This is a great site! Thanks for keeping the memories alive.... -- Jerimaya Grabher
Thanks so much for keeping in touch and keeping so many of us in the loop! I couldn't agree more that A&M's biggest 'hit' is the legacy of warm comraderie and real friendship that our collective years there engendered. -- Cheryl McEnaney
Great site I just stumbled across, would appreciate my 'all access pass'. -- Jimmy Zisson, General Manager of A&M Records, New York
Your knowledge and research is both amazing, and from what I viewed, about 98% accurate. -- Randy Alpert (Capt. Badazz)
Clyde Kaplan, Engineer, A&M Studios -- Thanks for putting together this great website about A&M Records.
Wow, what an incredible site you've created! I can't believe you have not only the names of the Carpenters, but of even the real carpenters like the La Prell twins, etc. -- Jim McCrary, Photographer
Fantastic Site! Great Work! -- Jean Pierre Guilbert, V.P. Promotion & Artist Development (A&M Canada)
I was just talking to Derek Alpert today...and we had a blast pawing around on this website together. I think it's so cool that you did this! -- Doreen Ringer-Ross
Thank you so much!! I love the A&M site. -- Toni Tennille
I love that you're keeping our history alive. -- Mary Ann Johnson, Artist Relations
I have nothing but positive things to say about you and what you have done to help keep alive the spirit of A&M. -- Al Marks (Promotion, Artist Development)
You sure have a buzz going. I've had 3 emails from A&Mers today alone. Good luck! -- Andy French, Director, Artist Relations & Artist Development
This is totally great. Brings back great memories of my years in Canada. -- Charly Prevost
Thanks for making the site and I'll be checking in to see what's happenin'. -- Richard Cottrell
Your site is being passed around and mentioned to all ex A&M employees. Your site is great and I'd love to be a part. Thanks for your time and good luck. -- Joe James, Technical Manager, A&M Studios
The website is Great! It really took me back down memory lane. Keep up the good work and thank you! -- Janice Hague, International Promotions Manager, A&M Records GB
I love the website! -- Jewell Kumjian, A&M Studios Concierge
Thanks for this ambitious and remarkable site. Just bouncing around inside the site the other day brought back so many really wonderful memories of the time and place and people when magic was possible and all lights were green. -- Corb Donohue, National Director of Public Relations
It's a pretty interesting looking site and I'll check it out further. -- Robin Kirby, Western Regional Sales/Marketing Director
Going through this site reminded me of what I loved about working for A&M. -- Colin Sowa
Your website is absolutely ACE ACE ACE!!! It is great to see real top work and dedication towards a label that meant so much to many. -- Jay Schatz / Chris Skane, A&R / A&M Associated Labels
Thanks so much Les. It's really an amazing site. -- Janette Rogers Sarabia, Director of Artist Relations
Congratulations on your internet site. I would like to be included on your staff list as I worked for A&M in Toronto and London. -- France Tetreault-Thomson, Assistant A&R
Thanks for doing such epic work on the site. Salut! -- Max Hutchinson
...very fun to see this....Many thanks for your efforts....Best -- Juliea 'Jools' Clarke
With 20,000 cubic feet, Studio B had tracking and overdub facilities, this is the studio Herb Alpert patterned after Gold Star. Studio B was accessed through an 18' by 19' control room. It had two small ISO booths, one on each side of the control room. The main recording room was 20' by 30'.
Among the notable recordings made in Studio B:
* Carole King's Tapestry and Music
* Bruce Springsteen mixed Unplugged
* Melissa Etheridge's self-titled album
* Karen and Richard Carpenter filmed their video of "Hurting Each Other"
* Tony Peluso guitar solo on Carpenters "Goodbye to Love"
* Barbra Streisand vocals for Butterfly
A private lounge and a very large crystal Herb Alpert found completed the studio.
In 1975 A&M Studios acquired an API Model 3324 Recording Console. It was later moved into Herb Alpert's private studio at A&M and remained in service until 1994 when Alpert stored it at the Herb Alpert Foundation.
Custom powder coated in blue and screen printed for A&M, it features:
32 input channels
24 monitor channels
4 mono echo return modules
4 monitor busses
Quad panning on all channels
26 - 550A EQ modules
6 - 550 EQ modules
28 - 912B Mic Pre Amps
4 - 912C Mic Pre Amps
4 - 525 Compressors
1 - 575 Oscillator Unit
Alpert sold the mixing console in 2007. The pictures in the gallery below show the console with modifications made by its new owner.
STUDIO B EQUIPMENT
56-channel, 112-input SSL SL 6056E with Total Recall and G-Series Automation