In the early 70s, the profits from the massively successful Sister Janet Mead - The Lord's Prayer contributed to the refurbishment of Studio A with a Neve mixing desk and a 24-track recorder, resulting in that studio's renaming to "Studio 24" (which commonly appears as "Festival's Studio 24" on mid-70s releases). According to the liner notes of The Whitlams - Torch The Moon, the rhythm tracks to "The Lights Are Back On", "Best Work" and "Royal in the Afternoon" on that album are the last things ever recorded at Festival Studio A.
Located on the corner of Miller St and Bulwara Rd, in Pyrmont/Sydney. Now closed and the building is being used for other purposes (including a supermarket).
People known to have worked here:
Richard Batchens - Producer
Paul Ibbotson - Mastering engineer (can be identified by P2A or Pi in the runouts)
Jo Hansch - Mastering engineer (1971-1976)
William Bowden - Mastering engineer (can be identified by WB2A in the runouts - WB looks like a butterfly)
Rick O'Neil - Mastering engineer (can be identified by ®2A though)
Warren Barnett - Mastering engineer (can be identified by W2A in the runouts - the W may appear as u though)
Glenn "Magoo" Aird - Mastering engineer
Gerry Stevens - Engineer
Martin Erdman - Engineer
Joe Raine - Engineer
Mark Thomas (6) - Engineer
About the runouts:
The MX stands for matrix part, a way of cataloging the many stamper and catalog tape collections outside the retail catalog number which changed all the time. At Festival, MX indicates a mono release and SMX a Stereo release. DMX and DTMX indicate they are transferred from a digital master. The odd number at the end would be side a and the even number at the end would be side b (e.g. Smx 56341 = Stereo release analog tape side a; Smx 56342 = Stereo release analog tape side B).
Note: All three Australian pressing plants sometimes pressed each others records so they all shared the matrix system on those releases.
P2A, W2A, ®2A, WB2A, etc:
P is the guy that cut it (here Paul Ibbotson)
2 is stereo
a is how many times it was cut or recut. A is the first cut, B the second etc.