proudly posing with their Grammys for Embrace the Chaos,
featuring many tracks recorded at Ocean
since the early 90's, the facility is known for having a good combination
of new and vintage gear, great sounding tracking room (one of the
largest in town), a big comfortable control room, well-maintained
tube equipment and matched pairs of tube mics.
is housed in a marvelous 6,400 square foot old brick building built
in the 1920s. Sister studio, Mama Jos Recording, has
been in business over 30 years and has an impressive history and
story in its own right.
Ocean got a re-design and control room rewiring in May 2000 with
the installation of a Large Frame 80 Series vintage Neve (1081,
1073 and 1084 modules). "We consulted with some of the best
ears in the business to make this console a dream Neve - Pink Floyds
The Wall Producer/Engineer James Guthrie and Don Henley
Engineer Rob Jacobs among them," says studio manger, Bob Breen.
to client needs in the last year, the studio added 2 new isolation
booths, numerous microphones, Altec and Gates Sta-Level tube compressors,
2 Distressors, Genelec 1031A speakers, a pair of vintage Dolby A301s,
Meyer of The Color Red (RCA) with Producer/Engineer,
Johnny K. in the background
in the last couple of years include Double Platinum album Sinner
by Drowning Pool, Grammy Winning Embrace the Chaos by
Ozomatli, and Grammy nominated Canto by Los Super Seven
(also see studio footage on the recently released No Borders
DVD that features Canto performances). Digimortal
by the hugely influential metal band Fear Factory, current KROQ
hit Seein Red (and the accompanying album Elva)
by Unwritten Law, new tracks by Paul Rodgers Bad Company (#3
most added mainstream rock radio this week), and upcoming releases
by SR71, Man Made God, and The Color Red were also tracked on Ocean's
engineers who have been at Ocean include Rick Rubin, John Shanks,
Steve Berlin, Dave McNair, Bob Power, Jerry Finn, Neal Avron, Ry
Cooder, Jay Baumgartner, Johnny K., Ethan Johns, Joe Chiccarelli,
Brian Joseph Dobbs, Clark Germain, Eddie Delena and Steve Churchyard.
Zamora of The Color Red (RCA)
Hear what some
of Ocean's clients are saying:
drum room Ive ever heard hands down!!
Bob Power, Producer/Engineer/Mixer (Ozomatlis Grammy Winning
Embrace the Chaos recorded at Ocean).
sounds were among the best Ive ever recorded.
Chad Smith, Drummer, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
best sounding console in LA! Jerry Finn, Producer/Engineer/Mixer,
(recorded Fenix TXs Lechusa at Ocean)
best kept secret in town. Guys, do not book this room because I
want to book it for my tracking sessions. - Stan Katayama,
Grammy Nominee for Rage Against The Machine (Recorded Power Station
55W / 37D / 22H tracking room
was completely refurbished and remodeled to create a high-end loft
environment. The natural light created by the skylights, the personality
of the brick walls, and the arch of the 22-foot high wooden ceiling
make it a space that is quite exceptional yet comfortable.The spacious
lounge features a pool table, foozeball, ping-pong, video games,
big-screen TV with DVD and surround sound, and 24 hour DSL Internet
a gourmet kitchen suitable for in-house catering, three restrooms
(one with shower), and upstairs office space. A Pro Tools editing
suite, which came online in June 2002, is also now available for
Oceans 1200 sq. ft. lounge
TRS patch bay, Studer A800s, an impressive selection of tube microphones
and vintage outboard collection round out a gear selection chosen
purely for sonic integrity. Highlights include (6) Telefunken ELAM
250/251 mics, 3 Fairchild Limiters, Pultec EQs, and plenty of the
standard vintage gear you would expect; lots of 1176s, LA-2As, DBXs,
EMT 250s, matched pairs of tube and ribbon microphones, and so on.
The studio also has a Yamaha C-7 grand piano, Wurlitzer keyboard,
and a stunning Hammond B-3 with Leslie.
L-R: Frank Day, Dan Lienhart, Freddie
Piro, Geoff Tanner (partly hidden), Freddie Piro Jr., unloading
the 80 Series Neve frame way back in 1997.
All the modifications on the Neve console (delivery of which is
shown above) were developed and labored over with the generous input
of some tremendously talented individuals like: Eddie Delena, James
Guthrie, Dave Hecht, Rob Jacobs, Phil Kaffel, and Erwin Musper.
Much brainstorming and design went on between the Ocean Building
Team as well, consisting of Phoenix Audios Geoff Tanner (former
NEVE Head of the Electrical Design Drawing Office - his initials
are on the original console schematics), Technician Stacey Dodds,
Studio Manager Bob Breen, and the driving force behind the project,
owner Freddie Piro.
to automate the Neve, likely with Flying Faders, before 2003. Look
for a remarkable 16-channel tube console to come online later this
year as well - but thats all I can say for now," says
Freddie Piro or Smith
web: Ocean Studios