EastWest Studios

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EastWest Studios
Industry Music
Founded 1957 as the United Recording Corp.
Headquarters Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Area served
Key people
Bill Putnam, founder
Doug Rogers
Products Recording Studios
Website eastwest-studios.com

EastWest Studios (formerly known as Western Studio, a subset of United Western Recorders and later Ocean Way Recording) is an historic recording studio complex located at 6000 W Sunset Blvd in Hollywood.[1] Originally constructed by Bill Putnam in the 1960s, the studios are currently owned by sound developer Doug Rogers and managed by Candace Stewart.[2][3] The studio has won the most technical excellence awards, and has garnered the most Best Engineered Grammys.[4] The studio's sister company, EastWest Sounds, has also been well known for its award-winning virtual instrument libraries, such as the Symphonic Orchestra library.

Live rooms and consoles[edit]

View from the Control Room of Studio 1 into the Live Room at EastWest Studios

EastWest Studios consists of three main studios.[1] Studio 1 features a live room which is 58' x 42', an isolation booth measuring 20' x 23', 9' Bechstein piano, concert lighting system and one of a limited number of classic Neve 8078 consoles remaining in the world today. Studio 2's live room measures 35' x 24', with a 10' x 14' isolation booth and 8' x 6' vocal booth and a classic RCA custom Neve 8028 console.[5] The smallest of the rooms, Studio 3, is 31' x 15' with a Steinway piano and a Classic Trident A Range Console. All three rooms are fit with Flying Fader Automation and ATC main monitors.[6]


Further information: United Western Recorders
The front desk at EastWest Studio, designed by Philippe Starck

On January 17, 2006, Doug Rogers acquired ownership of 6000 W Sunset Boulevardd. Rogers commissioned designer Philippe Starck (SLS Hotel Los Angeles, St. Martins Lane hotel, London)[7] to refurbish and redesign the artist lounges, kitchen, and reception areas,[2] which had previously suffered water damage. Careful to preserve the integrity of the original recording facilities, Starck and Rogers implemented a brand new design to create “a place where artists can meet, mingle, and be inspired.”[8] The studio complex became Starck’s first and only recording studio design.[8][9]

In March 2009, the renovated studios, renamed EastWest Studios, opened to the public. Since then, clients have included: Steven Wilson, Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers,[10] Rihanna,[11] Maroon 5,[12] PJ Harvey,[13] The Decemberists,[14] Sum 41,[15] Band of Horses,[16] Norah Jones,[17] Richie Sambora,[18] Jerry Lee Lewis,[19] Foster the People,[20] Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,[21] Common,[22] Rod Stewart,[23] Goo Goo Dolls,[24] Luis Miguel,[25] Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros,[26] Neil Diamond,[27] Nas,[22] Sara Bareilles,[28] David Campbell, Slash,[29] Ozomatli,[30] We Are Augustines,[31] Pepe Aguilar,[32] Tegan & Sara,[33] Jason Mraz,[34] Metric,[35] Superbus,[36] Chris Isaak,[37] Best Coast,[38] The Head & The Heart,[39] and Neil Young,[40] as well as producers Don Was,[41] No ID,[42] LA Reid,[11] and Polow da Don.[11] Linkin Park is rumored to be working there on their upcoming album.

Virtual Instruments[edit]

The studio complex currently houses the offices of EastWest Sounds Virtual (software) Instruments,[43][44] which are recorded in EastWest Studios.[45]

One of the company's most recent endeavors was their Hollywood Brass, Strings, and Orchestral Woodwinds libraries, recorded at Studio 1 with some of Hollywood's finest film score orchestral session players. The Hollywood Orchestral Library series is, according to EastWest's webpage for the libraries, one of the most detailed orchestral sample libraries in the world. One of the company's most known libraries is their Symphonic Orchestra library, a 24-bit orchestral sample library. The library was conceived American producers Doug Rogers (head of the East West sample library company) and Nick Phoenix (head of the Quantum Leap a sample library empire, and cofounder of Two Steps From Hell) and later brought to Grammy-winning recording engineer Professor Keith O Johnson.[46] Recording took place in a 2500-seater concert hall, starting in August 2002. The resulting multi-channel recordings would later be edited for nearly another year.[46] 4 editions of the library have been released: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus.[47]

TV, film, web and radio[edit]

Four episodes of NBC’s The Voice: Season 2 were partially filmed in Studio 1, as Adam Levine’s team prepared for “Battle Rounds”.[48] Two seasons of VH1’s Rock’n’Roll Fantasy Camp with engineer Eddie Kramer have been filmed in the studios.[49]

Music for the popular TV show Glee[50] has been recorded in the studios, as well as the soundtracks for the films Burlesque[51] and The Rum Diary.[52] Additionally, the soundtracks for video games The Sims 3[53] and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception were recorded in the studios.[54]

On August 6, 2010, Massive Attack recorded in Studio 1 with Jason Bentley for the KCRW show Morning Becomes Eclectic.[55]

KT Tunstall,[56] Saint Motel,[57] and Ocean Grove[58] have all recorded web specials for Cambio Connect in the studios.

Macvision’s special on Snoop Dogg was filmed in Studio 1 in December 2010.[59]

Singer/songwriter LP performed “Into the Wild” from her debut EP live in Studio 1 in December 2011.[60]

Tom Petty recorded a radio show in association with South by Southwest and Sirius XM in Studio 2 in 2011.[61]

Nick Jonas filmed a video for a song he wrote and produced with Gabrielle Gigure in Studio 2 for the 2011 Quaker Chewy Superstar.[62]

Ariana Grande filmed the music video for her cover of "Die in Your Arms" in July 2012.[63]


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  2. ^ a b "Studio Espresso". 
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  14. ^ "The Decemberists iTunes Exclusive". 
  15. ^ "Sum-41 Wiki". 
  16. ^ "Band of Horses discography". 
  17. ^ "Norah Jones iTunes Exclusive". 
  18. ^ "Richie Sambora in the studio". 
  19. ^ "Jerry Lee Lewis Mean Old Man". 
  20. ^ "Foster the People discography". 
  21. ^ "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club iTunes Exclusive". 
  22. ^ a b "Common The Dreamer The Believer". 
  23. ^ "Rod Stewart discography". 
  24. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls discography". 
  25. ^ "Luis Miguel discography". 
  26. ^ "Edward Sharpe iTunes Exclusive". 
  27. ^ "Neil Diamond discography". 
  28. ^ "Sara Bareilles Pop Eater interview". 
  29. ^ "Slash records with State Line Empire". 
  30. ^ "Ozomatli iTunes Exclusive". 
  31. ^ "We Are Augustines iTunes Exclusive". 
  32. ^ "Pepe Aguilar discography". 
  33. ^ "Tegan and Sara webisode". 
  34. ^ "Jason Mraz". 
  35. ^ "Metric iTunes Exclusive". 
  36. ^ "Superbus photos in the studio". 
  37. ^ "Chris Isaak discography". 
  38. ^ "Best Coast iTunes Exclusive". 
  39. ^ "The Head & the Heart iTunes Exclusive". 
  40. ^ "Neil Young official website". 
  41. ^ "Don Was in the studio". 
  42. ^ "No ID discography". 
  43. ^ About Us. Soundsonline.com. Accessed from August 14, 2012.
  44. ^ Halaby, Chris. "KVR: Interview with Doug Rogers". KVR Audio. 
  45. ^ "Sounds Online". 
  46. ^ a b Dave Stewart & Mark Wherry (June 2004). "East West/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra". Sound on Sound. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  47. ^ Symphonic Orchestra Virtual Instruments. Soundsonline. Accessed from August 14, 2012.
  48. ^ "NBC's The Voice". 
  49. ^ "VH1 Shows". 
  50. ^ "Glee Discography". 
  51. ^ "Burlesque Discography". 
  52. ^ "Christopher Young Interview". 
  53. ^ "Sims 3". 
  54. ^ "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception". 
  55. ^ "Massive Attack on KCRW". 
  56. ^ "KT Tunstall on Cambio Connect". 
  57. ^ "Saint Motel on Cambio Connect". 
  58. ^ "Ocean Grove on Cambio Connect". 
  59. ^ "Macvision Snoop Dogg Special". 
  60. ^ "LP EP". 
  61. ^ "Tom Petty in Studio". 
  62. ^ "Nick Jonas Quaker Competition". 
  63. ^ EastWest Studios (August 1, 2012). "New video: Ariana Grande performs a cover of Justin Bieber's "Die in Your Arms" here in Studio 1". Facebook. 

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