ABOUT VON HERTZOG
“Kent “Von” Hertzog got his start in the music industry as a hip-hop producer in 1996 under the name DJ Luciano. He released a series of underground mixtapes and CDs before landing engineering gigs for hip-hop artists such as Violator’s JoJo Pellegrino, and Pretty Ugly. Then while working at 1650 Studio in Manhattan he worked with R.A. The Rugged Man on his debut album “Die, Rugged Man, Die”. He also recorded with Ghostface Killah at 36 Chambers studio and worked with Wu-Tang’s Shyheim at 1650 Studio. Since 2013, he’s been making music as Von Hertzog, a synthwave-adjacent project he started in the wake of his father’s untimely death. Since then he’s released six singles, two EPs, and three full-length albums, including the soundtrack to video game Neon Aileron —all releases that have defied any specific genre classification. Hertzog is also the owner and main engineer for mixing/mastering outfit The Social Club.
In June of 2020, Von Hertzog and his musical collaborator Rob Rowe released the 5-track EP ‘The Persistence of Memory’, a title taken from the intelligence episode of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, taps into a sonic memory while nevertheless avoiding any cynical pastiches or overwrought nostalgia. The EP, released digitally June 12 on Lakeshore Records, features the pulsating stomp of “Calm Down Lover,” the cinematic ferocity of “A Little Bit Sweeter,” the propulsive wistfulness of “The Long Goodbye,” and the spiritually intergalactic “The Sun, The Stars, The Shine,” in addition to a haunting remix of “Calm Down Lover” by Montreal-based producer SAINT-SAMUEL (as In a Dramatic Gesture).”
As the sole engineer at The Social Club, Hertzog does it all be it mixing and mastering engineer or sound designer. With decades of experience and a respectable portfolio under his belt, he’s looking to keep branching out into commercial post-production.
The Social Club features the Solid State Logic Sigma Delta recallable Super Analogue Summing rig. It allows for real world analog summing that helps glue your mixes together in a way that is not achievable with in-the-box mixing.
On the A Buss of the Sigma rests the Neve Master Buss Processor with Stereo Field Expander. Get the best of both worlds with Solid State Logic’s legendary summing and Neve’s unmistakable analog warmth. It’s truly a match made in heaven.
The final step in the post production process is Mastering. Adding the final polish to a song and bringing it up to an adequate volume level, without sucking the dynamics and life out of the song, is an art form.
For full analog mastering I use the Neve Master Buss Processor. It includes an analog brickwall limiter that allows me to really extract a higher volume out of the analog realm. For digital mastering I use the legendary Weiss DS-1 or Fabfilter L2.
Hardware includes: Solid State Logic Sigma Delta, Dangerous Music Convert-AD+, Antelope Audio Orion 32+, Solid State Logic 2+, Roland DEP-5, Yamaha Motif 8, Maschine Studio, Console 1 with 2 Fader 1 units, Universal Audio Quad, Amphion Amp100, Yamaha NS-10M (pair), Amphion Amp500, Amphion One18 (pair), Dynaudio BM9S Subwoofer (paired with Amphion), Polk Audio PSW505 (paired with NS-10M), and more.
Pre and Post Production
I’ve been producing music for almost 20 years now. I’ve written score for movies, commercials, company presentations, and more. I even wrote the music for Information Society’s 2018 single, “Nothing Prevails” which was released on Tommy Boy Records. Just give me a mark to hit and I’ll get you there.
I also have experience mixing and mastering audio for video. Be it a quick 15 second spot for Instagram or a nationwide campaign for a Fortune 500 company, I am fully up to date on all the technical standards to make sure you can deliver the exact time of file format necessary.
5.1, AR, & VR
Not content to rest on my laurels, I stay on the bleeding edge of audio technology. Within the past few years, I have provided 5.1 surround sound mixing, mastering, and foley production on three feature length films. I’m able to be a one-stop-shop for video based post-production audio services.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are in their infancy, but very cool things are being done with them. Steinberg Cubase Pro 10 provides me with all new tools for truly all immersive experience.
Software includes: Steinberg Cubase Pro 10.5, Wavelab Pro 9.5, Avid ProTools, Native Instruments Maschine 2, and more plug-ins than you can shake a stick at. Softube Console 1 with SSL 4000E, SSL 9000K, British Class A, American Class A, Summit Hill Channel emulations. Solid State Logic Native VST, Waves VST, Antelope FPGA, and more.