Music Recording Studio
Sunshine Coast

International standard recording in an idyllic environment

Affordable recording studio

Based in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia since 2004, Spark1 Studios has already become the coast’s premier recording studio for discerning musicians.

From huge, ‘in your face’ modern radio production, to capturing the ‘stripped back’, intimate acoustic performance, Spark1 Studios covers all your recording needs. Record warm and lush sounds in a comfortable, creative and inspirational space at an affordable price.

Call Mark on 0416 262 319 for a chat.

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Why Spark 1 Studios?

✓ Affordable rates from $70 per hour

✓ State-of-the-art, cutting edge modern recording studio

✓ Intimate and unique recording environment

✓ Operated by Mark “Sparky” Paltridge with 28 years experience

✓ Three separate recording rooms to choose from

✓ Spark1 has access to the best musos on the Sunshine Coast

✓ Latest mics, preamps, compressors, EQs & AD/DA converters

✓ Located on the Sunshine Coast, 1.5 hours north of Brisbane

An intimate and unique recording environment…

Built and operated by Mark “Sparky” Paltridge, Spark1 Studios is more than just a place to record. With over 28 years performing and recording in the industry, Sparky has an unparalleled passion for arrangement, production and attention to detail.

This incredible facility was constructed by converting two ex shipping containers to a state-of-the-art, cutting edge modern recording studio. Spark1 Studios is designed for ideal acoustics, comfort and portability. With three separate recording rooms to choose from, one can track drums either with a tight, well controlled sound, or go for huge drums sounds in Studio C, utilizing mics placed in the stairwell and adjacent bathroom, as well as all the close mics around the kit.

Spark1 Studios has invested in the finest gear of the analogue and digital realms, featuring the foremost mics, preamps, compressors, EQs & AD/DA converters available, as well as utilizing ‘classic’ older valve gear and equipment.

And for all you singer/songwriters out there: DON’T HAVE A BAND? Spark1 has access to the best musos on the Sunshine Coast to help you realise your sonic dreams. These include drummers, bass players, lead/rhythm guitarists, vocalists and keyboardists, as well as the more traditional players of acoustic instruments such as mandolins, bouzoukis etc …

Spark1 Studios set rate is $70/hr or $450/day. For availability and bookings please call: 0416 262 319 or email.

Your time is now!!

Spark 1 Studios goes LIVE!

Ever wanted to capture your band’s sound LIVE, in action & on stage, when you’re in full swing and cooking?!

Tired of average 2 track live desk recordings and mobile phone footage?

Spark 1 LIVE can provide you with everything you need, to showcase your band in the best light possible.

As well as covering all your professional PA, lights, back line and engineering needs, Spark 1 LIVE can simultaneously capture your band’s live performance, with HD video &/or 24 individual tracks of pristine audio. Should you choose, the audio tracks will be mixed down after the event, using all analogue gear back at Spark 1 Studios. The video side will be captured with 3 HD cameras, then vision mixed and sync’d to the final stereo audio, ultimately leaving you with one beautifully captured moment in time!

There are thousands of bands out there trying to be seen and heard, just like you. If you want to stand out from the rest, do it once & do it RIGHT! Have your next live video &/or live CD recorded and mixed by the team at Spark 1 LIVE!

Now’s the time to showcase your band, across the world, in the best light possible.

What legendary Nashville producer Bob Montgomery (Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings) has to say…

I have worked in Sparky’s mobile studio. Sounds great & is completely movable. The acoustics are as good & true as any of the many studios I’ve recorded in, in Nashville. “What you hear is what you get” I’m sure you know how important that is. Sparky is a fine engineer and that is a big plus. His expertise in the field is second to none. Not only that but he is very pleasant guy to work with. That’s my experience.

All the best, Bob Montgomery

Tom Coyne, senior mastering engineer, Sterling Sound NY. One of the world’s best RnB mastering engineers, having mastered albums for Adele, Pink, Beyonce, Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift.

Hello there Mark, I wish you were my only client and you sent me files like this everyday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck with this project… Andrea sounds amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!

All the best to both of you. Tom

Check out our work

Mary Go Round’ by Andrea Kirwin

Music Recorded / Produced / Mixed @ Spark 1 Studios by Mark ‘Sparky’ Paltridge
Video Produced / Directed by Asher Floyd. Made in Melbourne, Australia

National release of Bronte Holding’s
‘Since you Left I’ve Been Feeling Fine’

Recorded, Mixed. Produced and Filmed right here at Spark 1 Studios.

Call Mark on 0416 262 319 or email