find - WaterSound in the heart of Studio City, California!
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.
enjoy a large collection of classic analog pieces of recording equipment
that have been carefully restored and maintained by WaterSound's
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.
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
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 a gem.
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.
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.
The 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.
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
include but are not limited to:
"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 Artist"); Marco
Antonio Solis "2003 Album"; Alicia
Villareal "Soy Lo Prohibido"; Nicho
Hinojosa "En El Bar 3"; Thalía
"No Me Enseñaste".
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.
e-mail: Carlos Castro
, studio owner/manager