HISTORY



Don with his first tape recorder in 1960's. Where it all started.

Don grew up fascinated with sound. His father was trained as a radio technician and, as a child, Don watched and listened to him while he built and repaired valve radios. In the evenings they listened to the radio, and that's when Don discovered that sound can create images and he learnt the true meaning of "HI FI". Early in high school, Don was given a mono 1/4" tape recorder, and he learnt to record, mix and edit. Soon Don moved on to a stereo tape recorder, home built amps, mixer and pirate radio station. This is when The Beatles arrived and changed his life. Don joined the Sydney Waterboard after high school. Don really wanted to work in a sound studio but was advised against it. After 5 years at the Waterboard, he joined the Australian Record Company (CBS) as a technician come mastering engineer. Don was finally in his element and he never looked back.

Don has been mastering in Sydney, Australia, since 1971. Don started cutting vinyl masters, dubbing and editing for CBS Records at their Artarmon Plant. Don moved to RCA Records and headed up their new facility in 1975 after RCA's huge success with ABBA. In 1980, Don joined EMI Record's Studios 301. At Studios 301, he followed the transition from the analogue age into the digital age and watched with sadness the demise of vinyl. In 1988, Don became a freelance engineer and incorporated his own company - INTERNATIONAL MASTERING SERVICES P/L. Don has now built and set up "Benchmark Mastering", a mastering facility dedicated to the music industry, incorporating his broad experience with his Australian and international client base. See contact page for details.


AWARDS

John Farnham "Whispering Jack" Album - ARIA Award Album Of The Year 
The Cruel Sea "The Honeymoon Is Over" Album - ARIA Award Album Of The Year 
The Cruel Sea "The Honeymoon Is Over" Single - ARIA Awards Single Of The Year & Record Of The Year 
You Am I "Hourly Daily" Album - ARIA Award Album Of The Year 
You Am I "Hi-Fi Way" Album - ARIA Award Best Alternative Release 
Powderfinger "Internationalist" Album - ARIA Awards Album Of The Year & Best Rock Album 
Powderfinger "The Day You Come" Single - ARIA Award Record Of The Year 
Powderfinger "My Happiness" Single - ARIA Award Record Of The Year 
Yothu Yindi "Treaty" Single - ARIA Awards Single Of The Year & Record Of The Year 
Silverchair "Tomorrow" Single - ARIA Awards Single Of The Year & Best New Artist Single & Highest Selling Single 
The Whitlams "No Aphrodisiac" Single - ARIA Award Record Of The Year 
The Whitlams "Eternal Nightcap" Album - ARIA Award Best Independent Release 
Karma County "Into The Land Of Promise" Album - ARIA Award Best Adult Contemporary Album 
Paul Kelly "Nothing But A Dream" Album - ARIA Award Best Adult Contemporary Album 
Lee Kernaghan "Three Chain Road" Album - ARIA Award Best Country Album 
Graeme Connors "Road Less Travelled" Album - ARIA Award Best Country Album 
Shanley Del "My Own Sweet Time" Album - ARIA Award Best Country Album 
Slim Dusty "Looking Forward Looking Back" Album - ARIA Award Best Country Album 
Ed Kuepper "Serence Machine" Album - ARIA Award Best Independent Release 
Spiderbait "Ivy & The Big Apples" Album - ARIA Award Best Alternative Release 
Not From There "Sand On Seven" Album - ARIA Award Best Alternative Release 
Art Of Fighting "Wires" Album - ARIA Award Best Alternative Release 
Matt Walker "Soul Witness" Album - ARIA Ward Best Blues & Roots Album 
The 12th Man "Wired World Of Sports II" Album - ARIA Award Highest Selling Album 
Lee Kernaghan "3 Chain Road" Album - Golden Guitar Album Of The Year 
Long Way To The Top Album - ARIA Award Best Cast/Show Album 
Monsieur Camembert "Absynthe" Album - ARIA Award Best World Music Album
Midnight Oil "Best Of Both Worlds" - ARAI Award Best Music DVD 
Missy Higgins "Scar" - ARIA Award Best Pop Release
 


To Page Top ↑