Mesa, AZ (October 13, 2015)—Built 30 feet below grade, Platinum Underground Studio is a 4,000-sq.-ft. multi room facility designed by Vincent Van Haaff and equipped with ISP Technologies live sound and guitar products.
The Platinum Underground is owned and operated by ICON guitarist John Aquilino. The studio consists of a 2,500-sq.-ft. live room with 14-foot ceilings designed not only as a tracking space but also large enough space to accommodate live rehearsals and preproduction for both recording sessions and live performance. There are two separate, tuned isolation booths, an acoustically accurate control room and a complete living space with separate bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room/game recreation area.
The live room includes an ISP Technologies dual line-array Mongoose PA system complete with XMAX subs and six ISP TriReference single 15”, three-way wedge monitors and 24 custom 4x12 guitar cabinets designed specifically for the studio by Buck Waller, CEO of ISP. ISP Technologies Decimator Pro Rack G noise reductions units, a Beta Bass Pre Amp Pedal and the brand-new Theta Pro DSP Floor Controlled Guitar System are also utilized in the studio.
The control room is a hybrid setup equipped with a 104-channel Euphonix CS 3000 console. The 3000 boasts a discrete analog signal path that is fully controlled by a digital surface which includes moving fader automation with instant recall of all of the console parameters.
Artists such as David Ellefson, co-founding bassist for Megadeth, have discovered Platinum Underground and have been utilizing the space for practice and production work. Ellefson, who also produces other bands, recently brought his newest project, the all-girl glitter punk band Doll Skin, to the facility to produce its debut EP, In Your Face.
Ellefson says, “The tones we got on the Doll Skin record at The Platinum Underground took the band to a whole new level and ISP was a huge part of that journey.”