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Get the authentic sound of the world's most famous rock & roll studio.

Produce music in one of the most famous recording studios in history — including the room, mics, iconic console, and outboard gear — as heard on classic records from Nirvana, Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, and more.*

Add the vibe and character of this legendary space to your drums, guitars, vocals, synths and more — right in your own bedroom or home studio.

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UAD Native
Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware.

UAD Native plug-ins run on both macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer and Windows 10 and 11. Go to our UA Support page for system requirements.

  • Place your drums, guitars, vocals, and more inside Sound City Studios' famous Studio A
  • Transform your sources with a collection of vintage hit-making mics
  • Sculpt perfect guitar tones with expertly placed cabinet and mic setups
  • Get the authentic tone of an iconic '70s custom British console, including 3-band EQ and inline compression, based on the legendary Sound City Studios' desk
  • Smash your tracks with Sound City Studios' collection of analog outboard gear including "secret weapon" Dolby A-style effects**, 1176 limiting, and more
  • Put your sources in Sound City Studios' lush-sounding reverb chamber

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Immerse Yourself in a Historic Room

Immerse Yourself in a Historic Room

Sound City Studios' famous Studio A is the birthplace of hundreds of hit records. Voiced with original multitrack recordings cut at Sound City Studios, we expertly captured the distinct "warts and all" character — with historical setup guidance from engineers who used it everyday — so you can easily put your productions in the same space where magic was made.

Easily Find Your Sweet Spot

Easily Find Your Sweet Spot

Simply choose your source — vocals, drums, guitar, ensembles, or piano — and get proven room and mic setups, from the big reflective sound used on Nirvana's Nevermind to Tom Petty's intimate "wood" corner.* You can even re-mic your guitars with a selection of perfectly placed cabinets and room mics.

Reposition Vintage Mics with Dynamic Room Modeling

Reposition Vintage Mics with Dynamic Room Modeling

Go far beyond historic setups and customize your space by moving a stunning collection of classic condenser and ribbon mics from AKG, Neumann, and RCA — in realtime for authentic room sounds beyond the original chart-topping positions.**

Explore a Legendary Custom British Console

Explore a Legendary Custom British Console

The centerpiece of Studio A since the early '70s, Sound City Studios' custom-made console artfully colored everything that ran through it. Now you can get the same satisfying analog character and tone with perfect emulations of a vintage British 3-band EQ and bus compressor on all your sources.

Crush, Gate, or Add "Air" with Secret Weapon Compression

Crush, Gate, or Add "Air" with Secret Weapon Compression

Along with the legendary limiting of the iconic Rev E 1176 compressor, Sound City Studios gives you the first-ever emulation of the Dolby A301** noise reduction system — a multiband EQ/limiter used and abused by Sound City Studios' engineers — so you can get the same glossy-to-hyped background vocals and explosive drum sounds heard on decades of hit records.

Add Chart-Topping Ambience with Iconic Reverb Chamber

Add Chart-Topping Ambience with Iconic Reverb Chamber

Put the finishing touch on your tracks with the same natural, open-sounding reverb used by Queens of the Stone Age, Phoebe Bridgers, Death Cab for Cutie, and more. Plus, you can season your ambient space using perfectly placed pairs of dynamic, small-diaphragm condenser, and ribbon mics.*

*Use of artist names does not constitute official endorsement of Sound City Studios software.

**All trademarks are property of their respective owners and used only to represent the effects modeled as part of Sound City Studio software.

Disclaimer: The famous Sound City Studios is located in Van Nuys, California where it was originally founded. Sound City Studios has no affiliation with Sound City Amplification, LLC. For information on Sound City Amplification products visit their website at soundcityamp.com.
UAD Sound City Studios Tour
UAD Sound City Studios Tour

UAD Sound City Studios Tour

Learn how to add classic drum ambience, re‑amp guitar tones, and craft unique airy background vocals using the UAD Sound City Studios plug-in.

Key Benefits

Place your drums, guitars, vocals, and more inside Sound City Studios' famous Studio A

Transform your sources with a collection of vintage, hit-making mics

Sculpt perfect guitar tones with expertly placed cabinet and mic setups

Get the authentic tone of an iconic '70s custom British console, including 3-band EQ and inline compression, based on the legendary Sound City Studios' desk

Smash your tracks with Sound City Studios' collection of analog outboard gear including "secret weapon" Dolby A-style effects**, 1176 limiting, and more

Put your sources in Sound City Studios' lush-sounding reverb chamber

Customer Reviews

UAD Sound City Studios Plug-In

Overall Rating

4.3/5
(220)

G. Rydquist

July 13, 2024

Sounds great, but why no DSP version?

I love the sound and would like to use it on multiple tracks, but opening more than one instance on even a relatively simple mix causes my i9 CPU to stutter and crackle -- why isn't there a DSP version?

R. Sheridan

July 10, 2024

Good for solo strings and horn ensembles!

It brought a very nice pristine sound to my dry solo string librarie and also works on dry horns. For the moment I've been doing a lot of tweaking with the stereo width to avoid phase issues and using mid-side EQ to cut a lot from the sides. I'm sure there are better ways to deal with this problem but for the moment my solution to ear fatigue is a tighter stereo width which take away a little bit of the plugins magic. It also takes a big amount of CPU so four stars is more than fair because it delivers a good sound overall.

P. Beullens

July 10, 2024

Great sound, flexible, good looks, and easy to use!

Excellent tool, very versatile and so much fun to use. Adds depth and atmosphere with ease, if that is what you are after. Can go from very subtle to pronounced reshaping of sound - it is a musical instrument all by itself. So nice for experimenting and easy to find good solutions. Perfect complement to a Capitol Chambers or Hitsville reverb chamber. And it looks amazing too. Will find its way on many mixes ...

p. De Angelis

July 10, 2024

The Sound City plug in is truly fantastic.

Without a doubt the sound city plug in is truly fantastic. the work done by the UA team for this plugin goes beyond. You are sound geniuses guys. Thank you for what you have done.

G. Kutscher

July 5, 2024

Great sounding addition

Sounds great on the drums and I’m just scratching the surface of its usefulness. And at a great price.

W. Krol

July 3, 2024

Great sounding for all.

This is the best sounding space plugin. Natural with many uses. I love him on all the instruments, only the main vocal requires a lot of twerking.

J. Eggers

July 2, 2024

Gobsmacking cool for drums

I bought UAD Sound City Studios to hopefully bring some life to the drums on an album mix project. Boy howdy! I am working exclusively with the API Vision Console extension and that gorgeous piece of kit coupled with Sound City is just wonderful. Add to that having the ability to reconfigure drum room setup as mix is playing- I tweak and listen til I go that's IT!
Even with well-recorded drums I add a bit of Sound City on my parallel bus. Musical magic.

B. Montonatti

July 1, 2024

Highly recommended!

I recently had the pleasure of using the UAD Sound City Studios Plug-In, and I must say, it has exceeded my expectations in every way. As a music producer, capturing the authentic sound and vibe of legendary recording studios is paramount, and this plug-in does just that.
The UAD Sound City Studios Plug-In is a remarkable tool that faithfully captures the unique acoustics and vintage gear of the legendary Sound City Studios. Its authentic sound quality, versatility across various music genres, and user-friendly interface make it an invaluable asset for any music producer or engineer. With this plug-in, achieving a polished, professional sound has never been easier. Highly recommended!

B. Montonatti

July 1, 2024

Highly recommended!

I recently had the pleasure of using the UAD Sound City Studios Plug-In, and I must say, it has exceeded my expectations in every way. As a music producer, capturing the authentic sound and vibe of legendary recording studios is paramount, and this plug-in does just that.
The UAD Sound City Studios Plug-In is a remarkable tool that faithfully captures the unique acoustics and vintage gear of the legendary Sound City Studios. Its authentic sound quality, versatility across various music genres, and user-friendly interface make it an invaluable asset for any music producer or engineer. With this plug-in, achieving a polished, professional sound has never been easier. Highly recommended!

B. Lee

July 1, 2024

This is a GREAT Plugin

I use this plugin to achieve pure "room reverb". I find I don't need any other reverb plugin. I use it on vocals, and drums. It's awesome.

D. Armijo

June 30, 2024

Diversity:

Sound City Studios give you the tools to add diversity and dimension without to much hassle.

N. PUDDU

June 25, 2024

Incredible plugin

The UAD Sound City Studios plugin is insane, it adds dimensions to all the tracks.

J. Segundo

June 24, 2024

THIS IS THE BEST PLUGIN UAD HAS EVER MADE

Gamechanger plugin. Really transforms sounds in the most positive and organic way. A joy to use. Incredible interfase. All around winner!

T. Boćkowski

June 23, 2024

Sound City Studios Sounds Amazing

Hi , for me Sound City Studios sounds amazing , for me better like Ocean Way Studio
Thanks so much .

L. Brown

June 22, 2024

A+

A+

D. Bassal

June 22, 2024

Heavy...

A very heavy sounding addition, most intrusive. Not suitable for many applications - would love to have access to the mix button control, even in the non reverb mode. If one needs anything clear and punchy, it's a no-go!

S. Downie

June 21, 2024

Amazing reverb and mix plugin - one of the best !

what a fab plugin, for reverb, for space and for mixing with. the UA developers alongside the sound city studio have done an amazing job at preserving this sound of this studio and making it available to all, before the studio itself disappears . I'm now using this plugin in my Dolby Atmos mixes, but with this plugin had more mutiple outputs so that I can apply the reverb to the Dolby Atmos mix, rather than stereo.

L. Hill

June 20, 2024

More than amazing

Of all the simulations, capitol studios and the like, this to me is the best. Maybe it's the newness, but I've been using with horns, vocals, and guitars with great effect. Highly recommended.

L. Julien

June 20, 2024

Nice!

I would rate it above Capital Chambers but it’s a cpu hog for sure. One of my favorites is turning out to be EW Spaces.

D. Creasey

June 20, 2024

Some excellent results

I have recorded in large studio live rooms, and also in small rooms that are lacking reverberant character. What this product provides for me is the gentle spatial enhancement of a live room that I can apply to a dry recording. I have lots of plugins for dramatic reverberant effects (such as a chamber, hall, plate and so on). The Sound City Studios plugin has a different role for me, which is to make it feel like a dry source sound is no longer trapped in a small box. There are a good range of subtle controls to affect the nature of the reverberant decay. You do not need to restrict yourself to the suggested room arrangement that matches the recorded instrument (for example, I like the Drums > Live and Ensemble > Horns models for vocals). There are some annoying limitations in terms of control over positioning of acoustic panels and microphones, and I have to change quite a lot of the settings away from the defaults to achieve my desired effects. However, if you learn how to use the controls, you can get some excellent results.