A world class recording studio, just south of Los Angeles.

 

The home of Broken City Productions offers a unique combination of classic and modern approaches to recording, production, mixing and mastering. We've meticulously chosen a hybrid of digital and analog gear and instruments to provide an inviting, inspiring and cutting edge environment for creativity. 

BROKEN CITY STUDIOS

G E A R  L I S T

DAW RIG:

MACINTOSH COMPUTERS

PROTOOLS HD6

LOGIC Pro

Vast Array of Plugins & Soft Synths

 

SPEAKERS: 

PMC TwoTwo8’s

MACKIE Subwoofer

MACKIE HR624s

DYNAUDIO

 

OUTBOARD GEAR:

Mixing & Mastering:

DANGEROUS MASTER

(with mastering grade Mid/Side Widener)

SSL SIGMA SUMMING MIXER

THE BLACK BOX (Tube Harmonic Distortion Driver)

LIMITLESS & WAVELABS Mastering Processing

 

Dynamics:

SHADOW HILLS MASTERING COMPRESSOR

RETRO 176

DISTRESSORS (4) 

UBK FATSO

UBK TWEAKER (2)

DRAMASTIC OBSIDIAN (Stereo Bus Comp)

SHADOW HILLS DUAL VANDERGRAPH

 

Equalizers:

DANGEROUS BAX EQ

STEREO MAAG EQ

KUSH CLARIPHONIC

KUSH ELECTRA 19

A-DESIGNS HAMMER EQ

 

Preamps:

NEVE 1073 Preamps (2 channels)

API 3124 (4 channels)

Vintech 473 (4 channels with EQ)

Avalon VT737 EQ/Comp (Tube)

 

Analog Effects:

MOOG 550 Series ANALOG DELAY PROCESSOR (2)

LEXICON PCM91

 

Digital Conversion:

BURL MOTHERSHIP 8/32 (A/D & D/A)

LAVRY GOLD A/D

APOGEE ROSETTA

AVID 96 (2)

 

MICROPHONES:

Vintage NEUMANN/TELEFUNKEN U47

Vintage SONY C37P

SONTRONICS APOLLO Stereo Ribbon

ROYER Ribbon

SONTRONICS SIGMA

BLUE BLUEBERRY CONDENSER

NEUMAN TLM103 (2)

AKG 451b Small Diaphragm Condenser (2)

SENNHEISER 421 (5)

SHURE SM57 (4)

AKG D112 (2)

 

INSTRUMENTS:

Keys:

Vintage STEINWAY Upright yr. 1910

MELLOTRON

Vintage Toy Pianos

MOOG: VOYAGER

NORD 88 Key Synth/Piano

MICRO-KORG

TEENAGE ENGINEERING: OP-1

DAVE SMITH: MOPHO

Mini Piano

Vintage 1940’s SCHULMERICH CARILLON

 

Acoustic Guitars:

Vintage 1949 MARTIN Acoustic

Vintage 1956 GIBSON TRINI LOPEZ

Vintage 1930’s STELLA Archetop

Vintage 1956 GIBSON “COUNTRY WESTERN” ACOUSTIC

MARTIN ACOUSTIC BASS

MARTIN HD28VS Dreadnought Slot Neck

MATON ACOUSTIC

MATON DIESEL Mini Acoustic

GOLDTONE 6 String MANDOLIN

GOLDTONE ACOUSTIC MICROBASS

6 STRING BANJO

Vintage 1960’s MARTIN 4-String BANJO (long neck)

CUMBUS CUMBUS 6 STRING EASTERN GUITAR

 

Electric Guitars:

Vintage 1956 GIBSON TRINI LOPEZ

JOHN SUHR TELE

GIBSON LES PAUL CUSTOM

HERITAGE LES PAUL w/ LOLLAR P90’s

DANELECTRO BARITONE GUITAR

NASH 4-String P-BASS

YAMAHA 4-String BASS

Vintage 1950's BIGSBY 4-Neck Pedal Steel

 

Guitar Amps:

DIVIDED BY THIRTEEN AMW 39 HEAD

MESA BOOGIE DUAL RECTIFIER

 

Drums:

Vintage GRETSCH DRUMKIT 6 Piece

OCDP DRUMKIT 6 Piece

Vast Variety of Cymbals

Vast Variety of Snare Drums (including 4 Black Swamp Percussion drums)

Vast Variety of Percussion (Shakers/Tablas/Tambos/Dubeks etc.)

Imported African Percussion

HAPI Drums (in G & D minor)

 

STUDIO = 1150 sq ft Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken City Artists is a home for artists who are driven and passionate about fulfilling their potential. BCA was founded by multi-platinum, award-winning, singer-songwriter, solo-artist & producer Adam Watts, and leading percussive arts visionary Mike Jackson. 

 

BCA was born of the belief that an artist's life and work thrives when no stone is left unturned in his or her artistic pursuit; that if the entire self is brought to what we create, our work will have greater depth, we'll be more fulfilled in our process, and the world around us will be better for it.

Artists Need Their Work

As Watts states, "We're surrounded by art and creativity. Whether it's in the raw beauty of nature or the functional and/or expressionistic creations of man, creativity is the foundation of our shared reality. It drives us forward and enriches life in countless ways. I believe an artist is someone who creates with every part of their being and puts the act of self-expression-via-creation on their short list of basic needs in life: Air, Water, Food, Love and Art.

Our Mission

"Broken City Artists' purpose and mission is rooted in sharing an approach I've used throughout my life, long before I had a name for it. This holistic approach is a multi-dimensional, and highly individualized approach that can greatly accelerate your progress as an artist. Every artist has something unique to share with the world and a unique path to fulfilling their potential. This path is fraught with challenges. I believe, I know, that  artists can be propelled more swiftly, with laser focus, toward the best work with the right kind of mentorship. The kind that truly looks at them holistically, and as a one of a kind individual.

The Four Pillars

"Whether we're consciously aware of it or not, the artistic process is incredibly complex and nuanced. To be a true artist is to mine the depths of our unique psychology, spirituality, our philosophical under-pinnings and our physiology. These are The Four Pillars of our human experience. 

"As we set out to express ourselves, we often run into barriers and frustrations, or are faced with fears or questions about how to best grow and express ourselves in a way that is more purely aligned with our intent. We have a deep drive to get the inside out in a way that feels authentic.

Navigating a Career in the Arts

As an artist who has lived in the tension between art and commerce most of my life, it's become my passion to aid artists in navigating both their internal and external worlds in their unique journey as artists.

"There's this sense that art in modern culture has been hijacked by greed and taken hostage by the notion that if you're not rich and famous, you're a failure. Or that the only way to succeed is to compromise your own artistic instincts and chase trends. We want to help put the focus back on what matters most: the artist's truth. Throughout history it's the unique perspective & talents of the individual artist that paves the way for work that profoundly effects people and stands the test of time.

Trends and posers come and go, but true art and artists resonate deeply and make an indelible mark on culture. 

A New Approach

"We started Broken City Artists to provide a a platform and offer a new kind of approach to guiding, mentoring and teaching within the world of the arts. In my experience true artists have a hunger not only for self-expression but for progression. Artists want to grow and push the boundaries of their talent. This is what we're here for, to get in there and do what we can to accelerate this process, side-by-side with artists, in a way that is truly holistic. In a way that actually works."