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Hey,  Country Music Assoc. Canberra member!
Have you been looking to get away into a creative environment with access to a professionally designed studio

to create your next musical project?

The Production Pit Studio along with The Musicians Retreat B&B might be the answer you are looking for - Accommodation & studio on one property!

Ian and Deb Pav live on a 1 acre property in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula Victoria.

As well as established gardens and a pleasing creative space they have established their businesses here. 

  • The Musicians Retreat B&B has been operating for 3 years and consistently receives 9.8-9.9 out of 10 reviews on booking com.

  • The Production Pit is the hub of Ian’s music business of 42 years ( . An architecturally designed acoustically treated production suite (large control room and vocal/instrument room) in a totally soundproof structure.


We are now offering studio & accommodation packages for CMAC
that may be of interest to you.

Accommodation is the full BnB service.

  • facilities include a 2 bedroom suite & 2 king bed cabins  - allowing up to 8 guests sharing 4 beds

  • specially prepared breakfasts served every day

  • room serviced daily

  • no cooking facilities for other meals but plenty of shops, restaurants and takeaways within 2-10 minutes drive

  • privacy on 1 acre of gardens, trees, a creative space to help inspire you

  • entertainment restrictions apply (no extra visitors on site other than guests unless a specific musician coming to record)

  • the Mornington Peninsula is full of attractions, activities, venues etc to entertain, refresh or just chill during breaks.

    Check out the accommodation and other tabs for more information and pictures


The Studio

  • An architecturally designed production suite  

  • Package includes full access/lock out to The Production Pit studio with Ian at desk to ensure a smooth operation of gear he knows well.

  • Range of mikes, guitars, percussion for use plus keyboard,   midi controller keyboards, suite of virtual instruments, synths etc available for use

  • * For bands wanting 'live' recording (with/without overdubbing vocals/leads) we have use (other than Tuesdays, Sundays & couple of nights) of a local auditorium/outrooms (think studio A type set up) at no extra cost (but needing to be booked well in advance to ensure availability)

    Check out the Studio tab here or the PavMusic website referred to above for more information



Pricing - Compare prices to normal studio hire only & see the value
Accommodation including breakfast and studio (Ian's time included)

  • Single artist, Duo or 1-2 couples -$400 per day ( king bed cabin or utilise 2 bedroom music room suite)

  • 3-4 in group $640 per day (3 beds utilised)

  • 4-8 (share up to 4 beds over the 3 accommodation options available .(or 4 people bed each)..full site lock out - best to discuss but indicative $840 per day 

(Note: increase in cost for higher numbers is purely to cover increase in accommodation & breakfasts/servicing rooms.)


Offer Period

These packages are on offer (based on existing B&B and studio bookings)

- 2018 September- December inclusive

- 2019 March -December inclusive


Consider in your thinking and planning

  • getting right sound ‘in’ is always priority so.... you may just be looking to recording time and you take away raw tracking to mix later

  • discuss with Ian if want to allow mixing days? For example if want to stay on/come back for any of that or handle it normally via internet, phone communication? As rates will vary.

  • decide if want to start by allowing time for creative writing, discussing, arrangement between members or with Ian (ie may not require studio for part of initial period just accommodation/or may include some activity prior to arrival)

  • co-write / collaboration arrangements may be possible if suits & of interest

  • by arrangement can quote/book in
    - other musicians/singers whether local on site or remote
    - access to specific other instruments (able to hire or record at facility).

  • If enough time we can try and see if local gig(s) can be arranged at no facilitation fee (no promises)

Of interest?????  
Check out the websites and contact Ian (041240770 or
to discuss your specific needs, issues, thoughts & check availability.


Extension/alternative services

  • Online/remote mixing   - if you have the ability to get the sounds down, whether can do a rough mix or not as a guide – we can take those files over the cloud and mix them to commercial quality/radio ready

  • Arrangement ideas and discussion online –be totally prepared when go in to the studio to ensure you will have the end product you need. if you have the song and ideas but not sure how to arrange the material for maximum impact on a recording (where you don’t have the visuals of a live gig to assist audience connection) Ian can help you formulate the right arrangement, communication via email, phone, skype 

  • Have a song rough and need to shape it into a song with impact, will touch/deliver the message you want? – Ian can help as a critic to assess your song as a one off fee based service  - through to possibly co-write/collab arrangements

  • Music business advisory/mentorship – need help with promotion, direction, planning a sustainable career forward in the industry


"In 2017 I had the privilege of staying at the Musicians Retreat to work on my first solo EP. As soon as I arrived I was immediately blown away. The space was beautifully decorated, everything was provided for me and I felt myself sink into my creative zone very easily. Ian and Deb also provided outstanding hospitality in making sure taken care of and made me the most delicious breakfasts every morning.


The goal of staying at the Retreat was to have a free space to write and record. I can honestly say that those goals were met way above my expectations. My recording sessions with Ian were professional, well organised and relaxed. Not only did we get everything finished but Ian also made the experience fun and memorable. As an added bonus, being there inspired me to write extra material and edit in my spare time.

I absolutely loved my experience at the Musicians Retreat and I can’t wait to stay there again. To create, write, record or just to spend time on the Mornington Peninsula (it's so beautiful). A big thank you to Ian and Deb for providing this opportunity for so much Musicians."
Rachael Zafirian, Sydney

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