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Walden Moves Into Ocean Way

Composer, arranger and conductor Chris Walden, a frequent visitor to Ocean Way Recording, has moved into the facility's new Studio C production suite.

Chris Walden (left) and Robin Goodchild in Studio C. Photo by David Goggin.
Hollywood, CA (April 19, 2013)—Composer, arranger and conductor Chris Walden, a frequent visitor to Ocean Way Recording, has moved into the facility’s new Studio C production suite.

“The advantage of having my own writing room here at Ocean Way is that when I am done with the writing, the recordings can be done right here as well,” explained Walden, who has worked often in Ocean Way’s big A and B tracking and mixing rooms. “When the musicians arrive, I can just walk across the hall to conduct the big bands or orchestras.”

Walden has previously worked at Ocean Way on such projects as the Paul Anka Christmas album Songs of December, which was recorded by Al Schmitt in Studio A, and for the NBC series, The Playboy Club, produced by Richard Marx in Studio B.

“I won’t be doing much recording or mixing in Studio C,” added Walden, “but I do have a little Pro Tools|HD rig to maybe record a single instrument, listen to a rough mix, or do some editing. I have Finale notation software, which is like pencil and paper for me, and my Yamaha KX-88 is an old master keyboard, but the action feels really nice, like a real piano.”

“We couldn’t have a better client to launch Studio C, the first of a number of our planned production suites,” remarked studio manager Robin Goodchild. “And with our new affiliation with the film/TV Sunset Gower Studios next door, it makes for an even better creative fit.”

Walden, a four-time Grammy nominee, has scored more than 40 feature and TV films. He has written more than a thousand orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, David Foster, Paul Anka, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Christopher Cross, and for orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, among many more. He has orchestrated for Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole.

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