the door and enter The Village!
Simpson: Top row: Assistant engineer Jared Nugent, keyboardist Dan
Shea, producer Cory Rooney. Bottom: engineer Ian Cross, Jessica
Simpson, Simpsons assistant Kasey
What do Guster,
Jessica Simpson, Dido, Usher, Café Tacuba, Damien Rice, REM,
and Ricki Lee Jones have in common?
Theyve all been spotted recently working at The Village, Los
Angeles premiere Westside recording facility.
No Doubt with producer Glen Ballard
in 1968 in a 30,000 square foot former Masonic Temple, The Village
is a multi-story, multi-studio complex featuring the best of both
vintage and modern gear. Its historic Studio D, one of the largest
studios in Los Angeles, has a spacious live recording room with
five iso booths connected, via audio and video tie lines, to the
buildings second floor 4000 square foot performance space,
complete with stage and chandeliers.
Alan Moulder at the board with
Trent Reznor, standing, guitarists Twiggy Ramirez, left, and Gem
Studio D was
the first studio in the world to purchase the acclaimed Neve 88R
The Villages other main studios also boast Neve consoles:
Studio A features a vintage 72-input 8048, and Studio B, with its
VSRP, is a favorite for scoring work. Also in the complex is Studio
F, a compact, multi-purpose surround suite. The Villages studios
are all equipped with Pro Tools HD systems that are linked by Fibre
Dan circa '73
Recent clients at The Village have included No Doubt, Korn, Red
Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and Bon Jovi, as well as soundtracks
for Master and Commander, Cold Mountain, Gods and Generals, The
Mighty Wind and HBOs Six Feet Under.
The Village remains vibrant today largely because of its original
artist-friendly philosophy," says CEO Jeff Greenberg. Evidence
of this consistent philosophy are loyal clients including No Doubt,
Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters, to name a few.
To be a fly
on The Villages walls would make one a witness to legendary
recording sessions of Rock and Roll history, including The Rolling
Stones Goats Head Soup, Fleetwood Macs
Tusk, Eric Claptons landmark, After Midnight,
as well as his Grammy Award-winning Tears in Heaven, most
Steely Dan records including Aja, numerous Bob Dylan records,
as well as modern blockbusters including the last three Smashing
Pumpkins releases, The Wallflowers, Rage Against The Machine, Melissa
Etheridge, The Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way, the
Foo Fighters One By One, and Nellys blockbuster
Mike Myers and Possy
The Village is also considered to be one of the Hollywood film industrys
premier recording and post-production facilities where film scores
for Finding Nemo, The Shawshank Redemption, The Mighty Wind, Something
About Mary, and Almost Famous, were recorded. Additionally, TV spots
are recorded at the Village for handful of commerical companies
including Jack In The Box and Porsche.
Carter and Chris Douridas
The recent buzz
at The Village is due, in part, to almost daily live recordings
in the facility's Neve 88R-equipped Studio D, where the nations
hottest radio program, KCRWs Morning Becomes Eclectic, broadcasts
some of the most exciting music to be found on the air--or on the
Net. Helmed by influential tastemaker Nic Harcourt, the morning
sessions at The Village are not only broadcast in real time but
are also simulcast and archived on KCRW.com.
In one recent week alone, Village staff engineer Jason Wormer recorded
Morning Becomes Eclectic sets by The Eels, Seal, and red hot up-and-comers
East Sound Mountain, The 88s, The Frames and Butterfly Boucher.
Seal and Chris Douridas
Powering The Villages hit making studios are a bevy of Apple
Macintosh computers, which run ProTools in the various tracking
and composer studios, and scheduling and accounting software in
executive offices. The Village uses more than twenty Apple Macintosh
computers on a daily basis not including additional ever-present
G5 towers and personal PowerBooks brought in by clients. Greenberg
notes, About 95% of our sessions these days are recorded to
hard disk and backed-up nightly through our Storage Area Network
a process that depends entirely on the performance and reliability
of our Apple Macs.
the Apple Computer Company revolutionized the way people listened
to music with the iPod, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store, The
Village was using Apple Computers exclusively to record the hits
that would eventually wind up on millions of iPods," says Greenberg.
Jeff, The Village was one of the very first professional recording
studios in the country to completely embrace the Apple platform.
Phair & friends at the Village
The Village attracts
top musicians who need the finest equipment, ambiance and support
services to record their music. In addition to great artists, the
studio has recorded the film scores for Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky,
Moulin Rouge, Girl Interrupted, Stewart Little, Million Dollar Hotel,
Hurricane, Next Friday, The X-Files Movie, Toy Story 2, Mulan, The
Shawshank Redemption, There's Something About Mary, Big Daddy, Oscar
and Lucinda, Con Air, Dr. Doolittle, Mad City, the Oscar winning Good
Will Hunting, and the Ali.
Nancy Wilson with Village CEO Jeff Greenberg on deck at Village's
roof-top lounge with views of the Pacific ocean.
Mclachlan and Nic Harcourt
For the past three years, The Village has been nominated as studio
of by the year the readers of Mix magazine.
Jeff states, Our Storage Area Network is a centralized server
that sends all of the sessions through fiber to a secure block of
hard disks with a RAID configuration. A dedicated Apple Macintosh
G5 CPU backs-up all of the data on a nightly basis, ensuring security
and redundancy for all of our sessions.
studio D with Neve 88R
Studios use Apple Macintosh G5 with an Apple Cinema Display, again
running ProTools, with all sessions recorded to the Storage Area
Studio B recently hosted the Stone Temple Pilots who recorded their
latest CD, 4, and it was the Smashing Pumpkins studio-of-choice
where they recorded their last three CDs. And, as rumor has it,
Guns & Roses have been holed up in B working on a famously forthcoming
Brian Setzer and John Holbrook
Studio F (designed
by Vincent VanHaaf) recorded Missy Elliots Under Construction,
and Nellys Nellyville, two of the most successful hip-hop
albums of 2002/2003.
Ricki Lee Jones
new CD, The Evening of My Best Day, was recorded and mixed entirely
at The Village produced by Jones and David Kalesh and recorded by
Jason Wormer and Mark Johnson, with Joe Chiccarelli on board mixing.
Jones first album of original material in six years, the long-awaited
CD is released on the V2 label.
Jonathan Davis Michael Beinhorn Frank Filipetti
the score for Russell Crowes Master and Commander (the
200-million-dollar epic) was recorded in Studio D with Ry Cooder
producing with Rail Rogut engineering.
and producers hard at work at The Village on recent projects have
been producer Steve Berlin with engineer Robert Carranza recording
Los Lobos, R&B giants Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis producing
Usher with Ian Cross engineering.
Ricki Lee Jones and freinds at
it all up, Greenberg explains, Whether recording in one of
our tracking studios, surfing the web during a break on any one
of the numerous iMacs in the studio lounges, writing in a composers
studio, or working in one of our offices, our goal is to help make
the experience enjoyable. The goal is to provide the latest tools
and best people to help deliver artist/producer's vision.
The Village People
Frank, Studio Manager
The Village (310) 478-8227
web site: http://villagestudios.com
Pictured above is Jeff Greenberg,
CEO of The Village with one of the numerous Macintosh Computers
used throughout LA's most notable and historical recording studio.
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