This version of the studio and equipment closed in Jan 2021.
Welcome to my website dedicated to the "The Studio" that was.
The original studio was constructed in 2008 (as Pony Music) and had a major upgrade in 2019/20 after the business was sold and we had new ideas (The Auditronics console had a complete overhaul, new gear was added and we reopened just in time for Covid19 to hit)
As of January 2021 this version of the studio closed and most of the toys were removed. (The new partnership failed)
(The new owners have reopened with different staff and equipment, I believe the room remains largely the same )
We (Damien and David) are available for tracking, editing and mixing in other locations. We still have all the toys, more news is on the way. We are looking for suitable spaces to crate a new place, many discussions have been had, many places looked at. We are open to offers if you have something we should talk about.
The information below is historic, just so you can see what we were… I’ll miss this place.
The complex was a modern hybrid studio, that blended some of the best vintage, modern, analogue and digital equipment to give your recordings that something special. We got results that are really hard to archive in smaller rooms or home studios.
This studio was designed to streamline the recording process, making it as easy and as fluid as possible to record your ideas.
You concentrate on the performance while we deal with the technical, and together we make great music.
Our large live room (some say it’s massive) is 10m long x 8m wide x 5.5m high, allowing bands to track in the same space at the same time. We have a great collection of baffles allowing you to section off the room and create isolated spaces and separation as needed. You can open the room up, pack away the baffles and track drums to get that huge 70s sound. Add the baffles to get a modern tight track or anything in between. The rooms are really versatile and your sound shaping options are virtually limitless.
There were 4 spaces/rooms you can record in with isolation, you are not limited to just the large room.
We would still love to speak to you regarding your recordings. Contact us so we can discuss your needs.
Everyone wants to know how much recording will cost. No one wants to answer the question, “What is your budget?”. We need to work together to get this started.
Universal Audio LA610
Control Room Rear
“Live engineer, mix engineer, recording engineer, monitor engineer, sound designer, sound analyst, synth programmer, acoustician, studio manager, tour manager, production manager, bass player - is there anything that Damien Young can’t do? He does all this for me and more, and has been doing it fantastically well for the past 15 years. I really couldn’t do my job as well as I do without him. May 2020”
Leo Sayer May 2020
Over the years our team have acquired a fantastic selection of equipment . Below is a list of some of the toys we had in this great complex.
Technology changes all the time and we try to stay current ish. Our current system is a Apple Mac "Trash Can" running; Pro Tools Ultimate 2020.x HDX Universal Audio UAD Octo card 2 x Avid HD 16 I/O 1 Avid/Digidesign 192 I/O
The front end is all analogue based around our fully refurbished (ex TCS) Auditronics 501 (Son of 36 Grand) console 24 in / 16 out
Avid/Digidesign C|24 24 fader control surface
RND 5059 16 x 2 x 2 Summing Mixer
Cranesong Avocet - Monitor Controller Neumann KH310A Active Main Monitors Neumann KH750 Sub Aurotone 5C Secondary Monitors
Headphone System Formula Sound QUE-8 (6 x consoles) All analogue 8 channel headphone mixing system with custom Cue/Talkback Audio Technica ATM m50X, AKG & Beyer headphones
Non Valve 24 x Auditronics 501 with EQ on every input 2 x Midas 502/512 Heritage 3000 style mic pres with EQ AEA TRP - 2 Channel Ribbon Pre Neve 33415 - 2 Channel Mic Pre Vintech X81 & Vintech 473 (4 channels) Amek 9088 - 2 Channels Universal Audio Solo 110 x 2 Great River ME-1NV
Valve Mic Pres 2 x TAB V76 2 x TAB V72 Byer 66 ROLA 77 Universal Audio 2610 Universal Audio LA610 Summit Audio TPA-200B (very early model)
24 Auditronics 501 - inductor style eq Chandler Curve Bender TG 12345 2 x Empirical Labe Little FrEQ
Neve 33609 Tube Tech CL1B Empirical Labs Distressor 2 x Urei 1176 (Black) 2 x dbx 160X 2 x Nova C1 Mozztronics OC-3 - 2 Channel Optical Prototype RND Master Buss Processor
RNDI Mozztronics - DI Mozztronics - Reamp Mozztronics - BP-1 Mozztronics - VP-1 Countryman, Nova Sound and other DI's
Drums Tama Star Classic 6 Piece DDrum Babinga 6 Piece Various Snare Drums
Percussion Tambourines, shakers, cowbells, etc.
Guitars Fender - '79 Strat Fender Squier Tele Fret King Black Label (Geoff Whitehorn) Music Mann OLP - with Floyd Rose
Bass Guitars Fender Custom shop '64 L Precision Music Mann USA Sub 4 (with J & MM pickups)
Instrument Amplifiers Kustom Coupe 2 x 12” Lab Systems VP400 - Head Fender Bassman 10 4 x 10” Mozztronics VP1 & BP1 - Valve Preamps
Speaker boxes Mark Bass 2 x 12” Celestion 1 x 12 Peavey Blackwidow 1 x 15
Other Hammond L100 Roland Masterkeyboard - JV 1010, Fairlight, UVI and other keyboard libraries
* Not all items are available all of the time. Gear needs to be serviced and we do change over things from time to time. If your project really depends on a particular item listed here please let us know so we can do our best to have it available.
Pony Music is a world class studio and somewhat of a hidden gem. I could go on about the great equipment and acoustics, but for me the best thing is the space, the vibe and the comfort of the studio. The complex has easy load in, tonnes of parking, comfortable furniture and great mood lighting which makes the sessions go so much better. Break a string/stick/skin during your session? You can just pop upstairs to the music store. Unreal!
Dead City Ruins. AFM records
“We love working with Damien in the Studio. He always gives our project a genuine personal interest. He approaches our music like it’s his very own and his gift for production is extrordinary. There’s a lot of love in the room when you work with Damien. He has access to world class recording facilities and he never fails to make us sound like a REAL band. We’re hanging out to record with Damien again as soon as we can."
Allan McRae, Al’s Garage 2020.
“Professional, easy to work with and will get your mix the way you need it.
Troy Mccosker's mix helped land us some great reviews from blabbermouth and Metal hammer. He has an ear for any project you need help with and will take the time to make sure you are happy. Our record sounds Massive and it has that modern and old school touch which not everyone can get right.“
Cordyceps, unique leader records.
I’ve been involved in Pony music for 15 years, I’ve had my hand in every stage of creating what I believe to be the best music making facilities in the country. There’s no other studio that offers the complete package. It’s ease of use, acoustics, gear, flexibility and seemingly endless options to create the sounds my clients want. It’s my second home and there’s nowhere else I’d rather make a record. ".
Audio Ninga - Audio Engineer
Some of our happy clients.
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Little Feet Music
Audio Ninja - Engineer
Every One Band
A gaggle of drummers, or is it a flock?
Cups of Coffee
“I have had the privilege of working with Damien over the last 20 years both as Front of house engineer with Leo Sayer and as recording engineer. We have recorded several albums and other projects for clients. He is astute, highly skilled and professional in all undertakings and I continue to work with him to this day. I can recommend his creativity and abilities across any format that suits artist or producer and his input is invaluable".
Mark has played with the likes of Duran Duran, Ayers Rock, Leo Sayer, Marcia Hines, Billy Thorpe, Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson and many, many more.
Mark Kennedy - Drumming Legend 2020
“Vintage Neumann's and a high ceilling is what my drum recordings were missing. I found these when I recorded at Pony Music. The first time I recorded there I was sold. The gear, the rooms, the vibe, it's all the next level. Great mics, great pres, great people and the rooms just make recording so easy.
Simon Bray - Audio Engineer
I've been working professionally with Troy for over 10 years in a multitude of creative environments. He's my #1 go-to engineer on any and all projects I've undertaken, from
drum clinics, to studio recordings and live sound engineering. His ability to convey your emotive expression and turn it into a record is unparalleled. A quality asset to have in
Ne Obliviscaris, vipassi, (seasons of mist records), session drummer