UMA to launch new recording studio
Universal Music Australia (UMA) is set to revive a former hub of musical real estate in the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo with plans to launch Forbes Street Studios in October 2016.
The studio will lie adjacent to Universal Music Australia HQ on the corner of William Street and Forbes Street. The facility will feature state-of-the-art equipment that will host a recording studio with SSL console, Audio over IP interview booth, writing room with hi-end vocal recording capabilities and comprehensive Avid editing suite.
The musical history of the site surrounding Forbes Street Studios dates back to 1975. The area just down the hill from the now historic Coca Cola sign oncehoused ABC youth broadcaster Double J. In the 1980’s close by in Judge Street, the iconic Paradise Studios opened to host some of Australia’s most important rock and pop album recordings, including Midnight Oil (Species Deceases), Iva Davies and Flowers, Cold Chisel, who recorded with Mark Optiz for their breakthough album East,and INXS who recordedShabooh Shoobah with Opitz at the helm.
Once a vibrant musical district, the area has since undergone a transformative urbanisation process. The historic warehouse that was once Paradise Studios has now been transformed into a glamorous inner city residence, along with many other notable sites in the precinct.
Universal Music Australia is confident that the new studio will recapture the former glory of the district’s historyand restore a renowned musical legacy to the local area.