West Valley Recording Studios

West Valley Recording Studios West Valley Recording Studios, owned by Multiplatinum Record Producer Howard Benson, is actively managed by Howard and Mike Plotnikoff. The studio is located in a secluded area of Woodland Hills, California.

It is a few blocks away from the 101 freeway. West Valley Recording Studios is owned by Multiplatinum Grammy-nominated Producer Howard Benson. It is located in a secluded area of Woodland Hills, California on a gated half acre of land with lush landscaping and easy access to the 101 freeway and the Calabasas Commons. It is also a residential studio that can offer the option to house a band or arti

It is a few blocks away from the 101 freeway. West Valley Recording Studios is owned by Multiplatinum Grammy-nominated Producer Howard Benson. It is located in a secluded area of Woodland Hills, California on a gated half acre of land with lush landscaping and easy access to the 101 freeway and the Calabasas Commons. It is also a residential studio that can offer the option to house a band or arti

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The Howard Benson vocal plug-in is now available for a free trial. Go check it out now! Joey Sturgis Tones Howard Benson...
08/27/2021

The Howard Benson vocal plug-in is now available for a free trial. Go check it out now! Joey Sturgis Tones Howard Benson Joey Sturgis #howardbensonvocals

The Howard Benson vocal plug-in is now available for a free trial. Go check it out now! Joey Sturgis Tones Howard Benson Joey Sturgis #howardbensonvocals

Recording with #MitchJones and Kala ttv at West Valley Recording Studios 🔥🎸 Howard Benson and Neil Sanderson of Judge & ...
07/30/2021

Recording with #MitchJones and Kala ttv at West Valley Recording Studios 🔥🎸 Howard Benson and Neil Sanderson of Judge & Jury and Jonathan Young Music making it rock!

Recording with #MitchJones and Kala ttv at West Valley Recording Studios 🔥🎸 Howard Benson and Neil Sanderson of Judge & Jury and Jonathan Young Music making it rock!

Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace sat down with Jonathan Young Music and discussed some of their songwriting secrets. P...
06/30/2021

Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace sat down with Jonathan Young Music and discussed some of their songwriting secrets. Purchase a “Land of the Living” Tee and get exclusive access to the video!

Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace sat down with Jonathan Young Music and discussed some of their songwriting secrets. Purchase a “Land of the Living” Tee and get exclusive access to the video!

Congrats to Diamante 🔥 Featured by Amazon Music 🎸on the #breakthroughrock playlist!
06/12/2021

Congrats to Diamante 🔥 Featured by Amazon Music 🎸on the #breakthroughrock playlist!

Congrats to Diamante 🔥 Featured by Amazon Music 🎸on the #breakthroughrock playlist!

Congrats to Diamante  on the release of her new record, American Dream! 💙💎 & hats off to our dream team for their hard w...
05/08/2021

Congrats to Diamante on the release of her new record, American Dream! 💙💎 & hats off to our dream team for their hard work on this #americandream

Congrats to Diamante on the release of her new record, American Dream! 💙💎 & hats off to our dream team for their hard work on this #americandream

New release "Land of the Living" by Jonathan Young Music and J&J out now! Our team at WVRS killed it on this. This is th...
04/30/2021

New release "Land of the Living" by Jonathan Young Music and J&J out now! Our team at WVRS killed it on this. This is the first release of the collaboration between Jonathan Young Music, Howard Benson, and Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace 🔥🔥🔥 Listen now!

New release "Land of the Living" by Jonathan Young Music and J&J out now! Our team at WVRS killed it on this. This is the first release of the collaboration between Jonathan Young Music, Howard Benson, and Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace 🔥🔥🔥 Listen now!

Great round up by Scott Waldman! We see some of our old favorites on here 🤘 Do you agree? What albums would you have pic...
03/11/2021
10 albums produced by Howard Benson that deserve more recognition

Great round up by Scott Waldman! We see some of our old favorites on here 🤘 Do you agree? What albums would you have picked?

You may or may not know this, but producer/songwriter Howard Benson was likely behind the boards for at least one of your favorite albums of all time. Want proof? Monster breakout records by My Chemical Romance (Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge), the All-American Rejects (Move Along) and even Daughtry...

If you haven't already, check out the Mike Plotnikoff, Joe Rickard, and #hatchinagaki #Drumshotz pack with Drumforge, Jo...
11/28/2020

If you haven't already, check out the Mike Plotnikoff, Joe Rickard, and #hatchinagaki #Drumshotz pack with Drumforge, Joey Sturgis Tones, Joey Sturgis! Great feedback so far! We are very excited that the Drumshotz were created here at WVRS 🤘

The STL Tones - Howard Benson & Mike Plotnikoff STL TONALITY, Chris Lord-Alge Preset Pack, and STL TONEHUB are on sale u...
11/16/2020

The STL Tones - Howard Benson & Mike Plotnikoff STL TONALITY, Chris Lord-Alge Preset Pack, and STL TONEHUB are on sale until November 30th!

Congrats to 10 Years and Howard Benson on the release if #ViolentAllies! Awesome record, great having them back at the s...
09/18/2020

Congrats to 10 Years and Howard Benson on the release if #ViolentAllies! Awesome record, great having them back at the studio. This album was ahead of its time when production began at the beginning of the year 🤘

New single "Talk To Me" from Apocalyptica ft. Lzzy Hale from Halestorm out now! 🤘 Produced by Howard Benson here at West...
08/21/2020

New single "Talk To Me" from Apocalyptica ft. Lzzy Hale from Halestorm out now! 🤘 Produced by Howard Benson here at West Valley Recording Studios! Mike Plotnikoff | Joe Rickard #wherehitsaremade

Three Days Grace cover of #somebodythatiusedtoknow by Gotye out now! Produced by Howard Benson & engineered by Mike Plot...
07/24/2020

Three Days Grace cover of #somebodythatiusedtoknow by Gotye out now! Produced by Howard Benson & engineered by Mike Plotnikoff at #westvalleyrecordingstudios 💪🔥🤘

Pre-Save available now for Diamante​'s cover of “Iris” featuring #BenjaminBurnley of Breaking Benjamin​! 🔥👁🔥 Out 7/10! 🤘...
07/03/2020
Iris - Diamante ft. Ben Burnley from Breaking Benjamin

Pre-Save available now for Diamante​'s cover of “Iris” featuring #BenjaminBurnley of Breaking Benjamin​! 🔥👁🔥 Out 7/10! 🤘 Goo Goo Dolls

Listen to Iris - Diamante ft. Ben Burnley from Breaking Benjamin

06/26/2020
Glen Sobel

Glen Sobel

Why are we recording AC/DC note for note?? It’s for an upcoming thing w/ Fil and the guys at @solodallas . TOmmY Henriksen is involved. Mike Plotnikoff gettin the sounds, Drumfetish providing the gear, and me, with the headphone hair😜. Tell you what...I’ve heard/played these songs forever. But when you have to actually learn them the right way with all the correct little things, you realize how brilliant these arrangements and parts are. I especially love “For Those About To Rock...”. It’s a Phil Rudd masterpiece! #acdc #vaterdrumsticks #studiodrummer #recordingstudio #alicecooperdrummer #hollywoodvampires #hardrock #acdc⚡️ #acdcforever

06/04/2020
Edge Of Paradise

Edge Of Paradise in West Valley Recording Studios recording their new record with Mike Plotnikoff and Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace #wherehitsaremade

Vocals for song #2 done! Another great day recording with Mike Plotnikoff and Neil from Three Days Grace, creating a new Edge Of Paradise dimension :)
Margarita Dave Bates Jamie Moreno

05/31/2020

#ghostmyself by Diamante out now! 👻👻👻

05/15/2020
10 Years - The Shift

New 10 Years album #theshift out now! Recorded and produced at West Valley Recording! Produced by Howard Benson. Engineered by Mike Plotnikoff.

New single "Serves You Right" from Diamante out now! 🤘
04/17/2020

New single "Serves You Right" from Diamante out now! 🤘

02/27/2020
Björn Gelotte Sweeps

In Flames in the studio Björn Gelotte working on his sweeps 😃 #wherehitsaremade

Left Side: 1980s Sovtek • 1980 Marshall JCM 80 • Bogner • 1980s Original First Generation Peavey 5150 (Modded by Eddie V...
02/24/2020

Left Side: 1980s Sovtek • 1980 Marshall JCM 80 • Bogner • 1980s Original First Generation Peavey 5150 (Modded by Eddie Van Halen’s guitar tech Matty Bruck) • Orange Rockerverb • 1970 Sound City 120 Watt (often used by Black Sabbath) • 1970s Ampeg v4

Right Side: 1970 Sound City 50w (often used by Black Sabbath) • Wizard 100w Classic • Wizard 50w Metal • 1974 Marshall 50w Tremolo • 1970s Marshall 100w Superlead morning (Modded by Dave Friedman. Friedman is famous for creating the tones used on Van Halen, Steve Stevens, and Jerry Cantrell. Used in Early Van Halen records) • Line 6 • 1970 200w Marshall Major (Modded by Dave Friedman)

#amprack #marshallamps #bogneramps #peavey #orangeamps #peavey5150 #sovtek #ampeg #ampegamps #wizardamps #line6

Howard Benson | Mike Plotnikoff

Something new coming from In Flames and Howard Benson 🤘
02/06/2020

Something new coming from In Flames and Howard Benson 🤘

Working with Anders Fridén from In Flames is great because he has such a strong and emotional voice and is always on point with his lyrics and delivery. Recording this week using the Howard Benson Vocals Plugin!

02/03/2020
Mike Plotnikoff

Mike Plotnikoff tracking drums with Glen Sobel and Dis Vicious 🤘

Tracking drums with Glen Sobel, Dis Vicious, West Valley Recording Studios can’t for you to hear this record😃 #makinghits

Diamante and Lzzy Hale in the studio #wherehitsaremade | Howard Benson | Mike Plotnikoff
01/16/2020

Diamante and Lzzy Hale in the studio #wherehitsaremade | Howard Benson | Mike Plotnikoff

Great stuff coming with Diamante! New single "Obvious" out in a couple days!
01/15/2020

Great stuff coming with Diamante! New single "Obvious" out in a couple days!

Congrats to Howard Benson and Joey Sturgis Tones on the the #howardbensonvocals plug-in!
01/05/2020

Congrats to Howard Benson and Joey Sturgis Tones on the the #howardbensonvocals plug-in!

This record was done on the Neve 8058... same as you see at West Valley Recording Studios. Mostly same amps that were us...
12/08/2019
My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

This record was done on the Neve 8058... same as you see at West Valley Recording Studios. Mostly same amps that were used... but we had band play their well worn guitars for this record... we didn't want it to sound too produced! The review is pretty accurate!

Pitchfork: My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge | Review.

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the My Chemical Romance’s second album, an operatic pop-rock behemoth that became an icon for outcasts.

Wait For The Day  - Look out for this these guys in the near future great stuff to come from them! #Recording just finis...
11/30/2019

Wait For The Day - Look out for this these guys in the near future great stuff to come from them! #Recording just finished up. #westvalleyrecording #wherehitsaremade

West Valley Recording Studios
10/20/2019

West Valley Recording Studios

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10/19/2019

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West Valley Recording Studios

West Valley Recording Studios is owned by Multiplatinum Grammy-nominated Producer Howard Benson. It is located in a secluded area of Woodland Hills, California on a gated half acre of land with lush landscaping and easy access to the 101 freeway and the Calabasas Commons. It is also a residential studio that can offer the option to house a band or artist for the duration of the project in some circumstances.

Besides the multiple patios and private courtyard area, the studio has a full kitchen, lounge, a separate programming/writing room, and the recording rooms that comprise Studio A. There is also plenty of storage for artists gear.

Studio A is 3 rooms. The hub of the studio is the control room that features a Neve 8058 Mark 1 24 input console by way of Glaskow UK. West Valley'sNeve has been serviced and maintained by Pat Schnieder who is renowned for his work on vintage Neves.

In addition to the the 20 x 31 ft control room, there is a larger 28 x 15 room and a smaller 15 x 10 ft room. A loading area is available to access the large room from the driveway.

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