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1.213.984.4000 Ext. 129
1176 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Born in Florida, raised in Queens, Matt Knobel has spent his life surrounded by music, beginning with playing drums in neighborhood rock bands. Moving from behind the kit to in front of the mixing desk, the young musician started at The Center For Media Arts, studying in the recording and engineering department.

Giving Knobel direction in his career path, his education led him to working in the hottest studios around New York including Media Sound, Platinum Island and Power Station. While his passion for recording was at a fever pitch, a chance encounter with NYC-based keyboardist Dave Lebolt led him to touring the world as a keyboard tech with Billy Joel and his band.

“Billy came back from Russia and customs ripped all of his keyboards apart,” Knobel states. “Dave Labolt (Joel’s keyboardist) called me because he heard that I was the guy in NYC to call for building keyboard rigs.”

After spending some time in the South Pacific with Joel’s touring entourage, Knobel resumed his role in the studio by becoming Chief Engineer at one of NY’s More prolific jingle production companies and working as a freelance mix engineer. From working with large scale clients like Visa and Coca-Cola, Matt’s impressive skill-set and reputation eventually landed him a gig setting up a Pro Tools rig for Lenny Kravitz.

While Knobel’s run with Kravitz was only supposed to last four days, the job turned into a 18+ year working relationship, as he would eventually become the Chief Engineer and Director of Operations at The Studio at The Setai.

“Working with Lenny on building studios is always an adventure. He takes the greatest of pride and respect in using vintage technology from all eras,” Knobel says of outfitting the Kravitz-owned studio. “This wasn’t a quick process, as each piece of gear is carefully considered, demoed and decided on.  Some pieces are only good for one thing, but that one thing is so special.”

With Matt now a part of our Los Angeles sales staff, Vintage King customers can rest easy knowing that an industry vet with years of knowledge is on their side. Whether you’re looking for a microphone to compliment your studio space or a new 500 Series to revolutionize your sound, Knobel will be a more-than-worthy ally in the fight for an amazing audio.

Q & A

What is your favorite piece of gear?

That’s as hard of a question as what's your favorite type of food. I would have to say my Mercury M66 Compressor. That and My GML EQ! I couldn’t resist naming two.

How did you become interested in recording?

Hanging out and making jazz records with my cousin in the studio.

What record do you point to as an example of perfect music production?

Michael Jackson – Thriller

What made you want to work with Vintage King?

Vintage King's reputation and dedication to vintage equipment.