Hollywood, CA, November 2018 - Japanese bandleader and one of the world's most played musicians, Minoru Mukaiya, recorded his new album, "The Games - East Meets West 2018" at United Recording. The album, released in October, features both Japanese and American jazz musicians, to create a harmonious blend of rhythms and cultures.

Mukaiya, best known as the former keyboardist of the jazz fusion band Casiopea, released more than 30 albums and toured the world, opening for legendary musicians like Mile Davis. He is also the composer of "Hassha Merodii" or train departure melodies that Japanese commuters listen to everyday at some of the world's busiest stations. His work has produced more than 170 short jingles for over 100 train stations throughout Japan.

For his latest album, Mukaiya collaborated with his Tokyo bandmates and American jazz heavyweights including, Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, Abe Laborial Sr., Paul Jackson Jr. and Don Grusin. He also enlisted his longtime friend and co-producer Don Grusin to create the title song.

In November, Mukaiya and fellow musicians will embark in on a three-city tour in Japan to support the album, which heralds the 2020 Olympic Games.

To view a recording session of "The Games - East Meets West," please visit:

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Pictured (L-R) in United Recording's Studio A are (L-R) Abe Laborial, Sr., bass; Dave Grusin, co-producer, keys; Ernie Watts, sax; Harvey Mason, drums; Scott Moore, United engineer; Paul Jackson, Jr., guitar; Minoru Mukaiya, lead producer, keys; Don Murray, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin


Hollywood, CA, September 2018 - Jammcard, the invite-only social network exclusively for music professionals, selected United Recording for its new Los Angeles headquarters. The move strengthens Jammcard's commitment to providing unparalleled access to industry personnel, events, news, and information. The new music technology start-up will reside in a renovated second-floor, executive corner suite.

"United Recording offers numerous benefits that complement our business," explained Elmo Lovano, founder and CEO, Jammcard. "Many of our members record here, and as a musician, it's always been one of my favorite studios. As a technology company focused on music and the hard-working professionals in the industry, we're happy to be a part of United's incredible community."

Recently, Jammcard completed a million-dollar seed funding round with the legendary music producer, Quincy Jones. "I'm excited and supportive about what Jammcard is doing for music professionals," Jones said in a statement provided to Billboard. "Jammcard elevates the industry in new ways, from connections and new opportunities, to helping represent themselves in a freelance world."

Jammcard launched as a music industry-alternative to LinkedIn, assisting musicians with networking opportunities and job searching. Today, Jammcard is dubbed the "LinkedIn for musicians" by Forbes, providing members with "cards" or digital-first resumes that feature YouTube videos and recordings. The platform also features a robust search functionality, allowing users to search for industry professionals ranging from musicians and producers to engineers and tour managers. Jammcard members are accomplished professionals who have worked with chart-toppers like Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus.

"There's great synergy between Jammcard and United," said United Recording's studio manager, Rob Goodchild. "We work with the same clients and they have an exceptional business model. They are a great fit for our studio."

Jammcard is currently serving musicians in the Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta areas, but has plans to expand throughout the U.S and internationally.

To learn more and apply for membership, visit:

Pictured in Jammcard's new executive suite at United Recording are (L-R) Studio Manager Robin Goodchild and Jammcard CEO Elmo Lovano. Photo by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA, September 2018 -Grammy(r) Award-winning duo, Twenty One Pilots, recently recorded songs for their fifth studio album, "Trench," collaborating with Grammy (r) Award-winning engineer Darrell Thorp at United Recording. The new album is scheduled for release on October 5.

In 2013, Twenty One Pilots rose to fame after several years of touring and independent releases. The group achieved breakthrough success with their fourth album, "Blurryface," which produced the hit singles, "Stressed Out" and "Ride." In 2016, the group released "Heathens" as the lead single on the Suicide Squad soundtrack, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both "Heathens" and "Ride" charted in the same week, making the group the first alternative artists to have two concurrent top ten singles in the U.S, joining The Beatles and Elvis Presley. The following year, the duo won a Grammy (r) Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

The group selected United to record songs for their latest album and to collaborate with Thorp, a seven-time Grammy(r) Award-winning producer and recording engineer. His work with stellar artists like OutKast, Radiohead, Switchfoot, Molotov and Beck has helped produce numerous multi-platinum albums and industry accolades.

"I love working at United Recording," said Thorp. "It's my home away from home. The mic selection, console and the recording rooms help to effortlessly capture great tones. United was my go-to studio when producer Paul Meany asked to help make this record."

"Trench" is scheduled for release on October 5 and available for pre-order at all Digital Service Providers, with exclusive pre-order bundles offered at To view the videos of recently released singles, please visit the following links:
"Nico And the Niners"

Pictured (L-R) in United Recording's Studio A are (L-R) drum technician John Meyer, recording engineer Darrell Thorp, drummer Josh Dun, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph, United staff engineer Rouble Kapoor, and producer/engineer Paul Meany. Photo by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA, July 2018 – The rock group Primal Kings chose United Recording to create the digital masters for the group’s self-titled debut album.

After recording and mixing in full analog, iconic producer and engineer Lenise Bent and Primal King’s lead singer/songwriter Chris Wilson took great care when choosing the right person to shepherd the five-year, fully analog labor of love across the digital divide.

“It was critical to maintain the warmth and feeling of these analog mixes,” said Wilson. "We needed someone who truly understood our vision. Mastering engineer Warren Sokol not only maintained the spirit of the mixes, he managed to highlight the best qualities. As much as we look forward to a vinyl release and a truly all-analog product, we are grateful to Warren for the incredible work on these digital versions of our mixes.”

Primal Kings project began five years ago when Bent visited Los Angeles’ legendary live music venue, The Mint, and was impressed by the band's performance and Wilson's original songs. A year later, after watching the documentary, “Sound City,” Wilson was determined to capture the band’s music in an all-analog format and reached out to Bent, due to her successful track record with the format. The two immediately bonded and embarked on a mission to create an indie record with a big budget sound.

"We were determined to produce the best all-analog recording possible. The budget was tight so we were quite judicious. Primal Kings is the perfect band for this type of recording,” said Bent. “The songs were strong and most tracks were first or second takes. The key to recording analog and staying on budget is to prepare with ample rehearsals and then commit to a performance and move on."

To achieve the analog album, Bent and Wilson went so far as to construct their own plate reverb units.

"Many of the great records I’ve worked on used EMT 140 plate reverb for part of their sound and I wanted that on this record. We looked to possibly buy one for our recording/mixing space, but it was beyond our budget,” explained Bent. “With the guidance and original EMT electronics provided by legendary audio equipment designer, Paul Wolff, the guys created not one but two units for my mixing/reverb needs. One was larger and set with a longer reverb than the other smaller one. I was thrilled with their individual sounds, which were used all over this record."

Primal Kings sessions were recorded to ATR Master 2" inch tape on a Studer 827 24-track tape machine and mixed to ATR Master 1/2" tape on an Otari MTR 10 2-track with 1/2" heads. The playback machine for mastering at United Recording was an Ampex ATR-100 1/2" 2-track.

Wilson added, “The mixes translated perfectly. Being able to create such a satisfying record with the budget limitations and the unforgiving nature of analog/destructive recording just made the whole process and final results even sweeter."

To listen to a Primal Kings preview, visit

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Pictured (L-R) in United Recording’s mastering suite are mastering engineer Warren Sokol, Primal Kings’ Chris Wilson, and producer/engineer Lenise Bent. Article/Photo by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA, June 2018 - The Russian pop-rock quartet, Fox In Oil, chose United Recording to master its second EP, "Snow Falls in The Sahara Desert." Previously, the group worked with United Recording's mastering engineer Warren Sokol on the completion of their debut EP online in 2016.

The Saint Petersburg-based indie band was formed two years ago when a popular trio discovered then 15-year-old singer/songwriter Daria. The remarkable match led the band to a new era of creativity and artistry. In addition to lead vocalist Daria, Fox in Oil includes visionary founder Alex K, Alex V on drums and beat production, Eugene on keyboards and Dmitry on bass. The group specializes in chic pop-rock hooks, sensual modern R&B-tinged vocals and atmospheric textures.

"We enjoyed working with Warren on our previous album, but he truly outdid himself this time. He becomes a true collaborator. It's a pleasure to work with such a gifted mastering engineer, said Alex K. "Our songs became cleaner and bigger. We achieved the pro sound we wanted and Warren even fixed a couple of problems after mixing. It was simply a great job."

In 2016, the group issued its debut EP, "Flowers Bloom in Atacama Desert." Fox In Oil's latest opus, "Snow Falls in The Sahara Desert," is inspired by an actual freakish African snowstorm. The EP features crystalline keyboards, bold string sections, immersive atmospherics and a loose thematic blend of love and relationships mirroring the changing of the seasons-from heated romance to the iciness of breakup. The EP also benefits from the special touch of the Nashville-based production team of Christian Fiore and Daniel Grimmett.

To listen to a live version of "Fleeting Times" from "Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert," please visit:
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Pictured (L-R) in United Recording's mastering suite are Fox In Oil's Daria, Alex K, and mastering engineer Warren Sokol. Photo/Article by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA - May 2018 - VEVA Sound, a leader in music preservation and archiving relocated its Los Angeles headquarters from Burbank to United Recording in Hollywood. The relocation reflects the company's commitment to establish a home base at the epicenter of the Los Angeles music scene.

VEVA Sound will occupy a recently renovated second-floor executive suite that once housed Frank Sinatra's office when his Reprise Records label resided at United Recording.

"We were looking for a label-agnostic studio in Los Angeles and United Recording was the obvious choice," explained Drew Waters, Vice President, VEVA Sound Los Angeles. "United Recording has been around for 60 years and is one of those rare studios that remains relevant and revered by high profile artists."

"We're pleased to welcome VEVA Sound to United Recording," said Rob Goodchild, United Recording's studio manager. "The renovation of our second floor comprises of three new executive suites, enabling us to provide a symbiotic environment to talented members of the music community like VEVA Sound and other leading companies seeking to operate under the United banner . We're excited to work together and advocate for important recording industry initiatives."

VEVA Sound has worked to define, create and implement industry standards for how sound recordings are verified, validated, preserved and enter the digital supply chain. The company services frontline releases for all three major labels.

Through partnerships with The Recording Academy, The Library of Congress, DDEX, NDSA and NDIIP, VEVA Sound creates technologies that allows clients to identify and properly credit their music collections, whether legacy recordings stored on analog or digital tape or current born digital projects. Through the use of their platforms and technology, clients can view, access and report on their information at any time.

"We work with audio assets post-recording so it makes sense for us to center ourselves in a studio that has a steady flow of artists, their teams and associated labels," added Waters. "This 'strategic serendipity' positions us in a mutually beneficial setting to interact with many facets of the industry. Labels are always seeking turnkey solutions and what better place to have that solution than at United Recording."

VEVA's future-proof archival migration and the corresponding metadata ensures that all assets will be available now and in the future, effectively countering the rapid software and hardware obsolescence and high probability of media failure that puts all modern audio and video recordings at high risk.

VEVA has recently released a free DAW-agnostic plugin (SCP- Studio Collect Plugin) that tracks detailed session information (metadata) that travels with all session collaborators and exports a valid DDEX RIN file, so your metadata can travel into the industry using the global standard defined by DDEX.
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Pictured in one of United Recording's new executive suites are (L-R) Robin Goodchild, Studio Manager; Drew Waters, Vice President, VEVA Sound Los Angeles and Hayley Abell, Director of Label Services, VEVA Sound Los Angeles. Photo by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA - March 2018 – The indie-pop band Sister Speak chose United Recording to master its new EP “The Stand.” The album combines acoustic and electronic music into a refreshing new sound.

Sister Speak is comprised of frontwoman Sherri Anne on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar; Jacob Miranda on bass guitar; Sarven Manguiat on electric guitar, keys and vocals; Kimo Shim on percussion; and Stephen Haaker on drums.

“We set out to do an EP similar to our last album, showcasing acoustic music with new electronic elements,” said Sherri Anne. “The album’s unifying theme is individual freedom and features uplifting songs with messages of love, hope and inspiration.

Upon completion of the album, Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Alan Sanderson recommended United Recording’s Erick Labson to master the EP. Sherri Anne recalls, “Alan informed me that Erick was the top mastering guy in Los Angeles.”

“Sherri Anne received previous masters that weren't hitting the mark. She provided me with several reference records that she liked and I just ran with it,” recalled Labson. “She requested the tracks to be open and expansive, but also have the ability to get the listener’s attention right away. I first heard her voice through a smart phone and it didn’t sound great. It was my job to ensure the sound was incredible on any system.”

Labson added, “I first focused on her voice and used some EQ to make sure there weren’t any peaks sticking out. I also used a little bit of MS mid-side processing to keep her centered, warm and present in the mix. Finally, I made space around the vocal so that everything could breathe. The EP translates well on both small and big systems, and still keeps her voice accessible. Once I started mastering the song and increasing the sound, the vocal started dropping back into the mix, so I added a half dB to the middle channel so that she would pop out again. And, there it is.”

“Erick livened up every track and brought out the electronic elements in a way that blended beautifully with the acoustic sound. There was also a combination of pop and indie components that’s appealing to diverse audiences,” said Sherri Anne. “He was able to capture my voice without it sounding overly compressed. I've tested it on 20 different sound systems and there's a warmth to it that works on all of them.”

Sister Speak released their debut album in 2014 and has toured with various artists and performed at music festivals all over the U.S. and western Canada. The band won Best Pop Award at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards.

“The Stand” was produced and recorded by Avli Avliav and is available today on iTunes. To learn more, please visit:

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Pictured in United Recording’s mastering suite are (L-R) Sister Speak’s frontwoman Sherri Anne, United Recording studio manager Rob Goodchild, and mastering engineer Erick Labson. Photo by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA - February 2018 - Acclaimed singer-songwriter Margo Rey chose United Recording to master her new LP "The Roots of Rey."

The album, an American/Latin American songbook, seamlessly blends English and Spanish with masterful arrangements by multi-Grammy Award-winning pianist Oscar Hernandez.

"I take great care in my albums," said Rey. "They are reminiscent of small movies with a beginning, middle and end. Mastering is like polishing a special piece of jewelry. We loved working out the precise spacing between the songs, we didn't want the standard two seconds."

Rey added, "We've created a sonic journey with this album. I've been writing pop songs for more than a decade and it feels good to return to my jazz and Latin American roots. It was also a pleasure to work with United Recording's engineer Warren Sokol, who provided wonderful enhancements to our mixes."

"My job was easy because the mixes were so good. We didn't have to do any noise reduction or recover vocals", said Sokol. "Since the dynamics were maintained, we were able to increase the sound without ruining the dynamics that are essential to both Latin and jazz music. Oftentimes, mix engineers squash things and call it pre-mastering to resemble a finished product, which ultimately impedes our process."

Rey, an eight-time Billboard Top 20 chart-topping artist, has toured throughout North America, the U.K. and S. Korea. In 2012, she wrote her first hit single, "Let the Rain" with John Oates of Hall & Oates. Rey has also performed with Marc Anthony, Dave Koz, Kenny Loggins and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

The full album title is "The Roots of Rey | Despacito Margo" and is available now on iTunes:

To learn more about Rey, please visit

Pictured in United Recording's mastering suite are Margo Rey and engineer Warren Sokol. Photo by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA, February 2018 - Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls chose United Recording studio to track one of his newest songs, "Butt Call," which is included on his first solo album, "Smalls Change."

"Butt Call" is comprised of a series of heavy sound effects and features Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. "In one lifetime, the telephone has gone from a miracle to a pain in the arse," explained Smalls.

"Smalls Change" features a host of renowned musicians including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Lukather, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Richard Thompson, Donald Fagen, David Crosby, Rick Wakeman, and drummers Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Jim Keltner, Gregg Bissonette and Todd Sucherman. The album is set for release on April 13 via Twanky/BMG.

The long-awaited LP is funded through a grant from the British Fund for Ageing Rockers. The album was produced by longtime music director and Spinal Tap keyboardist, CJ Vanston.

Vanston, a contributor to numerous albums by renowned artists like Prince, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion, enjoys producing tracks at United Recording. "I've worked in Studio B many times in the past, but I'm still impressed with the acoustics of that room, especially the enormous drum sound," Vanston said. "It's well known how many drummers Spinal Tap has lost looking for that perfect sound. Derek was so moved by the experience, he stated, 'Time and technology change everything, except the need for change'."

Pictured at the drums under the United Recording "drumbrella" is Taylor Hawkins; Standing (L-R) are CJ Vanston, Ross Hogarth, Wesley Seidman and "Drum Doctor" Ross Garfield. Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured waiting for Derek Smalls in United Recording's Studio B are cellist Gabriel Noel, producer CJ Vanston, vibraphonist Nick Mancini, recording engineer Ross Hogarth, percussionist T.J. Troy and United Recording's staff engineer Wesley Seidman (L-R). Photo by David Goggin.


A classic cassette demo from John Lennon was recently archived at United Recording by head archivist, Dan Johnson. Retrieved by Lennon's producer/engineer Jack Douglas, the cassette was recorded by Lennon in Bermuda before his comeback in 1980.

"I was hanging out with Ringo and he said to me, 'I had a bunch of John's memorabilia in a box and when I moved the box disappeared. I don't have that cassette from Bermuda anymore,'" said Douglas, recalling a recent conversation with Ringo Starr.

Unbeknownst to Starr, Douglas had the cassette, which featured Lennon's demos for songs slated for Starr's album, including 'Real Love' that was later recorded by the three surviving Beatles for The Beatles Anthology Project in 1995.

Lennon recorded the demos after a treacherous sailing trip to Bermuda where several crew members fell ill and required him to steer the boat. The experience renewed his self-confidence, affording him opportunity to return to songwriting.

"I wanted to make a CD of the cassette for Ringo and came to United to work with archivist Dan Johnson. It's incredible to hear what Dan has done," Douglas said.

Johnson noted, "I didn't know what he was planning. Jack booked some time and explained he wanted to transfer a cassette. It was one of those 'Oh my God' moments, but you have to maintain a level of professionalism. I made sure everything was aligned properly and that the machine would accept the tape. The cassette was in great condition and played back perfectly."

United studio manager Rob Goodchild said, "We built our new archiving studio to accommodate analog and early digital recordings that are nearing the end of their shelf lives. We ensure recordings are properly preserved and archived."

Pictured in United's Archiving Suite are (L-R) Studio Manager Robin Goodchild, Archive Engineer Dan Johnson, and Producer Jack Douglas. Article & Photo by David Goggin