Nearly 50 years after originally opening its doors, Sound City has returned! With over 100 gold and platinum albums recorded there, Sound City's incredible sound has graced landmark albums in every decade since its early beginnings.

Originally built as a factory for Vox amplifiers, a studio was added in 1964 to test amplifiers. After a few years the building was purchased by Tom Skeeter who partnered with Joe Gottfried in 1969 with the intent to operate a commercial recording studio: Sound City Studios was born. Despite a few high profile sessions such as Neil Young, Dr. John and James Gang, the studio struggled to stay afloat for the first few years. The 70s Then in 1973, the studio invested in purchasing additional equi...

Nearly 50 years after originally opening its doors, Sound City has returned! With over 100 gold and platinum albums recorded there, Sound City's incredible sound has graced landmark albums in every decade since its early beginnings.

Originally built as a factory for Vox amplifiers, a studio was added in 1964 to test amplifiers. After a few years the building was purchased by Tom Skeeter who partnered with Joe Gottfried in 1969 with the intent to operate a commercial recording studio: Sound City Studios was born. Despite a few high profile sessions such as Neil Young, Dr. John and James Gang, the studio struggled to stay afloat for the first few years.

The 70s

Then in 1973, the studio invested in purchasing additional equipment to attract clients. But it will not be until a young couple named Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks came in to record their debut album that fortune changed.

Through a chance encounter with drummer Mick Fleetwood, the couple joined Fleetwood Mac and went on to record the start of a string of hit albums. The release of their eponymous album in 1975 made the band superstars and put Sound City firmly on the map. It also further reinforced the reputation of the studio as one of the greatest drum room in the world.

Soon the 70s saw a flood of stars finding their way to Sound City: War, Elton John, The Grateful Dead, REO Speedwagon, Santana, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers among others. The founders, Tom and Joe, also signed a young unknown called Rick Springfield to their fledgling record label entering the 80s with a roar!

The 80s

While Jessie’s Girl monopolized the airwaves in 1981, the studio maintained its magnetic appeal to artists looking to spark their magic within the now legendary building.

Sound City’s unique sonic qualities saw it record a mind-blowingly diverse set of artists. Diana Ross and Pat Benatar, Dio and Barry Manilow, Saxon and Air Supply, RATT and Bob Dylan, The Chipmunks and Masters of Reality! But in the end, it’s Sound City’s rock N’ Roll roots which will see it enter the 90s with a bang!

The 90s

Drums, drums, and drums. Bands which music was centered on live performance and grounded around powerful drums kept flooding the doors of the studio. And so many left with a hit...but none would have a more important impact than a bunch of young kids from Aberdeen, Washington.

The sound that defined grunge and filled the ears of a generation found its source in room A at Sound City. Nirvana fought the tide of electronic and digital music prevalent at the time and extended rock music’s beating heart. The album put the studio back on the map and attracted a generation of rockers to follow the same path leading to the uncontested home of rock all the way through the 2000s.

Rebirth of a Legend

Now Sound City is back! In 2016, Tom's Daughter Sandy Skeeter and Olivier Chastan joined forces to rebuild the studio back to its former prestige. Centered around a legendary Helios recording console, the studio offers the best of vintage analog equipment (including exceptional tape machines) along with modern digital equipment. Room B also boasts another legendary Helios console originally installed at Island Studios in London. The studio is ready to reclaim its title as the home of rock and bring some of its magic to established artists and budding musicians alike.

Client List

1970 Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus David Briggs
1970 Neil Young After The Gold Rush Neil Young, David Briggs, Kendall Pacios
1972 Dr. John Dr. John's Gumbo Jerry Wexler
1973 Buckingham Nicks Buckingham Nicks Keith Olsen
1974 Evel Knievel Evel Knievel  
1974 Elton John Caribou Gus Dudgeon
1974 Bachman–Turner Overdrive Not Fragile Randy Bachman
1974 Bill Cosby At Last Bill Cosby Really Sings Stu Gardner
1975 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Keith Olsen
1975 War Why Can't We Be Friends? Jerry Goldstein
1975 Nils Lofgren Nils Lofgren David Briggs
1977 Grateful Dead Terrapin Station Keith Olsen
1977 REO Speedwagon You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish John Boylan, Gary Richrath, Kevin Cronin, Paul Grupp
1978 Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight Tom Werman
1978 Walter Egan Not Shy Lindsey Buckingham / Richard Dashut
1978 Foreigner Double Vision Keith Olsen
1979 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedoes Jimmy Iovine
1980 Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion Keith Olsen
1981 Rick Springfield Working Class Dog Keith Olsen / Bill Drescher
1981 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Hard Promises Tom Petty / Jimmy Iovine
1981 Santana Zebop! Keith Olsen
1982 Pat Benatar Precious Time Keith Olsen
1982 Hawks 30 Seconds Over Otho John Ryan/Hawks
1982 REO Speedwagon Good Trouble Kevin Beamish
1982 Fear The Record Gary Lobow
1982 Barry Manilow Here Comes the Night Bill Drescher
1982 Rick Springfield Living in Oz Bill Drescher
1983 Dio Holy Diver Ronnie James Dio
1983 Sharon O'Neill Foreign Affairs John Boylan
1984 Ratt Out of the Cellar Beau Hill
1984 Rick Springfield Hard to Hold Bill Drescher
1984 Saxon Crusader Kevin Beamish
1985 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Southern Accents Tom Petty / Jimmy Iovine
1985 Loudness Thunder in the East Max Norman
1988 Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits  
1989 Keel Larger Than Live Ron Keel
1991 Nirvana Nevermind Butch Vig
1992 Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun Kyuss / Chris Goss
1992 Masters of Reality Sunrise on the Sufferbus Chris Goss / Ginger Baker
1992 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Garth Richardson
1992 Green Jellÿ Cereal Killer Sylvia Massy
1993 Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley Kyuss / Chris Goss
1993 Tool Undertow Sylvia Massy / C.J. Buscaglia
1993 Rancid Rancid Brett Gurewitz
1993 Tom Petty Greatest Hits  
1994 Tom Petty Wildflowers Rick Rubin
1994 The Black Crowes Amorica Jack Joseph Puig
1994 Slayer Divine Intervention Rick Rubin / Toby Wright / Slayer
1995 Dashboard Prophets Burning Out The Inside Garth Richardson
1995 Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute Rick Rubin
1995 Kyuss ...And the Circus Leaves Town Chris Goss
1996 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Songs and Music from "She's the One" Tom Petty
1996 Carl Perkins Go Cat Go! Various / Eddie Kramer
1996 Johnny Cash Unchained Rick Rubin
1996 Weezer Pinkerton Weezer, David Fridmann
1996 Tonic Lemon Parade Jack Joseph Puig
1997 Fu Manchu The Action Is Go Jay Noel Yuenger
1998 Various Godzilla: The Album Foo Fighters
1998 Frank Black and the Catholics Frank Black and the Catholics Frank Black
1998 Superdrag Head Trip in Every Key Jerry Finn / Superdrag
1998 System of a Down System of a Down Rick Rubin, System of a Down
1999 Frank Black and the Catholics Pistolero Nick Vincent
1999 Jimmy Eat World Clarity Mark Trombino
2000 A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms Billy Howerdel
2000 Queens of the Stone Age Rated R Chris Goss
2001 Frank Black and the Catholics Dog in the Sand Nick Vincent
2001 Slipknot Iowa Ross Robinson
2001 Treble Charger Wide Awake Bored Matt Hyde
2001 Fu Manchu California Crossing Matt Hyde
2001 Vanilla Ice Bi-Polar Vanilla Ice
2003 Matchbook Romance West For Wishing Brett Gurewitz
2003 Hotwire The Routine Matt Hyde
2003 Kings of Leon Youth & Young Manhood Ethan Johns
2003 Poison the Well You Come Before You Pelle Henricsson
2003 Rancid Indestructible Brett Gurewitz
2004 Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First Brett Gurewitz
2004 Seo Taiji 7th Issue Seo Taiji
2005 Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze Joe Barresi
2005 Wolfmother Wolfmother Dave Sardy
2005 Nine Inch Nails With Teeth Trent Reznor
2005 Madrugada The Deep End George Drakoulias
2005 Ry Cooder Chávez Ravine Ry Cooder
2007 Mavis Staples We'll Never Turn Back Ry Cooder
2008 Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty Kevin Augunas / Cold War Kids
2008 Metallica Death Magnetic Rick Rubin
2008 Nine Inch Nails The Slip Trent Reznor
2008 Elvis Costello and the Imposters Momofuku Elvis Costello / Jason Lader
2009 Kid Rock Born Free Rick Rubin
2009 The Higher It's Only Natural Mike Green
2009 Wolfmother Cosmic Egg Alan Moulder
2010 Josh Groban Illuminations Rick Rubin
2010 Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys Chris Walla / Death Cab for Cutie
2010 Triggerfinger All This Dancin' Around Greg Gordon
2010 Year Long Disaster Black Magic; All Mysteries Revealed Nick Raskulinecz
2011 Mastodon The Hunter Mike Elizondo
2011 Everclear Return to Santa Monica Nathaniel Kunkel / Art Alexakis
2011 Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See James Ford
2011 Halos Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces Greg Richling
2011 Noah and the Whale Last Night on Earth Noah and the Whale
2011 The Lonely Forest Arrows Chris Walla

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