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Earthstar Creation Center

Earthstar Creation Center Recording Studio Earthstar Creation Center is a multifaceted recording and production project studio. We offer a delectable buffet of mic pre’s and outboard & the HD3 system from AVID, packed with a vast array of plugins.

We also have an excellent and ever-growing selection of microphones. We are currently set up with Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic and Final Cut Pro. Located just a moments walk from Venice Beach, Main St. & Abbott Kinney, our studio offers plenty of access to just about anything you might need outside of your project. You can even take a quick stroll and soak up the eccentric madness that is the Venice

We also have an excellent and ever-growing selection of microphones. We are currently set up with Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic and Final Cut Pro. Located just a moments walk from Venice Beach, Main St. & Abbott Kinney, our studio offers plenty of access to just about anything you might need outside of your project. You can even take a quick stroll and soak up the eccentric madness that is the Venice

Operating as usual

I think I just figured out why the squeaky bird has been visiting.Earthstar is having a baby!
05/02/2022

I think I just figured out why the squeaky bird has been visiting.
Earthstar is having a baby!

This little squeaky bird has been visiting every day for the last week or so
05/02/2022

This little squeaky bird has been visiting every day for the last week or so

Posted @withregram • @eejart FLESHPOT is back!!! Arigato @earthstarcreationcenter @johnx62 @rye1and @pazlenchantin @time...
04/26/2022

Posted @withregram • @eejart

FLESHPOT is back!!! Arigato @earthstarcreationcenter @johnx62 @rye1and @pazlenchantin @timelessdave @joekennedyjr @osmundamusic @michael.vest.56

Just wrapped a couple of action-packed weeks with this super dream team. It’s been such a pleasure having this crew here...
04/16/2022

Just wrapped a couple of action-packed weeks with this super dream team. It’s been such a pleasure having this crew here. 🎶

L-R: Mark Owen (Take That) & producers Ryan Carline, Stefan Mac & Harrison Kipner

We’ve been blessed to be visited by these smiling faces over the last week or so.Producers @harrisonkipner & Ryan Carlin...
04/02/2022

We’ve been blessed to be visited by these smiling faces over the last week or so.
Producers @harrisonkipner & Ryan Carline have been working on a top secret 🔥 project.
More details soon!

Posted @withregram • @osmundamusic I am loving up @gordiestobo and @carls_woolfy !!💚💙💜I got to spend six amazing days wi...
03/26/2022

Posted @withregram • @osmundamusic I am loving up @gordiestobo and @carls_woolfy !!
💚💙💜

I got to spend six amazing days with these super star ladies in Santa Monica and in Ventura during @durangosongwritersexpo

*here we are having fun with harmonies on the @telefunken_mics at @earthstarcreationcenter

photo by @johnx62

Here at the studio we had a great visit with our very own  John X Volaitis, Rebecca Trujillo Vest (Osmunda Music) & the ...
03/03/2022

Here at the studio we had a great visit with our very own John X Volaitis, Rebecca Trujillo Vest (Osmunda Music) & the awesome vocalist/singer/songwriter Justina Shandler.
Justina rocked up Earthstar Creation Center with her beautiful vibe and vocals! 💜💙💚💗
Justina is a hair dye enthusiast who loves long hugs, leftovers, word games, and laughing babies. She writes music in an attempt to detangle the heap of pasta that connects her head and heart. Together with Elaine Ryan, they run Unicorn Sync.🦄
Here's a link to some of her magic:
http://www.justinashandler.com/
https://www.unicornsync.com/
https://www.syncmusicforachange.com/
https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/4TnHipBGtwmAb6tZ7

still coming down from a beautiful session for Portizar (the artist formerly known as GregJam).(L-R: Accordion/oud- Ara ...
02/19/2022

still coming down from a beautiful session for Portizar (the artist formerly known as GregJam).
(L-R: Accordion/oud- Ara Dabandjian, Keys - John X Volaitis, Bass - Hal Cragin, Guitar- Michael Vest & Drums - Gregory Beylerian
This was a magical night and we are really looking forward to making even more magic with this crew.

Today we wrapped 5 fun days in The Land of the Giants.It has been so much fun having these happy people here.We await th...
02/13/2022

Today we wrapped 5 fun days in The Land of the Giants.
It has been so much fun having these happy people here.

We await the return of #goldkimono

We have some fun guests in the studio for the next few days. Dutch artist Goldkimono (L - producer Chris Kalla, R - arti...
02/10/2022

We have some fun guests in the studio for the next few days. Dutch artist Goldkimono (L - producer Chris Kalla, R - artist/producer Tienus Konijnenburg.
It has been a great pleasure having them here.

From all of us here at Earthstar, we wish you the happiest of years & all the best coming your way in 2022 Live moreLove...
01/01/2022
So, this happened… 2021 | Earthstar Creation Center

From all of us here at Earthstar, we wish you the happiest of years & all the best coming your way in 2022
Live more
Love more
Laugh more

❤️🔥🎶

Here’s a little recap of most of the fun we had in 2021:
Michael Vest Music Rebecca Trujillo Vest Californiosos Farmer Dave Scher Prize Fight Records Osmunda Music Ariana Savalas Sussan Deyhim Mona Tavakoli Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y) Michael Jost Rick Boston Yungchen Lhamo 4th Street Recording Aaron Wills Shanti Generation Alma Cielo Davey Chegwidden

Musicians: Micah Sohl-drums, Steve Monas-bass, Cory Yamashiro-piano, Remi Kabaka-talking drum, Robert Schwan-guitars & vocals

DIY Microphone Project #3This one was the most complicated microphone project so far. My “donor mic” was an Apex 460B -...
12/31/2021

DIY Microphone Project #3

This one was the most complicated microphone project so far. My “donor mic” was an Apex 460B - not an amazing mic on its own but a perfect candidate for a complete mod.

I replaced the internal electronics using the Fox 460 mod kit, the new capsule is an RK12 & I even added a C12 grille - all by MicParts]]

I also had the body powder coated in purple for added mojo.

Today we were experimenting with recording acoustic guitar & vocal using Bob Clearmountain’s technique as shown here:

https://youtu.be/3WrMhr2nUJI

Since we don’t have a @neumann.berlin KM84, we used the handmade SDC84 (also from MicParts]] ). It’s from an earlier DIY project and I just love this microphone. Even though we have some very nice small capsule condensers, I had never really found a favorite for acoustic guitar here until I built this one. In the video, Bob points the KM 84 directly down towards the sound hole which I was rather skeptical of but I would have to say it worked pretty well. There was hardly any lead vocal in this microphone. 

We tried the Neumann U87 - & then our vintage @telefunken_mics ELAM 250. This has a beautifully balanced tone for both the vocal and the acoustic guitar however the leakage of acoustic guitar was still so extreme that it would’ve left minimal ability to control the overall tone. If I were approaching this as a one microphone recording, this one would absolutely win hands-down.
We were really looking for a pairing that would give a little bit more control over both the acoustic guitar as well as the vocal.

So the last microphone that we tried was my DIY purple beauty. We were quite surprised to find that the vocal tone was still beautiful but, of the three microphones, this had far less guitar leakage - this was a truly unexpected & pleasant surprise.

At this point, I should shout out @matt_mcglynn (RecordingHacks, @roswellproaudio , MicParts]] ). His kits are beautifully put together and the instructions are flawlessly clear. In addition to the fact that he is extremely patient with all of my noob questions. This man takes great care to create great products.
I’m so enjoying this #DIY journey.
#diymicrophone

12/09/2021

Posted @withregram • @officialannunziata Make it through a 5 min live take and have your bass 3 minutes late😂 love jamming with these amazing people @musicprod100 I’ve known for almost 20 years, and the newest and easy fit, friend,player and engineer extraordinaire @ale_zounds . Good peeps!!
@earthstarcreationcenter great studio! #singersongwriter #musician #music #creative #artists @larriveeguitars #fenderbass #yamahaguitar #
jamsession #acusticguitar #cathartic #onetake #lighteninginabottle
Original music(c)2021
@officialannunziata

and two nights with artist Gabriella with Alejandro Speranza & Brian McKeever
12/08/2021

and two nights with artist Gabriella with Alejandro Speranza & Brian McKeever

A fun visit from Ricky Su & Alejandro Speranza - distant kinsmen from 4th Street Recording
12/08/2021

A fun visit from Ricky Su & Alejandro Speranza - distant kinsmen from 4th Street Recording

11/16/2021
Maor Appelbaum introducing us to The Oven

We just had a surprise visit from mastering maestro Maor Appelbaum. He has done some magnificent mastering for a few of our projects here including Warren Cuccurullo & some projects for Prize Fight Records - he stopped by to give a demonstration of a device he designed in a collaboration with Hendyamps:

“THE OVEN”

A tool that can seriously enhance ANY track you put into it.
As the name states it's the device to "Cook, Bake & Broil" any sound source, stem, group, stereo sub group, stereo mixbuss and mastering chain.

This is not a typical eq, Its a Vibe / Coloration / Mojo box with tonal shaping options

It will add Warmth, Size, Depth, Mojo, Vibe, Color, Saturation and Sizzle to your tracks.
Anything from subtle HiFi enhancement that you barely hear (until you bypass and feel something is missing) to saturated and driven aggressive sounds, and everything in between.

🎶

I took this opportunity to run some mixes through it and I was so impressed by the transparency, warmth & flexibility of this unit. It does exactly what it claims but in the most natural sounding way possible.

This is a precision tool and is made for professionals but is still incredibly easy to use.

Although I only had time to try it out on some mixes, I am also quite sure that I would love to record directly through it as well.

Link to the OVEN is in the comments.

Californiosos Michael Vest Music & Farmer Dave Scher in the house - teeming with shamanic wizardry & sacred prose 🧙‍♀️
11/11/2021

Californiosos Michael Vest Music & Farmer Dave Scher in the house - teeming with shamanic wizardry & sacred prose 🧙‍♀️

11/07/2021

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the recent passing of Motown audio engineer and alum, Mr. Ed Wolfrum.

Ed was only 11 years old when he began his tech career and, by the age of 14, was working for several AM and FM radio stations in the metro Detroit area. There, he built and installed stereo and engineering equipment that was used by several broadcasting stations.

After learning of Ed’s innovations, Motown engineer Mike McLean invited him to Hitsville USA, where Berry Gordy would eventually offer him a job.

Ed is known for his invention known as the “Direct Box,” a tool designed to record guitars directly without the use of a guitar amp or microphone. This, therefore, produced a cleaner and more natural sound. The Direct Box (or "Wolfbox," as Ed liked to call it) was used on countless Motown sessions, helping to produce the infamous Motown Sound.

Aside from Motown, Ed also worked for other popular Detroit studios like Golden World Records and United Sound—propelling him to become a staple in the Detroit music scene. He would go on to start his own business, including Audio Graphic Services in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Always a wealth of knowledge and history, Ed frequently visited Motown Museum, where he shared his wisdom and fun Motown stories with our guests. He often took his time explaining to our staff the specifics of the equipment in the control room, and was keen on making sure the names of every Motown engineer were well credited.

We will remember Mr. Ed Wolfrum for his great intellect and eagerness to help share the Motown story. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and Motown fans around the world.

Rebecca Trujillo Vest working on an Osmunda Music song at Earthstar Creation Center“gonna wrap my heart around you”sendi...
10/30/2021

Rebecca Trujillo Vest working on an Osmunda Music song at Earthstar Creation Center
“gonna wrap my heart around you”
sending love to you all 💜⭐️❤️

Celebrating another amazing guest here at EarthstarA few weeks ago, we were visited by the talented Jordan Stobbe - she ...
10/26/2021

Celebrating another amazing guest here at Earthstar
A few weeks ago, we were visited by the talented Jordan Stobbe - she came to us to sing on some songs in a collaboration between our Earthstar mama Rebecca Trujillo Vest with Osmunda Music
This song bird comes from a New York-based band called The Rayes along with her sister Rebecca Stobbe. Jordan has performed since her teenage years, busking their favorite 60's/70's covers on the streets of Pike Place Market in their hometown of Seattle, WA.

💗🌟🎼🌟💗

10/07/2021
Mona Tavakoli

Today we were visited by not one, but 2 incredibly talented Persian musical powerhouses.

Percussion maestress Mona Tavakoli joined experimental vocalist Sussan Deyhim in creating a compositional piece for a film by Godfrey Reggio featuring score by Philip Glass.

Here she is playing her custom “MT Box” made for her by Latin Percussion.

🔥🎶

09/28/2021
Alma Cielo introduces us to the Sarangi

Celebrating another first here at Earthstar

On Friday, we were visited by the incredibly talented Alma Cielo - she came to us to play some enchanting violin on a song for a children’s album collaboration between Rebecca Trujillo Vest & Abby Wills (Shanti Generation).

She also brought a traditional Indian sarangi - chances are that you may have heard one in the past
but may have never seen one before. I had certainly never recorded one before.

The sound that emanates from this instrument is mesmerizing & from the moment she began playing it, Rebecca & I were immediately under her magical spell.
🎶❤️

This full crew just reunited for the first time since right before the lockdown.Californiosos getting busy for a couple ...
09/09/2021

This full crew just reunited for the first time since right before the lockdown.
Californiosos getting busy for a couple of days of tracking. 🎶
Photobomb by Gerry 🐾❤️🐾

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working on a song at Earthstar Creation Center “gonna wrap my heart around you” and sending love to you all 💜⭐️❤️
Sister shoutout to Jordan Stobbe. She recently recorded at Earthstar Creation Center on a song that we are collaborating on. This sweet amazing song bird flew in from the rainy skies of Seattle to LA and landed in my nest. 🎼🎧🎤🐦🐦🐦🤩🤩🤩
making beautiful music! so much fun Earthstar Creation Center #magicsonic #guitargirl #recordingstudio #kidsalbum Abby Wills Shanti Generation John X Volaitis 💜💙💜🥰💗
flowing into song at the fabulous Earthstar Creation Center ♥️🙏🏼♥️
Salamander is out now! Some of these songs came out as singles a while ago and others have been sitting on my computer for months before I decided to put them together in one album. I’m happy they are out and about now, available to all humans, or at least to those who resonate with these words, melodies, and stories. There is always more music on the way and more stories to tell, but for now, I hope you enjoy Salamander and all it has to offer. AVAILABLE ON AL DIGITAL PLATFORMS: https://smarturl.it/salamanderoutnow Big thanks to all the creators who joined me on this journey and put their craftsmanship at the service of music. Music & lyrics: Michael Vest Production: Nico Borromeo Mix: Nico Borromeo & John X Volaitis Master: Lurssen Mastering Recorded at Earthstar Creation Center Visuals: @michaelvestmusic & Olivia Diehl (cover art edit) #newalbum #newmusicfriday #salamander
"Salamander is out and about". Now available on the streaming realm. Hope this song is a groovy reminder of your infinite potential my friend. For more information visit: https://smarturl.it/salamandersong Music & lyrics: Michael Vest Mix and arrangement: Nicolas Borromeo Master: Lurssen Mastering Recorded at @Earthstar Creation Center #salamander #newmusicfriday #psychrock
inhale light exhale love ❤️ be here right now 🕉 thank you 🙏 for the wisdom, Ram Dass performed by Rebecca Trujillo Vest produced & written by Rebecca Trujillo Vest & John X Volaitis at Earthstar Creation Center mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4LVsg2giFpjIjzBfkLBAlI Apple Music/iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/be-here-now/1523709040?i=1523709055 please visit: https://osmundamusic.com/official-landing-page/ for more...
if you were to ask me the single most reason why i create songs... i create for love ❤️ 🙂 here's a song i created during lockdown - performed & written by Rebecca Trujillo Vest produced by Rebecca Trujillo Vest & John X Volaitis at Earthstar Creation Center mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering video by John X Volaitis https://open.spotify.com/track/5zJy34Xvl1eVgqUNWLECZM?si=OPWu-_U4RoSRmg1RG6DqAw on Apple Music/iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/create-for-love/1523709040?i=1523709052 on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5zJy34Xvl1eVgqUNWLECZM?si=OPWu-_U4RoSRmg1RG6DqAw please visit: https://osmundamusic.com/official-landing-page/ for more...
The Winachi Tribe - #FunkyButChic Winner of *International Video Of The Year @ '2020 ISSA Awards'* 🏆 In collaboration w Pantofola d'Oro // Directed by Pro Direct Select // Produced by John X @ Earthstar Creation Center Who's got their copy??? #WINACHI #BeManaged #PantofoladOro #prodirectsoccer #AwardWinner
lets be grateful for... our families our friends to be alive to live on this awesome beautiful blue planet 🌍 to feel to breath to feel the sunshine ☀️ for each other i’m grateful for you! 🙏 ***** let's fill our hearts with warmth and light every day blessings every day shine let's be grateful for our lives produced by Rebecca Trujillo Vest & John X Volaitis at Earthstar Creation Center mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering video by John X Volaitis Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/6vl5GTzHOn05E8pp9MT0Tt?si=UulaYAb-Q9aR2kn7xcJpMg Apple Music/iTunes - https://music.apple.com/us/album/grateful/1523709040?i=1523709044 please visit: https://osmundamusic.com/official-landing-page/ for more...
rehearsing at the magical Earthstar Creation Center for our gig tomorrow night at The Standard, Hollywood 🌵💫 7-10pm John X Farmer Dave Scher Aaron Westine Michael Vest (Californiosos) Matthew DeMerritt & D.I.R.T. (Davey Chegwidden & Josh Lopez)
2019 has been such a great year here at Osmunda Music headquarters - Earthstar Creation Center. 🌍⭐️ A huge thank you 🙏 to everyone who made it possible. 💃🎶❤️ We look forward to seeing some of you again in the new decade. Happy New Year!