Three generations of the music industry gathered on Ellis Avenue in Alexandria last night to celebrate the launch of Australia’s largest recording studio, Studios 301.

From MGM founder Sebastian Chase and international producer Steve Lillywhite, to Rai Thistlethwayte (songwriter, frontman Thirsty Merc) and APRA AMCOS’ Milly Petriella, to budding singer-songwriter Demi Louise and Jakob Delgado from instereo, Studios 301 brought together members from all walks of the industry to showcase its brand new digs.

Following welcome speeches by 301 General Manager Ron Haryanto; founder and owner Dr Tom Misner and special guest; and six-time Grammy award winning UK producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones), the studio complex was unveiled.

Thirsty Merc at Studios 301 launch

The multimillion-dollar maze of studios, mixing and writing rooms – and of course the trademark expansive live room – were bursting with live recorded music, especially curated for the launch.

Its previous and current iterations across Australia have recorded some of the most prolific records, from the vocals for Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ by 301’s Simon Cohen, to tracks from Lady Gaga’s Born This Way LP, to the solo work of will.i.am, to Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes with engineers Jordan Power and Nick DiDia.

Studios 301 in Sydney is a collaboration between music industry icon and audio education pioneer, Dr Tom Misner, and master acoustician, Jochen Veith.

Speaking to TIO, Misner said: “In a world where large format studios are closing their doors around the world, the rebuild of the new studios 301 complex reestablishes us as not just a leader in the Australian music industry, but one of the few top tier facilities of its kind in the world.

“Essentially philanthropic in nature, my aim with 301 is to create a platform for future engineers, producers and artists to be nurtured and flourish in world class facilities.”

The revamp is part of the studio’s more than ninety year commitment to the Australian and global music industry, ensuring the local music community has not only large format studios, but one of the world’s finest acoustically designed facilities.