API 1608 Stars at STRZ

When S.T.R.Z. Enterprises decided to open its own studio space, the three business partners zeroed in on obtaining an API 1608 console.
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Hollywood, CA (March 2, 2012)—When S.T.R.Z. Enterprises decided to open its own studio space, the three business partners zeroed in on obtaining an API 1608 console.

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Founded three years ago, S.T.R.Z. Enterprises comprises Nick Gross, Mike Riley and Anthony Vasquez, producers/songwriters/engineers whose previous credits include work with Common, Ke$ha, Marilyn Manson and Gavin Rossdale.

"It's an all-around beautiful desk," said Gross, who is also the drummer for rock band Open Air Stereo. "We have a few Neves and Chandlers for variation, but the 1608 is the heart of the room and we couldn't be happier with how it's working for us."

Gross and Vasquez first met in 2009 doing session work and touring for Capitol Records artist Lolene, with Gross on drums and Vasquez on keyboards. The two musicians formed S.T.R.Z. Enterprises shortly after the tour ended and subsequently recruited Riley, whom Gross had met previously while assisting on a session for Gavin Brown. With Riley's studio, engineering and songwriting knowledge, the team was able to take its company to the next level and open its own recording space complete with a new console purchased through API dealer Alto Music.

"The first time I worked on an API desk was while assisting at Sage and Sound Studios," said Riley. "They have a beautiful vintage API 3288 there. Drums sounded huge through it, and that's where I fell in love with the 525s. Later, I went on to do work for Andrew Klippel and he had a newly installed API 1608. When it came time to pick a desk for S.T.R.Z., it was our first choice."

Since acquiring the console, S.T.R.Z. Enterprises has recorded The Veronicas, Orianthi, Jacob Luttrell, Asher Monroe and many others. In addition to providing recording services, S.T.R.Z. Enterprises offers music production, sound design, post-production, and artist development.

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