Pictured (l-r) are Pete’s Place members David Pearlman, Dylan Dresdow, Gator, Ronan Chris Murphy, Lisa Montessi, Tony Shepperd, Jon Erickson, and Jule Potter. New York, NY (September 24, 2007)–Peter Montessi of boutique manufacturer A-Designs Audio has announced the launch of Pete’s Place, a new umbrella organization to bring recording and live audio products to market. Under the leadership of Lisa and backed by A-Designs Audio, Pete’s Place is collaborating with individuals from all areas of the industry who face obstacles such as insufficient financial backing and lack of manufacturing experience to ensure that their audio design concepts are brought to fruition.
“To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a collaboration like this–an industry coalition of manufacturers, designers, engineers and artists combining their efforts under a single umbrella,” states Lisa Montessi, president, Pete’s Place. “We want to create a path to reduce or eliminate the obstacles in order to bring to life electronic audio equipment developed and created with thought, care and precision. We will be working hand in hand with some of the most creative, influential and groundbreaking recording engineers and musical artists to create products that might otherwise never be developed.”
Pete’s Place launches with a full slate of new, handcrafted, boutique audio products. The RCM-2R dual tank mono spring tube reverb is a collaboration between guitar amplifier and reverb designer Jule Potter of Jule Amps, producer/engineer Ronan Chris Murphy, and Pete’s Place. The B-REDDI tube bass amplifier is the result of work involving Potter and producer/engineer Tony Shepperd, and builds on the initial collaboration between A-Designs and Grammy and TEC Award-nominated engineer Dylan Dresdow on the REDDI direct box.
Recording studio owner and equipment designer David Pearlman, owner and operator of Pearlman Microphones, is producing his new TM-LE large diaphragm tube microphone under the Pete’s Place umbrella. In addition, equipment designer Jon Erickson, who collaborated with Peter Montessi on the EM Series of modules for A-Designs, has created the Mark VIII 500 Series-compatible modular mixer for Pete’s Place.
“Pete’s Place is about people from different parts of our industry–manufacturers, designers, electrical and audio engineers, and artists–combining their efforts to come up with products that will hopefully help our customers go that extra two percent,” comments Peter Montessi. “This is what Pete’s Place is all about, the exchange of concepts and ideas, and trying to raise the bar, even if it’s a quarter of an inch.”
Shepperd, a studio owner, engineer, producer and songwriter, believes that Pete’s Place represents the future of the audio equipment industry. “There are guys like me who have a specific need for a certain kind of box that does a certain kind of thing,” says Shepperd. “This stuff has to sound good and make us money. I think other people who want to do what we’re doing, make something sound good and make it at a price point, want something like this. Now we can go to Pete and say, it would be so hip if we had a box to do this.”