Capitol Chambers

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

R. Jasman Jr

April 5, 2020

Lush sound with instant vibe

Adds character and edge to drums vocals and more. Easy to use and the artist presets are a great starting point.

P. Danel

April 1, 2020

Love at first sight....

This reverb-plugin is the best I ever had. No strange sounding clouds, but a magic help for every dry tone. I´m lucky to work with such a useful - and inspiring - "instrument".

O. Daniel

March 28, 2020

On Point!

This has it own character. I have been obsessed by it lately. Fantastic tool guyz. Love it!

l. ray

March 26, 2020

génial

que du bonheur,j’adore super boulot merci.
Amicalement

K. Didvalis

March 26, 2020

Warm and natural sounding!

Superb reverb!

J. Daranowski

March 22, 2020

Superb reverb

Ultimate reverb in your home studio

W. Welmixpro

March 22, 2020

As Usual Its Nice :)

As Usual Its Nice :)

B. Horvat

March 19, 2020

Secret souce

If you're serious about music production, especially when it comes down to mixing, then this is one of those plugins which can give your work an additional value. It sounds great on pretty much everything from vocal, to guitars, keys and drums. Want that vintage sound on a vocal chain? Checked. Want just some extra dimension on your drums? Done. Easily on of my favourite plugins. It really is (not so secret) souce.

T. Haahr

March 17, 2020

Warm and natural sounding! wow!!

This reverb is now in every session I mix. Its very natural, warm and pleasant sounding. The five stars are for the SOUND which is awesome - The downside is the huge amount of CPU usage. One instance takes up a single chip/core in your system, so you'll need at least a quad satellite - I haven't been taking this into account in my (five star) review - I have an octo satelite and I can easily run out of processing power. Hopefully there is an answer to this sometime in the future.

J. Gellis

March 13, 2020

Do you spend a lot of time and energy getting digital gear to sound analog?

Smooth, complex, forgiving. Analog ambiance, delicious!

m. leblanc

March 11, 2020

Capitol Reverb

Perfect Reverb!! Sound great

j. VAICLE

March 10, 2020

rêve devenue réalité

très beau superbe reverbe bravo

j. VAICLE

March 10, 2020

un rêve devenue réalité

superbe reverbe un grain différent des autres très musical bravo pour votre réalisation

j. VAICLE

March 10, 2020

un rêve devenue réalité

superbe reverbe un grain différent des autres très musical bravo pour votre réalisation

j. VAICLE

March 10, 2020

un rêve devenue réalité

superbe reverbe un grain différent des autres très musical bravo pour votre réalisation

A. Kosakovski

March 10, 2020

Капитолий Палаты

Очень понравилось!!

S. Baker

March 7, 2020

Best reverb I've heard!

Seriously. The tones and reflections are fantastic! You can adjust it to your taste. I recommend putting it on an aux return channel, as it does use some resources. Well worth the price, though.

R. Leon Junquera

March 6, 2020

Best reverb

It's so useful and overall is among the best reverbs out there

서. 덕

March 4, 2020

Good

Chamber Rivers. There's nothing like this. Nothing can follow.

서. 덕

March 4, 2020

Good

Chamber Rivers. There's nothing like this. Nothing can follow.