Australian publishing mogul and bestselling relationship author Allan Pease has fulfilled a life-long dream on a massive scale – building a state-of-the-art, luxury, recording studio on his 54-acre Buderim property in Queensland.
Heliport Recording Studios, named because it sits above Allan and Barbara Pease’s private helipad, is the newest and largest recording studio on the Sunshine Coast.
Costing over a million dollars to build and fit out, the studio is also unique in Australia having the first commercially available Solid State Logic (SSL) Duality deck in Australia, which means the studio can be used to record on any scale right up to full broadcast music recordings and 5.1 movie soundtracks.
But why a recording studio – that’s where Allan’s lifelong dream comes in. When Allan, now 58, was a teenager it wasn’t publishing and public speaking he dreamed of – he wanted to be a rock star.
“I’ve always played blues music and I was in a band and really wanted to be a rock star but the dream was rudely interrupted by life when I met my wife and had six children,” he laughed.
“I booked my ticket to Woodstock in 1969 and was ready to go when my girlfriend announced she was pregnant. I had to sell my ticket and Les Paul guitar to by carpet and a cot.”
Allan said he kept the dream alive for over 30 years and while he and wife Barbara built their lives, becoming Australia’s most successful publishing team writing 15 Top 10 Bestsellers. But he continued to play Rock N Roll and Blues and taught himself to play piano.
“Now I can play the keyboards, bass, rythmn and lead guitars and drums as well as do vocals and harmonies. Now I want to record my own album where I play every part,” he said.
“ I am lucky to be able to afford to fulfil my dream on a grand scale including building the studio but because I had my dream I also want to help others with their dreams too and use the studio to find and help new talent. Angus Woodhead is the resident sound engineer at Heliport and he’s highly experienced and well-known in the recording business.”
The studio is in an architecturally designed building amid the Pease’s rainforest property overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Sunshine Coast so in addition to having state-of-the-art facilities it also has an environment that fosters creativity. And if the view isn’t inspiring enough there is also a tennis court and clubhouse complete with a media room, kitchen and other facilities.
“It’s the perfect destination recording studio where artists can work and also relate as they create their music,” Allan said.
He said he had three New Years resolutions to work on in 2010: recording his album; learning to play the saxophone; and climbing 4600m to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Anyone wanting to find out about using the facility can call Pease International on 07 5445 5600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.