TRACK RECORD, OVERVIEW, & SOME IMPRESSIVE HISTORY OF RUMBO
Rumbo Recorders, was sold in the Spring o 2003, At the time
of the sale in 2003, Rumbo was a 10,000 square foot building,
containing a three-room, state-of-the-art, recording studio
- located in Canoga Park, California.
Rumbo was initially designed & built in 1979 by Daryl Dragon,
also known as the "Captain" of the Captain
& Tennille. Comfort along with a 'no pressure', creative
environment in a studio was always the motto that Daryl believes
enhanced he & his wife's (Toni
Tennille) success in the music industry, and with the successful
track records of countless other successful producers / engineers
/ artists that had since completed projects at Rumbo for more
than two decades, the above described 'creative environment
obviously contributed to the immense musical outflow from Rumbo.
As mentioned above, Rumbo was recently sold.. During it's span
of operation - while owned by Captain & Tennille, Rumbo
Recorders had become a respected, trusted recording facility
and had firmly established itself as a major creative force
in the Southern California-based recording industry. To visit,
virtually & historically what RUMBO WAS, click on the link
entitled, 'HOME' now.
- BUT: CHANGE WAS IN THE AIR:
Dramatic Changes in the recording / music industries as of the
year 2000 or so, had unfortunately taken it's toll on just about
all recording facilities - as well as the entire music-recording
business in general; negative changes consisting mainly of what
has been labeled 'internet audio-file sharing / swapping' or
illegal music piracy, which had literally created a permanent
'on hold' condition in the record business - which will probably
continue to stifle the industry - until the industry can figure
out a 'fix' (an alternative income-earning-model) for this ongoing
problem. Illegal 'pirating ' or file sharing of copyrighted
music, along with record company's resulting limited artist-rosters
and dwindling recording budgets, had basically resulted in a
massive shut-down of many other independent recording facilities
across the nation as well. SO: It was decided at that time,
that it was probably a wise idea to 'sell Rumbo' - just in case
an easy 'fix' for the recording industry was not just around
& DARYL WISH THE NEW BUYERS SUCCESS IN THEIR DECISION TO
KEEP THE BUILDING AS A RECORDING STUDIO!!
It is certainly possible that the climate of the recording industry
could change for the better - dramatically - very soon, and
that Rumbo will again produce tons more of the great (radio
friendly) music it has been known for - throughout it's long
history. Whatever the climate of the recording industry, Toni
and Daryl wish all the best for the new owners of this very
-UPDATE: THIS NEWS / EMAIL received
in Jan. '09: A DRASTIC CHANGE WAS
DESTINED TO BE - IN THE AIR:
Tapes & Weddings.
Date: Monday, January 26, 2009 3:02:43 PM
Hello, to whom it may concern,
I'm a recording engineer/producer who worked on various projects
at Rumbo over the years. One of my clients, Bob Seger, has recently
taken interest in tracking down old tapes that may have been
left at studios over the years. I recently contacted the current
owners of Rumbo and they were kind enough to let me dig through
the pile of tapes in the attic above the studio.
We didn't find anything pertaining to Seger but I did come across
a handful that were "Captain & Tennille" and thought
you might want to be aware of that information. I surely would've
thought you would have gathered up all your important assets
before leaving the building and perhaps these last few reels
are nothing of major interest. But I felt compelled to let you
know my findings.
It was with a heavy heart that I pulled out of the parking lot
of Rumbo, not for the lack of discovery of tapes for my client,
but at the site of seeing the large studio being disassembled.
The console was on it's back, the modules removed, and covered
in plastic. It was ready to be shipped out. The control room
was completely gutted and a 2 foot stage built in it's place.
The new owners apparently want to book out the room for weddings
and bar mitzvahs.
Long live Rock 'n Roll,
READ AN ARTICLE RELEASED BY "LA
WEEKLY" (2009) RE. GUNS 'N ROSES AND RUMBO RECORDERS.
READ A PARTIAL LISTING
OF FAMED RECORDING ARTISTS, PRODUCERS, ENGINEERS, ETC, WHO HAVE
WORKED AT RUMBO RECORDERS.