IK worked in collaboration with current studio owner Paul Camarata, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Doobie Brothers) and many of Sunset Sound's engineers to give recording engineers unprecedented access to the ambient sound and vibe of the studios in this landmark facility, where a who's who of music has recorded for 60 years, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and countless others. Decades of session sheets were studied at the studio to recreate specific mic positions and placement used on countless hits, with a high level of collaboration between IK and the studio to achieve accuracy and realism when emulating these distinct sounds in software.
Iconic consoles and deep authenticity
This new plug-in carefully captures each space, recorded using Sunset Sound's high-end mic collection, to deliver not just the acoustics but also the unique vibe of the space. IK recreated them using 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 virtually indistinguishable from recordings made in the real rooms.
IK also used its award-winning physical modelling techniques to recreate each studio's vintage customized consoles (an API-based Sunset Sound custom, a Class-A-Discrete Neve® 8880 and an API/DeMedio® Sunset Sound Custom), preamplifier and signal path, to add the perfect harmonic elements and sonic signature. All together, this results in a faithful studio quality reverb that adds a very special warmth and tone while also offering the same signature ambient sound as the timeless records that were recorded at the studio for decades by top artists and bands. All of this is complemented by an array of flexible control options for further tone shaping.
Studio owner Paul Camarata notes, "For 60 years, the sound of our studios has been heard on hit records around the world. Now, we're proud to be working with IK Multimedia to bring our famed sound to everyone's recordings. Sunset Sound Studio Reverb really nails the essence of our distinct character."
A wide variety of reverbs
Users can select from among the various vintage reverb options accessible from each of the three studios found in the facility, including an Echoplate® and EMT® 140 plate reverb, and an AKG® BX-20E spring reverb.
- Live Room: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3
- Iso Booth: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3
- 3 Live Echo Chambers from Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3
- 2 Different Plate reverbs and 1 Spring Reverb
An intuitive GUI provides a realistic experience, offering information and insights about each particular room, as well as additional controls to help users shape the sound to suit their tastes.
The additional controls include:
- Adjustable decay time and pre-delay
- High-pass and low-pass filters
- Low and high shelving EQs
- Stereo image width
- Wet/dry mix
- Plus famous mic position options in studio 2, dampening options, and more
Like all T-RackS single modules, Sunset Sound Studio Reverb can be used as an individual plug-in within any recording software, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell for even faster workflow both as a plug-in or stand-alone mastering software.
Try before you buy
Like all T-RackS series processors, customers are able to try T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb before purchase via T-RackS Custom Shop. T-RackS CS is a free download offering a high-quality analogue-modelled EQ plus metering section, available as both plug-in and stand-alone software. The Custom Shop also lets users try out T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb or any of the other 44 processors in the T-RackS line, for a full 14 days, and can be found at www.ikmultimedia.com/trcs
T-RackS 5 is the latest version of IK's industry standard mixing and mastering software workstation that has been used on countless albums by top engineers for more than 20 years. This powerful modular system offers maximum versatility via 43 high-quality processors (EQs, limiters, compressors, etc) that can be used in parallel or series, in a variety of working environments. In total, T-RackS 5 offers everything needed to professionally treat and finalize audio from raw mixes to a perfect finished product. For even more professional results, each version of T-RackS 5 also offers free downloadable signature presets from some of the industry's top engineers.
About Sunset Sound Studio
Sunset Sound was opened in 1958 by Tutti Camarata, then director of recording for Disney Studios, and initially handled in-house work for Disney, recording movies like Mary Poppins and 101 Dalmatians. In 1962, Sunset Sound opened to external clients, and soon expanded to a 3-studio complex, welcoming artists like The Doors, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince and countless more. Now owned and operated by Paul Camarata, Tutti's son, Sunset Sound continues to welcome world-class artists to its iconic rooms. All three original rooms remain in operation, and with their custom acoustics and consoles, fully equipped echo chambers and comprehensive mic lockers, Sunset Sound remains a dream destination for musicians.
Pricing and availability
Sunset Sound Studio Reverb for T-RackS 5 is available from the IK Custom Shop, the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for a special introductory price of €/$149.99* until March 31, 2020 (regular pricing will be €/$249.99).
* All prices excluding taxes
For more information about Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, please visit: www.t-racks.com/sunsetstudio
To see Sunset Sound Studio Reverb in action, visit: www.t-racks.com/sunsetstudio/video
To hear audio samples, visit: www.t-racks.com/sunsetstudio/audio