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Title: The End of United Recording / Ocean Way Studios
Post by: woowoomachine on March 07, 2023, 06:22:34 PM
I'm really hoping it isn't true, but a number of employees of United Recording (formerly Ocean Way, formerly United) are posting on Facebook that they have been let go and that United Recording has closed. Even worse, a few are posting that the current plan is the demolish the building and build some high-rise apartments.

It should be a crime to knock those studios down...

Title: Re: The End of United Recording / Ocean Way Studios
Post by: juggler on March 07, 2023, 09:01:32 PM
That's a bummer.

Note, though, lest anyone here get confused....  United is the studio at 6050 Hollywood Blvd, a place where Brian has recorded (e.g., in the Long Promised Road documentary). However, Brian's legendary '60s digs at Western 3 live on in the 6000 building as East-West Studios.

Title: Re: The End of United Recording / Ocean Way Studios
Post by: Emdeeh on March 22, 2023, 01:20:51 PM
A new article in Variety:

Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and the Beach Boys recorded in the space, which will pivot to film shoot and special event rentals.

There's more to the story, but here is the most relevant stuff:

After more than 65 years, Los Angeles’ legendary United Recording Studios, where Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, as well as the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Jay-Z, Green Day, and more recently, Paramore and Kendrick Lamar have recorded, is retooling its operations — to the detriment of its storied history as “the Abbey Road of the West,” not to mention its employees.

Starting April 3, the studio will require “longer minimum booking lengths for recording sessions,” according to Mix Magazine — although this minimum has yet to be determined. Furthermore, artists will need to bring in their own engineers to run United Recordings’ rare vintage equipment, some of which dates to the studio’s beginnings in the late ‘50s. This renowned gear requires expertise that isn’t readily available to the current-day audio engineering school graduates who don’t have the benefit of the studio’s longtime professionals.

The reason for these policy changes is United Recordings’ current owners, real estate investment company Hudson Pacific Properties, laid off almost the entirety of the studio staff on March 6, as per the Los Angeles Times. Instead, Hudson’s plan for “strengthening the studio’s financial position” in order to keep its “heritage intact” is to rent out the studio for film shoots and special events.