Philippe Starck Redesigns Eastewest Studios
Formerly known as Western Records
EASTWEST has purchased the building that housed the famous studios formerly known as Western Recorders and Cello in January 2006 for five million dollars. Philippe Starck has remodelled the non-technical areas and exterior which cost a whopping 5 million dollars
The large studio complex is EASTWEST’s US headquarters and production facility, with six studios, soundware and software development all under one roof. EASTWEST has already produced many new virtual (software) instruments in the facility since purchasing it early in 2006.
According to the RIAA the studio complex has received more Gold and Platinum records, and more engineering awards, than any other studio in the world. It was recently one of only 15 studios featured in the book “Temples of Sound”.
The large studio complex includes six studios that are famous for their acoustics. In addition, the complex has a mic and equipment collection that is the envy of the industry. EASTWEST has also invested over a million dollars in new equipment since it purchased the studios. The studios and equipment are all “state of the art” and include many rare items such as an original EMI REDD tube desk and EMI TG12345 desk.
The studio complex was built in the 60’s by the legendary Bill Putnam, with funding from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, who started Reprise records there and recorded many hits in Studio 1, which is large enough to hold a 70 piece orchestra.
In the beginning artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles were recording the hits of the day. Sinatra classics such as, “Strangers In The Night” and “That’s Life” were recorded in Studio 1, and the legendary Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” album, which was the inspiration for The Beatles’ “Sgt. Peppers” album, was recorded in Studio 3. The Mamas and Papas “California Dreamin”, “Monday Monday”, and Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco” were recorded in Studio 3. Elvis Presley recorded his 1968 Christmas special in Studio 1. Famous themes for film and television were recorded here including the “MASH” theme, “Mission Impossible” theme, “Hawaii Five-O” theme, “Beverly Hillbillies” theme, “Godfather” Theme, plus much of the “Monkees” and “Partridge Family” television series.
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