FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: Rockinghorse Studios in Coorabell is ready to re-open.
FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: Rockinghorse Studios in Coorabell is ready to re-open.

Famous studio ready to rock

A 25-YEAR-OLD music industry icon's doors are almost ready to re-open after a total makeover.

New locals owners of the Rockinghorse Studios will reveal the fresh do-over on November 12.

Set on acreage in the tranquil hinterland of Byron Bay at Coorabell, the residential recording studio complex has been the ultimate place to escape, find inspiration, record music and simply be creative in the capable hands of some of Australia's finest producers and engineers.

Alan De Vendra founded the studio against popular wisdom in the early 90s.

In the process of establishing Rockinghorse he started something of a trend for musicians wanting to get away from it all and bond with their band mates while recording an album.

Since its inception Rockinghorse's legacy of work lists some of the best musicians in the world -including Wolf Mother, The Charlie Parkers, Mental as Anything, Rhubarb, Eurogliders, The Cruel Sea, The Screaming Jets, Yothu Yindi, Olivia Newton John, Delta Goodrem and Brian Cadd.

Lismore lads Grinspoon launched their career with a recording session at Rockinghorse, and big name acts such as Spiderbait, Yothu Yindi and Pete Murray have also made albums at the studio.

The studio has also hosted other industry gurus.

Acclaimed music producer and recording engineer, Anthony Lycenko - who passed away in August - was chief engineer and studio manager at Rockinghorse Studios, a position he held from 1998- 2003.

Now, the 29 hectare property's big house is luxurious, with ultra wide covered verandahs copious lounging space, a covered deck, BBQ and a pool with four bedrooms and a main studio for guests.

Now completely rewired, Rockinghorse's legendary Neve V Series console has been made over - shipped to Rob Squire at Proharmonic in Adelaide and returned with 16 fully functional rack-mounted channels, with more to come.

Supported by a Slate Monitoring Control system and a Slate Raven multi-touch screen production console, clients are offered front end coupled with state of art digital technology.

The house can be booked by both music industry officials and by fascinated travellers. 

The studios can be booked with or without the house. 

For studio enquires contact in house engineer Nicholas Wilson on 0447 888 074.

For accommodation only enquiries contact owner Taryn McGregor 0419155624.

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