Studio A

From Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush to Nirvana’s Nevermind, as well as albums such as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedos, The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ One Hot Minute, Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut, Nine Inch Nails’ With Teeth, Metallica’s Death Magnetic and more than 100 other gold and platinum albums; Sound City Studio A is one of the most recognizable recording rooms in the world, particularly for drum recordings.

 

Since the studio’s founding in 1969, Studio A has remained largely unchanged (save for a fresh coat of paint). According to famed producer Rick Rubin, a regular during the studio’s original incarnation (1969 - 2011): 

Guitars sound pretty much the same everywhere, but drums change from room to room, and the sound at Sound City was among the best
— Rick Rubin

Originally centered around a Neve 8028, which was highlighted by Foo Fighter’s frontman Dave Grohl in his 2013 documentary Sound City, Studio A now serves as the home of a classic and legendary 1973 Helios “Type 69” console, another famous British mixing desk manufacturer.

Historically, Sound City Studios stayed true to the classic analog format, even as digital systems began to dominate the industry surrounding it. While we continue that tradition today with a variety of tape machines by Ampex and 3M, the studio also incorporates state of the art digital technology, including Pro Tools.

 

Live Room Dimensions: 43’ x 38’ x 40' x 40'

Control Room Dimensions: 25’ x 23’