find - WaterSound in the heart of Studio City, California!
is a single-room all-purpose facility acoustically designed
and built by Chris
Pelonis (Skywalker Sound, La Casa Studios, Future
Disk). Watersound is located in the calm district of
Studio City, California surrounded by dozens of wonderful
restaurants and shopping malls, only 15 minutes away
from Hollywood and adjacent areas.
you'll enjoy a large collection of classic analog pieces
of recording equipment that have been carefully restored
and maintained by WaterSound's technical team.
ability to work on diverse projects has been a major
factor in WaterSound's on-going success. The studio
can accommodate a wide variety of formats: analog or
digital seamlessly interfacing them with all their equipment.
control room provides a listening environment that is
incredibly neutral while revealing every detail through
speaker playback. This is achieved by using a hybrid
Oram console, the centerpiece of the control
console has been modified with improved electronics
to achieve the highest quality sound possible. Jensen
990/ Beno May amplifiers, silver contact switches, mercury
wetted relays and a mastering style detented volume
pot in conjunction with a Vintage Custom 12 x 2 Neve
side car mixer filled with 1073 modules make this console
console has been recently fitted with Flying Faders
Automation System. Along with the console, key pieces
of outboard equipment complement the control room, amongst
them the four channels of UA 1008 Tube Microphone Pre-amps.
These are the original modules that were part of the
original United Western console in the 1960's. Coupled
with a Lambda tube power supply, making them a constant
choice for visiting engineers and producers.
pieces such as a Westrex compressor RA-1593 from 1945,
are just an example of the equipment collection that
is contained at Watersound to complement the music and
artistry that is being captured.
favorite with Watersound clients, the Live Room, built
with solid oak surfaces, features cutting edge diffuser
technology called "Wave Diffusers". These
custom designed diffusers by "RPG Diffusers"
provide the Live Room with the right sound balance to
compliment any instrument or voice. Along with the 48
dedicated microphone lines, we have four dedicated lines
using audiophile "Exacte" cable to allow for
a pure path between microphone & Pre-Amp.
"The results have been simply stunning resulting
in a naturalness of the instrument that is being recorded.
" says owner/engineer/producer Carlos Castro.
room has successfully handled orchestras for up to 16
pieces with its natural balance of early reflections.
The microphone collection is selective and features
classic examples of wonderful sounding condensers: Neumann
U-47's M-49's UM-57's , Telefunken 250's all matched
pairs that have been carefully restored to original
condition by Blue Microphones for trouble free operation.
credits include but are not limited to:
Miguel "Amarte Es Un Placer" (Winner of The
2000 Latin Grammy Award for Album, Record & Song
Of The Year); Luis
Miguel "Vivo" (Nominated For 2001 Latin Grammy
Awards For Album Of The Year); Pedro
Fernandez "De Corazón" (Winner Of The
2001 Latin Grammy Award for "Best Regional Mexican
Antonio Solis "2003 Album"; Alicia
Villareal "Soy Lo Prohibido"; Nicho
Hinojosa "En El Bar 3"; Thalía
"No Me Enseñaste".
include: Universal Music; Sony Music;
BMG International; DreamWorks; Atlantic Records.
"One of the greatest assets of the studio is its
comfort level. The right amount of space and aesthetics
coupled with our classic equipment are ingredients that
allow WaterSound to stand out amongst the best. Personalized
attention to detail for each project is our constant
goal," says Castro.
Castro , studio owner/manager