Bob Clearmountain, with help from his wife, has built a studio/venue that blends old and new.

In 2005, when digital audio interface maker Apogee Electronics moved its headquarters to an old print shop in Santa Monica, Calif., legendary mixer Bob Clearmountain, husband of Apogee owner Betty Bennett and consultant to the company, turned an unused space in the rear of the building into the studio of his dreams.

"We just had junk stored in here," says Clearmountain, seated in the cozy control room of what's now called Apogee Studios. "I thought it could be a studio that doubled as a live venue--something to do for fun."

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