GC Pro’s Dan Scalpone (left)
and Johnny K at Groovemaster.
Westlake Village, CA (April 17, 2009)–GC Pro recently provided Producer/engineer Johnny K’s Groovemaster Studios with new ADAM Audio A7 monitors, the EastWest Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Strings plug-in, several Native Instruments Komplete software bundles, various pieces of drum hardware and a classic Music Man StingRay bass guitar.
K’s work with artists such as Disturbed, Staind, Machine Head, Kill Hannah, Soil, Black Tide and other acts recently garnered the Chicagoan his first Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year. The place where much of Johnny’s work has been done for the past 14 years is Groovemaster Studios, his personal recording space, now in its fourth incarnation in a six-story, 40,000-square-foot loft, a former brewery near Chicago’s famously musical South Side. The building currently houses four studios, each with its own distinctive character.
Groovermaster Studios’ current home features thick brick walls insulated with six inches of cork, installed originally with the intention of keeping the brewery’s beer cold, and its floors support 400 pounds of weight per square inch. The sturdy structure also features a panoramic view of the skyline of Chicago, providing plenty of the natural light that Johnny K feels is important to the creative process.
The studio’s third floor houses the Neve Room, whose control room is built around a 48-channel Neve 8128, complemented with a rack of vintage outboard gear, a large open tracking room and over 80 guitars and dozens of amplifiers. The fifth floor mixing room is focused around an SSL 4080 G+ Console and a six-bay custom rack of outboard gear, along with a jaw-dropping vista of Chicago’s skyline.
In the lobby area is a perfectly restored 1937 Cadillac, outfitted with reference speakers for listening to mixes. There’s also an ornately decorated private bar, which evokes a classic Chicago speakeasy vibe, where clients can relax after a long day of work. Should artists need further relaxation, the third floor lounge is complete with a large Jacuzzi, kitchen, workout area, entertainment center and a large foosball table.
“Groovemaster Studios is a reflection of Johnny’s own musical diversity,” says Dan Scalpone, GC Pro Account Manager for the Chicago area. “He’s open to trying anything, in terms of music and technology, and GC Pro is the only store of its kind that has the breadth and depth of inventory that can accommodate those kind of requirements. We’re very pleased Johnny continues to choose GC Pro to keep his studio filled with whatever he needs, whenever he needs it.”
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