High quality in a custom setting has always been the hallmark of Sunset Sound. In business for over 50 thriving years 50thAnniversarythe five-room facility has stayed the course it set originally: serving the needs of musical artists using customized consoles, discrete component equipment, and vintage microphones.


That philosophy has proven itself over the decades and also appeals to a large group of very contemporary artists including such luminaries as The Black Keys, Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Daughtry, Paramore, M83, Rascal Flatts, The Dixie Chicks, Ryan Adams, Morrissey, Maroon 5, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Kellie Clarkson, and many, many more.


In 1982, the two room sister facility Sound Factory opened and has developed its own unique identity and client base, hosting such artists as Los Lobos, Tom Waits, Crowded House, Bonnie Raitt, Counting Crows, and many others…


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Studio News



Jonesy’s Jukebox Sunset Sound Session with Cheap Trick (Studio 1)


Check out our Sunset Sound S1P “Tutti” next to John Fogerty! John was featured on Dan Rather: The Big Interview.
You can buy the Sunset Sound S1P Tutti here.



2015 Grammy Nominations (involving Sunset Sound)
WINNER – Denoted in RED
Album Of The Year: Beck – Morning Phase
Best New Artist: Haim – Best New Artist
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Sending You a Little Christmas – Johnny Mathis
Best Rock Performance: Fever – The Black Keys
Best Metal Performance: The Negative One – Slipknot
Heartbreaker – Motorhead
Best Rock Song: Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
Fever – The Black Keys
Best Rock Album: Morning Phase – Beck
Turn Blue – The Black Keys
Best Country Song: I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen
Best Song Written for Visual Media: Let It Go (from Frozen)
I’m Not Gonna Miss You (Glen Campbell)
Best Engineered Album: Morning Phase – Beck




The Black Keys’ “Fever” has been nominated for a 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity
(TEC) Award
in Outstanding Creative Achievement in the category of Record Production/Single or Track.



WSJ.com: The Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney on the studios that shaped the band’s new album

The Grammy Award-winning musician talks about recording the band’s hit album at Sunset Sound and Key Club



Interview: Glyn Johns – PSNEurope



Mix Magazine’s 50th Year Anniversary article about Sunset Sound: pdf



A talk with Joe Chicarelli from the SPARS Studio Summit.
Take a listen to his three part slide show here.


We recently modified our Studio 1 custom console and its sidecar by applying That Corporation’s InGenius® differential amplifier IC to each mic/line input module, significantly improving the transient response of all 64 channels.

Collaborating with one of the original console designers Eric Benton, chief tech Mick Higgins also developed and deployed a proprietary additional new circuit for each program module that flattens the high frequency response. This renders a more transparent and airy texture to the very high end.

Both modifications also improve the transient response of the very low frequencies down to 5 Hz.
No compromises were made to the legendary noise floor or distortion characteristics of the console to achieve these results. The custom discrete board was originally installed in 1984. Client reaction to these changes has been overwhelmingly positive.

The ProTools Suites at Sunset Sound underwent a bit of a facelift in December. We added windows to each suite to let the sunshine in! The windows also allow clients to see one another across the intervening foyer/lounge to facilitate visual interaction between control room and overdub areas.

Singer/Songwriter Ryan Adams constructed a lavish two-story project studio & office in one half of our duplex structure adjacent to Studio 3. He fell in love with the space during his Glyn Johns-produced album project in 2011. His indie label PaxAm Records is also headquartered there. We welcome Ryan and his team to the Sunset family!

We also now welcome Producer/Engineer Chris Coady as a new tenant in our Sunset Sound ProTools Suite effective March 2015. Transplanting from New York, he has created quite a cozy production room in our facility. Chris’s many credits can be viewed at www.allmusic.com.

And for those of you currently unaware, Sound Factory Studio A is the studio residence of famed producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and his staff, and its Studio B is occupied by noted producers Adrian Trujillo & Ettore Grenci. We have immensely enjoyed their company for quite some time and look forward to our continuing relationship.

2014-15 Clients Include:


Records: Slipknot, Morrissey, Fourplay, Dave Weckl, Glen Campbell, John Legend, Boney James, Blues Traveler, The Wombats, Leonardo Amuedo, M83, , Death Grips, Nate Reuss, Wardell, Michael McDonald, Tiziano Ferro, Rocketboys, Josh Radin, Little Scream, Earl Sweatshirt, Jewel, The Happy Hollows, Ivan & Alyosha, Kazuya Yoshi, On An On, No Doubt, Victorian Halls, Atreyu, Hey Violet, Jeanne Newhall, Beach House, Robert Francis, Toby Randall, The Aristocrats, Brooke Candy, Grizfolk, Romi Cage, Siedah Garrett, Daniel Powter, Steve Lukather, Larry Carlton, Tom Odell, The Front Bottoms, Fuzz, and many more.

Film & TV: “Big Hero 6” (2015 Oscar® Winner for Best Animated Feature)*, “The Good Wife”, “Converse”, “Apple”, “McDonald’s”, “SpongeBob”, “Annabelle”, “Porsche”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Payback”, “Red Band Society”, “American Masters/PBS”, “Toyota”, “Parenthood”, “Persol”

* We enjoyed 2 consecutive Oscars® for Best Animated Feature: “Frozen” & “Big Hero 6”


Outside equipment repair services are available through our technical maintenance departments at both Sunset Sound and Sound Factory. Please contact Mick Higgins or Wren Rider, respectively.