Hello from Kingsize Soundlabs

October 14, 2009 5:28 pm

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We at Kingsize hope all is well and that the rest of your 2009 will be exciting and productive for you. Soon the New Year will be upon us and we want to give you an update on what has been happening at Kingsize Soundlabs.

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We are proud to introduce the Kingsize Soundlabs North Facility! Located slightly north of our Eagle Rock location in lovely Atwater Village, this new location features five new producer suites, gated parking, and a larger 5.1/stereo mixing room designed to emulate the home theater environment.

In parallel to our fresh northern exposure, the original Kingsize Soundlabs (Los Angeles) has been making strides of its own. Before I get into the latest happenings, I would like to get you up to speed with the new lay of the land on The Rock Block.

The entire Kingsize Soundlabs (South) facility is a multi-use recording compound nestled within the beautiful city lights and scenic mountains of Northeast Los Angeles. The Rock Block, as many people call it, contains a variety of studios within two free standing buildings. All studios can be customized and outfitted with your desired pro audio equipment depending on your recording needs. We have many instruments, outboard gear, microphones, and HD3 rigs with loads of plug-ins, along with classic analogue consoles and recorders at your finger tips! Most are interchangeable between the studios which makes it a unique environment above and beyond many other studios. (See website for equipment details and reserve your room and desired setup).

The centerpiece, Studio A – “The Castle” is built around a vintage 32 channel Neve 8068 console and is accompanied with a 24ch 2″ MCI tape machine for the analogue lovers. With an HD3 Pro Tools system and a 32 i/o Apogee interface configuration, we have plenty of options for tracking and mixing. In addition to the nice array of outboard gear, this room comes with a Yamaha G2 baby grand piano, vintage upright piano, Hammond B3 organ with dual motor Leslie, additional Hammond organs, and loads of vintage analogue synths as well as amps, guitars, and drums for your choosing.

Next door to the A Studio is our newly outfitted Studio B – “MANT”. We are proud to announce we have recently partnered up with noted producer/engineer/mixer and all-around nice guy Rob Schnapf. “Mant” (half-man, half-ant) is the new parking place for Rob’s vintage recording space filled with outboard gear and his large collection of “bells and whistles.” This truly gives the room a cool vintage feel. MANT comes with a vintage “Class A” 16 channel Electrodyne console (formerly owned by the Sinatras), a ProTools HD3 rig, several amps, analogue keyboards and of course a Mellotron! This room will soon be outfitted with the long awaited John Musgrave custom MCI Console as well…

On the other side of Studio A is The Ship, owned and operated by engineer/producer Aaron Espinoza of the band Earlimart. Although Technically not a Kingsize studio The Ship has worked closely with Kingsize over the years and is one of the original studios on the block when we set up shop in the early 2000’s…

“The Annex,” the second building on the block, houses our Studio C, Mark Chalecki’s Little Redbook Mastering and Soundlabs 1 – 3 our project based overdub/mix rooms. Studio C, “The Cabin”, hosts a simple ITB setup using a Digidesign Control 24, HD3 and 16 i/o Digidesgn/Mytech converter combination. With classic front end from Quad 8 and floatable API mic pre’s, this room is ideal for smaller tracking, overdubbing, and mixing sessions. You can also customize your session with additional compressors, eq’s, and effects to maximize your recordings within a reasonable budget. This room contains a smaller live room suitable for recording most overdubs and a large amp closet ideal for isolation when needed.

Soundlabs 1 – 3, “The Capsules,” are smaller control rooms / ISO booth production rooms. These rooms offer a very affordable way of recording and mixing projects that need a lockout type schedule. The Capsules can be equipped as needed per project and can host visiting rigs as well. Let us help put together a package that meets your needs and budget!

Soundlabs 2 and 3 are also available for month to month lock outs. Please contact us for details if interested.

In Soundlab 2, for the past few years, composer Damien Heartwell has launched and operated his music composition company, Vibrant Music with a focus on creating original music for TV commercials, production music libraries, corporate mnemonics, and network branding packages. Recent projects include spots for Volkswagen, Target, US Cellular, California Cheese and Esurance. Now happily settled in at Kingsize Soundlabs, Vibrant Music aims to continue creating unique scores across all musical genres and trying to push for intelligent, interesting and unexpected music in advertising.

Last but not least, The Rock Block offers a spacious patio and with an open atmosphere unlike many studios in the hyper-competitive LA music scene. We do encourage daily cook-outs!

Kingsize Soundlabs (North) is a brand new facility focused on providing private month to month lock outs for independent music producers, writers and mixers. Located in Atwater Village Kingsize Soundlabs (North) offers 6 “plug and play” recording and mixing studios varying in size and purpose. At the heart of this facility is a 5.1 mixing theater designed to emulate the real world home theater along with 5 producer suites that included treated control rooms and iso booths. Gated parking and full kitchen on premises rounds out this top notch facility we are excited to offer as of fall 2009.

Here are some of this years highlights:

-Indie rock legends Built To Spill (Warner Brothers) holed up with Dave Trumfio to complete the band’s 7th studio album “There Is No Enemy”.

-Modern folk troubador Patrick Park has been tracking and mixing his next collection of finger picked stories with Dave Trumfio in The Castle and Chateau Trumfio.

-Kisschasy, Sweet Thing, Josh Radin, Wild Light and The Toadies all spent time recording with Producer/Engineers Rob Schnapf and Doug Boehm in Kingsize’s newest addition, Studio B aka MANT! Boehm also mixed the newest for indie pop whiz kids Princeton using MANT’s newly refurbished control room.

-The ever classic and lovely Ricky Lee Jones mixed her new album with Rob Schnapf in MANT.

-Producer/Songwriter Greg Kurstin recorded tracks for Lily Allen’s new hit record “It’s Not Me It’s You” which includes her hit songs entitled “F**K You” and “Never Gonna Happen” here at Kingsize along with tracking and mixing for Sia’s (of Zero 7) upcoming LP release. Greg is currently locking out The Cabin for various sessions over the next few months! His recent projects include production and mixing various tracks for Devo’s new LP and writing new hits for his ongoing project The Bird and The Bee.

-Against Me! holed up with producers Butch Vig and Billy Bush working on the bands next release. In addition, Billy Bush has worked on several projects in our Soundlab 3 capsule this past year. These projects are: Guy Sebastian (First Australian Idol Winner), IIse DeLange (#1 Album in Holland), Super 400 (Sweet First Album Mixing), Tom Gabel (Heart Burns EP), Shirley Manson/Bear McCreary (“Samson and Delilah” Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles), and The Subways to name a few…

-Producer/Engineer Tom Biller worked on several projects in The Cabin, including the soundtrack to “Where the Wild Things Are,” which he co-produced with Karen O. Liars, and Michael Mangia are among other artists Biller brought to Kingsize.

-Alterna-New Wave Hip Hop whiz’s J Davey (Warner Brothers) worked with Kingsize engineers Dave Trumfio and Zac Carper on their soon to debut LP.

-One of the best punk/reggae bands ever, The Aggrolites self-produced their fourth LP (Hellcat) with help from Kingsize engineer Richard Robinson turning the knobs.

-Welsh-American hard rockers Lost Prophets (Sony BMG-UK) spent weeks at Kingsize recording and producing their fourth album with engineer Justin Hopfer. They also did pre-production here on the Rock Block with the legendary producer Bob Rock late last year!

-Bowling for Soup “Sorry For Partyin” (Jive/RCA) made final tweaks on their newest with producer Linus Dotson in The Cabin.

-Also in the Cabin, producer Linus Dotson of Crappy Records, has worked on many projects wich includes MC Lars “This Gigantic Robot Kills” and “The Green Christmas EP” (Crappy/Oglio), The Leftovers “Eager To Please” (Crappy/Oglio), Skyfox “The Twilight EP” (Crappy), Kylee “Vacancy” and “Love Kicks” (Sony Japan), Perry Gripp “Jackie Johnson” single (Oglio), Gabriel Mann “Tall Buildings” (Franklin Castle), and Kool Keith “Break U Off” (Oglio) to name a few…

-Side One Dummy artists Nathan Maxwell, Gaslight Anthem, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band all spent time with producer Ted Hutt and engineer Ryan Mall recording and mixing their new releases. Ted Hutt and Ryan Mall have also recently finished projects for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Memphis rockers Lucero here at Kingsize.

-Universal Republic recording artists Iglu and Hartly have visited the Rock Block for several sessions over the last year with Kingsize engineer Zac Carper at the controls.

-The Rentals have been visiting Kingsize through out the year recording tracks for their “Songs About Time” project with Producer/Engineer Dave Trumfio. The songs are also being mixed by Trumfio at his residential mixing studio Chateau Trumfio.

-Trumfio has also mixed recent releases at Chateau Trumfio for: Rooney, Hope Sandoval, Sia, Sea Wolf, Booker T, Ricky Lee Jones, Nell Bryden, Alaskan Summer, His Orchestra, Patrick Park, International Tennis Champions, E For Explosion, MC Lars, The Leftovers, Sky Fox, Parry Gripp, Dallas Don Burnet and many others…

-Producer/Engineer John Travis recorded Red Bull recording artists Twin Atlantic in The Castle for basics and recorded overdubs in the Capsule.

-Producer/Engineer Joe Chiccarelli recorded overdubs for several projects over the past year in The Castle.

-Black Box Revelation recently completed mixing with Producer/Engineer Greg Gordon in The Castle. Gordon also recently mixed sessions at Kingsize for Yeah, Yeah,Yeah’s

-Nell Bryden and Justyna Kelly are two of the recent projects legendary producer David Kershenbaum has brought to Kingsize over recent months. Kingsize Engineers Celso Estrada and Dave Trumfio both played roles on the recent sessions.

-Composer/Engineer Keith Ruggiero of SoundsRED spent time in Soundlab 1 working on an array of projects, including a promotional trailer for Blu-ray discs.

-Engineer Lars Stalfors has recently worked at Kingsize with Funeral Party and Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez Lopez.

-Steel Train and FUN both spent time recording with Producer/Engineer Steve McDonald in The Castle.

-Disillusion were in tracking with producer/engineers Pogo of Marilin Manson and Brian DeMar of Ministry.

-Producer/Engineer and Mixer Carter William Humphery mixed two albums at Kingsize for the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck. The first was an album entitled “A Taste of Country” consisting mainly of cover songs done in a country frame of mind. The 2nd, titled “Legacy of Love,” was a complete re-recording of 26 of Engelbert’s greatest hits.

-Producer/Engineer and Mixer Bryan Cook has worked on several projects this past year of which include faux French band Nous Non Plus (Aeronaut Records), LP entitled “Menagerie”, iTunes exclusive tracks for ATO recording artist Jem, her “Down To Earth” LP, and former Sony/Epic recording artist Susie Suh’s new independent EP called “Bakman Tapes Volume 2” to name a few…

Other recent sessions included: Saosin, The Parson Redheads, The Little Heroes, The Black Kites, Bouncing Soles, Distorted Fate, Japanese Motors, The Vines, Tim Finn (ex-Crowded House), Tom Chasteen, The Young Dubliners, American Idol winner David Cook, Adam Cohen (Low Millions, Leonard’s son), and Frankel.

There is more music than ever being released and recorded these days—that’s a fact. So as a studio, we aim to be a cut above and offer clients the know-how and the gear that they don’t have at home. Having a little mystique helps too! As the home studio inevitably gets more sophisticated, we know people still want to make classic-sounding records, cut big sounding basics, and mix with the real gear. That’s why we’re here.

Cheers and hope to see you soon, Kingsize Soundlabs