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….Without much hesitation, I knew there was really only one person who would give it all the time, love and attention to detail it needed, and that was Studios 301′s Steve Smart. Producer Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave, Midnight Oil)

Steve Smart is regarded as one of the most respected Mastering Engineers in Australia. In his time at Studios 301 he has mastered for the likes of DZ Deathrays, Washington, Flume, You Am I, The Jezabels, Pnau, British India, Crowded House, The Living End, Midnight Oil, The Cruel Sea, Icehouse, Grinspoon, Spiderbait, Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Empire Of The Sun, The Presets, Josh Pike, Regurgitator, Parkway Drive, Adalita and Vance Joy.

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)