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Bomb Shelter Studios Goes Commercial

STP drummer expands and upgrades private studio with help from PAD (October 04, 2004)

Bomb Shelter Studios (click for larger image)

Pictured is the control room at the newly refurbished Bomb Shelter Studios. Eric Kretz, studio owner and drummer for Stone Temple Pilots, turned to longtime friend Dave Malekpour of Professional Audio Design for help on upgrading his studio from private to commercial. - Photo by Ed Freeman

Any studio owner can tell you that putting together a commercial studio entails a tremendous amount of work. Eric Kretz, drummer for Stone Temple Pilots, was hesitant about undergoing the extensive construction on his private facility, Bomb Shelter Studios. Dave Malekpour, president of Professional Audio Design (PAD) and a long time friend of Kretz, visited the facility and advised him how to create a professional studio for tracking and mixing.

Kretz originally gutted the 100 year-old brick building to create a private studio two years ago. ?Ive really enjoyed recording and producing small gigs in my own studio and was ready to take it to the next level, says Kretz. ?PAD upgraded the overall layout of the room by adding private spaces for producers, a business office and created a fun place for musicians to hang out and enjoy themselves while they are here recording for a month to six weeks at a time. It has a very homey vibe. PAD did an incredible job with everything.

The newly refurbished Bomb Shelter Studios allows Kretz the space to record larger bands. The 16-foot ceilings and brick walls of the tracking room are large enough to fit a 44-piece orchestra and boast an amazing drum room with 60 feet of mic distance. The studio also features three separate ISO booths. The control room is complete with the full blown Pro Tools HD2 and SSL 4048 G+ as well as some classic outboard gear from NEVE, Pultec, dbx, and modern staples such as Empirical Labs and Tube Tech just to name a few. PAD also added a number of amenities to the facility such as a full kitchen, full bathroom, parking, a basketball half court, satellite TV/DVD/VCR, a large loading dock and a pool table.

?One of the main challenges was finding the best way to use the environment and to adjust the project to meet Erics goals, says Malekpour. ?PAD strives to help studio owners see market trends and musicians expectations of studios. Erics goal was to utilize the 6,000 square foot area efficiently, keeping the space open without clutter. Personal touches are what make a studio. Hes an aesthetically tasteful guy and we were able to assist him in achieving the look he wanted.

Kretz recently tested out his creative space playing host to Fu Man Chu and mixing the new album for 2 Cent Penny, which he produced and played drums. Kretz continues, ?For me, the studio was about being able to work and complete records in a first-class facility.

About Professional Audio Design, Inc.
Professional Audio Design (PAD), a leading dealer of high-end recording systems, has been supplying equipment and services to the professional audio industry for more than 10 years. The company specializes in systems integration for new and existing facilities, with services including facility design, wiring and equipment installation. With a highly experienced staff providing warrantied refurbishing and technical service, PAD specializes in custom studio monitors and is the exclusive, factory-authorized re-seller and service center for pre-owned Solid State Logic consoles in the United States. PADs full-line catalog of more than 18,000 products, including parts, cables, accessories and studio furniture from more than 100 manufacturers, can be found on the company Web site at, or by calling 781-982-2600.



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