â€” 2009 GRAMMYÂ® nominee for Producer of the Year knows he can turn to GC Pro for everything from pro audio gear to software and musical instruments â€”
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, April 16, 2009 â€” Producer/engineer Johnny Kâ€™s work with artists such as Disturbed, Staind, Machine Head, Kill Hannah, Soil, Black Tide and other successful acts recently garnered the Chicagoan his first GRAMMYÂ® nomination for Producer of the Year. The place where much of Johnnyâ€™s work has been done for the past 14 years is Groovemaster Studios, his personal recording space, now in its fourth incarnation in a six-story, 40,000-square-foot loft, a former brewery near Chicagoâ€™s famously musical South Side. The building currently houses four studios, each with its own distinctive character. Helping to keep it at the cutting edge of recording technology is Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.
The relationship between Johnny K and Guitar Center Pro has been long and close, and GC Pro has helped Johnny K keep his studio at the forefront of technology through several of its iterations. Most recently, GC Pro provided Groovemaster with new ADAM Audio A7 monitors, the EastWest Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Strings plug-in, several Native Instruments Komplete software bundles, various pieces of drum hardware and a classic Music Man StingRay bass guitar. GC Proâ€™s ability to cover such a wide range of products and systems is one of the things that makes it the ultimate resource for industry pros like Johnny K, who is known not only for his genius as a producer but also for his chops as an engineer and a musician.
Groovermaster Studiosâ€™ current home is the perfect setting for a recording studio: its thick brick walls are insulated with six inches of cork, installed originally with the intention of keeping the breweryâ€™s beer cold, and its floors support a massive 400 pounds of weight per square inch. The sturdy structure also features a panoramic view of the skyline of Chicago, providing plenty of the natural light that Johnny K feels is important to the creative process.
Groovemaster Studiosâ€™ design and equipment reflect Johnny Kâ€™s wide-ranging capabilities. The studioâ€™s 3rd floor houses the Neve Room, whose control room is built around a pristine 48-channel Neve 8128 console, complemented with a bountiful rack of vintage outboard gear, a large open tracking room and over eighty guitars and dozens of amplifiers. The 5th floor mixing room is focused around an SSL 4080 G+ Console and a massive six-bay custom rack of outboard gear â€“ not to mention a jaw-dropping vista of Chicagoâ€™s skyline.
In the lobby area is a perfectly restored 1937 Cadillac, outfitted with reference speakers for listening to mixes. Thereâ€™s also an ornately decorated private bar, which evokes a classic Chicago speakeasy vibe, where clients can relax after a long day of work. Should artists need further relaxation, the third floor lounge is complete with a large Jacuzzi, kitchen, workout area, entertainment center and a large foosball table.
â€œGroovemaster Studios is a reflection of Johnnyâ€™s own musical diversity,â€? says Dan Scalpone, GC Pro Account Manager for the Chicago area. â€œHeâ€™s open to trying anything, in terms of music and technology, and GC Pro is the only store of its kind that has the breadth and depth of inventory that can accommodate those kind of requirements. Weâ€™re very pleased Johnny continues to choose GC Pro to keep his studio filled with whatever he needs, whenever he needs it.â€?