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Steve Smart - 301 Mastering

Steve Smart is regarded as one of the most respected Mastering Engineers in Australia who values analogue equipment and working closely with the artist.

Steve mastered Vance Joy’s Platinum selling EP “God Loves you When Your Dancing” which featured the 4 x platinum single “Riptide” which won 2014 APRA’s “Song of the Year” and “Pop Work of the Year”.

Steve was chosen specifically to master some key tracks on Empire of The Sun and Flume’s highly successful album.

On the heavier side of the musical spectrum, Steve also mastered DZ Deathray’s sophomore album “Black Rat” which Fasterlouder said was “a magical cauldron”. He just mastered Die! Die! Die! new album S W I M which Brag recently said you will be “Stunned and Enthralled”.

He loves working on all different genres having recently mastered the forthcoming Kasey Chambers album ‘Bittersweet’ which harks back to her more alt-country roots. The Australian just gave the album 4 ½ stars!

Many of these albums have reached multi-platinum sales and received ARIA and Golden Guitar Awards, but despite his resume, Steve’s passion still lies in mastering records that help launch (and continue) the careers of independent artists.

Before joining Studios 301 in 1991, Steve worked for the recording department of CBS Records (later becoming Sony Music). Much of his time there was spent cutting vinyl for the Australian releases of artists such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Zappa, Fleetwood Mac, The Cure, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Joy Division and Faith No More.

Based on this experience, he is one of the few engineers working today who can faithfully master specifically for the vinyl medium. His love for analogue equipment, and enormous collection of outboard processing, means that releases for CD and digital also have a depth and space unachievable in the digital domain.

“Steve Smart has done wonders in remastering all the albums which has brought greater clarity to the original recordings than I could have hoped for…”Iva Davies (Icehouse).

Read about Steve’s unique mixing + mastering process

Read Steve’s Blog post on Remastering Midnight Oil

Read Steve’s Blog post on Mastering for Vinyl