Los Rios Rock School Kids record Van Halen 1 Live in One Day at Sunset Sound

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 — The Produce Like a Pro team had the great pleasure of taking students from the Los Rios Rock School to Sunset Sound for a recording project. But not just any recording project, Studio 1 was set up and in one day the students recorded the album Van Halen I in its entirety.

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The significance of being in Sunset Sound, and in studio 1 is that it is the exact room that Van Halen made that very album. The studio is great at keeping records and they looked into the archives and found a copy of how Van Halenhad the studio set up for tracking and it was recreated as closely as possible for the student’s recording. Drums, amps, microphones, the console and echo chamber were set up the way that it was documented that Van Halen did it 40 years ago.

The kids from Los Rios Rock School at Sunset Sound Recorders. Photo by Alex Kluft Photography

Produce Like A Pro and the Sunset Sound team mimicked the exact set up, in the exact same room and The Los RiosRock School kids came in extremely well prepared with the guidance of the schools highly trained instructors and Teacherzone.com .



To recreate Alex Van Halen’s drum sounds the following microphones were used. The two kicks: Shure 546 Dynamic Mics, snare top and bottom both 546, the 3 overheads are AKG 414 EB, toms are top Sennheiser 421 and bottom Shure SM57. The sole Room mic is a U87.
For Michael Anthony’s sound The Bass Amp was mic’d with a RE20 and for Eddie Van Halen’s guitar sound the guitar amp was mic’d with a pair of SM57’s.

The videos from the Los Rios Rock School recording can be seen here;

Kids record Van Halen 1 Live in One Day at Sunset Sound!

Dustin Brown

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