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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1970's Beach Boys Albums / Re: Sunflower Sunset Sound Recording Sessions on: May 05, 2020, 09:55:00 AM
Anybody out there have Studio locations at Sunset Sound for Sunflower? Thanks, Danny
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1970's Beach Boys Albums / Re: Surf's Up Recording Studio info. Sunset Sound Studio #2 on: May 05, 2020, 09:53:26 AM
Anybody out there have Studio locations at Sunset Sound for Surfs Up? Thanks, Danny
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Mark Linett Thread Sunset Sound Studio #2 Recording Console on: April 27, 2020, 03:24:50 AM
Hi Mark,

We've been looking for a photo from the control room at Sunset Sound Studio #2, for many years now and one showed up of all places in the LA Times a few weeks ago. Paul Camarata (Tutti's son), owner of Sunset Sound sent me The Times link and affirmed that this is the recording console he remembered from his childhood growing up at the studio. It's the first English console ever delivered to the US, a Sound Techniques A Range, and it was in Studio #2 from April 1967 to the summer of 1974.  The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and many others recorded on this very console. In this photo, it was Frank Zappa's turn working hree on the Hot Rats session. My question is: Would you Mark/anyone know if parts of Surf's Up or Sunflower were recorded in #2? I spoke recently with Bruce Botnick about the subject but he had already long moved on to Elektra at the time of those sessions and did not know. This is the console that those meters came from that we talked about some years ago. Thanks Much.

Danny White
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sunset Sound Studio #2 photos (Sound Techniques Recording Console) on: December 15, 2016, 08:13:40 PM
What a great photo! One of my all time favs. That's John Haeny, Paul Rothchild and Jim of course. Sunset #1 as you know. That console was built by Alan Emig. Fantastic acoustic designer as well that also built Elektra Studio for Jac Holzman. Alan did some modifications to the Sound Techniques desk at Elektra as well. I restored 9 of the 20 original units. Unbelievable sounding units. I believe you're right on the Bruce Botnick interview. Bruce has been super cool to me and very helpful. And Jac as well. Top class guys.

Thanks for the comment in regard to the new documentary. It will be coming out late next year, or early 2018. Being done out of London and the guys making it happen are really in it for the right reason. Think it's going to be a smash!

Know this isn't BB or BW, but this is a neat video that I thought you guys might enjoy. Within a year of the Smily Smile period, so a nice snapshot of the time. June or July of 1968. Found it about a year ago. Bruce Botnick and Paul Rothchild at the Sound Techniques A-Range desk in Elektra Sound Recorders. The Doors, Wild Child..


5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Sunset Sound Studio #2 photos (Sound Techniques Recording Console) on: December 14, 2016, 10:54:49 PM
New to the forum. Have been here in the past kicking around as I'm a big BB fan and have always enjoyed it. First time I've actually had anything to ask or offer however.  So, curious to know if there's anyone here aware of any BB or BW tracks cut in Sunset Sound Studio #2 from Spring of 1967 to around mid 1974. Also looking for any photographs of #2 during this time period. Tutti Camaratta had a new Sound Techniques A-Range installed in the room when it opened up (as did Jac Holzman over at Elektra Sound Rec. on La Cienega). There are quite a few great photos of Elektra and a fantastic film with The Doors, but next to nothing on Sunset. There is only one photo that I know of and it was taken for a band called The Music Emporium in later 1967 as I recall.
If there are any engineers on the forum that might have been there, you can find a photo of the Sound Techniques A Range from Sunset Sound Studio #2 on our website. Might jog some memories.

Glad to be a part of this message board and happy to answer any questions as well.


Danny White
Sound Techniques, Ltd.
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