17 Hertz Studio

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17 Hertz Studio
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FounderJason Gluz
LocationNorth Hollywood, CA
Official website www.17Hertz.com

17 Hertz Studio is a 10,000 sq ft production and recording facility in Los Angeles, California. It is located at 5253 Lankershim BLVD, North Hollywood, CA, in the center of the NoHo Arts District. [1] Coordinates: 34°09′58″N118°22′33″W / 34.166196°N 118.375697°W / 34.166196; -118.375697

NoHo Arts District, Los Angeles human settlement in California, United States of America

The NoHo Arts District is a community in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, that is home to contemporary theaters, art galleries, cafes, and shops. The community is generally bounded by Hatteras Street to the north, Cahuenga Blvd to the east, Tujunga Ave to the west, and Camarillo Street to the south. The area features more than twenty professional theaters, producing new work and classics, diverse art galleries, public art, and professional dance studios. The district also features the largest concentration of music recording venues west of the Mississippi. A Metro Rail station is located here, the North Hollywood station of the Red Line, and serves as the terminus of the Metro Orange Line busway.

Geographic coordinate system Coordinate system

A geographic coordinate system is a coordinate system that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position; alternatively, a geographic position may be expressed in a combined three-dimensional Cartesian vector. A common choice of coordinates is latitude, longitude and elevation. To specify a location on a plane requires a map projection.



17 Hertz Studio was formerly known as One On One Recording, which was owned by Jim David (son of Hal David). [2] The studio was popular for having the "best drum sound in Los Angeles" and was highly recognized for recording Metallica's 16x platinum self-titled album Metallica, also known as the Black Album. [3]

Hal David American lyricist

Harold Lane David was an American lyricist. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. He was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach and his association with Dionne Warwick.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

<i>Metallica</i> (album) 1991 studio album by Metallica

Metallica is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on August 12, 1991 by Elektra Records, it received widespread critical acclaim and became the band's best-selling album. Metallica produced five singles that are considered to be among the band's best-known songs, which include "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True". A sixth song, "Don't Tread on Me", was also issued to rock radio shortly after the album's release, but the song did not receive a commercial single release. The album marked a change in the band's sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal. Metallica promoted the album with a series of tours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time.

The studio was featured in Metallica's 1992 documentary, A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica . [4]

<i>A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica</i> 1992 video by Metallica

A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica is a two-part documentary about the process of making the Metallica album, and the following tour. It was produced by Juliana Roberts and directed by Adam Dubin.

The well-known albums that were recorded here, include Metallica's aforementioned Metallica also known as the Black Album, Metallica's ...And Justice for All, The Ritual by Testament, Awake by Dream Theater, When The Pawn... by Fiona Apple, Crazy Nights and Psycho Circus by Kiss, and Dirt by Alice in Chains.

<i>...And Justice for All</i> (album) 1988 studio album by Metallica

...And Justice for All is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on August 25, 1988, through Elektra Records. It is the first Metallica studio album to feature bassist Jason Newsted after the death of Cliff Burton in 1986.

<i>The Ritual</i> (Testament album) 1992 studio album by Testament

The Ritual is the fifth album by the American thrash metal band Testament. It was released in 1992 on Atlantic/Megaforce Records. On September 29, 2017, Metal Blade Records released the album on vinyl for the first time in the US along with its follow-up album Low, limited to 1500 copies.

Testament (band) American metal band

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. Since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, leaving Peterson as the only constant member. Billy replaced original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. He and Peterson are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

News about the studio piqued the interest of Japanese rock musician Yoshiki Hayashi, drummer of heavy metal band X Japan. He tried to book recording time but was told he would have to wait over a year due to a long waiting list of clients. Preferring not to wait, Yoshiki bought the studio in 1993, converting it into his private recording facility and eventually renaming it to Extasy Recording Studio . [5]

Yoshiki (musician) Japanese musician

Yoshiki Hayashi, known by the mononym Yoshiki, is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. He is best known as co-founder of the visual kei rock band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. Yoshiki's solo career includes two classical studio albums—Eternal Melody (1993), produced by George Martin, and Eternal Melody II (2005)—and the classical compilation Yoshiki Classical (2013). Described by Billboard as a "musical innovator" and named "one of the most influential composers in Japanese history" by Consequence of Sound, Yoshiki has also collaborated and played with artists such as Tetsuya Komuro, Roger Taylor, Gene Simmons, and Sarah Brightman.

X Japan Japanese heavy metal band

X Japan is a Japanese rock band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi. Starting as a predominantly power/speed metal band with heavy symphonic elements, they later gravitated towards a progressive sound with an emphasis on ballads. Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label, the group is widely credited as one of the pioneers of visual kei, a movement among Japanese musicians comparable to Western glam.

In 2012, 17 Hertz LLC took over the space, restoring it and renaming it to 17 Hertz Studio.


Acts that used the facility included Metallica, Testament, Dream Theater, KISS, Alice in Chains, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, The Temptations, Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Michael McDonald, Megadeth, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Bad English, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Mötley Crüe, Tom Petty, Lita Ford, A Perfect Circle, Poison, Earth, Wind & Fire, [6] [7] [8] Dirtyphonics, and Sullivan King. [9]

Dream Theater American progressive metal band

Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.

Kiss (band) American band

Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.

Alice in Chains American rock band from Seattle

Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains.

Current independent and Major Label clients of labels 17 Hertz Studio include Universal Music Group, Def Jam, Mo Town, Interscope, Atlantic Records, BMG Chrysalis, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Akon, Alex Da Kid, Birdman, Bone Thugz N Harmony, Boyz II Men, CeeLo Green, Goodie Mob, Chance The Rapper, Crooks & Castles, Deezle, French Montana, Gareth Emery, Jabbawockeez, Lewis Hamilton, Mann, Mark Ronson, Prince Royce, Ray Dalton, Rita Ora, Skylar Grey, Stalley, Orgy, T.I., Tyler, The Creator, Wyclef Jean, Halsey, Lido, Papa Roach, Jeremih, Lil Yachty, Taking Back Sunday, BJ The Chicago Kid, Zendaya, and YG. [10]

Studio Rooms

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Studio A Control Room

Studio A

17 Hertz Studio A is popular for its 2,148 sq ft Live Room, one of the largest in Los Angeles. Comes equipped with a complimentary Yamaha C7 Grand Piano. It also includes a 414 sq ft Control Room, a private lounge and two Isolation Booths. Our Studio A Control Room features an SSL J9080 80 Channel console which was purchased from rockstar Bryan Adams's The Warehouse Studio. Our monitoring system is a Custom Augspurger DSP System with Dual 15″ Drivers, 4″ Horn Drivers and Dual 18″ subs on each side. Amplified by 1,000 watts at 4ohms to each Subwoofer, 500 watts at 4ohms to each 15" Driver. Equipped with Pro Tools 10 & 11 and 64 analogue inputs and outputs with four the new 16x16 Avid I/O's. Equipped with the new apple mac pro "trashcan" 12 Core with 64 Gigs of Memory.

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Studio B Control Room

Studio B

17 Hertz Studio B was designed by Richard Landis as an exact replica of his popular home studio, The Grey Room. It includes a spacious control room, live room, machine room and vocal booth. Now equipped with A SSL AWS 900+SE 24 Channel Mixing Console. Dual TAD 15" Drivers, Northwest Horns and dual PAD 18" Subwoofers on each side, Amplified by JSX Audio's 6 Channel Amplifier and QSC Q-Sys DSP Technology.

Studio C

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Studio C Currently Unequipped

17 Hertz Studio C is a 483 sq ft space that includes a mixing/production area, lounge and vocal booth.

Other Rooms

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The Cabin Production Room

17 Hertz Studio also includes additional writing rooms and production spaces.

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Nightlife Production Room

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  2. "Hal David, Songwriter, Is Dead at 91" NY Times
  3. Discogs.com: Metallica
  4. A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica , Documentary
  5. "NewsLine; Brooklyn Recording Studio" Billboard Magazine April, 1998: pg 3
  6. "Audio Track" Billboard Magazine July, 1986: pg 60
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  8. "When I See You Smile; Bad English" The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson, 1989: pg 746
  9. "Dirtyphonics & Sullivan King have just raised the bass/metal bar". UKF. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  10. 17 Hertz Studio Clients