Iconic Recording Studios Part II


Last week we discussed some famous recording studios and why they are important and well known. Here is a look at a few more world-renowned music recording studios that helped to put our favorite artists on the map!


Sound City Studios

The studio was founded in 1969 in an area called Van Nuys which is in Los Angeles, California. Joe Gottfried and Tom Skeeter decided to go into business together and record music while also managing various artists. What they ended up creating was one of the most successful studios of the 70’s and “the birthplace of many of the greatest recordings in rock and roll history.” A key component that set this studio apart was a “state-of-the-art recording console” that really no one else in the industry had: the Neve 8028. There was only four of these consoles in existence, it has 28 inputs, and costed Tom Skeeter $75,175 in 1969! Another aspect that set Sound City apart was the sound quality of the drums in their recordings. According to studio drummer Jeff Porcaro “you only had to set up the drums in order to get a get a good drum sound.” Their signature analog sound “contributed to more than a hundred gold and platinum albums.” Also, the studio was the subject of a documentary with Dave Grohl called Sound City. The movie centers around the ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter’s front man purchasing the iconic Neve console and bringing it to his own studio.


Notable Recordings/Artists    

Neil Young: “After The Gold Rush”

Dr. John: “Dr. John’s Gumbo”

Elton John: “Caribou”

Nirvana: “Nevermind”

Weezer: Pinkerton

Fleetwood Mac


Grateful Dead



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Rage Against the Machine

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Queens of The Stone Age

Wolf Mother

And More!


Electric Lady Studios

The location of this studio could not get any better. It is located in Greenwich Village in New York City. Before it was a recording studio though, it was a hopping nightclub called The Generation that hosted jam sessions boasted acts like B.B. King, Chuck, Berry, Sly and the Family Stone, oh yeah and Jimi Hendrix. With the urging of his manager Michael Jeffery, Hendrix converted the venue into a highly professional recording studio, and would be “the only artists-owned recording studio in existence at the time.” Electric Lady Studios grand-opened in August of 1970, with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ron Wood on the guest list. Hendrix only spend “about four weeks recording in the studio,” but a few of his posthumous albums were mixed and produced here. The studio is still in production and participates in artist management for a few modern musicians.


Notable Recordings/Artists

Led Zeppelin: “Physical Graffiti”

KISS: “Dressed To Kill” and “Destroyer”

David Bowie


John Lennon

Larry Coryell

Bob Dylan

The Clash

John Mayer

The Roots

The Rolling Stones



And More! 


Capitol Studios

This is a “complex of studios” situated in Capitol tower in Los Angeles, California. Production has been going strong since 1956, marking its 60-year anniversary! The studio is owned by Capitol Music Group, who runs the famous Capitol Records and is a parent of Universal Music Group. Needless to say, these guys know what they are doing and have recorded some of the biggest names in music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and the Beach Boys. Their motto is “Keeping Artisan Craft Alive, since 1956.”  


Notable Recordings/Artists

 Prince: “Around the World in a Day”

George Benson: “Breezin’”

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: “Ella and Louis”


Stan Kenton

Diana Krall

Paul McCartney

Michael Jackson

And More!


Hans Zimmer’s Home Studio

Music for great movies often become some of the most popular tunes ever recorded. Oftentimes, most of us forget that this music was composed by either a group or just one person. This takes a lot of patience, time, and great talent. One fabulous composer of film scores is Hans Zimmer. Zimmer was born in Germany and briefly lived in the United Kingdom before settling in the United States. He currently is the head of the film music division at Dreamworks studios. “His works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements.” He even has won four Grammy Awards, three Classical Brit Awards, Two Golden Globes, and An Academy Awards. “He also was named on the list of top 1000 living geniuses by the Daily Telegraph.”


Notable Works

The Lion King

Mission Impossible II


Black Hawk Down

Pearl Harbor

The last Samurai


Batman Begins

Kung Fu Panda

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Rises


Man of Steel

And Much More!


Hitsville U.S.A

A studio in Detroit, Michigan that was known as “Motown’s first headquarters,” and was established by Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1959. Eventually, after major success, the label was moved to Los Angeles and a studio was established there as well. The building remains as a museum that has been in operation since 1985.


Notable Recordings/Artists

Stevie Wonder: “The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie” and others

Smokey Robinson

Diana Ross

Marvin Gaye

The Miracles

The Supremes

And More!



By Patrick Ortiz