The Audio Labs Recording Studio

The Audio Labs Recording Studio The Audio Labs is a full service recording studio and production house located in the Burbank/Glendale area of Los Angeles. We've been in the recording industry making records and working for labels for more than 20 years.

Operating as usual

What we need is more gear yes?
10/25/2019

What we need is more gear yes?

07/18/2019

Hey Audio Labs fans.. It's been a crazy busy year but after much procrastination we've fully rebuilt my site and also that of The Audio Labs recording studio. There's tons of new pictures, current project info and lot's of over detailed gear & instrument lists for all my fellow audio addicts. If you've ever wanted to know what we do here or find out the many clients we've worked with, please take a look and hopefully it's fun and informative. I want to thank the hundreds of artists and clients who trust me with their creative work and allow me to continue to do what I love every day. It's all I've ever wanted to do and without them this site would be a whole lot less joyous! XO

I also want to thank Molly Hale for all her amazing efforts creatively elevating my site into something I love and the ridiculously cool Ed Stasium for pointing me in her direction. She was so fantastic to work with and reasonably priced so if you're in need of a web site, get her while you can!

jamessaez.com

Today's surprise MVP of the horns session was the newly re-ribboned 1950 DR-330! Wow, vibe for days...
03/20/2019

Today's surprise MVP of the horns session was the newly re-ribboned 1950 DR-330! Wow, vibe for days...

11/07/2018
Some of my favorite capsules back in the house after some much needed spa time. Over 60 years old and still crushing abo...
09/10/2018

Some of my favorite capsules back in the house after some much needed spa time. Over 60 years old and still crushing about everything else. About as cool and inventive as a mic gets imho. #nakedgearporn

Last year I was working and recording with Steve Jordan during the production of The Reverend Shawn Amos’s record and th...
08/24/2018

Last year I was working and recording with Steve Jordan during the production of The Reverend Shawn Amos’s record and thought that the idea of his well known 17” crash hi hats might be overkill. But later during mixdown I realized that the hats always fell more into the sound of the kit and I had less clean up work to do than usual. First off, yes… that boy can play his ass some drums but he’s also awfully clever. So after some heavy discussions and searching I’ve taken possession of some early etched 17” Paiste trad hats and although I’m still working on the learning curve, I gotta say.. I like big hats and I can not lie! So many subtle variances in stick articulation and overtones with the added area. Never stop learning and listen to the guys who now!

It’s always fantastic to have my old roomie Pete back at the studio laying down some amazingly soulful sounds. Not only ...
09/07/2017

It’s always fantastic to have my old roomie Pete back at the studio laying down some amazingly soulful sounds. Not only can he play his butt off but his ideas are crazy tasteful.

New studio assistant in training! Much to learn.
08/24/2017

New studio assistant in training! Much to learn.

Some things are just sexy as hell...
05/22/2017

Some things are just sexy as hell...

Customer service may not be dead.. Pretty stand up folks.
09/26/2016

Customer service may not be dead.. Pretty stand up folks.

The fine folks at Focal sent us out some new pro headphones after some plastic breakage issues with their older ones. Quick and efficient customer service to solve a problem! Bravo and well done...

The fine folks at Focal sent us out some new pro headphones after some plastic breakage issues with their older ones. Qu...
09/26/2016

The fine folks at Focal sent us out some new pro headphones after some plastic breakage issues with their older ones. Quick and efficient customer service to solve a problem! Bravo and well done...

This place is a mess today...
05/04/2016

This place is a mess today...

Tracking acoustics today and heard the news.. Flipped up my guitar and got really sad. RIP!
01/18/2016

Tracking acoustics today and heard the news.. Flipped up my guitar and got really sad. RIP!

I want to thank the amazing folks at the Craviotto custom shop and especially Johnny C for personally putting this insan...
11/16/2015

I want to thank the amazing folks at the Craviotto custom shop and especially Johnny C for personally putting this insane snare together for us. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is just beyond expectation and the time spent discussing tone, edges and wood with JC and Nathaniel, really meant a lot. Thanks also to Lyle for the push and all his kind help. Class acts all around.

Always great when Joe stops by with a custom shop amp under his arm. Damn if this man doesn't have some serious skills.
09/26/2015

Always great when Joe stops by with a custom shop amp under his arm. Damn if this man doesn't have some serious skills.

When you're tracking iron skillet on labor day, please remember to season the pan before you hit record! #flatironstudio...
09/08/2015

When you're tracking iron skillet on labor day, please remember to season the pan before you hit record! #flatironstudiosauce

The Crunchy Corner is getting quite a workout these days...Pick a flavor!!
07/13/2015

The Crunchy Corner is getting quite a workout these days...Pick a flavor!!

Santa came early this year and dropped off a new M7 so if our tail's seem a bit smoother with fantastic image and depth,...
12/11/2014

Santa came early this year and dropped off a new M7 so if our tail's seem a bit smoother with fantastic image and depth, don't be surprised!

The funniest amp I didn't really need but now I kind of love...Thanks Zane!
11/22/2014

The funniest amp I didn't really need but now I kind of love...Thanks Zane!

The Audio Labs 1969 Ludwig Supraphonic 6.5! Come and hit it!
11/18/2014

The Audio Labs 1969 Ludwig Supraphonic 6.5! Come and hit it!

Hitting things!
05/05/2014

Hitting things!

Late night photo skills by Joan! This is about how it sounded as well. Thick and broken!
04/02/2014

Late night photo skills by Joan! This is about how it sounded as well. Thick and broken!

Tworking hard this week....
02/21/2014

Tworking hard this week....

One more of the new..well actually almost 76 year old National Duolian in gold frosted duco. Original 2 piece body, fold...
12/04/2013

One more of the new..well actually almost 76 year old National Duolian in gold frosted duco. Original 2 piece body, folded f holes, round neck.

"Yo boss... You want this stage right?"
11/02/2013

"Yo boss... You want this stage right?"

My assistant engineer is slacking today... Satchmo, I said get ON the ball, not BE the ball. Millennials!
10/16/2013

My assistant engineer is slacking today... Satchmo, I said get ON the ball, not BE the ball. Millennials!

All original 1957 Fender Deluxe.
09/12/2013

All original 1957 Fender Deluxe.

This is what cooks the sonic doughnuts.... Mmm tasty!
08/16/2013

This is what cooks the sonic doughnuts.... Mmm tasty!

Happy fader friday peoples!
08/16/2013

Happy fader friday peoples!

Some of the flock here at The Audio Labs. Who wants to plug in?
06/25/2013

Some of the flock here at The Audio Labs. Who wants to plug in?

New best friends.. 69 SG custom and 57 tweed. Butter..like.. angry butter.
06/13/2013

New best friends.. 69 SG custom and 57 tweed. Butter..like.. angry butter.

Deep in it today!
05/25/2013

Deep in it today!

Messy today but we like it that way.
04/30/2013

Messy today but we like it that way.

Today's view from the office...
04/12/2013

Today's view from the office...

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Glendale/Burbank
Los Angeles, CA

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Well we hit top 10 2 different bands I sang with on the rock channel just days after I sent that email out to you, I don’t know if you played a role in that, but thanks for being there when my friends all passed away and life was impossibly tough.. just knowing what u told me all those years ago, about music and life helped me make it to this so thank you James.