Up Close: Studio City Sound

Grammy-winning Producer/Mixer with Musical Family Ties: Tom Weir, owner and operator of Studio City Sound, established himself as a formidable force behind the boards by producing and mixing “Rock On,” a No. 1 hit in 1989 for his brother, soap star and singer Michael Damian. Some of the artists and producers who visited Weir’s home studio in Calabasas in the wake of that success became clients later as he moved to two different North Hollywood-based facilities in the ‘90s and established Studio City Sound in 2002. Weir won a Grammy for mixing Toots & the Maytals 2004 all-star duets album True Love.

While catering to indie artists in many genres and building its rep as a post-production house for popular films and TV shows (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Criminal Minds, Ice Age 5, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Studio City Sound has hosted sessions by numerous Interscope artists as well as superstars Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Chris Cornell, Warren G, Graham Nash and Joe Bonamassa. Weir says, “We’ve worked with everyone from rapper Famous Dex to the Carmelite Sisters of Los Angeles.”

Full-Service Production Facility: From budding songwriters seeking to develop their craft or record their first demos to legendary artists, Studio City Sound’s staff of veteran engineers assist clients with a wide array of services––recording, mixing, mastering, arrangements, programming, vocal producing/arranging, string/brass arranging, vocal production, song selection and songwriting assistance. SCS has three fully equipped studios with a spacious tracking room, ISO rooms and a mix of state of the art and vintage gear. Its main tracking room (Studio A) has a Custom Vintage Neve 8068 MK II mixing console, a Yamaha C5 grand piano and vintage keyboards like a Hammond B-3 organ and Fender Rhodes. Weir also calls it “a great drum room.” Studio B, which is currently being expanded from two to three rooms to allow for social distancing, is specially designed for overdubs and 5.1 mixing. Studio C is a dedicated mixing and mastering room with an SSL 4048 console and world class equipment, including Custom Inward Connections. In the wake of COVID-19, Weir is creating mirrored setups in all studios so up to three clients can share the same work screen at a safe distance.

Live Streaming: For almost a decade before it was a necessity because of the pandemic, Studio City Sound has been live streaming concerts (500+ and counting), worship services, memorial services, award ceremonies, telethons and more for numerous clients including Interscope Records, Saint Charles Borromeo Church and School, Sinai Temple, the Carmelite Sisters of Los Angeles and many others. Before YouTube and Facebook Live, they used Youstream. SCS also offers three unique graduation streaming packages––the most extensive that includes streaming the event in multi-camera HD video and audio. All include voice overs, photos and video clips.