This past year, it's been such an honor to work alongside iconic producer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig and Tyler Barth of Blue Microphones to outfit a one-of-a-kind studio in the heart of historic Santa Monica. The equipment was provided Vintage King, Blue, Waves and SSL with wiring and integration performed by Audio Perception and acoustic design by JSX Audio and Jack Joseph Puig. The interior designer was Elaine Culotti who is also one of the owners. The ambitious, $2.5-million studio project was a part of overall plans to restore and rethink a spectacular Tudor Revival home, now known as the House of Rock, into a spectacular smart house that intersects consumer electronics with the professional recording world. The studio itself is perched in what was once the home's attic, providing a picturesque view of the classic Riviera Country Club golf course. You can take in the sights from the helm of the "Duality Pro-Station" winged and automated console, the first of its kind from Solid State Logic.
Vintage King was involved early in the studio's overall design phases and we helped plan an unbelievable mix of modern and classic gear for the space. Using custom-built studio furniture by Sound Construction, we filled the racks with an enviable selection of outboard gear, including vintage UREI 1176, Teletronix LA-2A and DBX 160s as well as boutique units from Purple Audio, Retro Instruments, Eventide, and Millenia Media. We also composed a sixty-module overhead rack of the most in-demand 500 Series modules out there, from the likes of Little Labs, Grace Design, Chandler Limited, Tonelux, A-Designs, Inward Connections, Burl, and many others.
To ready the studio for modern production, we added a 48x48 Pro Tools | HDX2 system by Avid and put together a world-class monitoring system, including the debut of Barefoot Sound's new flagship 4-way speaker system, the MiniMain12. All that was needed then was a little something incredible to record — so we tracked down several vintage guitar amps from the Burst Brothers' private collection, including a 50W Dumble Overdrive Special. Overall, the House of Rock was a really fun and rewarding project for Vintage King to be a part of. Take a look at the pictures from the studio and throughout the house — and, if you're looking for a new place to stay, you should know that the freshly restored home happens to be for sale. Just promise to invite us over.
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