Creative Hub of Downtown Los Angeles

The revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles has gone from snowball to avalanche, with more and more creatives calling the area home than ever before. Add to that list In Flight Music Group, a creative hub for discerning musicians who love the fresh feel of the budding urban environment in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

Inside a palm tree-lined creative complex, a block away from the new Warner Music campus, our Solid State Logic 8064G+ equipped studio provides the perfect space for your next recording, mix, or writing session.

Beyond the chic industrial workspace, a dream list of outboard, microphones, and other recording equipment, and our friendly music obsessed staff, our clients enjoy conveniently located gated parking in the lot attached to our facility.

The Workspace

It's no secret. The processes modern music producers utilize to create finished recordings are drastically different than in years past. While the sound motels of old were ridiculously good at tracking a group of musicians playing together in a room, music, for better or worse, is seldom created that way today.

When the opportunity came to build a new type of production space, our number one goal was to make it a comfortable, creative, and relaxed environment that could facilitate the workflow of the modern producer, songwriter, and artist while at the same time containing all the rare and vintage equipment you would find in the classic studios around Los Angeles.

The studio's industrial background and concrete flooring, paired with brilliant acoustics, and an iso booth that feels more like the ultimate chill room, paired with a gorgeous microphone collection, all come gracefully together against the backdrop of a large format Solid State Logic console, making for a one of a kind vibe to write and create in.

We consistently hear from musicians and producers that their twelve-hour session felt like six and that they could keep going without breaking a sweat. I guess it's true what they say...time flies when you're having fun!

The Console

The coolest thing about any vintage console is its history, and the Solid State Logic 8064 G+ that sits in our control room comes complete with a world-class pedigree.

Commisioned in the early 1990's by Allen Sides, owner of Ocean Way Studios, the console was completed and delivered to Side's second world famous Los Angeles recording studio, Record One, in May of 1993 at a price of just under $1M.

The original configuration was massive! At 100 channels (yes 100 channels, (1-96 + A-D), the console was completely tricked out for 5.1 monitoring, automated surround panning, and a few other things that were pretty groundbreaking for the time.

Our favorite specification of the 8000 G+ desks are the extra four stereo buses, in addition to the two that the 4000 G+ consoles already had. This feature makes it incredibly simple to create stems (i.e. drums, bass, guitars, vocals) that can then be processed additionally and dumped into the main stereo bus...but back to the story...

So after a who's who list of artists recorded and mixed on the desk inside the Record One facility, a little producer by the name of Dr. Dre decided to make the studio his home. We're told this lockout lasted from 1997 until 2007.

During that time, the EQ configuration was also adjusted. The console was originally delivered with 56 channels of 242 (aka E Series) equalizers with the remaining channels loaded with 292 (aka G) equalizers. This was adjusted for the desk to contain a total of eighty 242 E series equalizers. Due to the aggressive character of the 242 EQ, most modern music producers would call this an upgraded!

The great Dr. Dre left his Record One home in 2007 and in a deal shrouded in secrecy, he was able to take the console with him where it eventually landed in the hands of his pupil, the one and only, Marshall Mathers...aka EMINEM.

At the time, the Shady records crew had purchased and renovated a new recording facility in Detroit and wanted to utilize the 8000 G+ series console as their centrepiece. The only problem was, it wouldn't fit. So, the console was cut down to a still massive 80 channels.

In early 2017, In Flight Music Group acquired the console with the intent of reconfiguring it to a more manageable 64 channels and fully restoring it. We enlisted the help of the world famous Solid State Logic wizard Bruce Millett of Desk Doctor...and off we went.

The fruit of our labour is now available to you. The In Flight Music Group 8064 G+ features 64 channels of 242 E series equalization, Ultimation (moving fader automation), and four additional stereo busses over the standard 4000 series. It's the extra bussing we all loved about the 9000 K series with the sonic punch of the G+, an unbeatable combination in our opinion.

The Equipment

We'll leave the long... very long... list of outboard, microphones, and other outstand recording equipment contained within the studio's walls for the Equipment list.

Studio Type:
Rehearsal Studio
Home/Project Studio
Mid Level Studio
Top Line Studio
Podcast Studio
Services Available :
Audio Engineer Included
Audio Engineer (Additional Fee)
Other Services
Main Equipment: Console SSL 8064 G+ Ultimation - Total Recall - 242 EQ DAW Avid HDX Avid Sync HD I/O Interface Avid HD I/O 16x16 Analog (x4) Antelope Pure 2 Monitoring Dynaudio M3XE Three Way Passive Monitor (x2) Yamaha NS10M Monitors (x4) Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube Passive Monitors (x2) Behringer Powerplay P16 Personal Headphone Mixer + Extension (x2) Shure SRH840 Reference Studio Headphones (x4) Microphones AKG C 24 AKG C 12A Tube (x2) Neumann U 47 Valve Neumann U 67 Tube (x3) Neumann SM 69 Tube Telefunken ELA M 251 Sony C-800G Wunder CM12 (x2) Wunder CM49 (x2) Shure SM58 Beta (x2) Mic Preamps Equalisers & Channel Strips Classic Audio Products FD312 Mic Preamp (x20) API 550A Discrete 3 Band EQ (x10) Tonelux EQP5 Parametric EQ (x6) Neve 1084 Vintage Mic Preamp/EQ (x4) D.W. Fearn VT-4 Tube EQ (x2) Pultec EQPM-1S3 EQ (x2) Pultec EQP-1 EQ (x2) Retro Instruments 2A3 Pultec Style Stereo EQ Moog Three Band Parametric EQ Retro Power Strip Channel Strip (x2) Dynamics Tube-Tech CL 1B Opto Compressor Focusrite Red 3 Dual Compressor Empirical Labs DerrEsser De-esser (x8) API 2500 Stereo Compressor Buzz Audio SOC 1.1 Stereo Compressor Chandler Limited EMI TG12413 Zener Limiter Elysia Mpressor Compressor Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressor with "British Mode" Compressor/Limiter (x4) Federal AM-864/U Compressor/Limiter Inward Connections Vac Rac TSL-4 Limiter (x3) Neve 2254/E Vintage Compressor (x2) Neve 32264a Limiter/Compressor (x2) Neve 33609/JD Stereo Compressor/Limiter POM Boiler MK2 Ultra Limiter/Compressor Retro 176 Limiting Amplifier (x2) Retro Sta-Level Tube Compressor Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor/Limiter Teletronix LA2A Leveling Amplifier Thermionic Culture Phoenix Stereo Valve Compressor Tube-Tech SMC 2B Multiband Opto Compressor Urei 1176LN Rev. 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Listing created Feb 3, 2018