Make Your Mark

  • Make Your Mark With Eric Valentine

    Life is good for Eric Valentine. It's a sunny day in Topanga Canyon, as the famed engineer and producer sits alongside his wife, Grace Potter, and their brand new baby boy, Sagan. He can't help but unleash a toothy smile while watching his newborn stumble through his first lesson in hiccups.

    What has Sagan's arrival meant for Eric? For starters, more time at home. The man at the helm of million-selling albums from Smash Mouth and Third Eye Blind has spent time preparing a mixing space a few steps away from his beautiful house. Outfitted with gear from his own brand, UnderTone Audio, and a few other essentials, Valentine is able to keep up with his work schedule while also tending to his son and wife.   Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Matt Hennessy of VSOP Studios

    So much of what is done in recording studios all over the world is a balancing act of technical skill and creative instinct. For Matt Hennessy, a Berklee-trained jazz musician and recording engineer, deftly handling both sides of the record making process will always be what excites him the most.

    "Unlocking what makes it all work is one of the things that is really exciting about what we do," says Hennessy. "When the arrangement is finally there, you got that killer vocal, everything is recorded in a way that it makes sense for the song. You turn it up on the speakers, everyone in the room falls silent and lives in the moment of that record. Those are the moments you can't duplicate." Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Mark Trombino

    Producer and engineer Mark Trombino has spent the better part of his life making platinum records for the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182 and The Starting Line. His work on these seminal records, in addition to his drumming in Drive Like Jehu, helped spark a revolution that pushed the genres of pop punk and emo to millions of new listeners.

    In his time since working with these artists, Trombino opened his own donut shop located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Dubbed Donut Friend, the shop flips the traditional donut on its head and even gives a musical bend to each creation's name, including Bacon 182, Banana Kill, Chocolate From The Crypt and Drive Like Jelly. Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Collin Dupuis

    Most would-be engineers and producers find their way into the studio in their late teens, as they start to work on recordings for their first bands. For Collin Dupuis, the fascination began forming at a much younger age.

    "My mom was friends with Glenn Brown of Glenn Brown Productions in Lansing, Michigan," Dupuis says. "She took me in there when I was five-years-old and it was like 'Bing!' Buttons and knobs everywhere. I could feel it instantly forming in my head that technology was going to be a part of my future." Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Jen David of Third Wave Music

    Asking yourself the question, "What am I doing with my life?" is one of the toughest moments for anyone, let alone a musician struggling to do what they love for a living. For Third Wave Music owner Jen David, it served as a moment of inspiration.

    "I thought, 'Am I going to work in restaurants and play in bands forever or am I going to try to do my own thing?'" David says. "I decided I was going to do my own thing. If it was going to be anything, it was going to be a music store." Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Dave Cobb

    What's essential to making a great record in the mind of Dave Cobb? "Ordering food, drinks and jokes, all three of those are important to me," the Grammy-winning producer says. "I like enjoying the making of a record. I don't ever want it to be a project. When it starts to become a project, when you start pulling out boards and checklists, I'm out." Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Joe Costner of Spartan Recording

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    We all follow our own path into making the sounds that we love. For budding engineer and producer Joe Costner, he forged his own way by rebuilding a mobile trailer from the ground up and learning to record music in a completely different way.

    "I said, 'I want to do this,' and I fucking went for it like nothing else in my life," Costner says reminiscing about coming up with the concept for Spartan Recording. "I spent a year and a half building this, designing it, did every single cut of wood myself and measured everything myself. I really went for it."

    With some help from Robert Alexander at Vintage King Los Angeles, Costner transformed a vintage Spartan trailer into a mobile studio space and outfitted it with some incredible gear including a Solid State Logic XL Desk. Watch our brand new Make Your Mark on Costner and Spartan Recording to discover more about the renovation of the trailer, the process of recording in a mobile unit and how the XL Desk has impacted his workflow. Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Joe Barresi

    To say that Joe Barresi is an immense source of knowledge in the studio is an understatement in its purest form. The New York City native, who has worked as an engineer and producer for everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Queens of the Stone Age, has spent the better part of three decades amassing an organic education for himself in all things related to recording. Continue reading

  • Make Your Mark With Bill Putnam Jr. of Universal Audio

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    By the time Bill Putnam Jr. was a toddler, his legendary father, Bill Putnam Sr., was out of the recording and mixing world and had begun focusing on creating the legendary gear that would become the foundations of Universal Audio. That didn't stop Bill Sr. from still dabbling in the studio on occasion. Continue reading
  • Make Your Mark With Kevin Augunas of Fairfax Recordings

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    Grammy Award winner Kevin Augunas is best known for his work with The Lumineers, Cold War Kids and Gotye, but his career extends far beyond just production. As the head of Fairfax Recordings (housed in the former Sound City Studios), Augunas has evolved his place in the music industry by becoming a studio and record label owner.

    In our latest Make Your Mark, we visit Augunas at Fairfax Recordings and learned more about his life in the world of recording and beyond. Watch the mini-doc on Kevin below and read an expanded interview to find out how he ended up at Sound City, his choices in gear and his favorite part of working in the studio. Continue reading

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