After being a part of twenty or so world class recordings, it's not surprising that Syd is producing albums himself and is available for recording and mixing sessions combining home and professional studio equipment for demo recordings and professional albums.
Syd believes in this era of technology, one can combine and manipulate the best features of home and studio (digital and analog) to produce an affordable world-class recording.
Many times it seems the word "production" is overlooked. It is not just about knowledge of acoustical foundations. It should also essentially be concerned with capturing the essence of an artist.
Syd feels that it is fundamentally vital for an artist to feel at ease and comfortable in his/her own environment in order to achieve the most successful and pleasing results possible. Taking on board all the tools and skills handed down through observation and practice, Syd has worked under and alongside 'Masters of Sound' producers Terry Date (Soundgarden, Limp Bizkit, Pantera), Michael Letho (iota, Screaming Jets), and Doug Roberts (Crowded House). iota's Big Grandfather was co-produced and recorded in 2001 by Syd as well as La Caravana in 2002.
He has worked with guitarist and singer extraordinaire Matt Tonks recording and producing (and playing drums) on his debut solo album Synaesthesia. Drums were recorded at Q Studios, overdubs were done at an isolated farm location, and the album was mixed and mastered by Michael Letho in Melbourne.
Dirty Lucy's newest release Music, People, Cities, Lights and Darkness was recorded, mixed and produced by Syd, Jody Moore and Nicole Brophy. Again, Syd adopted the above method of recording, that is, drums and violin were captured at 301 Studio's orchestral room, and vocals and additional overdubs were recorded at Main Street Studios in the Gong. Utilising the solitude and peace of a farm on the south coast, Syd set up in an old converted barn and mixed entirely using Protools (okay and a couple of warm outboard compressors and a 1/4 inch tape machine known as blinky).
Syd is also available to play drums, lap steel, dobro and percussion along with recording and producing responsibilities. If you are seeking a sound producer with "a knowledge of acoustics, with the head space of a musician" and you want your music to sound like it has come from the heart, please email Syd who will be happy to discuss any producing queries...