Sunset Sound S1P Tutti – 500 Series Preamp
A 500-series issue of the preamps found in the custom API consoles at Sunset Sound Studios.
If the name Sunset Sound S1P Tutti rings familiar, that’s because the Sunset Sound in question is none other than Hollywood’s famous Sunset Sound recording studio. And “Tutti” in this case does not mean full orchestra; rather it pays homage to Sunset’s founder, Tutti Camarata. The Sunset Sound S1P Tutti is a 500-series mic/instrument preamp that celebrates 50 years of recordings, including albums by The Doors, Van Halen, Sheryl Crow, Led Zeppelin, and the Wallflowers. Famous for its vocal-recording quality, the S1P is based on the preamp used in the massive API console in Studio A where so many famous vocalists have recorded.
The Sunset Sound S1P uses dual Hardy 990 op amps and two custom-made Cinemag nickel transformers (in-out) built to the same specifications as the originals made by Ed Reichenbach, father of Cinemag’s Tom Reichenbach. Before the release of the S1P preamp, the only way to get that custom API-De Medio preamp sound was to record at Sunset Sound. Thanks to the S1P’s modular 500-series format, Sunset Sound comes to you.
Sunset Sound S1P Tutti unique features:
- Same design used in the Sunset API/De Medio consoles
- Dual Hardy 990 op-amps
- Custom Cinemag nickel transformers
Sunset Sound S1P Tutti key features:
- Greater than 60dB of Gain
- 10Hz to 60kHz FLAT
- Distortion less than .02%
- Clips at +28dBu
- Signal/overload Indicator
- Selectable input gain, 10dB steps
- Adjustable gain trim, +/- 6dB
- Output fader control
- Front and Rear XLR Mic input
- Hi-Z/INST front-panel input
- Made in the USA
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INSIDE THE BOX — Sunset Sound S1P Tutti Preamp
In the early days of Sunset Sound, there were no commercial consoles available. All recording studio consoles were custom made. Designers such as Dean Jensen, Frank De Medio, Eric Benton, and Bob Bushnell were kept pretty busy in LA designing custom consoles using Saul Walker’s API modules. Custom API consoles were built for recording facilities such as CBS in-house studios, Fox sound stages, Sunset Sound, Hollywood Sound Recorders, and Oceanway Studios, to name a few. Many of these consoles are still in use today, including the two custom API consoles designed by Frank De Medio, Eric Benton, and Deane Jensen at Sunset Sound.
It is from these consoles that spring the Sunset Sound S1P “Tutti” 50th Anniversary preamp. The Sunset Sound S1P Tutti mic/line preamp is 100% discrete and draws less than 100ma, making it quite friendly with 500-series power racks. It features components such as the Hardy 990 discrete op-amp, considered to be the finest op-amp available for audio applications. The Hardy 990 is based on the original 990 designed by Deane Jensen of Jensen Transformers, for he was awarded a patent. The Hardy 990 offers several important changes and improvements over the original Jensen design.
The Sunset Sound S1P also features the same custom transformers built by Ed Reichenbach, whose son, Tom, founded Cinemag, the company that built the custom transformers currently found in the S1P.
OUTSIDE THE BOX — Sunset Sound S1P Tutti Preamp
The sunset gold faceplate of the 500-series S1P “Tutti” mic/instrument preamp features the following controls, including Gain from 10-60dB, ±6dB trim; a fader-like rotary output that allows you to hit the preamp hard for a thicker, more aggressive sound and adjust output to prevent distorting ADAs; a front-panel XLR/1/4" input for mic, line, or instrument; plus phase reverse and phantom power.
Who’s using Sunset Sound:
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say, who’s recorded at Sunset Sound and used the console preamps:
Studio 1: Van Halen, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Macy Gray, Bee Gees, Doobie Bros., Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Oingo Boingo, Luis Miguel, Rolling Stones, Dave Grusin, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Lee Ritenour, Fourplay, Richard Thompson, Yes, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Annette Funicello, Carly Simon, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Bangles, Fishbone, Randy Newman, Sly & Family Stone, “Fabulous Baker Boys”, Vonda Shepard, Tom Petty, “The Firm”, Sheena Easton, Patti Austin, Aaron Neville, “Mary Poppins”, Sam Cooke, The Turtles, “101 Dalmations”, Lovin» Spoonful, Buffalo Springfield, Janis Joplin, Genesis, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, “My Best Friend»s Wedding”, Reel Big Fish, “Dr. Doolittle”, “The Truman Show”, and “Tootsie”
Studio 2: Van Halen, Led Zeppelin IV, Sheryl Crow, Smashing Pumpkins, Matthew Sweet, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Celine Dion, Earl Klugh, Alanis Morrisette, Michael Jackson, Toto, Lita Ford, Robert Palmer, “Dick Tracy”, “Dune”, “Days Of Thunder”, “Rocky II & IV”, Ry Cooder, Richard Marx, Aretha Franklin, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Crowded House, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Holliday, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack,
Rick James, “Major League”, “Great Balls Of Fire”, Michael Feinstein, “Wayne»s World”, “Wayne»s World II”, Alice Cooper (Muscle »73), Leo Sayer, “The Waterboy”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Pleasantville”, Doyle Bramhall, Weezer, “The Prince Of Egypt”, DDT, Poison, and Andy Williams
Studio 3: The Surfers, Elliott Smith, Social Distortion, Sugar Ray, Mary Lou Lord, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil”, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince,
Dan Fogelberg, Hiroshima, Rancid, k d lang, The Wallflowers, Beck, Mr. Mister, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Kix, Desert Rose Band, Air Supply, Counting Crows, Deborah Harry, Jody Watley, Neil Diamond, Rita Coolidge, Lionel Ritchie, Sam Phillips, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Jones, Van Dyke Parks, Gillian Welch, The Refreshments, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Thisway, and Melissa Etheridge
About Sunset Sound
“Why would I want to own a studio,” Walt Disney responded to the suggestion of his company’s director of recording Tutti Camarata. “I’d rather be a client.” Was this gentle Walt’s way of asking his music man to seek employment elsewhere, or a subtle nudge to encourage entrepreneurship? Tutti presumed the latter, and so it began. It was a perfect little brick structure, once an automotive repair garage. The walls, ceiling, and floor all slanted toward one corner of the cavern where the excess automobile fluids trickled into a drain. Non-parallel surfaces are ideal for acoustic control—and ideal for a studio! Tutti kicked the tires a few times and declared, “I’ll take it!” Little did he know that the small step he took in 1958 on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood would soon be joined by the stampede of giants.
If you can’t go to Sunset Sound, let Sunset Sound come to your studio—put an S1P Tutti preamp or two in your 500-series rack. For more information, call or chat with an RSPE representative today.