Aspen's Place Recording
you get through recording your record, you'll probably want to live
Aspen’s Place Recording is a turnkey vintage “live” recording
studio dedicated to producing full band live multi-track recordings
"Old School," the way records were made in the Golden Years of Rock
APR offers the best of both worlds; "old school" live
tracking in a small town atmosphere just 20 minutes from Hollywood
and 35 minutes from LAX, and at a fraction of the price you’d
the hill” in Hollywood or the beach. We also offer
full-service video and audio production capacity.
APR is pleased to offer the services
of Brian Ascenzo will be available for clients as needed. Brian is
a (very) accomplished musician on multiple instruments, an accomplished
engineer and producer and even taught recording (Pro Tools). He has
credits, lots of them and his vast experience includes shooting,
directing and editing video, sound design, music scoring. He has
mixed commercials for many national corporations such as Mcdonalds,
Bombardier, Chris Craft, and has 5 infomercials under his belt.
Our studio is built
on the historic site of the original Groove Tubes factory located
in San Fernando, California. This is the facility where our founder/owner,
Aspen Pittman, actually designed and manufactured vacuum tubes
and vacuum tube audio products for over 30 years until he sold
the GT Company to Fender Musical Instruments in 2008. The Groove
Tubes building has since been remodeled to house a classic car
restoration shop in the rear, and APR in the front.
APR offers a classic “Big Room” recording
environment, much like what an artist would have experienced in
the Golden Age of Rock and Soul recording.
Our “Big” room, measures 44’ x
18' with a 12’ ceiling, with also has a dual amp isolation
closet for recording several smaller combo amps in a sound proof
room so as not to bleed into piano mics in a live performance.
room has been carefully acoustically designed to have just the right
amount of live and dead areas, and has 20 specially-designed Bruce
Black (Media Rooms Technology) multi-surfaced Gobos which offer
diffusing or absorbing surfaces and can be stacked to form an iso
room if needed. We can quickly set up a "drum cave" with these that
works extremely well, lower gobos give absorb and tighten the drums,
and the upper gobos with their diffusion side out give near perfect
diffusion for the various cymbals and hi hats ... a
perfect balance for recording drums.
Our "Control"room has been acoustically designed for
an optimum listening environment with the help of Bruce Black
and also features Bruce’s
own custom made wood dispersion gobos fully lining the rear wall
behind the console. The dual playback systems (near and mid field)
are both “tube powered”;
a 2x40 watt EL34 based stereo amp driving a pair of Albert Von Schweikert’s
acclaimed VR1 near-field monitors, and for our bigger-than-life
mid-fields we have a pair of vintage McIntosh MC60 mono block amps
driving a pair of 70’s
vintage UREI 809 monitors with JBL co-ax speakers (the only
co-ax speakers ever offered by JBL). The near-fields are tight and
detailed, and the mid-field system is breathtakingly BIG, yet smooth
Latest gear updates include: Avid ProTools HD
v. 10.1, (2) Avid HD I/O 16 channel audio interfaces (32 channels),
Lexicon MX400 Surround Reverb, JBL 4326 Series Surround monitors.
Our studio complex includes several smaller ISO recording rooms
as well as a fully furnished “Band Apartment” with living
room, a bathroom with shower, washer-dryer, kitchenette
and dining area for relaxing between takes or just freshening up
before (or after) a night out.
APR also has a fully
furnished electronics repair and creative development room, with
a vast assortment of vintage tubes for repair or just experimenting
with your amp’s tone.
We also offer: Post Production audio, scoring
and editing; Surround and stereo mixing for music, video and TV;
and high-def recording for dvd-audio.
And dont forget the assortment of classic cars
and auto accessories in the rear of Aspen's Place, you can check
out the restoration process during your breaks!
There are several restaurants
within a short walk or drive including sushi, BBQ and, of course,
the best Mexican food in LA. (Ask anyone about City of San Fernando,
the home of Caesar Chavez!).
We are located a short distance from the
Sylmar/San Fernando Metro-link station and we'er a mile up the road
from the world famous J.B. Nethercutt Auto Museum.