The Midwest's Flagship Recording Studio

The Rooms

From premium analog recording to Dolby Atmos mixing.

Studio A

The New Classic. Inspired space for creative recording.

Studio B

Stereo and Dolby Atmos on a 9.1.4 PMC system.

Studio C

Stereo and Dolby Atmos on a 9.1.4 Focal/ATC system.

The Gear

Access a massive collection of instruments and microphones.

The Workshops

Learn advanced techniques from industry pros.

Many of the world’s greatest engineers and producers were coached by mentors in the moment, learning their trade and tackling new techniques in live studio sessions. Sweetwater Studios Workshops and Masterclasses give us a chance to carry on that tradition and to impart our industry knowledge in a real-world setting that’s informative, exciting, and accessible to anyone who’s passionate about making great recordings.

We’re honored to host incredible performers from a wide variety of genres, to employ professional instructors with years of experience and lengthy lists of credits, and to invite you to this hands-on and ears-on learning opportunity in our world-class, multi-studio facility.

Sweetwater Founder Chuck Surack

The Journey of a Recording Studio

Chuck Surack founded Sweetwater in 1979 in the cramped cabin of a Volkswagen bus. Originally a recording company, the mobile studio toured the country with Chuck at the wheel, recording artists and providing other audio services. 

In the early 80s, Chuck added the Kurzwiel K250 to his growing collection, creating his own sound library that was quickly adopted by chart-topping musicians. Before long, these musicians began approaching Chuck to consult them on their K250 purchases with factory options and Sweetwater-specific upgrades. This evolved into wider instrument and gear sales with a focus on personal interaction and customer support. And over time, the Sweetwater we know today was born. 

As Sweetwater grew, we never lost sight of our roots. From the studio’s beginnings in that humble VW bus, we’ve continued to evolve and grow along with the industry. Today our studios offer many of the same legendary pieces that would have been in a top studio in 1979 — Neumann microphones, Fairchild compressors, and a large-format console designed by Rupert Neve, to name a few — alongside cutting-edge technology like Dolby Atmos.

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