Ross’ History
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As studio manager for Sony Music Studios in Sydney from 1983 to 1985, and 1989 to 2005, I directed the studio development through two major rebuilds from a small demo room, to a profitable, state of the art, 4 room facility providing music recording and mixing, mastering, production of TV and radio ads, DVD authoring and dubbing services.

During this period I was lucky enough to record and mix CDs for some of Australia’s most exciting jazz groups and artists, and was able to combine my passions for improvised music, recording and studio building in a way that I think really served the needs of musicians well.

After Sony Music Studios ceased commercial operation at the end of 2005, I worked as Head of Sound for the Sydney Opera House for 3 years. However, recording and a direct involvement with music is where my heart is, and so it was inevitable that I would return to it.

The ‘Chapel’ is the next phase of this evolution, and is a demonstration of the knowledge and experience I have absorbed over the last 30 years.

My interest in recording started when my father bought a custom Brenell tape recorder when I was 10, but it wasn’t until my university years that the passion for sound really took hold.

While involved with building and running a small demo studio in the late 70s, I became live engineer for well-known Sydney jazz-fusion band Crossfire. I toured with them throughout Asia, and this was followed by national tours doing front of house for Michael Franks, Lee Ritenour & Don Grusin.

I joined Sony Music (then CBS Records) as a studio engineer in 1981, recording demos for signed bands such as Mi Sex, the Angels, Tommy Emmanuel, Doug Parkinson and Midnight Oil, but continued to work live as well.

From 1982 to 1989 I was resident sound engineer for Sydney jazz club the Basement, working with many local groups and also touring international artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Egberto Gismonte, Nana Vasconcelos, John Hammond jr. and Lonnie Mack.