Work flow, more than any piece of gear, is how Howard Benson believes his 9-month-old studio operation in Woodland Hills, Calif., distinguishes itself. Based on methods developed at the Bay 7 studio in North Hollywood, Benson has created an efficient system with his main engineer Mike Plotnikoff, assistant engineer Hatch Inagaki and Pro Tools editor Paul DeCarli that emphasizes speed and professionalism while leaving the door open for bands to experiment.

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