Built by a musician for musicians!
"Beam me up, Scotty!"
L-R: John Idan; producer/engineer/mixer
When guitar virtuoso Steve
Vai moved into this house years ago, he turned it into a comfortable
recording space where he and his friends could make music. The facility
was recently upgraded to accommodate professional musician community
and record labels.
Welcome to Mothership Studios, a full service professional recording
studio...1400 square foot space occupying the second floor of the
5000 square foot 4-story house nestled high in the Hollywood Hills.
Control Room features a 40-input API Console with GML
automation and a 40 input return section. The main speakers are
KRK-813s which have been Tri-powered and tuned for clarity
and accuracy. A pair of KRK E8Ts and Yamaha NS10s round
out the playback system. There is a large array of outboard gear
from Reverb, Multi effects, compressors, EQs and gates. A
complete and comprehensive list of out-board gear can be found in
who have worked at Mothership include: LIT; The Wallflowers; Slash;
The Yardbirds; Eddie Kramer; Chris Lord-Alge; Mike Clink; Greg Ladani;
Steve Vai; Ken Allardyce; Ozzy Osbourne; Sugar Ray; Eddie Van Halen;
Billy Sheehan; Chick Corea; Eric Sardinas; Greg Koch; Steve Lukather;
Larry Carlton; Jeff "Skunk" Baxter; Tony MacAlpine; Greg
Bissonette; Robben Ford; Michael Landau.
Well-maintained analog tape machines (Studer 827 and Studer 800
2" and 1/2" ATR 102-2 track) complement the Protools HD
system running on a Power Macintosh G4 with Pro-control and 1 extended
fader pack, Waves plug-ins and ProTools Sync I/O. Want to lock up
Protools to the Studer and use both? It's no problem with Mothership's
2 Timeline Lynx timecode modules!
The studio offers a large selection of microphones to choose from
including vintage, rare (and unbelievably great) AKG C-12, AKG C-24,
and Nueman UM57, all in excellent condition.
The main room
has a wood floor - and can be covered with rugs when less reflection
is needed. Drapes when opened, allow you to see the Hollywood Hills
while laying down tracks; or close them and turn down the lights
for a moodier recording atmosphere. A drum riser and an array of
guitar amplifiers (including Carvin Legacy and Marshall half-stacks)
and bass amplifiers (including an SVT bass amp with 8x10 cabinet)
round out the recording experience.
Comfortable lounges offer TV and DVD player with a large couch and
chair to hang out and get away from the rigors of recording.
Warm up on one
of two Ibanez Jems available for your use, or sit back and relax
with one of over 100 DVDs available for your viewing pleasure. This
room also has a large window featuring views of the Hollywood Hills.
A Power Macintosh
G4 with high-speed internet access and printer can cater to all
your online needs, along with a copier/fax machine for your business-related
Steve Vai at Mothership
Available with rental of the studio, the 3600 square foot third
and fourth stories of The Mothership are luxurious living/entertaining
The large master bedroom has a four-poster king-sized bed, fireplace
and a view of the Hollywood Hills. Off the bedroom, a walk-in cedar
closet, and dual sink full bathroom all with a very cozy feel. The
room is also equipped with a TV, DVD player and a desk area with
high-speed Internet access ports for your laptop - so you never
lose touch. From the bedroom, walk out onto a huge balcony with
lounge chairs to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets
Another bedroom in soothing deep blue has a panoramic view of the
Hollywood Hills, a double bed, full bathroom and huge balcony.
Perfect for the band members...a room with two twin beds with its
own full bathroom and desk, a TV and DVD player and generous closet
access is available via data-ports conveniently located by the desk,
or sit back and relax with a DVD or one of the many books available
in this room.
The common area has an open, spacious living room with comfortable
couches and TV & DVD player. A guest bathroom, dining room with
space for 8 or more, and fully appointed gourmet kitchen round out
the upstairs amenities.
From the living
room and the kitchen you have access to the back patio and beautiful
garden - great for entertaining, or just quiet and peaceful reflection
large sunny outdoor area at the rear of the house is alive with
flowers and greenery. The lower level paved patio area is equipped
with sunchairs and an outdoor table - perfect for outdoor gatherings
or quiet reading. A pergola and wisteria provides shade and shelter.
The upper level features a garden, sundeck and vine-covered pergolas.
The Motherhsip Studio offers a chef service for a very reasonable
additional fee. For more information, just ask when booking.
Maid and Laundry
service is also available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There
are also full laundry facilities on the third floor.