History of the villa

The Villa des Améthystes, later called la Tournette, was built in 1926 for the Couttet brothers, later bought by Maurice Herzog. It is today an essential place of musical creation at the foot of Mont Blanc. Here is the story of an atypical house told by Christine Lasserre (guide speaker) and Mrs. Herzorg.

Artists residencies

La Maison des Artistes, artists residency dedicated to musical creation, offers in a park located in the heart of the city an exceptional tool, with rooms for up to 8 musicians.

Access to the recording studio is free, as is the accomodation, to complete a musical project for a period of 8 days. In exchange, the artists prowl their creation in the Club friday and saturday, offering concerts at an informed public.
The musicians retain ownership of their masters.


Featuring the most efficient recording equipment and an acoustic arrangement for recording live concerts as well as genuine phonographic productions, the studio is composed of:

  • a control room,
  • an outlet enclosure,
  • a cab pickup of speech,
  • a “convertible” living room,
  • a scene on the floor of the Jazzclub.

The living room and the stage are connected to the control which allows to use them as taking rooms and can record everything together with professional quality. The complex is equipped of speakers in the centerpieces of the house, allowing to listen to the recording session or concert.

Studio Equipment

Console : Neve VR48
Speakers : ADAM S3X-H
Recorder : Pro Tools HD9, interface 32 in/out

DI Box

1x Avalon U5
6x BSS AR 133