In today’s music business, specialization seems to be the name of the game. Everywhere you look, there is another niche studio specializing in a specific genre – rock, country, pop – and they all say the same thing, “We know how to record your genre of music.” And they do. They have found a formula that consistently turns out rock albums that sound like rock albums or country albums that sound like country albums. But here’s the thing: If you record at a studio that specializes in “rock” music, for example, your album is going to sound like every other “rock” album that studio has recorded. Your songs will remind people of someone else. Is that really what you’re looking for? Sweetwater Studios is a totally different experience.
We don’t chase what’s hot and try to replicate it. We don’t focus solely on a single genre of music. We specialize in sound – more specifically, your sound. We take a pro-active, collaborative approach to help you find it, hone it, and perfect it. We do this with a deep, in-house roster of award-winning, musical, and engineering talent surrounded by world-class facilities and state-of-the-art technology. We create an experience that’s like no other, so you get a sound that’s all your own – not someone else’s.
Each of our three studios are world-class acoustic spaces built to accommodate a wide variety of recording projects. All three were designed by the world-renowned Russ Berger Design Group.
Our studios are versatile enough to handle anything from singer/songwriters to 10 piece rhythm sections – and when you add in our 250 seat Performance Theatre (connected to Studio A via audio tie lines and high definition video), we can even handle choirs, orchestral groups, big bands, and other large ensembles. Whatever your needs, we have the right space for you.
Studio A houses our largest recording studio. Its dynamic live room can easily accommodate full bands or other large ensembles. Not only does it have two isolation booths, but Studio A is also connected through tie lines to the booths in Studios B and C. And it’s tied into our Performance Theatre, which can be used as a soundstage. Studio A’s control room features a completely custom Neve/Avid System 6 system and a stack of high-end preamps and processors, with a 2.1 system of ATC 150s and ATC sub, as well as Focal SM9 monitors.
Studio B, a more intimate workspace than studio A, is perfect for overdubbing, editing, and mixing. Built around an SSL AWS 948 Delta in-line analog console and DAW controller, it’s equipped with three ATC 45As, two ATC 20As and a Subwoofer Pro for 5.1 monitoring and mixing.
Studio C is our mixing and mastering suite. Equipped with ATC 25A monitors and a comprehensive collection of Dangerous Music gear, Studio C sounds incredible. The Studio C iso booth is great for voice-overs as well as for vocal and instrumental overdubs.
Our 250-seat Performance Theatre is an incredible space for recording live shows and performance groups such as choirs, an orchestra, and big bands. The Performance Theatre is connected to Studio A, allowing groups to use the theatre’s stage while also utilizing the tools available in our largest control room.
With a deep respect for all kinds of music and those who create it, we have taken great care to build a team of producers, engineers, and musicians who possess not only great technical expertise but also the natural ability to inspire people. Bringing together hundreds of years of expertise comes from working in studios around the world with singers and musicians from across the musical spectrum. Our commitment to providing an incredible client experience comes from our Sweetwater roots – where doing the right thing permeates each and every element of the business.