Mix Regional News: Los Angeles


Swing House president Phil Jaurigui and “producer in residence” Justin Warfield


To mark its 20th year in business, Swing House Studios will be relocating from West Hollywood to a 21,000-square-foot facility in the Atwater neighborhood. The new location will be situated between Downtown L.A., Silver Lake, Glendale and Burbank off the 2 and 5 freeways. The grand reopening of the studio is scheduled for late January 2015.

The new Swing House Studios will feature two production stages (2,000 and 1,250 square feet with 19-foot ceilings, private bathrooms, dressing rooms and production offices); two rehearsal rooms (one is 600 square feet with a wood dance floor and the other is 400 square feet); full backline, audio and staging rental department; loading dock and bus bay; 30-plus car parking lot; recording studio with Neve/API consoles, digital and analog recorders, private lounge and bathroom; and seven private writer studios for “producers in residence.”

Phil Jaurigui, president of Swing House, says the new facility will also feature Cleerline fiber optics in single- and multi-mode configurations throughout the facility, including its two stages, main tracking/control room and seven writer rooms. “This will allow seamless recording from control room to stages, as well as writer rooms to the main tracking room,” Jaurigui says. “Live video and audio streaming can be conducted at the highest speeds with multicamera connections in each stage.”

On the bigger sound stage, Swing House also offers true “full-production” tour rehearsal. The studio can also offer live streaming concerts with multicamera editing on the property.

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Some of NRG’s choice gear.


NRG recently upgraded its studios to Pro Tools HDX and acquired a whole host of vintage guitar amps and combos, as well as analog delay units. “The idea is that with recording budgets being what they are, artists won’t have to rent gear when they book time at NRG Recording,” says Studio Manager Casey Lewis. “All of our floating gear, instruments and amps are included in the day rate.”

Some of NRG’s highlights include ‘60s Selmer True Voice Bass Master 50, ‘60s Selmer Zodiac, ‘70s Music Man HD 130, 1962 Fender Band Master, 1939 Gibson EH-185, 1962 Vox AC30, 1967 DanElectro DS-100, 1956 Watkins Dominator, 1968 Ludwig five-piece drum kit, Binson Echorec 2 Echo Machine, Dynachord Echocord Super Tape Echo, and Watkins Copicat Tape Echo.

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The Main Squeeze with Randy Jackson in Studio A at NRG.

Meanwhile, NRG recently hosted the following artists: Musician Rob Zombie (drums and bass for new record) in Studio A with producer/engineer Chris “Zeuss” Harris, post-funk band The Main Squeeze (full tracking) in Studio A with producer Randy Jackson and engineer Keith Gretlein, metal band Fear Factory (drum tracking) in Studio B with producer Rhys Fulber and engineer Mike Plotnikoff, jazz bassist/cellist/singer Esperanza Spalding (full tracking for new project) in studios A and B with engineer Kyle Hoffmann (Spalding produced), and ska revival band The English Beat in Studio B with producer Dave Wakeling and engineer Hoffmann.

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The new SSL 9080J 80-channel console, formerly owned by Bryan Adams.


Jason Gluz, president and CEO of 17 Hertz Studio, says he originally planned on buying a 56-channel SSL E/G—which had belonged to Prince—that was completely refurbished by the Desk Doctor. But then he heard that Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams was looking to sell his SSL J Series board.

“The owner of the [E/G] console kept changing his price due to the unforeseen circumstances of removing the console from the studio—construction, etc.,” Gluz says. “My console broker, Primal Gear, mentioned that Bryan Adams was looking to get rid of his console in Montreal, and he negotiated a great deal for me. I made the decision to go from a 56-channel G to an 80-channel J. When the console arrived, man, was that one of the greatest challenges of my life to get that thing up and running again. However, what it has done to the room aesthetically is amazing, and it has come in handy on my most recent rock projects. I feel like I went from console to spaceship control!” [Laughs.]

Additionally, 17 Hertz has seen a diverse roster of artists, producers and engineers come through its studio doors recently, including T.I., Tyler The Creator, Akon, Willow Smith, Chance The Rapper, Wyclef Jean, Boyz II Men to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Goodie Mobb, CeeLo Green, Gareth Emery, Detail, 1500 or Nothin, League of Starz, Andrew Dawson, Marshal Bryant, IamSu!, Sage the Gemini, Mally Mall, French Montana, Rita Ora, Luke James, Oscar Salinas, Rob Kinelski, Romeo, Kim Richards, Rocky Kramer, David Franklin, and Steve Olmon.

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Dam Funk and Tyler the Creator working on Tyler’s new project (executive produced by Kanye West).

Gluz says the diversity creates opportunities for collaboration and cross-genre material. “I feel very hopeful for the future of music, and that the music on mainstream radio will slowly change and begin to have more substance and quality—both lyrically and sonically,” he says.