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Old 22nd June 2006
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Best hi-end drum room in Los Angeles? with a WOW factor

Heya all

I was going to record rock drums for a day at Capitol Studios very soon - but they are booked the day we need.

Any suggestions for your fav place to record drums in LA? We need a place that will really impress the clients, sound great, and have great support staff. I’m engineering the date.

The Village or the Record Plant come to my mind.... possibly Ocean Way...... where else have folks worked, and been very happy?

thanks
Old 22nd June 2006
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NRG
Royaltone

Is Cello back open to the public yet?
Old 22nd June 2006
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Sunset Sound is excellent... Cello... Henson studio B... all amazing drum rooms with good staff.
Old 22nd June 2006
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Our room sounds pretty good.

We had a tracking session with one of our regular session drummers, Dave Allan. Last night he decided to complete the tracking of his album with his band, Brother.

He informed me later in the evening that we'd gotten the best sounds he's ever had.

Plus, we're right next door to Capitol!!!
Old 22nd June 2006
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You can't beat Sound City for drums.

No Wow factor, though, unless your clients are into Nirvana, Dr. John, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, etc., etc.

Good support staff is great, but I swear I've always gotten better drum sounds in dingier rock n roll dives than places like Capital or the Village. And hey, I just put up some new Sonex in my garage.

I think the real answer to your question is Village Studio D.

-R
Old 22nd June 2006
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the village or oceanstudios in burbank

both totally have the "wow" factor and are both great studios
Old 22nd June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nlc201
NRG
Royaltone

Is Cello back open to the public yet?

The last update I heard (last week at Tape Op) is Cello is still not open. They are still upgrading the studio before they open.
Old 22nd June 2006
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Capitol is cool, kind of like walking into a time machine, but a little weird with so much corporate/security around. Other "wow" studios: NRG, Royaltone (might be private now), The Pass (used to be Larrabee E., but now they give you free patron!), Ocean Way is less fancy, but good historical vibe, and nice rooms...
-brian
Old 22nd June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bpatural
Capitol is cool, kind of like walking into a time machine, but a little weird with so much corporate/security around.
Plus, they'll wash your car.

-R
Old 22nd June 2006
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Another vote for Henson Studio B. Great drum room.


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Old 22nd June 2006
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What about Avatar Studios in New York, maybe it's worth the trip?
Old 22nd June 2006
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NRG has wow and sounds great.
Old 22nd June 2006
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my top five in no particular order are....

Sunset Sound Studio B
Ocean Studios (MOST UNDERRATED ROOM EVER)
Cello Studio 2 (oh man open again soon...please!)
Henson Studio B
The Viillage Studio 4

honorable mention....


Royaltone (BEFORE IT WAS PRIVATIZED)
Old 22nd June 2006
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A friend of mine had some stuff on his protools rig from drums he tracked at NRG.

The room mics sounded insane. Hardly no cymbals, just huge sounding drums...
Old 22nd June 2006
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This one is a medium sized semi-private studio, but i think it's the -best- sounding drum room in LA:
http://www.studiowishbone.com/

-brian
Old 22nd June 2006
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Does anyone know if Extasy (the old "one on one") is still around? That was a live room!
Old 22nd June 2006
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Look for good sound, forget wow-factor. Who's gonna say "wow!" at Hensen? ..nobody. Great place though.
Old 22nd June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vernier
Look for good sound, forget wow-factor. Who's gonna say "wow!" at Hensen? ..nobody. Great place though.
I say go to http://www.hensonrecording.com/ and read the history.... then tell me folks wouldn't say WOW to work there....

Old 22nd June 2006
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Already know about it (first hand). I'm still not getting the correlation between drum room and (name-dropping, wow-factor, historic site) ..even though A&M (Henson as some call it) has it all, so .....there's your answer dude! HENSON!
Old 22nd June 2006
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NRG.... the B room
Old 22nd June 2006
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Old 31st May 2016
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So... I just did this search and want to update the thread.
Royaltone went private but is now commercial again (since March 2016) and called Sphere LA. It is great. GREAT!
Old 31st May 2016
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I can highly recommend 'Dave's Room' in North Hollywood, Dave Bianco is also a top guy & amazing engineer !

Dave\'s Room
Old 31st May 2016
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Always loved East West, studio two. Great vibe too
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