Dubway West Studios

Los Angeles

GREAT ACOUSTICS, WORLD-CLASS GEAR, AND YOU.

On the music scene for over 30 years, Dubway Studios is a premiere audio facility located in downtown Los Angeles - A testimony to the collective experience, expertise, and creativity of our staff. Take advantage of great acoustic spaces, world-class digital and analog capabilities, vintage/modern instruments, and most importantly - our engineers.

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WHAT WE DO...

PRODUCERS / MUSICIANS

Beyond the musicality of our engineers, Dubway has relationships with many of Los Angeles finest session musicians, producers, and arrangers. Should your project benefit from their participation, say the word, and we’ll secure the necessary skills.

ISDN / SOURCE CONNECT

Remote participation in recording sessions at Dubway is possible via ISDN, Source Connect, and Skype technologies.

TRACKING TO PICTURE / SCORING

Dubway works in conjunction with awarding winning composers whose work has been featured on TV shows, features, and indy films. In instances where live ensembles are required to record the music, Dubway can hire musicians and produce the sessions. Otherwise, go midi and access our extensive sample library.

VIDEO

In-session video recording is available while you’re recording your project. Often a requirement for college or program auditions, use it for documentation, behind the scenes, or promotional material. For greater Los Angeles location recording, let Dubway Studios come to you.

OFF-SITE RECORDING

Dubway has surged into the remote recording field with over 100 live sessions on location for VH1, MTV, iTunes, and others. Our high-end approach & can-do attitude have made us a mainstay of regular productions for television & internet music video broadcasts.

Professional multi-tracking at live concerts, sound-stages, or site-critical venues typifies Dubway's activities in this specialized and demanding realm of recording.

MASTERING

One of the most important and least understood links in the recording process, mastering involves a variety of technical processes (EQ, compression, limiting, etc.) used to increase the apparent loudness of final mixes, sonically enhance them, and implementing optimum algorithms for mp3 & AAC compression. 

Dubway is well-versed in the subtleties of the mastering arts. Whether unifying all the compositions on an eclectic compilation album, prepping files for download. Dubway offers mastering expertise at a very competitive price.

THE HISTORY OF DUBWAY: AN EPIC IN PROGRESS

Al Houghton first opened Dubway Studios in the infamous Music Building (NYC) across from the Port Authority Bus Station in the mid-eighties. Word quickly spread about the lone engineer in a tiny studio who conjured up amazing sounds using only one blown speaker and a beat-up four-track. In the thirty years hence, Al’s culture of client rapport, creative input, and technical excellence have been imprinted on a studio that is an oasis of talent, experience, and expertise. Having expanded through two facilities, the third and most versatile home of Dubway Studios now houses an entire staff of creative, collaborative experts who look forward to bringing your project to life.

After a decade in a band’s rehearsal room (a former button warehouse in Hell’s Kitchen), Al moved to Chelsea, enlisting Chris Bowman to to implement a beautiful studio build-out, with architect John Storyk’s expertise. Dubway evolved from a one-man operation to a staffed enterprise and Al partnered with Mike Crehore (a fellow Music Building denizen) shortly afterward. The following 14 years saw Dubway expand into TV, film, audiobooks, remote recordings, and crystallized the ethic and creativity of the original shop into a breeding ground of talent and camaraderie.

In 2011, Dubway moved to its current downtown location, with an expanded live room for ensemble tracking. Mike Crehore took the construction of the new Main Floor studios in hand, focusing 25 years of studio and building experience into an ergonomic and versatile multi-room experience. Moving a studio is no simple task, but thanks to Dubway’s ever-energized, stalwart, and resourceful crew, we did it. (This time, more challenging than the half a dozen sweltering July trips in Jim Santo’s van that got Dubway from Hell’s Kitchen to Chelsea - but just as exciting.)

As Dubway expands more deeply into the media arts, including games, apps, and educational tools, the smarties there continue to keep Dubway’s core of care and creativity vibrant.

HERE'S JUST A SMALL SAMPLING OF THE BRILLIANT TALENT WE'VE WORKED WITH OVER THE YEARS...

 
 
 

Our New Facility...

The design of Dubway's fourth and newest facility reflects 30 years of studio experience, with an emphasis on versatility, acoustics, and style.

The studio boasts an impressive 1000 square foot footprint, and 14-foot ceilings – a beautiful tracking space, ideal for large ensembles. Minutes from the arts district in downtown Los Angeles.

The facility includes three control rooms, interlinked via audio and video to allow for complete flexibility with recording, editing, and mixing. Sleek architectural design and contemporary art throughout make it a bright and engaging place to work.

CONTACT US

ADDRESS

Dubway Studios
1424 Newton St, Los Angeles, CA 90021, United States

montgomery@dubway.com

(323) 505-6622

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EQUIPMENT LIST

Console / Protools

 

Protools 12 HD

 

Audient ASP8024 -  36 Channel, In-Line console. Fully upgraded with Heritage Edition Preamps.

 

32 I/O Antelope Orion HD Conversion - BlackLion Modded

 

Avid Artist Mix -  Control Surface. 

 

Universal Audio OCTO core Card

 

Universal Audio Twin QUAD

 

Outboard

 

WA-1176 (2)

 

WA-LA2A (2)

 

WA-1073 (2)

Littlelabs VOG

Distressor

Fredenstein Artistic MicPre

 

Fredenstein  

TB-12 Tonebeast Preamp

 

JDK R22 Master Bus Comp

 

Carnhill VTB2281 - Neve Output Transformer

 

1073 Preamp & EQ (2)

 

WAEQP (Pultec) (2)

 

1956 Vintage Ampex 351 Preamp

 

4 Channels of Warm Audio 412 - API Style Preamp. 

 

KT Pultec EQ (2)

 

RE-501 Roland Chorus Echo

 

STAM 4000G Bus Compressor

 

Tech 21 Geddy Lee SansAmp

 

Powerplay 16 Personal Cue System - 7 Personal Mixers

 

Radial DI (8)

 

POD HD Pro X Multi-Effects Processor

 

Monitoring

 

Adam A77x - Pair

 

Yamaha NS10M Studio Edition - Pair

 

Amphion One15’s - Pair

 

Avantone Mix Cube

 

Microphones

 

WA-251(2)

 

AKG C414 (3)

 

AKG D112 (2)

 

Shure Beta52 (2)

 

AKG C451eb (2)

 

Audio-Technica AT3528 (2) 

 

Beyerdynamic M422n (2) 

 

Electro-Voice RE20

 

Neumann U87 (4, consecutive serial #s)

 

Røde Classic II

 

Røde NT5 (2)

 

Røde NTR (3) 

 

Royer R-121 (2)

 

Sennheiser MD 421-II (3)

 

Shure SM-57 (4)

 

Shure SM-58 (4) 

 

Audix i5 (4)

 

Shure Beta 98 (3)

 

Shure Beta 57

 

Shure Beta 91 (2)

 

Cascade Fathead2 Ribbon (2)

 

Telefunkin m60 Microphone (2)

 

T.Bone Tube Microphone (C12 Replica)

 

Instruments

 

Korg MS2000

 

Fender P-Bass

 

Gibson, Les Paul Gold top, 1957 Custom Shop

 

Vintage Fender Rhodes - Fully Restored

 

Fender Toronado, Red Stripe

 

Gibson Les Paul Studio

 

Lazy J Custom Guitar Amplifier

 

Vox Guitar Amplifier

 

Kawai Upright piano

 

Farfisa Compact CC23

 

Yamaha P-155 digital piano

 

Yamaha S-80 keyboard

 

Oberheim TVS-1 

 

Moog Liberation 

 

Pearl Drum Kit

Cajone & other hand percussion

 

Danelectro customized baritone guitar

 

Gibson ‘The Paul’ guitar

 

Kemper Profiling Amplifier

 

Tech 21 Geddy Lee SansAmp 

 

Collections of Guitar pedals/Accessories

 

 

Plugins

 

UAD - Fully Loaded

 

Waves Complete - Plugins

 

FabFilter Complete - Plugins 

 

Slate Complete - Plugins

 

Large collection of third party Plugins. 

 

Misc

 

4 Floor Wedges / Allen and Heath Zed Mixer (For Rehearsals)

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RECORDING | MIXING 

MASTERING & SCORING

Liam Payne