma Records, among others. PETE HOLZ Pete has completed a masters degree in acoustics at Sydney University and was one of the chief lecturers at The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) and JMC Sydney. Pete joined the Damien Gerard Studio team in 2005 and has since attended prestige courses such as a mixing workshop with Michael Brauer (Coldplay) in Southern France. Since joining the team, Pete has become one of our most sought after engineers, providing worldclass clarity and quality in his mixes.
The Studio is in inner city Balmain where cafes, bars and much more is only a walk away. There is an in house label that provides consultation, radio plugging and promotion to selected clients as well as cd and vinyl manufacture and distribution if required. DG’s is also the booking side of Grammy Award Winner William Bowden’s mastering suite now residing in Tasmania.