Day In The Life Of Benny Benny
The Cavern has moved to Westlake - stay tuned for updates!
The Cavern studio,
in the heart of Hollywood, takes its name after the Cavern
Club in Liverpool made famous by the fab four, The Beatles.
The Cavern Studio was created by eight-time Grammy winner engineer,
Faccone (Ricky Martin, Mana, Santana). "Like everyone,
I've opened my place to accommodate my own production work. And
since our overhead here is pretty low, my clients can afford to
work with me during the entire phase of recording or mixing,"
Nevertheless, this has not stopped the popular engineer to book
top studios in town. He's scheduled to begin work on his next project
at Conway. "I love working in commercial rooms. When my clients
demand high end service, we go to places like Conway or Capitol,"
says Benny who just got back from London where he tracked a 32 piece
orchestra with The London Met for Marco Antonio Solis and Univision
at Abbey Road.
According to Benny leasing space was the next best thing. Mega artist
and producer Robi
Draco Rosa is a good friend who has the adjacent Phantom
Vox Studios with an amazingly spacious tracking room and a fabulous
32 input NEVE 8068A (came from producer Scott Litt's studio). "So,
when the room is available, I can also take my sessions to Phantomvox,"
All You Need
Is Love (Artists)
credit history is rich with diverse artists like: Boyz II Men, Jeffrey
Osborne, Sting, Ricardo Arjona, Reba McEntire, Selina, Nat King
Cole, USA For Africa, Liz Story, Barbra Streisand, Rocio Banquells,
Luis Enrique, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, Los
Fabulosos Cadillacs, Brandon Fields, Jose Jose, Manahattan Transfer,
Robi Rosa, Julio Iglasias.
Care Of My Baby (Gear)
The outboard gear in the control room was collected by Benny
over the last twenty years to include vintage favorites plus some
new standard acquisitions .......which balances the room nicely.
The speakers are Tannoy SRM10Bs and Yamaha NS10's plus the boom
box that's used for reference. "I know some of the best techs
in town, so, when needed they lend me a hand. Since I'm the only
one using the room at this point, I know how to work around things,"
With A Little Help From My Friends
The Cavern control room (20x15x13) features a Trident Series 80C
console with .....automation.
Some of the best in the industry were brought in to oversee the
acoustic specification of the room.
"Designer Vincent Van Hoff and tech Beno May and John.... (Capitol
Studios) have consulted on the control room. And, I event brought
in a Feng Shui expert to advice on introducing certain elements
to the space to maximize the room's positive energies," says
Since its opening in February of this year, the studio has accommodated
numerous projects including: Benny mixing for Warner artist Jessy
and Joy, Rock band La Gusana Ciega came in to work with Benny who
produced tracks for Sony Publishing. "I can do anything in
this room except drums and strings," says Benny of the control
room at The Cavern.
A Hard Day's
The Italian born, Montreal raised Benny who was trained at the
legendary A&M Studios is doing more production work these days.
"The Cavern helps me accommodate the independent artists that
I really like. Sometimes that's harder work. Because you need to
spend more time in pre production and it's always easier when you
have a studio to do it in. Plus it's not in my home. I still like
to get up and go to work everyday," says Benny.
Ain't That Sweet
You know you're in Hollywood when you can walk to adjacent restaurant
favorites like the Argentenian favorite, Gardel's or staples like
Your Magical Mystery Tour and check for Benny's availability Eight
Days A Week.
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