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The Story So Far

By the time SaS founder Robert Paul Maune arrived on American shores from his native England in 2001, he’d already accumulated nearly a decade of steady, serious, professional studio design and construction work throughout the UK and in Paris. Since then, as he puts it, “my client list has grown pretty well, but my clients’ client lists, in rooms I’ve built and designed, reads like a volume of Who’s Who In Modern Music!”

Truly, many names recognizable from the Billboard charts, whether they know it or not, have benefited from Rob’s expertise, and his knowledge of acoustics, sound control, and studio architecture stretches from cutting-edge current all the way back to the audio pioneers of the 1930s. Along the way, Rob’s had the good fortune to work in such illustrious locales as Abbey Road, Britannia Row [built by Pink Floyd just in time to record their epic Animals album], Joey Altruda’s ‘Joey’s Place‘ [the former Electro Vox Recording Studio, where the iconic 20th Century Fox Fanfare — as well as literally hundreds of film scores and the original demo of ‘Moon River‘ — was recorded] and countless home studios hidden within, underneath, behind, and adjacent to the homes of music producers all over Southern California.

And, like so many success stories, it all began, more or less, by accident: “I was working as a guitar tech for [British blues legend] Alvin Lee, and was offered his late 60s WEM PA system. The price was so right, I couldn’t refuse, but now I needed somewhere soundproof to install it. I’d just finished a 5-year spell as an architectural assistant for English Heritage [the British government’s Historic Buildings and Monuments preservation organization], and figured — wrongly — that I knew enough to build a studio.”

Thus followed years of what Rob now calls “a priceless education,” as he spent his days working for Steve Pickford’s Serious Audio, an acclaimed UK-based studio builder, and his nights “making very expensive mistakes” in a large cellar in London’s east end that would eventually become Pluto’s Underworld, an ambitious multi-room recording and rehearsal complex.

Once stateside, Rob immediately found work building home studios and working at Hollywood’s Swinghouse [both the original on Cahuenga and the larger, much-improved Formosa location].

But what Rob calls his “watershed moment” as a studio designer came with the creation of Dave Cobb’s (Waylon Jennings, Chris Cornell) studio, 1974. “It gave me the opportunity to realize design approaches I had been nurturing for years,” says Rob. “I particularly appreciate recordings made in the music industry’s ‘Golden Age’, and I believe that the sound of these great records owes an enormous debt to studio architecture: tracking rooms, of course, but perhaps more importantly, the control rooms, where so much attention was lavished to meet the new challenges of stereo recording.”

The success of 1974 encouraged Rob to take on farther-reaching projects [such as the combination flagship showroom/mastering facility for Vintage King Audio and Infrasonic Sound Recording Co. currently underway in Elysian Park, Los Angeles], and introduce concepts that take their inspiration from some of the best-known designs and engineers in audio history, but update them for modern usage.

“I am convinced that what I offer is unique,” says Rob, adding, “a combination of flexibility, efficiency, and inspiration that has no match. This entirely custom service brings projects as much or as little as needed, helping clients get the very best results from investment in their own talent.”

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