EastWest Studios

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EastWest Studios
Industry Music
Founded 2006
Headquarters Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Area served
USA
Key people
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 a recording studio complex located at 6000 West Sunset Boulevard 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.[according to whom?]

Live rooms and consoles[edit]

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]

History[edit]

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, it has offered services to many clients.[citation needed]

Virtual Instruments[edit]

The studio complex currently houses the offices of EastWest Sounds Virtual (software) Instruments,[10][11] which are recorded in EastWest Studios.[12]

One of the company's most recent[when?] endeavors was their Hollywood Brass, Strings, and Orchestral Woodwinds libraries, recorded at Studio 1 with some of Hollywood's 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.[13] 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.[13] 4 editions of the library have been released: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harvey, Steve. "(Welcome to) Studio 2.0". ProSound News Magazine. 
  2. ^ a b "Studio Espresso". 
  3. ^ Baur, Bernard (1 June 2012). "Recording Studios Sound Off". Music Connection: 44, 45. 
  4. ^ Cogan, Jim (2003). Temples of Sound. San Francisco CA: Chronicle Books. pp. 31–41. 
  5. ^ "ATC Reference Monitors For Newly Opened EastWest Studio In Hollywood". ProSound Web. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  6. ^ "EastWest Official Website". Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  7. ^ Neil, Lanee (April 2009). FABRIK (PDF) (5) http://www.starck.com/data/presse/presse1_fiche/158/fichier_2009_04_fabrik_81fb1.pdf. Retrieved 2012-06-27.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b "Starck Official Website". 
  9. ^ "Starck Goes EastWest". Venue Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  10. ^ About Us. Soundsonline.com. Accessed from August 14, 2012.
  11. ^ Halaby, Chris. "KVR: Interview with Doug Rogers". KVR Audio. 
  12. ^ "Sounds Online". 
  13. ^ a b Dave Stewart & Mark Wherry (June 2004). "East West/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra". Sound on Sound. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ Symphonic Orchestra Virtual Instruments. Soundsonline. Accessed from August 14, 2012.