Few studios in the world have contributed as much to the sonic imprint of music culture as Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound Studio.
T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb lets you step inside Sunset Sound studios, capturing the sonic mojo of each one of these echo chambers, live rooms, booths, plates and springs, as well as the unique vibe of their custom consoles and classic mic collection.
It’s the closest thing to tracking your session in this hall-of-fame studio itself.
Sunset Sound Recordings was opened in 1958 by Tutti Camarata, then director of recording for Disney Studios. The space’s slanted floor and uneven walls gave it ideal acoustics, and soon the studio was busy recording Disney classics like “Mary Poppins”.
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By 1962, Sunset Sound was welcoming artists like the Doors, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Beach Boys, and Led Zeppelin. Since then artists from all genres have kept Sunset busy: Van Halen, Toto, Prince, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Whitney Houston, the Doobie Brothers, Miles Davis, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Ryan Adams, Beck and more.
Today, the live rooms, vocal booths and echo chambers of Sunset Sound have become a part of the fabric of popular music itself. That’s why IK Multimedia and current studio owner Paul Camarata wanted to give all musicians the chance to add a little of Sunset’s magic to their tracks.
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T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb gives you a total of 12 spaces, with 3 echo chambers, 3 live rooms and 3 vocal booths, plus vintage EMT and Echoplate plate reverbs and an AKG spring reverb still in use at the facility today, giving you a full suite of reverb effects in a single plug-in.
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All the rooms and equipment have been carefully maintained since their construction in the early 60s, so their sonic imprint has remained exactly the same as they were when Sunset’s iconic sessions were tracked.
In addition to the rooms and chambers, T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb also offers two of Sunset’s vintage plate reverbs, an EMT 140 and Echoplate, as well as their AKG BX-20E spring reverb. IK chose the best-sounding of Sunset’s units, adding that classic, vintage hardware reverb sound and giving you a comprehensive set of reverb types in a single plug-in.
IK worked hand-in-hand with Sunset’s engineers, poring over decades of session sheets to recreate the mic positions and placement that ensure all of the rooms and spaces sound just as they did on countless hit records. We recreated the exact placement and options used in these sessions, making it faster and easier to dial in the sounds you want.
To capture both the unique acoustics of each studio, IK used its unique Volumetric Response Modeling (VRM™), an advanced hybrid convolution technique, to deliver the highest-quality reverb effects possible, and ensure the results of T-RackS’s processing were indistinguishable from recordings made in the real rooms.
Beyond using Sunset’s extensive vintage mic locker, IK used award-winning physical modeling to recreate each studio’s unique consoles (an API-based Sunset Sound custom, a Class-A-Discrete NEVE 8880, an API/DeMedio Sunset Sound Custom) preamplifier and signal path, to add the perfect harmonic content and sonic signature. This makes the reverbs sound completely authentic and will make you feel you’re behind the boards running a session yourself.
T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb offers all the necessary controls to shape your spaces including reverb time, width and frequency controls, microphone controls (left, right, or both) and accurate leveling/monitor of the mixed signals.
INPUT: Adjusts the gain of the incoming signal.
PRE DELAY: The amount of time between the initial input signal and the reverberation.
DECAY: Adjusts the length of the reverb tail. Values depend on the space in use.
HPF: Adjusts the cut-off frequency of the high-pass filter.
LOW: Adjusts the gain of the low shelf filter, set at 200 Hz.
HI: Adjusts the gain of the high shelf filter, set at 5 kHz.
LPF: Adjusts the cut-off frequency of the low-pass filter.
MIC: Controls which microphones are active (left, right, or both).
WIDTH: Adjusts the stereo image of the reverb. Only available when used w/ both mics.
DRY: Adjusts the amount of un-processed signal being output.
WET: Adjusts the amount of reverberated signal being output.
SOLO: Lets you monitor either wet or dry signals without altering the blend of the two.
REVERB TYPE: These controls select the reverb to be used. The first row selects the room type.The second row selects which of the included reverbs to be used.
OPTION: Some secondary controls for each room are found in this menu, adding interesting possibilities to shape the sound of the selected reverb.
Like all T-RackS plug-ins, T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb offers you two ways to work: as a single plug-in, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell.
The T-RackS shell offers a unique, modular system with up to 16-processor chains, series & parallel routing, easy A/B/C/D comparison, up to 192 kHz / 32-bit floating-point processing and much more, in both a plug-in and stand-alone mastering application.
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