The Complex Studio B, early 80s: George Massenburg, David Foster & Maurice White (photo by: Bruce W. Talamon).
As you walk down the corridor towards Studio C, you can feel and smell the magical, creative dust in the air.
Back in 1978, Earth Wind & Fire (EW&F) were on top of the world. In an unprecedented deal with Columbia/CBS, Maurice White (leader and visionary behind EW&F) setup his ARC label headquarters here, alongside state of the art recording rooms and rehearsal spaces, acoustically treated and designed to pin drop specifications by the legendary audio engineer George Massenburg.
Massenberg, EW&F’s principal engineer, established The Complex as his home base to build his prototype parametric EQ’s and compressors. His world famous GML consoles were designed and built here, with one still standing in Studio B, having never left the building, preserved as a landmark from that era. Countless records and hits were made within these walls.
Everyone from Prince, Quincy Jones, Lionel Ritchie, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, The Eagles, Neil Young, Weather Report, Deniece Williams and Barbra Streisand graced these walls with their presence. The feeling is palpable.