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.
CAPTURING A SOUND THAT’S ALL YOUR OWN
Your music is who you are. It’s your identity. Think of it as your personal brand. And you want it to be memorable, unique. It should tell people everything about you that you want them to know. You’ll know it when you hear it – sort of like your own definition of perfect. We can help you find that sound.
It all starts with pre-production. We take the time to learn about you and what your goals are. And if you’re not totally sure, we can help you figure it out. Making music is a very personal process and we pride ourselves on building the kind of relationships that can be heard in the final product. Once we understand where you want to go, we work backward to create a plan, and then set a course to help you get there.
Recording ultimately comes down to finding the right combination of people, equipment, and space. We’ve gone to great lengths to create a team of highly skilled and experienced engineers and musicians, people who have worked with lots of different styles of music and a wide range of artists. We’ve invested in the best gear, some of which cannot be found anywhere else.
We’ve built state-of-the-art rooms designed by world-renowned sound experts. In short, we’ve found the winning combination for recording music, and the results are stunning.
Mixing is next. The difference between a pretty good record and a really great record is a killer mix. This is where the art of making music really starts to dominate the science of sound. Of course, we have the gear, but what we really bring to the table is years of expertise. We know how to highlight the best part of your music, injecting the right balance, punch, and depth to make your music stand out from all the rest.
The final touch is mastering, which is the part where individually recorded songs are artfully transformed into a collection of music that sounds cohesive from beginning to end. It’s the shaping of each track, balancing the level and tone from song to song. Mastering is one of the most misunderstood, yet most important processes in music production. When it’s done right, you’ll definitely know the difference!
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.
We love making great music – all kinds of music. At the center of every project is the artist, and for us, that’s the most rewarding part.
Our unwavering commitment to the artist and their vision drives us not only to make great music but also to provide an amazing experience throughout the process. Ultimately, that’s why we get to work with such a wide variety of artists and musicians.
Our Studio team has over 100 years of combined experience in the music business. We’ve had the honor of working with a diverse list of artists including:
Another Big Machine
Big Big Train
Cirque du Soleil
Conflict of Interest
Five Times August
Jars of Clay
Jon Peter Lewis
New Found Glory
Old Crow Medicine Show
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
State of Man
Steven Curtis Chapman
Tears for Fears
The Dixie Chicks
The Elvis Presley Estate
The Empty Pockets
The Gin Blossoms
The Last Goodnight
The London Philharmonic
The Oak Ridge Boys
The Scott Wilkie Band
The Time Jumpers
Tower of Power
World Wrestling Entertainmen