HISTORY


          Originally built as a post office in early1950, it was eventually converted to Crystal Industries Recording Studio in 1967 by Andrew Berliner. Through Andrews innovative acoustic and electrical design, the studio quickly became one of the premier facilities in Southern California. The client list reads like a who's who of the 60’s and 70’s. Artists ranging from Barbara Streisand to Jimi Hendrix and the unquestionable high point being the creation and recording of Stevie Wonders "Songs in the key of Life".  Other notable artists include: Supertramp, Jackson 5, War, The Doors, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, The Byrds.

          In the late 80’s and early 90’s the facility was leased by Producer Matt Hyde and projects such as Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, and Monster Magnet were recorded.

          On September 15 2000 Eric Valentine took ownership of the building and it's resident the 9ft Yamaha Grand Piano (known as the Stevie Wonder Piano).

          During the remaining months of the year 2000, major renovations were done to the main control room and upstairs areas. The rest of the building has been a work in progress to restore the studio to it's former glory. One project has been to find old photos of the studio while recording projects from the past. All of Eric Valentine's equipment and microphone collection from his previous recording studio HOS Studio, Redwood City, Ca. were installed.