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Technical Tours provide an opportunity for convention attendees to visit some of the resources and facilities in the Los Angeles area. Participants must sign up at the Tours Desk after registering for a full four-day program in order to be eligible to participate. Space for each tour is limited, and tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. A $20 fee, which includes bus transportation, is charged for each tour. Admission to the tour site is by ticket only. 

Saturday, October 5 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
T1: Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood
Sunset Studios this year celebrates its 40th Anniversary as the world’s oldest, independently owned recording facility under the family ownership of Paul Camarata and his father Tutti. The Sunset Sound Factory, founded in 1969 by David Hassinger, joined in partnership with Sunset Studios in 1982. Three full-feature recording and production environments are available in the main Sunset Sound Recorders complex, in addition to two versatile tracking and remix rooms in the Factory. Recent clients include Sheryl Crow, Beck, Weezer, Ben Harper, Lauryn Hill, Robbie Williams, Natalie Merchant, Liz Phair, and The Wallflowers.

Saturday, October 5 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
T2: Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank
Glenwood Place Studios is a new, state-of-the-art three-room facility housed in the former Kendun Recorders facility, one of Southern California’s leading studios during the Seventies. Acoustic design is by Carl Yanchar of Wave:Space, who also designed the original Kendun complex. One control room offers a 5.1-channel surround environment, and is equipped with a Euphonix System 5 Digital Console with a 24/96 signal path. A second 5.1-channel studio features a large tracking space and a control room equipped with an SSL SL9000 J-Series console, while the third room is designed around a Neve Model 8068 with Flying Faders automation. The new complex features expansive private outdoor gardens and client lounges.

Saturday, October 5 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
T3: Todd Studios West Post Facility, West Los Angeles 
Todd Studios West, part of Liberty Livewire Pictures, is a premier independent post-production facility located in the heart of West Los Angeles. Considered by many leading directors and producers to be a “small oasis of creativity,” this state-of-the-art facility features a number of renovated feature-film mixing stages, editing suites and screening rooms. Also available: television and special-venue Mixing Stages, an ADR Stage, and a Foley Stage.

Sunday, October 6 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
T4: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood
The Capitol Studio complex opened in a futuristic new Capitol Records building in the heart of Hollywood in 1956, and has since hosted some of the most treasured recordings in music history, from Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Diana Krall. Through the years, the facility has made good on Capitol Records’ commitment to remain on top of current technology while retaining the prized qualities which have contributed to the magic of its recordings.

Sunday, October 6 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
T5: Kodak Theater, Hollywood
A venue for fine arts, live theater, concerts, award shows, and special events, Kodak Theater serves as the new, permanent home of the Academy® Awards. The 180,000-square foot theatre - centerpiece for TrizecHahn’s Hollywood & Highland retail/entertainment complex - has already hosted concerts starring Celine Dion, Russell Watson, Harry Connick, Jr., Melissa Ethridge, Barry Manilow, and others. The David Rockwell-designed venue has also hosted special events including Muhammad Ali’s recent birthday tribute and “Love Rocks,” a tribute to U2’s Bono. The sophisticated playback system features self-powered loudspeakers from Meyer Sound.

Monday, October 7 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
T6: Universal Studios Post Complex 
This state-of-the-art motion-picture complex features a number of cutting-edge audio production and post-production areas, including several remodeled dubbing stages and BluWave Audio, a new facility dedicated to digital mastering, sound restoration, digital transfer, and trailer mixing. BluWave Audio features two large studios, four DVD mastering suites, and nine editorial suites, plus two rooms equipped for quality control/transfer.

Monday, October 7 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
T7: Hollywood Bowl
Set within the world’s largest natural amphitheater high in the hills above Los Angeles, the Hollywood Bowl features seating capacity of almost 18,000. The sophisticated sound system comprises individually addressable main, deck, front-fill, and delay subsystems using primarily JBL components. Since its official opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and, since 1991, the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Through the years, the Bowl’s summer music festivals have become a firm favorite with Southern California audiences.

Monday, October 7 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
T8: Fox Post Production, Century City 
In addition to a complex that is truly a visual work of art, technical advances substantiate the Fox Studios’ lead in the motion-picture industry - no surprise, perhaps, for a studio that first introduced sound on film more that 70 years ago. Post-production facilities are housed in four of the original Fox sound stages, with screening and projection rooms close by. As part of Fox’s appreciation, specific areas have been dedicated to famous directors and actors, including the Howard Hawks and John Ford Dubbing Theatres, and the Marilyn Monroe ADR Stage.

Tuesday, October 8 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
T9: Cello Recording Studios, Hollywood
Cello Studios occupies the world-famous recording complex on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, which was formerly known as Western Recorders, part of the United-Western multiroom facility, constructed in 1952. The complex was the site of a large number of classic sessions from the 1960s and ‘70s, including Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds,” “Frank Sinatra’s “It Was A Very Good Year,” Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made For Walkin” and The Mamas and Papas’ “California Dreamin,” to name but a few. More recently, Cello has hosted such artists as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Natalie Merchant, Elton John, Bette Middler, Barenaked Ladies, Stone Temple Pilots, Matthew Sweet, Green Day, Blink 182, Tool and System Of A Down. The facility features a total of eight state-of-the-art control rooms and recording areas.

Tuesday, October 8 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
T10: Platinum Live, Studio City
An all-new, state-of-the-art music venue and restaurant, Platinum Live is described as the first - and currently the only - live performance space in Southern California equipped with a 5.1-channel, completely 24/96 digital surround sound system and a Steinberg Nuendo-equipped Recording Studio. The totally renovated building, arranged around a main stage area complete with large projection screen, also houses multiple, private/VIP sections and a bar. The venue’s Ventura Boulevard address in Studio City has been home to a live entertainment spot since 1939.

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