Sunset Sound Sound Factory is the famous recording studio located in Hollywood, California on 6650 Sunset Boulevard.
The Sunset Sound Recorders’ complex was made or rather converted from a old set of buildings, both commercial and residential, by the famous Walt Disney’s Director of Recording, Tutti Camarata, in 1962. Camarata started the studio originally with the help of the advice given to him by Walt Disney.
And sure enough, the next thing everyone knew was that the audio in all of Disney’s early movies were recorded in the studios. These films included Bambi, 101 Dalmatians, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins.
Achievements and Highlights:
The Sunset Sound Studios have witnessed over 200 gold records being recorded in them. These include albums by the Rolling Stones including all time greats such as “Exile on Main Street”, the Beach Boys for their landmark album, Pet Sounds, and major hits for Led Zeppelin and Elton John. The first 2 albums of The Doors, namely, “The Doors” and “Strange Days”, were recorded in the studio. Many famous artists have made use of the Sunset Sound recording studios. They include Paul McCartney, the famous Beatles’ member, Ringo Starr, another Beatles’ member (solo album,1972), the famous Frank Zappa who recorded his well known album, Hot Rats, the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, the American heavy metal rock band, Randy Stonehill, Van Halen and James Taylor to name just a few.
Walt Disney had told his Director of Recording, Tutti Camarata, that he wouldn’t like to own his own studio. He added that he would rather be a client. One would have thought this was gentle Walt’s way of telling Tutti to take a hike and find a job elsewhere. But Tutti Camarata took it as a subtle nudge encouraging entrepreneurship. The rest as everyone knows is history. Sunset Sound recording studios went on to become one of the leading recording studios in the world. But in the early 1980s when the studio was at its peak, doing great business, for reasons best known to the near and dear ones, Sunset Sound recording studios suddenly closed shop, stopped working and was dormant for almost an year.
It was during the early 1980s when the recording industry was in a slump, that Tutti and Paul Camarata, decided to buy a room or an existing studio so as to offer clients more flexibility in their recording budgets. It was then that they discovered that the studio which they had vacated over a year ago was for sale. They bought it back, conducted a series of preliminary demo sessions to check if all the equipment is in proper working order and officially re-opened the studio in February 1982. during the subsequent years they did serve their clients by offering them flexibility in their recording budgets. And in the coming years i.e. in the 1990s and 2000s it emerged to be one of the leading recording studios in the world.