Infrasonic, Vintage King Audio Open New Facilities in Los Angeles

Jul 11, 2012 7:07 PM


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John Greenham's room at Infrasonic Mastering

Vintage King Los Angeles is displaying a variety of classic and current gear, including eight analog and digital consoles, 20 pairs of monitors, 50 microphones, and dozens of preamplifiers and outboard processors. Clients can test out consoles such as the API 1608 and the SSL 948, as well as boutique gear from Barefoot Sound, Shadow Hills Industries, Neve, Dangerous Music, Burl, Telefunken, and other top industry brands.

"We have a curated roster of the world's best recording equipment, all live and 'on the air,'" Ehrenberg says. "Guests are welcome to listen to our program material or bring their own. Playback can be either from a DAW, such as Pro Tools or Logic, or from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Our optimized iPod docks output digitally via AES, then go to professional-grade D/A converters, such as Lavry, Burl, Weiss, and others. From there, custom-made distribution amps send the signal through every piece of equipment on display simultaneously."

Under the direction of Co-Owner and Principal Mastering Engineer Pete Lyman, Infrasonic Mastering will officially open its doors at 1176 W. Sunset on Wednesday, July 18. The staff, including Grammy Award–winning engineer John Greenham and mastering assistant Phillip Rodriguez, will operate out of three dedicated mastering studios and a vinyl cutting room that is equipped with Infrasonic’s vintage Scully cutting lathe.

“Just three years ago Infrasonic’s CD and digital mastering sessions matched, if not slightly exceeded, our vinyl mastering sessions,” says Lyman. “As vinyl sales continue to rise and the niche of this industry continues to expand, we’re fortunate enough to have a client roster that’s nearly doubled in size. Infrasonic Mastering wanted to open a space that wasn’t just state of the art in terms of acoustics and design, but also someplace that local bands, clients and labels can come check out the behind the scenes process of audio and vinyl mastering."

"For Infrasonic Mastering, the challenge was to address the changing patterns of recreational listening," Maune says. "The conventional paradigm of mastering suites has been an acoustic signature somewhat resembling the 'typical' American living room. I tried to respect the fact that music is now more frequently heard in much tighter listening environments—an automobile, perhaps."

“It was important to select a space that’s centrally located and part of a thriving music scene, but also close to Infrasonic Sound Recording," Lyman adds. "We’re really proud of the community we built around our initial studio location and look forward to bringing that to the new space as well.”

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