Richard Belkner Biography

Free Energy Device Studio head engineer/producer Richard Belkner (affectionately known as “Richie B”) has twenty years of experience producing and engineering records with leading Australian and international artists across all musical genres. His unrivalled ability to expertly combine analog and digital recording techniques and his quest to capture each musician’s sound and soul with unique clarity make recording with Belkner at the beautiful Free Energy Device Studio a joyful experience.

Belkner’s long list of Australian and international clients include Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), rising star Tkay Maidza, soul artist Ngaiire, singer Sarah Blasko, multi-ARIA Award-winning producer Paul McKercher (Eskimo Joe, You Am I, Josh Pyke), Jack Ladder and lots more. As of 2017, Belkner has acquired a custom-designed Zahl AM1 mixing console, the only one of its kind outside Europe.

How the story begins

After leaving his native Tasmania to study at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, Belkner commenced his recording career at some of Australia’s finest studios including BJB, Megaphon and Electric Avenue. Belkner then trained with legendary engineer and recording artist Billy Field at the iconic Paradise Studios, where bands including Air Supply, INXS, Icehouse, The Angels and Paul Kelly created some of Australia’s most memorable albums and Belkner refined his audio manipulation, recording and mixing techniques.

When Field made a move to the Central Coast, Belkner set up his own space, a terrace house in Chippendale. During his tenure here, Belkner produced and engineered a slew of records whilst assembling an enviable arsenal of outboard gear, digital weaponry and vintage instruments. In his final year in the space he recorded a massive 35 albums. At this point, it was time to commence work on his dream space. In 2007, Free Energy Device Studio was born. Explore the studio.

The creation of Free Energy Device Studio

To Belkner, creating the right environment for artists to relax, express themselves and perform at their best is utterly crucial to get the most out of a recording session. His Free Energy Device Studio has been built from the ground up to make artists instantly comfortable, with exquisite rooms and access to his astonishing collection of vintage and modern equipment.

As Maya Angelou once said, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Stepping inside the comfortable and lamp-lit Free Energy Device Studio lounge and encountering the warm and approachable Belkner instantly invokes calm. With a direct eyeline from the control room through the live rooms, creativity bursts forth and musical alchemy happens. Explore the rooms, learn more about Belkner’s new Zahl AM1 mixing console and browse the full equipment list here.

Get in touch for in-studio or remote mixing services

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss working with Richard Belkner and/or the FEDS crew on your next project. If you’re unable to attend a session, Belkner also provides online mixing and artist consultation services. The Free Energy Devices family also includes Sarah Belkner, a classically trained composer available to create exceptional arrangements, and mastering engineer Michael Lynch.