House Of Blues Studios Where Sweet
Sergio Mendes Sessions at HOB;
with Robert Plant Sessions (right)
Enter the lush hills of Encino, California, within the quiet boundaries
of a private gated complex to find a world-class recording facility.
Those familiar with the House of Blues restaurants and clubs will
immediatly recognize the familiar decor, an eclectic mix of earthy
Southern Blues and Far East spirituality.
often extention of their owners. For Tennessee native Gary Belz
there's a deeper understanding of our true role in this world. You
can sense this deep respect for life
and music in every corner of the studio and surrounding grounds.
HOB Encino is
a member of the Kiva family of recording studios, an award-winning
group located in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, where hit albums
from such artists as The Wallflowers, Matchbox 20, Puff Daddy, Stevie
Ray Vaughan, Beck, Goo Goo Dolls and Keb 'Mo, among many others,
have been recorded.
Yamaha C7 Piano and Custom Cue System
The HOB Encino
control room, tuned by noted acoustician Bob Hodas, features a 36
channel, 32 buss, custom Neve, all discrete console refurbished
in 2006 by HOB under the guidance of Geoff Tanner. Attached to this
is an API 1604 Sidecar fitted with 550A and 560B Eq's. All 52 channels
are equipped with flying fader automation with 7 group and 1 master
stereo fader. There is also an extraordinary array of vintage and
modern outboard equipment- both tube and solid state. Belz speaks
proudly of the 16-channel cue system.
Islam a.k.a Cat Stevens at HOB
The specially built piano room houses a Yamaha C7 grand piano, a
favorite of many well-known pianists. Other instruments include
a Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B3 and Mini-Moog. The generously
sized exterior windows allow an abundance of natural light into
the room and the interior window allows clear line of sight into
the control room providing an agreeable balance of ambiance and
Neve 1073s ring the bell!
The impressive mic collection with HOB mascot and security chief
The tracking space is a versatile room for a variety of sessions.
While it is large enough to accommodate full band tracking, it still
retains the intimate feel required for smaller overdub sessions.
There is ample line of sight with both iso spaces and the control
room as well.
The lounge areas
include a shaded patio with tables & seating as well as the
comfortably outfitted main lounge. Premium cable TV, high-speed
wireless internet access, complimentary snacks and southern hospitality
are just a few of the amenities HOB clients enjoy.
off the main tracking room is a very spacious vocal/iso booth. Large
enough to accommodate more than one musician, this versatile space
is excellent for isolating both quiet and loud sound sources. Two
windows provide sight lines into the tracking space and control
room. Additionally, the adjacent lounge doubles as more iso space.
Tie lines and windows allow this room to be tied into the rest of
Rodney Jerkins at HOB
"House of Blues Studios offer an amazing
selection of both vintage and modern gear coupled with efficient
but unobtrusive staff," says house engineer, Doug Tyo who was
recently in the studio with mixer Richard Bosworth (Don Henley,
Johny Rivers, The Knack) working on late Doug Figer's album. "Doug
and I recorded these songs over the last few years. They are standards
of Hank Williams. Doug's wife asked us to mix the songs after his
passing," says Bosworth who shows off studio's Studer A800
16Tk 2" machine (below) used to recall Figer's masters.
A800 16TK 2" For Doug Figer Sessions with Richard Bosworth
HOB may just be an artist's sanctuary for making music. A sacred
place to create. "I
don't sit down and engineer. I'm more comfortable on the hospitality
side, and I've always just wanted to provide the best rooms, with
the right vibe, for people to make music in,"says Belz with
his Southern gentlemanly charm.
Contact studio manager to book your next session or
arrange for a tour
studio fn: 818-990-1296