About

Future State Studios is a boutique recording studio,
just 15 minutes outside of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

"First class mixing and mastering."
 
 

Corin Shearston
Radio Blue Mountains

"We had a blast, his expertise made the process enjoyable and efficient."

Nic Macken
Safire Palms

"Stuart is an absolute whiz and his studio is state-of-the-art."
 

Jake Coleman
Merekat

"Future State Studios don't just produce, they nurture artists."
 

Willem Hendriksen
Retro Rehash

Future State Studios is a professional recording studio, loaded with world-class equipment ready for your next project.

Our vision is to bring the definitive warmth and tonality of real analog gear to lift your music to the next level, in a comfortable environment that fosters creativity.

We welcome you to come in for a visit; to view the space and to meet us!

Located near Hobart, Tasmania, enjoy the wonderful private acreage with views towards Kunanyi / Mount Wellington and wait for inspiration to strike, or get busy recording, producing and mixing your next hit!

We work with solo artists, bands and more unique projects across all genres, abilities and budgets. We have an extensive range of digital and analog synthesis equipment for modern electronic music production.

Services

If you have something in mind that isn't listed below,
please get in contact to see if we can help.

Mixing & Mastering

With our professionally treated space, variety of monitoring options and range of fantastic equipment, we are confident we'll get your music singing through the speakers. We can do either in-person or unattended mixes.

Recording

We have a wide selection of microphones and preamps to capture your performance with clarity and focus. The production space is just the right size for solo artists and small bands, whilst the larger recording space is perfect for larger ensembles. See studio gear.

Production

Sometimes your tracks need that finishing touch, perhaps re-working in-the-box sounds with analog hardware, a lush string arrangement or some musical flourishes. We can help finish and polish your music.

Stem Processing

We have a great range of analog synthesizers and outboard gear. We can help bring your music to life by crafting replacement stems.

Vocals

Looking for backing vocals, harmonies or perhaps some vocal lessons? Our talented vocal teacher, Ally Oliver, can help.

Studio Rental

Know what you are doing? Have a laptop with a USB3 and Displayport connection? Want to explore the equipment? We offer hourly studio rates to experienced professionals after an induction.

Portfolio

Below is a sample of recently completed work.

Safire Palms

Safire Palms are a Blue Mountains-based four-piece band, with keyboard and vocalist Nick Macken, guitarist Rory Wilson, bassist Riley Johns and drummer Bailey Brown.

The recording process was to capture a classic vintage funk sound, with a modern twist. All three of our classic vintage electric pianos were used on the record; a beautiful 1972 Rhodes Fender Mk1, the funk-monster Hohner Clavinet D6, and taking the main stage, the Wurlitzer 200A. All recordings were through classic Rupert Neve preamps - set to maximum transformer tone, with the vocals through the incredible Chandler EMI REDD microphone for tube-sound goodness. For the modern twist, synth parts from the Dave Smith Instruments OB6 were layered on top.

After a comprehensive recording, re-amping and overdub process the tracks were hybrid-mixed through the outboard, imparting even more tone.

The result sounds like it was recorded in 1975, with equipment from the 21st century!

Read more in the Blue Mountains Gazette article by Michael Smith.

Future State

Hobart-based independent artists, Future State, released their debut EP "Rising Tide" on 30th April 2020. This cinematic 5 track EP captivates the listener with trip-hop beats and haunting vocals, creating a sombre reflection of this current moment in time.

Future State consists of two extremely different and yet complementary individuals. Stuart Cam, originally from Bristol UK, brings musical influences such as Portishead and Massive Attack to his production, crafting melancholic soundscapes pushed along by brooding beats. Ally Oliver sings haunting vocals, inspired by Florence Welch and Regina Spektor, bringing a modern twist to the genre.

"The concept for the Rising Tide EP came to us through the current isolation we are all experiencing. Isolation creates the opportunity for self reflection, it is no coincidence that our selected tracks express the themes we are all feeling during this time of loneliness; reminiscing on lost love, uselessness, addiction and the human condition".

"Whilst the themes we are exploring are quite dark we hope the journey of the EP leaves the listener feeling seen and ultimately uplifted".

Read more in the HMC Music article by Hayley Casey.

Merekat

Merekat are Jake Coleman (music & production) and Kay Collier (lyrics & vocals). Based in Katoomba, together they create honest and down-to-earth alternative hip-hop.

After producing their debut album Some Spent Summers independently, the duo worked with Future State Studios in mixing and mastering their sophomore album, Twenty Two Years in Babylon.

The individual stems were passed through outboard analog gear, imparting punch, warmth and tone. The stems were then mixed in-the-box, checking balance and positioning on the multiple reference monitors in the studio. The mixes were treated with various 2-bus enhancements, tape effects, transformer tone shaping and analog compression. Replacement vocals and guitar parts were re-recorded in the studio to give better clarity where appropriate.

On completion of mixing, the tracks were unified in their tone and loudness to bring a cohesive sound to the project. The finished album exudes a depth and quality which surpasses what would have been achieved with a purely in-the-box approach.

January 2019 interview on Radio Blue Mountains:

Wolf van der Made

Recording artist and street performer Wolf van der Made blends elements of baroque pop, indie folk and alt rock into a creative and accessible sound. As full time independent musician Wolf balances his time between producing original material, busking classics on the street and developing his skills.

After spending several months recording at home, Wolf approached Future State Studios to mix his 99% nothing EP.

The desire was to retain the dynamics in the original performances and to keep a consistent sound across the EP. Given it was all recorded in his home studio, we spent some time processing the individual stems to unify the EQ across each track. We then reamped all of the guitars through real amplifiers and processed the vocals through our Neve Portico and LA2A clone.

The most challenging to mix was the 15 minute Gothic Spectacular - a journey through a haunted carnival! Consisting of well over 100 multitrack recordings, this track posed the most difficult, requiring significant attention to the vocal performances and overall dynamics.

Retro Rehash

Retro Rehash was a weekly two-hour show on Radio Blue Mountains, hosted by Willem Hendriksen and Roger Kidd, featuring interviews with local creatives, unappreciated Australian musicians from the 60s to 90s and up-and-coming locally produced music. They promoted and organised events and helped network musicians together.

Future State Studios contributed to the radio show by mixing some of the Friday evening live music performances. The performance room presents many different mix challenges; equipment hum, RF interference and low-mid build-up. The recorded stems were brought into the studio, cleaned up, passed through the various outboard equipment and mixed for the videographers to sync. The mixes were put together with Tyson Fuzzman, the original recording engineer, whose knowledge of the room, performances and equipment used was invaluable.

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Studio Work

Studio Gear

Our studio equipment lends itself to a variety of music,
using a hybrid approach of in-the-box coupled with outboard analog gear.

The Spaces

  • 50㎡ mixing and production space is fully treated with Primacoustic London, Nimbus & MaxTraps.
  • 80㎡ recording and performance space with double-height ceilings is ideal for larger recording sessions and live bands.

Both spaces, set on private acreage, take in stunning bushland views towards Kunanyi / Mount Wellington.

Artwork is incorporated around the spaces, and lights are colour controllable for setting the right mood.

Playback

We have a range of speakers, all switchable in/out via the Drawmer MC2.1:

  • Focal SM9 monitors, accurate down to an earthshaking 30hz.
  • SE Munro Egg 150 system, great for low-mid referencing.
  • KRK VXT6 systems, great for top end and hi-fi referencing.
  • Avantone Mixcube Pros for simulating worst-case scenarios.
  • QSC KW181 and KW153 PA speakers.

Sampling

We have a pair of Vestax PDX 2000 turntables and HAK 360 mixer wired in for sampling & listening to vinyl, as well as several hundred records in a wide range of genres. Shure M44-7 and Ortofon cartridges deliver a thick and rounded low end to any record.

Microphones

Condenser

  • Neumann M149 tube for vocals and string instruments.
  • Chandler EMI REDD tube, the first EMI microphone in over 50 years.
  • Neumann U87 that works well on virtually everything.
  • SE 4400a x 2 for stereo recording.
  • Beyerdynamic M201 pencil condenser for instruments.

Ribbon

  • Beyerdynamic M160 x 2
  • Beyerdynamic M130

Dynamic

  • Sennheiser MD421 an alternative for snare and instruments.
  • Sennheiser E 602 II for kick drums.
  • Beyerdynamic M88 great for bass cabinets and toms.
  • Shure SM57 x 3 for guitar cabinets, drums and percussive instruments.

We also have a range of options from:

  • MXL
  • TC Helicon
  • Groove Tubes
  • Sony

Converters & Outboard

Convertors

  • RME Fireface UFX+ sound card.
  • RME ADI QS x 2
  • RME AD-32 x 2
  • RME DA-32
  • MOTU XT Express MIDI

Cables & Power

  • Canare and Mogami cables.
  • Neutrik & EWI hardware.
  • Furman PL-Pro DMC E power conditioners.

Preamps & Channel Strips

  • Rupert Neve Designs Portico II x 2
  • Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Series x 2
  • TL Audio 5052
  • RME Fireface UFX+

Compressors

  • Empirical Labs EL8X-S distressor units x 3
  • High Voltage Audio 4000 G-Series SSL
  • Elysia XPressor
  • Warm Audio WA-2A

Effects

  • Culture Vulture Super 15 valve distortion
  • Roland RE-201 vintage tape delay
  • Echofix EF-X2 tape echo with CV control and digital reverb.
  • Bricasti M7 stereo reverb
  • Vermona DSR spring reverb tank
  • Sherman Filterbank II analog filter
  • 500 series gear for shaping, warming up and thickening sounds

Master Bus

  • Louder Than Lift Off Silver Bullet tone amplifier
  • Rupert Neve Designs Master Buss Processor
  • Rupert Neve Design 542 Tape Emulation
  • Heritage Audio 1073 EQ
  • IGS Rubberbands Pultec EQ modules brings the vintage vibe.

Vintage Electric Pianos

Give your record a timeless sound with one of our vintage keyboards. We have some of the best examples in Australia in terms of condition, tone and playability.

  • 1972 Fender Rhodes Mk1 from the most desirable period (1971-1973), a timeless sound that has found its way into almost every genre of music.
  • Wurlitzer 200A electronic piano, considered by many to be a tone cousin to the Rhodes.
  • Hohner Clavinet D6, most famously used on most Funk, R&B and groove records in the 1970's and beyond.

Synthesizers

We have a range of both monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers, all in immaculate working order.

Polyphonic Analog

  • Moog One 16 Voice, an absolute beast with a massive range of sounds.
  • Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 10, a perfect reproduction of the original 1970s classic.
  • Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6.
  • Dave Smith Instruments OB6.
  • Elektron Analog Keys and Elektron Analog Four, two units with deep programmability for modern sounds.
  • Baldwin Discoverer Pre-MIDI analog synth with onboard drum machine and retro sounds.

Monophonic Analog

  • Arp 2600 dominates with its size and sound.
  • Moog Voyager XL a fully patchable monster synth capable of fat bass and weird effects.
  • Moog Sub37 with a great arp and step sequencer.
  • Korg MS20 great for bright lead sounds and effects.
  • Behringer 303 clone for brings the acciiiiiiddddd!
  • Moog Theremin which can be used standalone or connected to the Moogerfooger pedals as a CV controller.

Polyphonic Digital

  • Clavinova CP709 - digital piano with real weighted keys and a range of realistic sounds.
  • Novation Peak, an NCO-based digital synth with wavetables, great for complex pads and organ sounds.

Drum Machines

Forget using samples, nothing quite beats the thump of a genuine analog drum machine.

  • SOMA Laboratory Pulsar-23 CV analog drum machine.
  • Moog DFAM for fierce organic drums.
  • Behringer RD-8 brings the 808 classic drum sounds.
  • Elektron Analog Rytm with sampling capabilities.
  • Roland Octapad with hi-hat and kick pedals, with an additional mesh-head snare.

Pedal Effects

We have the complete range of Moog Moogerfooger analog pedals for bringing your guitar, bass or synth sounds to life. We have 2 x MF-104M Analog Delay pedals with the highly coveted analog BBD delays chips and MIDI support.

We also have the complete range of Strymon "Big" pedals; BigSky, Timeline, Mobius, Volante and the Flint.

We have the Jim Dunlop 535Q Crybaby Multi Wah, MXR M101 Phase 90 and BOSS RE-20 Space Echo (we have the genuine tape version too).

Amplifiers & Guitars

Amplifiers

We have a Marshall 1974x, Vox AC15 and Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb electric guitar amplifiers, 2 x Fractal Audio AXE FX XL+ modellers with a variety of different incredibly realistic guitar and bass cab/amp simulations. A Radial X-Amp Re-amp module for re-amplifying guitars and bass, and the Radial EXTC 500 series module allows you to incorporate your favourite guitar pedals.

We have a full scale 4/4 violin bow for playing electric guitar, as well as an E-bow, a metal slide, glass slide and serrated edge coins for you to experiment with. We also have quality capos and plenty of picks of different thicknesses.

 

 

 

Acoustic Guitars

  • Martin HD-28 VS Marquis - pre-war 12 fret
  • Martin HD-28 - 14 fret
  • Fender DG8S
  • Art & Lutherie Spruce

Electric Guitars

  • Gibson 335 Custom - with zebra pickups
  • Rickenbacker 360

Electric Bass Guitars

  • Yamaha BB1600
  • Rickenbacker 4003

Other

  • Ukulele

MIDI Controllers

  • ROLI Seaboard 49
  • Roger Linn Linnstrument
  • Expressive E Touché
  • AKAI APC40 & APC20
  • Ableton Push

Live Gear

Stagebox, Mixer & PA System

We have a fully digital setup with the Presonus Studiolive 32R stagebox, connected to a Presonus Series III mixer. The complete live system is 32 line/mic input channels and 18 outputs, all via a discreet 30 metre ethercon cable.

We also have a 4000W QSC PA system, with 2 x KW181 18" subwoofers and 2 x KW153 15" 3-way full range speakers.

In Ear Monitoring (IEM)

Connected to the live system are 4 x Sennheiser EW 300 G3 transmitters along with 8 x receivers. This allows up to 4 stereo or 8 mono independent mixes.

Need more click, more vocals, less guitar? each band member is able to control their own personal mix via their smartphone.

Playback

We have a RME Fireface UFX soundcard, able to stream up to 12 independent channels into the live system. Ultra low latency drivers and wide system compatibility ensure a simple setup with your own laptop or tablet device.

Our Team

Stuart Cam

Stuart Cam

Producer / Engineer
Ally Oliver

Ally Oliver

Vocalist / Administrator

Contact Us

Get in contact for a friendly discussion about your project.

Kingston, Hobart
Tasmania 7050

mail@futurestatestudios.com.au

04 20 456 575
(Australia +61)