17 Hertz Studio was formerly known as One On One Recording, which was owned by Jim David (son of Hal David). The studio was popular for having the "best drum sound in Los Angeles" and was highly recognized for recording Metallica's 16x platinum self-titled album Metallica, also known as the Black Album.
The studio was featured in Metallica's 1992 documentary, A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica.
The well-known albums that were recorded here, include Metallica's aforementioned Black Album, Metallica's ...And Justice for All, The Ritual by Testament, Awake by Dream Theater, When The Pawn... by Fiona Apple, Crazy Nights and Psycho Circus by Kiss, and Dirt by Alice in Chains. Rust in Peace by Megadeth, was also mixed here.
News about the studio piqued the interest of Japanese rock musician Yoshiki Hayashi, drummer of heavy metal band X Japan. He tried to book recording time but was told he would have to wait over a year due to a long waiting list of clients. Preferring not to wait, Yoshiki bought the studio in 1993, converting it into his private recording facility and eventually renaming it to Extasy Recording Studio.
In 2012, 17 Hertz LLC took over the space, restoring it and renaming it to 17 Hertz Studio.