The building, now known as The Complex Studios, was built sometime in the 1960’s and originally functioned as a dairy until it was purchased by Bank of America to house an array of mainframe computers.
In 1978, the managers of the funk group Earth, Wind & Fire bought the building to house its new American Recording Company (ARC) for planned musical distribution through CBS. They hooked up with a brilliant sound engineer/inventor from Baltimore, George Massenburg, who then built and managed George Massenburg/ARC, also called The Complex*. It was here that Massenburg designed and built his three GML Nova 8700 analog consoles and developed his legendary GML line of high-end audio equipment still in use today. The GML gear produced gold records at The Complex for ARC’s Earth Wind and Fire, as well as Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, James Taylor and scores of others.MORE ABOUT EARTH, WIND & FIRE photo ❯ EARTH, WIND & FIRE OFFICIAL WEBSITE ❯
The Complex Studios today retains one of the Nova 8700s, still in use and available for ADR/VO and Mixing work in our Studio B. During the 80’s, The Complex added a second story to house a collection of music-related tenants, among them Joe Gastwirt’s mastering lab, which resided in what is now our upstairs conference room. It continued for a while to crank out gold records before ARC eventually sold the building to a succession of independent owners, including the first of three star-struck Japanese groups.
The 90’s saw a shift in business from recording to music rehearsal and big-time ADR work, to include the building’s long run with The Simpsons, among others. In 1999 the building was purchased by its current ownership, the LATV, llc group which comprises three independent TV stations, the LATV cable network and its video production / audio production arm.
Since that time, we have continued the audio post work while expanding into a myriad of video production – music videos, TV pilots, live TV, green screen & white cyc work, satellite media tours - smt, webcasting, independent films, commercial video and others, all highlighting our capacity as a true turnkey facility.
2017 has been the biggest year for The Complex Studios. Featuring two Green Screen Sound Stages perfect for serving clients budgets for SMT - Satellite Media Tours Projects and most Video production. We can make your next booking easy with our green screen package, SMT Package, Video Production Package.
*not to be confused with the Hollywood-based The Complex, a building housing small theaters and rehearsals rooms. The real Complex Studios houses two Green Screen Sound Stages for virtually any SMT, Video Production.
LOCATED IN THE WEST LOS ANGELES AREA 20 MINUTES AWAY FROM LAX. TWO SOUND STAGES WITH GREEN SCREEN CYC WALL. WE CAN HELP WITH MOST BUDGET SIZED SMT, VIDEO PRODUCTION USING OUR PRE LIT GREEN SCREEN. movie studio, production studio, recording studio
UNIVERSAL, 20TH CENTURY FOX, MARVEL ANIMATION, COLUMBIA TRI-STAR, HBO, DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATION, ALLIANCE ATLANTAS, RYSHER ENTERTAINMENT, HEARST ENTERTAINMENT, WILSHIRE COURT PRODUCTIONS, LANDED EAGLE PRODUCTIONS, DEVINE ENTERTAINMENT, GROSSO JACOBSON PRODUCTIONS, IMAX, PLAYBOY PRODUCTIONS, SHOWTIME, MGM/UA, FOX INTERACTIVE, THE FAMILY CHANNEL, PARAGON, CATALYST ENTERTAINMENT, NEW LINE, FOUR POINT ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC FOR FEATURES & TELEVISION
LION KING, THAT THING YOU DO, AUSTIN POWER, STAR TREK, KING OF THE HILL, JUNGLE BOOK, BAYWATCH, SESAME STREET, ROMEO & JULIET, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH
HOLLYWOOD BIG SHOTS:
TOM HANKS, NEIL DIAMOND, BETTY WHITE, Henry Winkler, Lady GAGA, SNOOP DOGG, HARRISON FORD, GEORGE CLOONEY, MARIAH CAREY, barbra streisand, mel brooks, robert englund, terry bradshaw, peter frampton
ALBUM AND MUSIC PROJECTS:
EARTH, WIND & FIRE, JACKSON BROWN, CHAKA KHAN, LITTLE FEAT, SHEENA EASTON, WARRANT, DOCTOR DRE, GEGGY TAH, BETTER THAN EZRA, BODE DADDYS, TAKANAKA (JAPAN), BRIAN SETZER, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, OLIVIA,NEWTON-JOHN, AMPERAGE, ANDY SUMMERS, JOHN LYDON, THE POSIES, JOSH KADISON, ROBIN HITCHCOCK, LEONARD COHEN, DRIVIN & CRYIN, THE CHIPMUNKS, TETSUYA KOMURO (JAPAN), SIR GEORGE MARTIN BURT BACHARACH FOR THE BBC, RANCID, AUTO 7, NIN HAGEN, BETTE MIDLER, JEWEL, JANET JACKSON, NEIL DIAMOND, BOBBY WOMACK, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, THE STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB
BURGER KING, CHEX, DINTY MOORE STEW, AMERICA WEST AIRLINES, AT&T, NATIONWIDE, KRAFT HANDI SNACK, FIDELITY, TACO BELL, KINGSFORD CHARCOAL, DR. PEPPER, DIAL SOAP, 1-800-COLLECT, NAT'L RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, MICROSOFT, NISSAN, FOX ON AIR "SPIN OF FOX", 7 UP, BUD LITE, K-MART, PACE PECANTE, LISTERINE, S & W BRAND
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