Thirdstone Recording Studios
To Paramount Sounds
the sixties, some of the most popular and influential acts in pop
and rock history have recorded at Paramount Studios, but Adam Beilenson
and Mike Kerns -- owners of the facility since 1987 -- prefer to
focus on the present and future.
They appreciate that clients can marvel at the gold and platinum
records on the wall from Bob Dylan, the Doors, Frank Zappa, the
Eagles, Jackson Five, Prince Celine Dion to Boyz II men. Still,
they would rather talk about releases for this year from:
Ice Cube, DJ Danger Mouse, Macy
Studdard and Fantasia, Nelly
Furtado, Pink, Linkin Park, Liz Phair, The Neptunes,
to name a few.
And yet, all the name-dropping would be of no value if they didn't
have a world-class seven-studio facility that grew with the times
and featured state-of-the-art equipment.
Studio C, which has an 80-input SSL 9000J series console. "This
room is our real centerpiece, with its classic Hidley design and
incredible ambiance," says Beilenson.
"There are very few studios today that match this kind of control
room with a
40x40 live room and three additional recording booths, plus a private
lounge and upstairs bedroom and bathroom. Much of what you hear
on the radio these days is mixed on the 9000J, but it is also regarded
by top engineers as an excellent tracking board."
boasts three other rooms with impressive equipment specifications,
plus a Sonic Solutions-based digital mastering studio (Studio E).
Mastering Suite Studio E
Studio A has
an SSL G console, B has an SSL E/G, and D functions as a ProTools
preproduction room. All of the studios have a similar outboard gear
package (including most notably Avelon, Neve, GML, Pultec and Manley)
as well as ProTools, 2" tape and ADat capabilities and tube
mics by AKG, Sony, Neumann and Telefunken.
takes pride in offering a handful of top engineers and technical
staff including Bill Dooley, who has been involved in mastering
since being the chief recording engineer at Atlantic Recording Studios
in New York City. He also built and operated CD mastering facilities
at the former A&M Recording Studios and the former Brooklyn/Extasy
Recording Studios. Dooley's mastering credits cover all musical
styles including pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, country, jazz and
new age. Featured artists include work with the Chaka Khan, Deftones,
Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Madonna, Crosby Stills and Nash, Reba
McIntrye, Guru as well as hundreds of independent releases.
very excited to have Bill join our team at Paramount," said
Kerns. "Bill brings a wealth of talent, knowledge and experience
to Paramount Mastering."
Studio E features a SOntec mastering EQ and Manley compressor to
add an analog ouch to the mastering process.
(above and right) were acquired by Paramount in September of 2004.
Originally built in 1981 by George Tobin and known as Studio Sound
Recording, this North Hollywood facility boasts three Jack Edwards-
Producer Cameron Webb (Social
Distortion, Motorhead, Silverstein, Over It) above-- with
Lemmy, bassist & vocalist of Motorhead, at Paramount
Studio A hard at work and listening to
slabs of sheer volume on their mixes off the studio's SSL
6000 series console.
a lot of high-profile clientele, but some top producers need to
bring in new artists to develop," Beilenson says. "Studios
B and D are designed by more project oriented where artists can
Our job is to keep them happy in the studio environment."
Rick Will (center) mixing with Skindred in renovated Amerycan studio
In 2000, Beilenson
and Kerns expanded to the Valley, buying the two-room Ameraycan
Studios in the NoHo Arts District from Ray Parker, Jr. and completely
Studio A features a 72-input G-Plus console with a live room and a
Yamaha C-7 grand piano, and B has an 80-input SSL G Plus (with Ultimation).
In a short time this facility has become an incredible hotbed for
a variety of hit artists.
Paramount Studio D
all the studios, we can confidently say that we are one of the premier
facilities in LA and that very few can match the history with the
quality and variety we offer to such a diverse roster of clients...
...We put a
lot back into the studio and are always keeping up with acquiring
both vintage gear as well as the newest in recording technology.
People know what they can expect here and they trust our collective
technical expertise. The Studio really speaks for Itself, "
Engineer Bill Dooley
musicians ourselves, we completely empathize with everyone's need
to have a place like this," Beilenson adds.
"The great pleasure for Mike and I is that, once we realized
that we weren't going to be among the lucky ones who become pop
stars, we found a way to work in the music business and with some
of the most incredible talent around."
Beilenson and Mike Kerns
North Hollywood 818-760-8733
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