The Village

Location: West Los Angeles, CA

Founded: 1968

Website: http://www.villagestudios.com/

The Village is a recording studio complex, originally founded as the Village Recorder by musician and entrepreneur Geordie Hormel. The renovated facilities are housed in a converted Masonic temple built in 1922, giving the Village an alluring aura and unique architectural qualities (secret passageways!) that continue to attract clients. 


Notable Products

  • Music recording
  • Voiceover recording
  • Mixing
  • Film scoring
  • Tracking
  • Dubbing

What to Expect

The Village has been pumping out hit records and film soundtracks for more than 40 years.  In 1995, former promoter and ICM agent Jeff Greenberg became CEO of the legendary-but-about-to-be-demolished Village Recorder studios, where Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, and Johnny Cash all laid down tracks. After a major overhaul and a complete redesign by Vincent van Haaff, the next generation of talent came into the complex now known as the Village: Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Liz Phair, and more. Film scores recorded at the complex now include Dead Poets Society, Tarzan, Toy Story 2, The Shawshank Redemption, and Walk the Line. Engineer Al Schmitt, winner of 19 Grammy awards, consulted on the studio renovations, including a retuning of the control rooms and the purchase of new consoles—the Village boasts the largest collection of AMS Neve analogue consoles in the United States. Employment opportunities at the Village do not pop up often, but there are permanent positions for recording engineers, mix engineers, recording assistants, studio setup workers, studio technicians, and administrative personnel.

Six studios comprise the Village complex. Studio A (designed for tracking, mixdown, overdub, and scoring) is home to the famous vintage Neve 8048 that features 40 inputs, 32 monitors, and 72 input channel mixing. In addition to the control room, there’s a swanky client lounge, isolation booth, and a massive live recording room. Studio B includes a Neve 88R and 84 channels of flying faders, as well as a Pro Tools HD3 system. A 6-foot Steinway baby grand lives in the live recording stage, and the lounge is a chill environment with leather couches and hippie-era tapestries adorning the walls. Studio D was redesigned in 1978 for Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk album. It is the largest of the recording spaces, with a huge control room, five iso booths, and a private lounge with kitchenette, machine room, video game room with pool table, and a full gym. Another unique feature is the 4,000-square-foot performance space with stage, drapes, and chandeliers; Guns N’ Roses was holed up in Studio D for more than two years working on the highly anticipated album Chinese Democracy. Studio F is an all-digital room with Pro Tools HD and Digidesign ICON console. Artist and producer Robbie Robertson has claimed studio C as his private recording lair, and John Mayer and other artists have used studio F as their personal workspace for several years. Add to the impressive recording spaces the enormous collection of vintage and modern microphones, amps, and other outboard gear, and it’s clear to see why the Village is a candyland for gearheads.

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