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Capitol Chambers

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A startling recreation of the world's finest echo chambers.

Located below the iconic Capitol Tower in Los Angeles, Capitol Studios is arguably the most recognized studio in the world — and much of its legend can be traced to its hallowed, subterranean echo chambers. From Ray Charles to Frank Sinatra, Beck to Muse, these underground spaces continue to provide gorgeous hi-fi ambience that is simply unmatched.

Now, after years of R&D and close collaboration with Capitol Studios — including unprecedented access to four legendary echo chambers 30-feet beneath the studio — Universal Audio proudly presents the Capitol Chambers plug-in, a startling end-to-end recreation of the most popular echo chambers ever created, exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces.

Now You Can:

Record and mix with the world's only authentic plug-in emulation of Capitol Studios' prized underground echo chambers

Add the unmistakably dense, natural reverberation to vocals or drums — far beyond plate, digital, or simple convolution reverb

Create new sounds by repositioning Capitol Chambers' microphones using UA's Dynamic Room Modeling

Audition current and historical chamber configurations, plus new setups curated by Capitol's Steve Genewick

Harness the chamber's entire signal chain including amplifiers, speakers, custom preamps, and mics

Quickly pull up presets from legendary Grammy-winning engineers Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Steely Dan), Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead), Frank Filipetti (Madonna, Paul McCartney) and more

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
Classic Echo Chambers Designed by Les Paul

Classic Echo Chambers Designed by Les Paul

Prized for their natural sound and dense ambience, acoustic echo chambers became a creative tool for pioneering, forward-thinking engineers by the mid 1940s — most notably UA founder Bill Putnam Sr. and the great Les Paul, the genius behind the Capitol chambers designs. Built from reinforced concrete and tuned using sloped ceilings and a trapezoidal shape, Paul's designs deliver a smooth, balanced decay and a completely natural room tone that can't be achieved in any other way.

Capturing Iconic Echo

Capturing Iconic Echo

In creating this amazing plug-in, UA sourced historic technical diagrams from the early '60s to precisely recreate microphone/speaker setups inside of Capitol's most coveted chambers, including the vintage omnidirectional Altec 21D mics and custom speaker/horn configurations, in their original hit-making positions. Current "modern" configurations dating from the late '80s were also captured, using the omnidirectional Shure SM80s, while new and creative mic/speaker combos were devised by Capitol's resident chamber expert, Steve Genewick.

Unprecedented Ambience Control

Unprecedented Ambience Control

Capitol Chambers' Position slider gives you next-level control over spatial and time response, allowing you to reposition the chamber mics — no assistant engineer required. From the maximum distance stock positions, to direct speaker-to-microphone effects and proximity characteristics, the Capitol Chambers plug-in can subtly thicken vocals or drums, or soak strings with the most natural, complex sounding reverb ever recorded.

Powered by UA's Dynamic Room Modeling

Powered by UA's Dynamic Room Modeling

Harnessing the same technology as the award-winning Ocean Way Studios plug-in, Capitol Chambers uses UA’s proprietary Dynamic Room Modeling technology, an exclusive combination of physical modeling and advanced measurement techniques. Whereas standard convolution reverbs only provide a sonic snapshot, Dynamic Room Modeling gives the Capitol Chambers plug-in nearly infinite ambient possibilities.

Deeper Still

Deeper Still

Beyond a vintage recreation, the Capitol Chambers plug-in offers creative features for modern DAW workflows like Pre Delay, Dry/Wet mix, and Decay controls. A sweepable 80 to 750 Hz filter lets you minimize muddy bass going into the chamber, while Bass, Treble, and proportional Q Mid band lets you perfectly season the chamber's lush ambience. In addition, the Width control allows you to narrow the chamber's stereo field, for easily pinpointing a vocal or instrument in the mix. Finally, Decay lets you quickly shorten Capitol Chambers' natural reverb time, offering more scenarios to harness the most famous echo chambers ever made.

An All-Star Collection of Artist Presets

An All-Star Collection of Artist Presets

The Capitol Chamber's plug-in features carefully crafted presets from a stunning roster of Grammy-winning engineers and producers. From recording industry icon Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Steely Dan) to Mark Linett (The Beach Boys, Los Lobos) and Frank Filipetti (Madonna, Paul McCartney), Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead), and more, you can experiment using the same settings that professionals who know every nook and cranny of Capitol's famous chambers use every day.

Capitol and the Capitol logos are trademarks of Capitol Records, LLC, registered in the United States, European Union, and other jurisdictions, and are used under license.
"A Rose" by Jamie Lidell
"A Rose" by Jamie Lidell

"A Rose" by Jamie Lidell

Written and recorded exclusively to showcase the UAD Capitol Chambers Reverb plug‑in.

Key Features

Exclusive echo chamber emulation licensed and endorsed by Capitol Studios

The world's best-sounding and most in-demand echo chambers, designed by Les Paul

Gorgeously natural, uniquely dense chamber ambience, for reverb buses or individual sources

Choose from Capitol’s most popular chambers (2,4,6,7) with varying mic/speaker configurations representing modern to historical setups

Captures amplifier, speaker, custom preamp, and microphone chain for unprecedented realism

Fine tune ideal placement with continuously adjustable microphone positioning using UA's Dynamic Room Modeling

Other features include adjustable Decay, Pre Delay, sweepable cut filter, three-band EQ, Dry/Wet mix, and Width

Artist presets from Grammy-winning engineers Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Steely Dan), Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead), Frank Filipetti (Madonna, Paul McCartney), and more

Customer Reviews

Capitol Chambers

Overall Rating

P. Nortey

May 21, 2020

The best reverb for me

I have to say that I love this reverb after seeing Fabrice Dupond using it on a Luna session. I got currious about it and did my research and fel in love with it.
UA big Thank you for taking my money Lol

N. OJO

May 20, 2020

Loving This Chambers

This chambers are very musical unlike the ones i have used before now

N. OJO

May 20, 2020

Loving This Chambers

This chambers are very musical unlike the ones i have used before now

N. OJO

May 20, 2020

Loving This Chambers

This chambers are very musical unlike the ones i have used before now

N. OJO

May 20, 2020

Loving This Chambers

This chambers are very musical unlike the ones i have used before now

G. Waddington

May 19, 2020

They still sound the same -- AMAZING

I was fortunate to be involved in the 70's with an album out of Toronto that got mixed down at the Tower, we went all the way to LA just because of those chambers. Man, they sounded incredible then, they do now as well, only now in my home studio. To folks like me from back then, this is an unbelievable dreamland !!

. Atzeni

May 19, 2020

Great sounding Reverb!!!

My Go to Reverb for vocals. Sounds incredible Good.

J. Plichta

May 19, 2020

Must have plugin.

Great must have plugin especially in conjunction with LUNA.

G. Saunders

May 10, 2020

Just beautiful

Very natural sounding and powerful, a small amount goes a long way

D. Case

May 10, 2020

What else can be said?

I mean, Capitol Chambers is just a beautiful sounding reverb with plenty of options and tweakability. It fills a big gap in the AUD Reverb world and is one of the "must buy" plugins, in my opinion.

A. Yacovelli

May 10, 2020

Capitol Reverb delivers!

This is a great plugin for experimenting with reverb in a CLASSIC recording space! The visuals are very strong. With generic reverb plugins, you don't always understand the placement of the walls and mics from the description. This gives your brain a great visual to work with and unparalleled sound. Cool to tinker with some of the infamous settings, like the Brian Wilson presets.

UAD User

May 10, 2020

Fantastic

Best reverb for me, I use it for emulating rooms. Works a treat

m. peraldo

May 7, 2020

Great reverb!

Never been at Capitol Studios, but this reverb sound amazing!
Not a go to on every genre or source, but in the right context it is so powerful, love it!

S. Gerard

May 5, 2020

Capitol Chambers

The UA Capitol Chambers plugin is as advertised, if not better. I am really pleased with how it performs on vocal tracks, as well as drums. Just feels right.

M. Mchangani

May 4, 2020

Love it

I dial it subtly on drums...it always works! creates space and lush vibes.

P. Reynolds

May 1, 2020

Wonderfully pleased!

First plugin reverb I've encountered that inspired me like a beautiful sounding location.

M. WHITE

April 30, 2020

Amazing!

Wow...just wow! Hands down one of the best reverbs in the game!

A. Alphonse

April 30, 2020

Game Changer

Cool as the concrete rooms. Warm as the mics used. It's a must have. 100% lush.

A. Pashka

April 27, 2020

This is what heaven sounds like.

Wow. I thought the EMT was fire. Like Franks Red Hot, I put this on everything.

J. Cunningham

April 27, 2020

JUST, WOW

This thing is pure heaven.