About  Us

our
story

The Pawnshop was founded in 2005 with the idea of bringing musicians together to record their music in a creative and friendly environment. Producer musician Billy Baker formed an alliance with a few L.A. based seasoned engineers to provide the highest quality recording experience possible. The tracking room was designed to maximize projects that seek to add “Live” drums to their music or composition. Our isolation room is great for separating the Marshall stack from the main drum tracking room when wishing to track your band live all together.

Our Team

Billy Baker

CEO / Producer

Having sharpened my teeth recording and performing with many groups including, An Epic Theory, The Painkillers, Paint It Black, Dear God and hard rap act Onion. I have been engineering music since the age of 16. I Started out with a Tascam 4 track recorder and began learning from the George Martin technique of bouncing tracks. I soon developed techniques of my own that I use in some of my mixes today. Having had one too many bad experiences recording at top name studios, I decided to build my own studio and started tracking all the local bands in town. I slowly started developing a reputation that earned me a solid clientele base, entirely by word of mouth.

Patrick Burkholder

Producer / Engineer

Patrick’s experience expands over 18 years of listening, learning and gaining much knowledge from some of the greatest producers in the music industry. The list includes icons Warren Riker, Ulrich Wild, Ron Fair, J-Dub and many more. Having worked in some of the best studios around the country gave him a chance to work with many styles and formats of music. The Music grinder in Hollywood California is one of the studios that he had a chance to add more to his arsenal of engineering skills. Patrick’s back ground also comes from many years of playing music in bands and producing/writing music with other artists. His great sense of tones, vast knowledge of Pro Tools and recording tricks makes him a valuable talent to the music industry.

Dane Diamond

producer / songwriter

Dane Diamond is a producer/songwriter based and from Los Angeles. He has been producing for 15 years for a number of independent artists in the Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York areas. There is no genre of music that he is afraid to touch and his impressive and growing resume exhibits this. He is a part of the musical collective known as Class Faction and also fronts his own side project known as “The Weapon Factory for Ninjas”.

His greatest goal as a producer/songwriter is to make sure that an artist can hear their musical dreams realized the way they’ve always imagined. This thought process has led to artist and the songs he produced for them directly to radio play on independent, college, and major stations, development deals with Interscope Records, and Warner Brothers records, celebrity endorsements, television appearances, and financial returns.  If you are looking for a fresh new sound, and want to stray from the trends of radio you have come to the right place.

We have all the right tools, let us Help You

Hardware

CAD Maxcon Analog Mixing console
Pre Sonus Central Station Playback
Lynx Aurora HD Converters
MAC G5 Quad Core 16g RAMM

Outboard Gear

Neve 8108s Class A Mic Pre’s
Never VR Class A Mic Pre’s
SSL EQ’s
API Mic Pre’s
BAE “Neve” 1073 Mic Pre UA LA610 Mic Pre / Compressor SSL 5000 EQ’s
Valley People Maxi Q EQ’s Valley People Gain Brain
DBX 160XT Compressor
DBX 166 Dual Channel Compressors

Amplification

Marshall JMP Modified Head
Marshall JCM 800 Head Marshall JCM 2000 Head
Ampeg SVT Bass Head
Fender Blues Tweed

Guitars

Fender Stratocaster
Fender Jazz Bass (4 string)
Fender Acoustic W/ Direct Plug in

Microphones

Rode Classic II Tube
Rode K2 Tube
Royer 121 Ribbon
Sennheiser 421
Shure Beta 57A Kick Mic
Shure SM7
Shure SM 57b
Shure SM58
AKG C 3000
Octava MK 012
C1000’s AMS
12” speaker Sub Kick

Drums / Percussion

DW Kit 10” / 12” / 14” / 16” /
22” kick
DW Maple Snare 14” x 5”
Pork Pie “Piccolo” Mahogany Snare 8” x 2”
Mapex Brass snare 8” x 2”
Peace “Chrome” Snare 14” x 8”
Taye Mahogany Snare 14” x 8”
Djembe | Shakers | Tambourine’s | Cowbell

Software

Avid’s Pro Tools 10 | Reason 5 (
60g of library Sounds)
SSL G Buss Suite | Neve 1073 Channel strip
Filter Bank | Melodyne
IK Multi Media T Racks
Abbey Road ADT

Guitars Pedal / DI

Boss Analog Delay
Boss Distortion
Ibanez Delay
Direct box’s (3)
Re-Amp
Tube Screamer