Warren Huart: Produce Like a Pro Series – “13 Year Old Girl Playing Eruption Solo – Van Halen

The Produce Like a Pro team had the great pleasure of taking students from the Los Rios Rock School to Sunset Sound for a recording project.  But not just any recording project, Studio 1 was set up and in one day the students recorded the album Van Halen I in its entirety.


Warren Huart: Produce like a Pro SeriesLos Rios Rock School Kids Rock Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With the Devil

The significance of being in Sunset Sound Los Angeles, and in studio 1 is that it is the exact room that Van Halen made that very album.  The studio is great at keeping records and they looked into the archives and found a copy of how Van Halen had the studio set up for tracking and it was recreated as closely as possible for the student’s recording. Drums, amps, microphones, the console and echo chamber were set up the way that it was documented that Van Halen did it 40 years ago!

Produce Like A Pro and the Sunset Sound team mimicked the exact set up, in the exact same room and The Los Rios Rock School kids came in extremely well prepared with the guidance of the schools highly trained instructors and Teacherzone.com .

To recreate Alex Van Halen’s drum sounds the following microphones were used. The two kicks: Shure 546 Dynamic Mics, snare top and bottom both 546, the 3 overheads are AKG 414 EB, toms are top Sennheiser 421 and bottom Shure SM57. The sole Room mic is a U87.  For Michael Anthony’s sound The Bass Amp was mic’d with a RE20 and for Eddie Van Halen’s guitar sound the guitar amp was mic’d with a pair of SM57’s.

Los Rios Rock School Mission Statement
From new musicians to aspiring young pros, Los Rios Rock School provides expert instruction in guitar, drums, piano and all rock instruments, as well as vocals, songwriting, theory, sight reading, engineering, performance and recording. Combining weekly private lessons and group rehearsals, our goal is to prepare students to confidently take the stage in front of a live audience. As a premier music training center, our teachers are professional musicians who are dedicated to creating supportive yet challenging settings that will help students develop a lifelong appreciation of musical performance.  LosRiosRockSchool.com


Warren Huart: Produce Like a Pro Series – “Sunset Sound Studio Tour | Van Halen Recording Setup for Los Rios Rock School/Teacherzone

About Warren Huart
Warren Huart is an English record producer, mixer, recording engineer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He is known for his hard work ethic, positive attitude and respect for the artist’s vision. He has played a fundamental part in the creation of many platinum-selling albums, and worked with many of today’s most successful artists, such as The Fray, Daniel Powter, Marc Broussard, Trevor Hall, Korn, Better Than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, Ace Frehley, Aerosmith, Black Veil Brides, and Howie Day. Huart is the owner of Spitfire Studio in Los Angeles, CA and Spitfire Music; a one-stop music licensing house providing music for film and TV. He also owns the DIY YouTube Channel “Produce Like a Pro,” which offers recording tutorials for recording enthusiasts, and has over 100,000 subscribers world wide.

Sunset Sound Los Angeles Van Halen Console with Los Rios School of Rock Kids – Photo Credit – Courtesy of Los Rios School of Rock
(Students left to right:  Ryan Poppenhagen, Julia Lane, Conner Altwein, Drew Gordnier, Will Weiss, Thomas Lowry, Sophie Martin, Dylan Dusablon)