Infrasonic, Vintage King Audio Open New Facilities in Los Angeles

Jul 11, 2012 7:07 PM

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Pictured at Vintage King’s new VKLA headquarters are, from left: producer/engineer Ryan Hewitt; Jeffrey Ehrenberg, West Coast Sales Manager; Tom Menrath, Strategic Development; and Shevy Shovlin, Director of Partner Marketing/PR.

Infrasonic Sound Recording Company, a 16/24-track classic recording studio and audio and vinyl mastering facility, and Vintage King Audio, a leader in sales of high-end boutique and vintage recording equipment, have opened a new facility in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood at 1176 W. Sunset Blvd. Infrasonic is bringing a custom built mastering studio online, while Vintage King Audio has opened Vintage King Los Angeles (VKLA), a private showroom and demo studio located on the first floor. Infrasonic’s corresponding recording studio will remain at its East L.A. location, five miles away from the new mastering suites.

1176 W. Sunset was designed and built by Robert Maune of Sound and Structure (SaS), a Southern California based company specializing in studio design, acoustic treatment and modernist restoration.

“The common thread between Infrasonic Sound and Vintage King is that we’re all musicians; we all love gear—especially analog gear,” says Jeff Ehrenberg, Infrasonic Sound co-owner and head of Los Angeles sales for Vintage King Audio. “To my knowledge, this is the first facility where an artist can attend their mastering session, watch their vinyl lacquer get cut and head downstairs to demo some of the best analog recording gear in the world. This is a passion project for everyone involved and we’re excited to share with our clients.”

"Our VKLA headquarters is really a new way of giving the customer the most enjoyable buying experience," explains Shevy Shovlin, Director of Partner Marketing/PR. "We wanted VKLA to be musical, a place that working artists could appreciate. Our long-term goal is to create a real cultural center for the recording scene here in L.A." VKLA includes a critical listening room, mic locker and a main room equipped with several listening stations, affording clients the opportunity to hear their own music through any equipment on the showroom floor.

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Jeffrey Ehrenberg in VKLA's critical listening room

On the design of 1176 W. Sunset for Vintage King Audio, Maune says, "I carried over the sawtooth wall design and Kubrick aesthetic from my former project for Dave Cobb, which had worked really well. I also designed a brand new rear wall treatment (the Quadratic Pipe Array) to try and make sense of the massed batteries of high-end studio monitors which VK needed me to flush mount in the critical listening room's speaker wall."

Tom Menrath, recently named head of Vintage King's Strategic Development, says, "VKLA provides an unprecedented opportunity to compare the finest gear in the world in a proper recording studio environment. Visits to the facility will be arranged by appointment, so each customer will get a personalized listening experience."






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