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     The following musician-recommended studios have the latest digital recording facilities. California Sound Studios, Studio 770, and Adamos Recording have all recorded major label acts. Adamos also has the full 24-track facilities desired for true analog recording.

classical: Studio 770
country: Bomb Shelter Recording Studio
hip hop: California Sound Studios
jazz: Studio 770
Latin: Adamos Recording
punk: Adamos Recording
rock: California Sound Studios or Adamos Recording
audio engineering classes: California Sound Studios

[ Adamos recording ] [ California Sound Studios ] [ Studio 770 ]

     Any of these studios can record a highly professional demo recording if you prepare properly for the studio. California Sound Studios has special discount packages for vocal and band demos. Adamos has excellent regular prices. Studio 770 can record excellent classical piano portfolios.

    Musicians, engineers, and producers invited to make additional recommendations.

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California Sound Studios

serving musicians throughout southern California

features Grammy nominated and multiple-platinum recording engineers

special discount packages for up and coming new musicians

A complete state-of-the-art recording facility specializing in the following services:

MasteringRehearsal Room
Instrument and Vocal Lessons
Pro-Tools & Engineering Workshops
CD, Tape, [A]DAT, and LP Transfers
CD Duplication and Art Work
TV & Radio Commercials
And Much More

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    California Sound Studios╩takes great pride in providing a state-of-the-art, multimedia professional recording studio, a creative and relaxing atmosphere, the contacts to get you where you want to go, a highly skilled team of experienced engineers, producers, musicians & vocalists…everything possible to help you achieve your dreams.

    California Sound Studios provides the following professional recording services: Digital and Analog recording studio Multi-Tracking [Bands and/or Solo Artist]; Directly into Board Recording & Live Tracking Studio [all instruments]; Audio Mixing & Audio Mastering; Digital Mastering & Editing; Voice-Over Recording Studio; Song Editing & Karaoke; Post Production Recording Studio; Radio Commercials & Infomercials & Jingle Production; Corporate Projects; Audio Books; Demo Recording & Audition CDs; Training/Educational Materials; Writers, Arrangers/Composers, Record Producers,╩Musicians & Vocalists Referrals; Tape Transfers, ADAT & DAT, Digital, & CD & DVD Duplication; DJ Beats; Music For All Media Productions; Video Editing; PA System & Rehearsal Room; CD Mastering; ProTools HD 7.3 Training & Internships Offered

    California Sound Studios is the premier orange county recording studio specializing in Pro tools HD 7.3 classes, cd recording and song editing for Orange County bands, corporate jingles, and entertainment management.

    Contact Nathan Wright in Lake Forest, California, at (949) 855-0211 or

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    Now Serving Orange County & Los Angeles County (as well as San Bernardino County and San Diego County) including:
    OC: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Balboa Island, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cypress, Crystal Cove, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, El Modena, El Toro, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Huntington Harbor, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, Lake Forest, La Palma, Las Flores, Los Alamitos, Mesa Verde, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Northwood, Olive, Orange, Orange Park Acres, Pelican Hill, Placentia, Rancho Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rossmoor, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, San Joaquin Hills, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Heights, Seal Beach, Silverado Canyon, South Coast Metro, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Surfside, Talega, Trabuco Canyon, Turtle Rock, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Tustin Ranch, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Hills, Yorba Linda.
    LA: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Belmont Shore, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, East Los Angeles, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Habra Heights, Lakewood, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lancaster, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Naples, North Long Beach, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rancho Palos Verdes, Pomona, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, Rossmoore, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, Sunset Beach, Temple City, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Westwood, Whittier, Wilmington.
    SFV: Arleta, Balboa Park, Bell Canyon, Burbank, Cahuenga Pass, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hidden Hills, Kagel Canyon, Knollwood, Lake Balboa, Lake View Terrace, Lankershim, La Tuna Canyon, Laurel Canyon, Mission Hills, NoHo Arts District, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Olive View, Pacoima, Panorama City, Pasadena, Porter Ranch, Reseda, San Fernando, San Fernando Valley, Sepulveda, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, South Pasadena, Studio City, Sunland, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Toluca Woods, Tujunda, Universal City, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Ventura Business District, Warner Center, West Hills, West Toluca, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.

    Address: California Sound Studios, 22515 Aspan Street, Suite F & G, Lake Forest, California 92630

    California Sound Studios has recorded such major acts as Snoop Dogg and 98 Degree’s Jeff Timmons. One of their recording engineers, Frank Wright, works for Warner, has recorded numerous name acts, and was guitarist with Chicago, Sonny and Cher, Kansas, and others, and that another of their recording engineers, Jesse Wright, has been nominated for a Grammy.

equipment list:

    Software: Pro Tools HD; 2 ANALOGUE 192 audio interfaces

    Preamps: Avalon 737 sp tube preamp; Avalon 2022 dual stereo preamp; Presonus M80 8 channel microphone preamp; 16 Focusrite control 24 preamps

    DI Avalon US; Ampeq SVP-PRO; various Groove Tubes, Samson, and Whirlwind d.i. boxes

    Outboard: Lexicon pcm 91 digital reverberator; T.C. Electronic M300 dual engine processor; T.C. Electronic M3000 Studio Reverb Processor; Lexicon MPX200 24 bit dual channel processor

    Transfer Decks: Sony cdr-w33 compact disc recorder; Tascam da-30; Tascam cc-sssmk2; Tascam 102mk2; Alesis ADAT

    Tape: Tascam TSR-8; TEAC A-3000 stereo tape deck; TEAC A-23008

    Plug-ins: Over 35 thousand dollars in plug ins including: Waves Diamond Bundle; Massive Pack 4l Antares Auto Tune and Melodyne

    Monitors: Mackie HR828s; Yamaha NS-10s; Tannoys; Bostons

    Preamps Universal Audio 1176; Universal Audio 6176

    Microphones: Neumann U87 (2); AKG 414 stereo matched set (2); Sennheiser md421 (4); Shure SM57 (3); Shure SM58 BETA (3); AKG D112; Audix D6; Shure KSM109 (3)

    Keyboards: Yamaha P80; Korg 01/w FD music workstation; Yamaha Motif ES6; M-Audio Keystation 88

    Baby grand piano: Schafer & Sons

    Organ: Farfisa

    Drums: Pearl Session Custom with Zildjian “A” Cymbals

    Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Custom; Fender Telecaster Thinline; Fender Stratocaster; Gibson Jazz Hollowbody; Martin D28; Yama Acoustic Guitar FG180; Jose Rameriez Classical Guitar; Takamine 12 String Acoustic; Fender Mustang Bass

    Bango: Harmony

    Amps: Marshall 1960 Vintage Cabinet; Mesa Boogie Stiletto Trident E1-34; Vintage Fender Concert Amp

    Effects: Ecoplex

about California Sound Studios

    A Professional Digital and Analog Recording Studios in Orange County California: Open 24/7 and serving Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, and all of California and╩the USA.

    Southern California’s finest professional digital and analog recording studio where some of the biggest names in music choose to record!

    Our professionals have been re-shaping the entertainment industry for over 35 years. We offer a complete digital and analog recording studio for sound recording and video production and enhancements.

    The studio is designed to help inspire your natural abilities; you feel the energy and confidence when you walk in!

    A professional, experienced team assists with all your needs. California Sound Studios offers peaceful and personal comfort; total technical perfection; a productive, stimulating╩atmosphere where╩our main goals are delivering 100% satisfaction.

    California Sound Studio’s professional team located here in Orange╩County, California, is comprised of experienced music producers, sound engineers, equipment experts and scheduling masters, skilled electronic mixers, and music industry professionals to assure that your production comes out flawless! We put together all the right components and get you hooked up with all the needed artists and resources to create the best experience possible; where quality and recording are synonymous.

    We record all music styles and genres.

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Adamos Recording

serving musicians throughout southern California

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    Address: Adamos Recording, 5811 Westminster Avenue, Westminster, California 92683

    Jerry Adamowicz, engineer and owner. Plays bass guitar, upright bass, fretless electric bass, and violin.

    24 track analog and digital recording, automated Trident 80 console, Apple Logic Pro 8 hard disc editing, Ampex 24-track analog tape recording, CD-R mastering, Hammond C-3 organ, Yamaha grand piano.

    Jerry has recorded for numerous punk, Latin, and mainstream record labels and has produced TV soundtracks for Dick Clark. Jerry is known for working with local rock bands.

equipment list:

    Console: Trident Series 80 32x24x60 automated

    Microphones: 2 Neumann U-87, 1 Neumann U-47, 2 Neumann KM-84, 2 AKG 414, 6 AKG 451, 1 AKG 452, 1 AKG D-112, 5 AKG D-1000, 2 AKG 202, 2 Beyer 160, 2 Shure 545, 6 Shure SM-57, 1 Shure 300, 1 Altec 29A, 1 EV-PL-20, 2 Sony ECM-33F, 2 Sennheiser 421, 1 Sennheiser 409, 2 Wahrenbrock PZM, 2 EV-408

    Instruments: Yamaha C-3 Grand Piano, Hamond B-3 Organ

    Recorders: MCI JH-24 (24TK), Logic Pro 8.0 with 192 HD interface, MCI JH-110A (2TK), Tascam ATR-60 (8TK) wth dbx, Sony PCM R500 DAT (2TK)

    Signal processing: 1 Orban 526A De-esser, 1 Aphex Aural Exciter, 1 Marshal Time Modulator, 1 DigiTech RDS 1900 Delay, 1 Delta Lab Effectron, 2 URIE 1176 Limiters, 2 Spectrosonic Compression/Limiters, 4 Vista fire Compression/Limiters, 6 Behringer Intellagates, 8 Khynes Noise Gates, 4 DBX-903 “Comp Limiters”, 2 Yamaha REV-7 Digital Reverbs, 1 Roland srv-2000 Digital Reverb, 1 Roland srv-330 Digital Reverb, 1 Soundworkshop 242 Reverb, 1 Echoplate Reverb, 2 BBE Exciter, SCAMP RACK (8 Noise Gates, 1 Auto Pan, 2 Compresser Limiters, 2 De-essers, 2 Parametric Equalisers)

    This is the recording studio where This Side of Sanity recorded most of its music. You can listen to actual music samples:

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Studio 770

serving musicians throughout southern California

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    Address: Studio 770, 770 South Brea Blvd, Suite 218, Brea, California 92821

    Studio 770, located approximately 30 minutes south of Los Angeles in Northern Orange County, offers the perfect environment for tracking, overdubbing, editing, mixing and mastering. This specially designed 1,100 sq. ft. studio features five isolated rooms with full visibility between musicians and control room.

    Chief engineer, Shantih Haast has over 20 years experience working in the music industry with artists such as David Benoit, Steve Allen, Clint Black, Al Jareau, Tim Weisberg, Dave Koz, Marilyn McCoo, Dan Brubeck, Jeff Weber, Clark Germain, Jonathan Moffett and Luis Conte, to name a few.

    Utilizing state-of the-art equipment, Studio 770 can take any project from pre to post production. Designed to meet the needs of both professional and non-professional musicians, we offer assistance in planning your project to fit your budget. The combination of quality, efficiency and experience makes Studio 770 a value well beyond expectations.

    Studio 770 also offers Arranging, Producing, Musician Contracting, Project Coordinating, Music Preparation, Tape Transfers, Studio Installation and Design.

equipment list:

    Musical Instruments: 6'4" Steinway Grand piano (model A III), Roland RD-600 (88 weighted keyboard/controller), Alesis DMPRO (Drum Mod.), Roland XV3080 w/ 5 Expansion Cards (Sample Player), 1966 Vintage Ludwig 5 piece Jazz Drum Set with Zildjian cymbals, 1966 Vintage Fender Telecaster Guitar

    Computer Hardware: Digidesign Pro Tools HD2 Accel, Apogee Big Ben (master clock), Apogee AD16X (24-bit converter), Apogee DA16X (24-bit converter), Apogee PSX-100 (stereo 24-bit A/D-D/A converter), Mac G5 dual 2.0 gig Computer with super drive, 250 Gig internal SATA HDs (2), Glyph CDRW external drive, MOTU 2408MKll, MOTU 2408MKl, Mackie Universal Control (Computer Control Surface), Emagic Unitor 8 (Midi Interface), 20" Apple Multiscan Monitor, 17" Multiscan Monitor, 15" Flat Panel Monitor, Kensington Turbo Mouse, HP Laser printer

    Computer Software: Pro Tools 7.1 TDM, Logic Pro 7.2, Peak Pro 5, Finale 2007 (music notation software), Antares Auto-Tune 4

    Recorders: Tascam DA-78HR (24bit Digital 8 track recorders) (4), Tascam 848 Remote Control, Tascam DA-45HR (24bit DAT recorder), Alesis Masterlink ML9600 HD/CDRW, Tascam CD-RW2000, Aiwa AD-F810 (3 Head Cassette Deck), Sony TCD-D3 (portable DAT recorder)

    Console, Playback Monitors, and Power Amps: 32 Input Soundcraft Sapphyre Recording Console, KRK E8T powered monitors, Tannoy PBM6.5 Monitors, Cerwin-Vega D-9 15" Monitors, Auratone Monitors, Crown PS400 Power Amp, HEAR Technologies Headphone distribution system w/5 personal mixers

    Outboard Gear and Preamps: API 312 Class A Preamps (4), API 550A Class A Equalizers (2), DBX 160 Compressor/ Limiter, DBX 165 Compressor/ Limiter, Aphex 661 Expressor compressors (2), TC Electronics Finalizer Plus (Stereo Mastering Processor), Dynacord DRP 15 (digital reverb), Lexicon Prime Time (digital delay), Yamaha SPX990 (digital reverb), Yamaha SPX900 (digital reverb), Roland SRV-2000 (digital reverb)

    Microphones: Soundelux E47 (Tube), Neuman U47 FET, Neuman KM84, Neuman KM184 (2), AKG 451E w/ CK1 capsule & 20db pad (2), AKG 452EB w/ CK1 capsule & 20db pad, AKG C414 TLII (3), AKG C414EB (2), AKG SE5E-10 Cardiod condenser, Audio Technica AT4033 (2), Groove Tube AM61 (Tube), Okava 012 Cardiod condenser (2), Sennheiser MD421 (3), Shure SM57 (3), Shure Beta 52

    Misc. Equipment: Manhassette Music Stands (5), Large Atlas mic stand w/Boom, Medium AKG mic stands w/Booms (13), Small AKG mic stand w/Boom (5), Sennheiser 280 Headphones (5), AKG 240 Headphones (4), AKG 140 Headphones (2), Direct Boxes w/Jenson transformers (5), Sony 13" Video Monitor, JVC Super VHS HR-S4500U, Sony SuperBeta SL-HF900

about Studio 770

    Since 1982, Shantih Haast has been busy on the Los Angeles recording scene. Her early career centered around artists such as The Bangles, Roy Bitton, Dan Slider, Dann Glenn, Andy John, Henry Louey, Marilyn McCoo and Chris Mancini at Skyline Recording Studio in Topanga Canyon, California.

    In 1987 Shantih graduated from the composition and arranging program at Dick Grove’s School of Music. There, she wrote in many styles from big band, country western and pop, to film scoring with full orchestra. Shantih continued her education at Cal State University Northridge in music composition where she focused on orchestral compositions of contrapuntal non-tonal music. Working with the Fairlight music system, she had extensive training in electronic music and midi based systems. After graduating in 1997, she joined David Benoit’s recording team at his 29th Street Studio in Torrance, Ca. At 29th Street she worked with David Benoit, Steve Allen, Clint Black, Al Jareau, Lainie Kazan, Dave Koz, Pat Kelly, John Ferraro, Dean Taba, Andy Suzuki, Luis Conte and Hiroshima, to name a few.

    In 2001 Shantih opened Studio 770 in Brea, Ca., where she is owner/operator and chief engineer. Working with David Benoit, Howard Cowles, Debbi Ebert, The Ron Kobayashi Trio, Llew Matthews, Jonathan Moffett, Ralph Penland, Peggie Perkins, Jack Sheldon, Cami Silva and Jack Wood has kept her busy recording, producing and arranging in a variety of styles from jazz, to classical, to rock and roll.

    Since each project requires its own unique considerations, please contact us so we can prepare a quote that fits your specific needs and budget.

    Open 24/7 — Call ahead for a free tour and see for yourself why Studio 770 should be the number one choice for all your recording needs.

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Brea recording studios
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    Studio 770: 770 South Brea Blvd, Suite 218, Brea, California, 92821, (714) 672-1234 Best southern California recording studio for jazz and classical.

Lake Forest recording studios
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    California Sound Studios: 22515 Aspan Street, Suite F & G, Lake Forest, California, 92630, (949) 855-0211 Best southern California recording studio for rock and hip hop.

    Final Mix Studio: Lake Forest, California, (949) 581-9641

Tustin studios
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    AudioVision Production Services: 14731 Franklin Avenue, Suite D, Tustin, California, 92780, (714) 731-8883; digital audio postproduction

    JJ Music Studio: 656 El Camino Real, Tustin, California, 92780, (714) 669-1174

Westminster recording studios
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    Adamos Recording: 58111 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, California, 92683, (714) 897-8886; I have personally used Jerry’s studio. He does a fantastic job! You will need to book one to three months in advance, because he is very busy. Adamos Recording has both old style analog 24-track tape and the most modern Logic Pro digital recording system. Best southern California studio for punk and Latin.

    Bomb Shelter Recording Studio: 7580 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster, California, 92683, (714) 609-3501; records rock and country

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