Shantih Haast, Owner and chief engineer at Studio 770 has over 33 years experience working in the music industry with artists such as David Benoit, Steve Allen, Clint Black, Al Jareau, Tim Weisberg, Dave Koz, Marilyn McCoo, Dan Brubeck, Ron Kobayashi, Jonathan Moffett, Eric Marienthal, Hiroshima, Jac Redford, Jack Sheldon, Dan St. Marsielle, Llew Matthews, Luis Conte and Alex Acuna, to name a few.
Since 1982, she has been busy on the Los Angeles recording scene. Her early career centered around artists such as The Bangles, Roy Bitton, Dan Slider, Dann Glenn, Andy John, Henry Louey and Chris Mancini at Skyline Recording Studio in Topanga Canyon, California.
In 1987 Shantih graduated from the composition and arranging program at Dick Grove's School of Music. There, she wrote in many styles from big band, country western and pop, to film scoring with full orchestra. She continued her education at Cal State University Northridge in music composition where she focused on orchestral compositions of contrapuntal non-tonal music. Working with the Fairlight music system, she had extensive training in electronic music and midi based systems. After graduating in 1996, she joined David Benoit's recording team at his 29th Street Studio in Torrance, CA.
"It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with Shantih Haast on several of my recordings. She has great ears and achieves a particularly beautiful piano sound. She is also an expert digital editor, astonishing me on many occasions with edits I didn't think were possible. Moreover, Shantih has a dedicated and flexible attitude and has proven herself to be a good friend in need. I recommend her highly!" - Jac Redford (feature film composer/orchestrator)
In 2000 Shantih opened Studio 770 in Brea, CA, where she is owner/operator and chief engineer. Specializing in Jazz and Classical music production, Shantih also produces many local singer-songwriters. The studio sports a vintage Steinway grand piano as well as a vast collection of vintage microphones and outboard gear.
"Our album was unique because it featured three incredible, yet diverse artists and needed a special kind of producer to successfully put it all together, that producer was Shantih Haast. She was amazing to work with and put all of us at ease, which allowed our musicianship to flourish during recording. She did a masterful job mixing all 12 songs. Now as we enjoy promoting and selling our CDs, people always ask me who our producer was, who mixed the songs and where it was mastered. My answer to them, Shantih Haast and Studio 770" - Eric Baul (executive producer/singer/songwriter)
Starting in September of 2013, Shantih began Studio 770's popular Open Mic Recording Sessions. Each month these events offer eleven performers the opportunity to record with an incredible jazz trio consisting of Ron Kobayashi (piano), Sam Montooth (Bass) and Isaac Sanchez (Drums). The public is welcome to cheer on the performers, along with the complementary wine and hors d'vores… these studio sessions resemble a club scene where musicians can network while enjoying live jazz.
"I had designed the open mic recording session platform as a way for new clients to test drive the studio before purchasing studio time. It has now grown into a resource for people who may never have had the opportunity to record in a facility like this. Now they can release a professional recording of their music. It is very exciting to see them realizing their dreams. " - Shantih Haast
New for 2015... Shantih is launching Synergy 770. Synergy 770 will be geared toward contemporary singer/songwriter, pop, rock and alternative markets. She will be introducing a new series of Open Mic Sessions available for these genres where in 15 minutes a band or artist can record and walk out with a downloadable high quality audio file of their performance for an incredibly reasonable price. These sessions will also be open to the public to give it a live venue vibe.