Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles will close its doors on August 31. The three-room facility on Fairfax Avenue will be demolished to make way for a group of live/work lofts for musicians. The studio¹s current owners—producers Dee, Joe and Bruce Robb—will retain most of the studio equipment, including one of two original Trident A-Range consoles and two pairs of custom Augspurger monitors. The other vintage Trident will be put up for sale in the near future.
“I’m nostalgic about the end of an era, but I’m in the middle of a movie and have three albums to finish,” says Bruce Robb. “So, luckily, I don’t have time to get too sentimental right now.”
The new lofts—a collaboration between the Robb brothers and developers RE-Think Development—will be built with “green” materials and acoustically designed to facilitate home recording.
Cherokee Studios¹ Fairfax location opened in 1975 when the facility was acquired from MGM Records. Studio 1 (pictured), with its 35×58-foot live room and five iso booths, is remembered from its MGM days as Frank Sinatra’s string room. In addition to Sinatra, the studio’s clients included David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson.
For more information, visit www.cherokeestudios.com.