Over our 30 year history we have received many great testimonials from our fans and happy clients, here are a selection from a wide variety of recording and multimedia customers from bands and professional performers through to schools, councils and corporate users of the studio:
Okay, let’s get the important bit out of the way first. In my opinion, this studio is world class. The recordings I did with these guys back in 2002-3 got my band festival gigs in Europe. I got us interviews on the BBC in England and have garnered us a series of really strong reviews, both on the web and in print. One of those songs was even used as the inaugural, opening track for a new radio station in the UK. (How often does that happen?). I’ve worked in a number of other studios and with other producers, but ten years on, I still go back to these guys when I need that something extra. Now the disclaimer, the work I’ve done has been with their producer, Trevor Carter. I can’t comment on the other producers in residence, although I can’t imagine them employing any duds either. Personally speaking, I’ll keep booking Trevor. He’s really good. I guess one reason you’re reading this review is to decide whether the extra money you’ll spend will be worth it. My mates in the band wondered the same thing. There are, let’s be honest, a lot of places out there who will record music for much less. You can put together something yourself without ever leaving your bedroom. Like most things, it depends on what you want. If you just want to put something rough up on sound cloud so that everyone else can hear your chops, then this place is probably an overkill. On the other hand, if you really want your project to impress people, then this is the place for you. But back to my mates in the band. We get mates rates from a studio owner who is, indeed, a good friend of ours. He works at a fraction of the cost of these guys in terms of dollars per hour. But the guys in the band are now convinced it will end up cheaper in the long run to do our stuff via Studio 52 than with him. You kind of have to be there in order to appreciate how that can be true. But suffice to say that having a world-class producer driving the latest, a state-of-the-art recording software has its advantages. Things get done quick, and you get good results faster. Anyway, that’s my rap. I should say for the record that I’m not getting any incentives or free studio time, or anything like that for writing this review. But these guys have done really well by us and I think they deserve to be recognized. Whoever is reading this, best of luck with getting your sounds out there.
“We used Studio 52 to record our Symphonic Showcase concert in August of 2014. They brought their mobile equipment to our auditorium and recorded our Symphony Orchestra, our Senior String Ensemble and our Symphonic Wind Band. We were hugely impressed with the results. Paul & Trevor and their staff were easy to work with, particularly during the complicated task of setting up to record ensembles of this size, and we were thrilled with the results of the recording. Studio 52 captured the performances of all of our ensembles with a wonderful clarity, and just the right amount of production to enhance the sounds of the live performance. We would recommend Studio 52 to any school looking for a professional recording of their large ensemble.”
Scott Templeton, Director of Music, Yarra Valley Grammar
“Very pleased with the quality of recording , service and attention to detail, particularly by the Sound Engineer, Trevor Carter” – Naomi Selvaratnam
“Sound Engineer Trevor Carter was great” – John Huf
“Really enjoyed the day – got alot out of it and plan to go back in the future” – Chloe Davies
“Awesome recording session, well worth it” – Russell West
“Quality of the production we were able to make was great. I would highly recommend Studio 52” – Maryla Juchnowski
Studio 52 has been part of my life for 5+ years, and never fails to please me. Studio 52 has a great vibe about it that seems to provide inspiration and motivation. The studios are all very high quality with top grade engineers and gear that delivers an end product that always leaves listeners amazed. Over the years I have been very enthusiastic about Studio 52 and could never fault it. I have nothing but good things to say about it. Thanks to Paul, Michael, Trevor and Brendan for making Studio 52 such a great experience. Justin B
I’ve worked with studio 52 for two years through the kool skools project – I can honestly say this is the closest experience your students will get to the music industry. They are great blokes who are not only dedicated to their jobs but go out of their way to make sure you are satisfied with your recordings. It was the other day, I was playing a gig and the drummer I was playing with mentioned the kool skools project and how he thought it was the best experience young musicians could have while still under the age of 18 – enough said. Thanks for all your dedication fellas, much appreciated by the teachers, students and school communities involved with this fantastic project. Ben Salvador (Music Industry Teacher)
Ben Salvador, Heathdale Christian College
I highly recommend Studio 52 for corporate recording work. A very friendly and professional team guided me through a complex corporate project incorporating audio and video production for a training video. Trevor and Paul helped plan, organise, record, film and edit our project to a result that far exceeded my expectations. And all this for a very affordable price, much lower than other alternatives I considered at the time. Great Job guys, I will certainly be coming back for more.
“All the staff created an incredibly positive vibe for our students to work in. Brilliant facilities, sound guidance and an awesome result!” Rowville Secondary College (*first time project in 2015)
“This was an amazing experience for our young people. They will be talking about this for a long time. What a fantastic environment the Studio 52 team have created and a great opportunity they have provided for young artists. Well Done!” Strathbogie & Murrindindi Shire Councils (*first time project in 2014)
“I’m a HUGE fan of the Kool Skools project, Real recording experiences you wouldn’t normally get the chance to be part of. This years’ students (2011) said it was the coolest thing they have ever done!” Ben Salvador . Music Co-ordinator -Heathdale Christian College
“I was involved with Kool Skools from the start and thought it was a winner of an idea as soon as I heard the concept many years ago when it was first pitched to a handful of teachers in 1996. Over the last 15 years I have seen first hand what an amazing impact the ‘Kool Skools’ project had on our school and its community. It is not an understatement to say it has changed the lives of many of its participants and always for the better. Before we got involved with the ‘kool Skools’ project our school had an almost non existent music program . Thomastown SC now boasts its own music recording studio and an extensive music program and a strong musical culture that owes its existence to the ongoing success and participation within the ‘Kool Skools’ project. (Thomastown has participated in every single year of Kool Skools since its inception and it has become an integral part of the school, its curriculum and its community.) There has never been, in my 25 years of teaching, a better program that teaches, motivates and instills such pride in achievement to students who take part in it.”
Jim Sismanes . Music Co-ordinator -Thomastown Sec. College- 1996-2007
#19th CD for Wangaratta High School! Kool Skools has influenced and changed the lives of many of our students. it has allowed the music department to grow and prosper”.
david ashfield (wangaratta high school)
“(Re Kool Skools Awards 2013) Congratulations on another great event. As ever, I was blown away by the artist performances and especially Bonney Ranch and Tash Eloise who proved to be worthy winners of the JB HI FI prize.” mike glynn (music manager JB HiFi)
“(Re Kool Skools Awards 2013) Just wanted to commend you for last nights Awards Night Just brilliant guys! The standard was so high this year – what amazing talent we are blessed to see. On behalf of Heathdale, Thank-you!” ben salvadore (Heathdale Christian College)
“A big thank you to you and all the team at Studio 52 for continuing to run such a marvellous program.” caroline servadei (Korowa Anglican Girls School)
“(On receiving the Award for Koolest Skool 2012) Wow – thanks so much for Saturday night. What a brilliant night! Thankyou so much for your support to our students over the years.” ryan black (Notre Dame College)
“for the past 11 years, kool skools has launched the careers of many of our music students including missy higgins and axle whitehead”.
paul retke (geelong grammar school)
“with the challenge of the lack of transport and remoteness of the community, it’s given our young people the chance to meet and collaborate with different musos from other towns. they’ve worked remotely in the past so kool skools has been a great way to really push them into getting together, getting creative and writing their own music”.
dion griffin (north central llen/buloke shire)
“we discovered there was a necessity for an outlet to support more student driven musical projects. after being accepted into the kool skools project, students began working overtime to produce original material. students from both campuses were inspired to collaborate with students they may not have worked with before”. michael davis (caulfield grammar school)
“the project has provided a unique opportunity for young bands in hobsons bay to experience a recording experience first hand. the young people are very excited at the opportunity to record their music and showcase it to friends, family and their local community”.
daniel taylor (hobsons bay youth services)
“kool skools was incredible experience. it created teamwork musically but also pulled everything together across campuses, year levels, ethnicities and backgrounds. from year to year the ‘legend’ of the experience of doing kool skools keeps the students focused and creative.”
helen jensen (copperfield college)
“it’s amazing to work alongside professional engineers with access to state of the art equipment. kool skools has been a fantastic learning experience. it has had a positive impact on all students from the very young year 8’s through to our vce students. it’s our schools first involvement in kool skools and has been a very positive and rewarding experience”.
scott solimo (benalla college)
“kool skools has been a great project for our youth council members to be involved in. it has given members the opportunity to be involved in a collaborative project with other youth council members who they might not otherwise usually work with. they all talked about how much they enjoyed coming to the recording studio and seeing how everything came together. they are all asking about whether we can do it again next year”.
kate munro (manly council)
“kool skools has given students an insight to the recording and sound engineering side of the industry. students have a feeling of ownership on the cd and a sense of pride about their school”.
lynn liu (cranbourne secondary college)
“kool skools has provided an outstanding opportunity for our young people to develop themselves creatively and professionally by having industry experts take them and their work seriously. all the feedback from both bands and our fresh crew is very positive. kool skools allows us to offer young local bands an opportunity to get recognition and community support for their talents”.
heather padden (frankston youth resource centre)
“our students have experienced the realities of the music industry which has taught the students the necessities of recording which include: adequate rehearsal time, ‘polished’ pieces, techniques to record in time, how to work as a team, how to work effectively in a small time frame, how to cooperate in a team environment under stress, fine tuning their listening skills and the importance of the whole recording procedure at every phase (i.e. rehearsal, record, overdubs, mixing). the multimedia students have learnt the importance of time management and new skills in design and multimedia. also, friendships are formed and some students have learnt how to adapt to different environments and improve their communication skills on a personal level”.
kris garner (brisbane water secondary college)
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