Infrasonic Sound Recording Announces Expansion, New Ownership

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The control room at Infrasonic Recording in El Sereno

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Infrasonic Sound Recording Inc. in Los Angeles, the audio mastering and recording company owned by Pete Lyman and Jeff Ehrenberg, officially announced that Studio Manager Eric Palmquist has purchased and acquired the brand’s recording facility. The 16/24-track studio will remain in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Infrasonic Mastering, which relocated to its custom-built mastering suites in Echo Park last spring, will continue to operate under the direction of co-owners Lyman (who also serves as the studio’s Principal Mastering Engineer) and Ehrenberg.

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Studio B at Infrasonic Mastering in Echo Park

Photo: Robert M. Knight

Established in 2004, Infrasonic was initially built from the ground up by its owners in what was once a motorcycle paint shop. Clients including The Mars Volta and No Age put the studio on the map, while Pete Lyman built the credibility of Infrasonic Mastering, studying under acclaimed engineer Richard Simpson. Since its inception, Infrasonic expanded its staff—including Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer John Greenham—and nearly doubled its client roster, setting the plan in motion for additional growth.

“We have been focusing on the expansion of Infrasonic Mastering, thanks to the increase in vinyl sales over the past three years and the rapid growth of our audio mastering services,” says Pete Lyman, co-owner and principal mastering engineer. “In 2012, we relocated to our new Echo Park studio at 1176 Sunset Blvd., and brought on new staff to meet the demands of a bigger client roster. This year, we’re including Infrasonic Studios in our development plans. Eric Palmquist has served as our studio manager for three years. Now, as both the owner and operator of the studio, he’ll bring new ideas to the table for our growing company.”

Palmquist, who will operate under the banner Palmquist Studios at Infrasonic Sound, is best known for his work on the albums Leave No Trace, the critically acclaimed LP from Fool’s Gold; 119, Trash Talk’s 2012 release via Odd Future Recordings; and Life Sux by Wavves (part of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 of 2011). He will continue to operate on the studio’s Trident 80C 32-channel console, 24-track tape machine and wide range of outboard gear, including Black Box Analog’s mic preamps, an endorser of Palmquist as an engineer/producer.

"The opportunity to take on the recording studio was very exciting for me," says Palmquist. "The 1,200-square-foot live room is a rare find in a city like Los Angeles. It allows for some great sounds that can't be found many places. This acquisition is the best of both worlds in that I will continue working with and expanding my Infrasonic clients, but also increase the studio’s offerings with our new B-room production facilities and hopefully even more to come.”

For more information, visit Infrasonic Sound Recording at infrasonicsound.com, Infrasonic Mastering at infrasonicsound.com/about/mastering, and Palmquist Studios at Infrasonic Sound at infrasonicsound.com/services/recording.