The Bridge To Great Recordings
Located in Glendale,
Calif. The Bridge Recording opened its wings in August of 2010.
The ground up 6500 sq. ft. scoring facility housing a 1700 sq. ft.
stage (37x48 with a 22 ceiling), two large ISO
rooms (17 x 12), machine room, large control room (775
sq. ft.). Designed by Kaufman
& Associates The Bridge was chosen in the Mix
Class of 2010 last year.
Riccio, engineer with Chris Ledesma, music editor at The Bridge
Recording Celebrating The Simpsons 500th episode.
Owner Greg Curtis
is a session and touring trumpet player (The Glenn Miller Orchestra)
and an accomplished recording engineer. Native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin,
Greg was soon swept up with film work in LA after graduating from
He outgrew his home studio and search began for a larger facility
to accommodate his growing record and film clients.
"We started with a clean slate; this was an empty warehouse,
so I was able to draw on my experiences both as an engineer, and
as a musician to build the room I wanted," says Curtis.
When building The Bridge, Greg wanted to avoid small, stuffy control
rooms. "Modern Film dates generally require a big staff in
the control room, especially during a scoring session," says
Curtis. Client comforts, 5.1 surround monitoring became must-have's
at The Bridge. Massive connectivity is built into what could be
one of the largest, most comfortable, and exceptional sounding rooms
The control room features integrated, KVM stations, where multiple
operators can independently view and control up to 4 different recording
or playback rigs simultaneously.
In the machine room, you can actually hook up all of those rigs
to your system quite easily. The Control room features a piece of
Hollywood history -- a 96-input Neve scoring console (previously
at Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage M).
Another key feature at The Bridge is its dedicated cue mix setup
for engineers via custom Neve 48-channel cue mixer.
top engineers, producers and composers: Children's and adult choir
for X-Men was recorded with Brad
Haehnel engineering and Henry Jackman, Composing. Teddy Shapiro
worked on Arthur for Warner Bros. Chris
Fogel engineering and Bryan Carrigan on Protools. ABC's "No
Ordinary Family" was scored at The Bridge. Others to include
Shawn Murphy, John
Kurlander and sessions for the TV series: The Simpsons.Who else
has recorded here in its short history? John Debney - "The
Change Up," Aaron
Zigman - "Yellow," Christopher Lennertz - "The Avengers,"
and Austin Wintory - "Vessel." You get the picture!
Because Curtis and his team were without the constraints of an existing
structure, they were able to build a very diffuse, very even acoustic
space with enough natural reverb. "Having literally no ceiling
height restrictions at the planning stage allowed us a lot of freedom
to make this recording room special," says Curtis who wants
to make visiting engineer's job of capturing the special performance-moments
"You can hear your ensemble well, and get instantaneous feedback
from performers. You can lean into the room, and it reacts just
like you know it should. Everyone feels musically comfortable,"
Film scoring and live album recording paradigms were presented very
early in the planning process. This decision created a unique, very
specific set of requirements -- Acoustics, infrastructure, equipment,
isolation, and staffing -- which were costly to achieve.
The Bridge Recording Celebrating The Simpsons 500th episode.
clients, the major networks and studios, are demanding, so their
returned business really shows that we have succeeded," says
Curtis who is also a big fan of mid-century jazz Recordings like
those on Blue-Note and Mercury records. A track is dedicated to
The Bridge Studio by Jazz artist, John
Daversa on his new release "Junk Wagon." "It's
truly a joy to work with inspired musicians like John. This album
is especially satisfying because it confirms that we've achieved
building the musician-friendly space that I originally envisioned,"
In the main room, there's a Steinway Concert D Artist Bank Series
grand, "a perfect choice for classical artists," Curtis
As a guy who
records, mixes and masters film scores and high end gaming scores,
Rodd says that when it comes to medium sized orchestra recording,
there are not many options in Los Angeles. "And for recording
. the size and sound of the room is
very, very important.
The acoustics of both the recording room and the control room were
very good at The Bridge," Says Rodd. "The crew were very,
very on top of things, and the session went perfectly. The restored
console (Neve VRP) that had been at the Paramount scoring stage
was flawless. I was recording both a multitrack and a live mix of
the musicians, so there was no room for error," Rodd says.
The Bridge is
capable of handling multiple digital HD video streams, cue mixes,
and audio channels throughout the facility. Engineers have a choice
of over 120 microphones, including much sought-after vintage ribbons
and the popular tube brands. Here you have choice of 4 great vintage
EMT plate reverbs and 48 channels of outboard mic preamplifiers
from Neve, Millennia, AEA, and Universal Audio, along with multiple
outboard surround reverbs, including Lexicon 960XL and PCM96 surround.
Pro Tools HD7 and HD3, ATC LCR, QSC 8-speaker surround monitors
Gayle Levant at her harp during the Simpsons 500th
It is this combination
of technical infrastructure, equipment, acoustics, and the personnel
that make up an enjoyable experience at The Bridge. Here you can
enjoy a gorgeous, acoustically balanced, incredibly well isolated
live room that can accommodate up to 50 players. Two large isolation
booths with dedicated HVAC, each with its own independent isolation
system, along with double sets of sliding doors.
"Plus we have seasoned staff with great ears, minds, and hearts.
Clients rely on us to give them a really great sound and a great
experience, reliably and on-time, without any glitches. We make
them feel comfortable doing their work here, and send them home
smiling. This is what sets us apart," says Curtis
Parking is available across the street at
studio's Tech Shop, located at 5304 San Fernando Road. The manager
scored high points by reserving parking for us when we were visiting.
It's perhaps this attention to detail that visiting guests will
remember. Seasoned manager Vicki Giordano comes from diverse background
--Labels: A&M and Chrysalis; studios: Hollywood Sound Recorders,
Audio Affects and PR.
Other key staff include: Tech, Steve Anderson (formerly at Capitol
Studios) and Assistant, Engineer/Protools Operator Milton Gutierrez
(formerly of Firehouse Studios).
surround you at The Bridge ...Porto's, Damon's and other popular
eateries on Central and Brand Avenues and at The Americana in Glendale
are only 5 minutes away!
or a studio Tour
Contact Vicki Giordano,
736 Salem Street
Glendale, CA 91203
fn (818) 396-4474
Bridge Recording Web Site