Vintage King lucky winners pictured at The House of Rock are (seated) Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig and (standing L-R) Nick Blomberg, Switzerland; Chad Wilson, CA; Davide Fant, Italy; Kyle McAnlay, CA, and Rick Juarez, Ohio. Photo by David Goggin.
Vintage King Audio teamed up with Pensado's Place to give 5 lucky winners for a banquet and grand tour of the new $3.5 million House of Rock home studio designed in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig and top industry partners, including Vintage King, Solid State Logic, Blue Microphones, Audio Perception, JSX Audio and other high-end audio partners. The studio occupies the top floor of a $22 million Santa Monica estate, created by House of Rock, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company.
Jack Joseph Puig spent the afternoon in the lavish studio environment with the winners, talking about recording techniques and answering questions. "Your job is to create an environment where the artist can fly," he advised.
"This is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind recording studio -- the amenities and equipment of a world-class commercial facility beautifully integrated into an extraordinary residence making it one of the finest personal recording spaces ever created," commented Tom Menrath, Vintage King's Head of Strategic Development.
The studio itself is perched in what was once the home's top floor, providing a picturesque view of the classic Riviera Country Club golf course. Artists, producers and engineers record at the "Duality Pro-Station" winged and automated console, the first of it's kind from Solid State Logic.
Vintage King was involved early in the studio's overall design phases and helped plan an impressive mix of modern and classic gear for the space. Using custom-built studio furniture by Sound Construction, VK filled the racks with an enviable selection of outboard gear, including vintage UREI 1176, Teletronix LA-2A and DBX 160s as well as boutique units from Purple Audio, Retro Instruments, Eventide, and Millenia Media.
Vintage King also composed a sixty-module overhead rack of in-demand 500 Series modules from Little Labs, Grace Design, Chandler Limited, Tonelux, A-Designs, Inward Connections, Burl, and many others. To ready the studio for modern production, VK added a 48x48 Pro Tools | HDX2 system by Avid and put together a world-class monitoring system, including the debut of Barefoot Sound's new flagship 4-way speaker system, the MiniMain12.
The contest winners had lunch and a private tour of The House of Rock from Grammy Award-winning music engineer and producer Jack Joseph Puig (U2, The Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Fergie, No Doubt, and others). Attendees experienced this unique studio through the designer's eyes, as Puig explored the recording studio utopia.
Winners were announced Live on the "Pensado's Place" show on Wednesday November 28th at