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dBu Ranch Recorders

The ultimate San Diego recording studio experience!

Make records on one the greatest analog equipment collections south of Hollywood.

Enjoy your days with open mountain views and your nights under a magnificent star filled sky.

San Diego locals can get world class audio recordings without the hassle of going to L.A.

Angelenos can refresh their creative energy in the country without battling the big city.

Experience value in working with a Grammy winning engineer and Top 40 music producer.

   This studio boasts a 32-input Neve 8014, a Studer A827 24-track analog tape machine synchronized to a Pro Tools HDX system, and an extensive retro gear collection at the ready.

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   Situated on two acres, the 1650sf facility has a large open A-frame wood and stone clad drum room with a 20' peak ceiling height.

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There's also a dedicated piano room with a Yamaha C7, Hammond C3 and Leslie, Rhodes piano, and a Yamaha CP-80.

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The studio has 5 available isolation spaces, an EMT 140 stereo plate reverb, and a spacious control room.

The design philosophy of the studio from the beginning was to immerse the artist in the mountain atmosphere, such that breathtaking views are available from nearly every room. 

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In today's post COVID-19 world, we saw the value of live event streaming so we integrated a full DMX lighting system into the studio so artists could capture exciting live content on video AND couple it with the front end typically reserved for high end L.A. music studios.

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And, as if all of this wasn't enough, artists have access to onsite (and offsite) lodging, a pool, hot tub, outdoor grill and patio area and can enjoy local hiking, biking, casino's and wine tasting during breaks.

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A studio like this would normally cost a fortune but our destination studio location offers unbeatable A-Room rates. Call 310-413-0845 for details on how to schedule time.

dBu Ranch Studio Equipment Inventory

Console: Custom 1972 Neve 8014 with 32 inputs to mix bus.

Digital Recording Format: Pro Tools HD 10.3.10

Tape Recording Format: Studer A827 2” 24 track

Plug In’s by: Audio Ease, Fab Filter, Eventide, Exponential Audio, Izotope, Massey, Massenberg Design Works, Oxford, Serrato, Soundtoys, SSL, Waves.

System Highlights: System is configured around a 12-core 2012 Intel Mac and a 24 input Avid HDX system clocked by a Rosendahl Nanosync. All equipment is interconnected via hand-wired Mogami cabling.



AKG C414-B (5)

AKG C451-E (2)


AKG C460-B (2)



AKG D140

AKG D112

Beyerdynamic M201

Beyerdynamic M500 (2)

Church 47 Cinemic (2)

Capps 2250 (2)

Coles 4038

Crown PZM (3)

Electro Voice RE20 (2)

Electro Voice 644

Neumann KM54 (2)

Neumann M49 (2)

Neumann U47

Neumann U64 (2)

Neumann U67 (3)

Neumann U87 (3)

RCA 77d (2)


Shure Beta 52

Shure SM7

Shure 55S

Shure SM57 (3)

Shure SM58 (3)

Shure SM59

Shure SM5885

Sennheiser MD409 (2)

Sennheiser MD421 (6)

Sennheiser MD441

Sennheiser 460-T (2)

Sony ECM 50 (4)

Mic amps

API 312 (4)

Avalon 737 (2)

BAE 1122 (4)

BAE 1073 (4)

BAE 1066 (2)

BAE 1081 (2)

Chandler TG1

Chandler Germanium

Demeter Tube DI (2)

Focusrite ISA430

Langevin AM116 (2)

UTC 8 channel tube pre

Neve 1073 (8)


Telefunken V72 (2)



API 550 (2)

API 560 (2)

API 560a (2)

Avalon 737 (2)

BAE 1073 (4)

BAE 1066 (2)

BAE 1081 (2)

Chandler TG1

Focusrite ISA430

Lang PEQ-2 (2)

Manley Massive Passive

Neve 1073 (8)

NTI Nightpro EQ3

Pultec EQH-2

Pultec EQP-1A3

SSL SL502 (8)


ADR Compex

Avalon 737 (2)

CBS Stereo Audimax

dbx 160 (4)

dbx 162

dbx 160xt (3)

Drawmer DS201 (2)

Focusrite ISA430

Focusrite Red 3

Gates Sta-Level

Manley Vari-Mu

Neve 2254E (2)

SPL Transient Designer


SSL SL510 (2)

Universal Audio 175B

Universal Audio LA2A (2)

Universal Audio LA3 (2)

Universal Audio 1176LN

Universal Audio 1178



ADR Panscan


AMS 1580S


Dytronics Trichorus

EMT 140 stereo tube plate

Eventide H3000

Lexicon 92 (Prime Time)

Lexicon PCM 42

Lexicon PCM 70

Moog The Ladder

Roland R-880

Roland SN-550

Roland SRV-330

Studio Technologies AN-2

Yamaha SPX 90

Yamaha SPX 1000


Genelec 1032 (LCR)

Genelec 1031 (surrounds)

Genelec 1094 (stereo subs)

Grace M903 2.1 Controller

Hear “Hear Back” System (8)

SPL 2489 5.1 Controller

Urei 813’s

Urei 6400 Cue System

Yamaha PC2002M


Alesis ADAT and BRC

Alesis Masterlink

Ampex ATR 800 1/4" 2 track

Audio Technica LP120X



Panasonic SV3700

Studer A-827 2” 24 track

Otari Mx5050 1/4" 2 track

Victor Victrola 78RPM


Ampeg B15

Fender Bassman

Fender Princeton (by request)

GBX GD1505

Marshall JMP1

Marshall JCM800

Marshall JCM900

Mesa Engineering F50

Orange AD15

Roland JC120

Vox AC30

Yamaha DG212


1968 Aeolian Player Piano

Aria Pro II TSB400

ARP 2600

Carvin DC727

Carvin LB40 Bass


Ensoniq EPS

Ensoniq ESQ1

Fender Jazz Bass

Fender PJ Bass

Fender Stratocaster

Fender Telecaster

Gretsch Tenneseean

Gretsch 70’s 10” & 12 “ Toms

Gibson Flying V

Gibson '73 Les Paul Deluxe 

Gibson L150 Acoustic

Hammond C-3
Jackson Kelley

Leslie 122 rotating speaker

Ludwig 1978 Maple

Ludwig 1976 Vistalite

Rhodes 88 Janus Piano

Roland Juno 106

Rogers 1972 Maple

Rickenbacker 630/12

Taylor 420 KE

Taylor 555 Jumbo 12-string

Tregan SY SIG

Yamaha AES 1500BG

Yamaha C7 Grand Piano

Yamaha CP80 Elect. Grand

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