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People, technology, and passion

Amazing music happens here every day.

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The Unique Sweetwater Experience

Rivaling recording studios in big music cities such as New York, LA, or Nashville, Sweetwater Studios is one of the Midwest’s musical gems. Our talented engineers have decades of studio experience, and our top-notch session musicians have played on countless projects – including award-winning records. Our rooms are packed with the best gear available, including state-of-the-art Pro Tools systems and analog equipment from Rupert Neve Designs, Solid State Logic, Dangerous Music, Chandler Limited, Manley, and more. Our mic locker is second to none, plus we have an on-site music store with the country’s largest single-location inventory of instruments, keyboards, drums, and more. So the real question isn’t, what do we have? It’s more like, what do you need?

Recording at Sweetwater Studios means you don’t have to worry about anything but making great music. Everything you need is right here on the Sweetwater campus. If you get hungry, grab a bite in our Downbeat Diner. If you need an energy bump, get a latte or enjoy some ice cream in the Crescendo Cafe. If you’re tense, get a massage at Wavelengths Salon & Spa. And when it’s time to unwind, enjoy live music in the Crescendo Club, or stop by the arcade for a game of pool, a round of virtual golf, or one of our classic arcade games. Oh, and you must join the ranks of the famous musicians who have taken a ride on our giant metal slide!

Enjoy a world-class studio experience in a relaxed environment, at an affordable price. Give us a call, and let’s discuss how we can help you. We’d love to make your next recording project a truly magical experience.

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Peter Erskine

"There is a magic that happens in a great recording space. We found that magic here at Sweetwater Studios and I know we’ll definitely be back."

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Our History

Sweetwater began as a recording studio in the late 1970s with Chuck Surack as its founder and engineer. Chuck had a 4-track recording studio in the back of his VW bus. He’d record bands in local clubs, then take the tapes back to his home to mix and master them. At the same time, Chuck had begun creating sounds for the groundbreaking Kurzweil K250 keyboard and selling those sounds to many of the biggest names in the industry. Those sound-design clients were also seeking a retailer they could trust. Chuck saw a niche, and Sweetwater’s retail division was born.

In 1987, Sweetwater built a brand-new studio on Bass Road in Southwest Fort Wayne, Indiana. Eventually both the retail and the recording sides of Sweetwater had far outgrown the Bass Road facility, so in 2007, Sweetwater relocated to a magnificent 44-acre campus on US Highway 30 in Fort Wayne. Home to the largest inventory of music gear in the United States, the Sweetwater campus boasts a beautiful music store, a thriving Academy of Music and Technology, a diner, a café, a salon and spa, and a game arcade.

No matter how much or how fast we grow, Sweetwater Studios remains just as committed to providing an amazing experience as we were in the beginning.

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