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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.

Included Version

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.
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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
(179)

M. Ota

April 15, 2024

clear wide

プラグインのリバーブは機械的な音が多い中、こちらはスタジオでの輪郭を加えるとても良い印象です。

D. Saghafi

April 5, 2024

Great Sound CPU Intensive

This plug-in sounds amazing! However, it's so CPU intensive that I'm only able to use one or two instances. CPU spiking occurs all the time and I'm experiencing stuttering when I play back my track. I am unable to use the chamber or compression effects because of the CPU issues. Please fix this problem. Once fix this plugin will be amazing.

D. Silva

April 4, 2024

Sounds come to life

The amount of life that gives this plugin to your tracks is amazing. It's easy to overdoit, but from subtle sound city space emulation, to extreme 3d production tool this has served me great.
The one downside it's the CPU usage, but I understand the price my CPU has to pay to get that space emulation with all the extra tools.

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April 3, 2024

Whats the problem? 2013 mac runs it no issue. Sounds great

Everyone complaining about cpu issues with this plug in. Im running a late 2013 imac 27" with 32gb ddr3 , intel i5 , 1 terabyte HDD, and i have absolutely no issues with multiple instances going. On a 49 track song, with 59 other plug ins. Maybe ill get an overdrive warning but thats if 20 windows are left open (gpu issue) this is the reason im not upgrading to the m series cpu, somethings fishy if a decade old computer runs these fine. AND IT SOUNDS AMAZING. Considering getting a year more of spark because im just starting to fully utilize the potential. Makes drums amazing, just be sure to multitrack - loserdub

O. Altit

April 1, 2024

Gorgeous sound and interface but way too CPU intensive

LUNA Pro struggles to open session with 2 instances of Sound City on my MacBook Pro M1

K. Sluiter

April 1, 2024

Adds life to boring tracks.

With this plug in. I’m able to make to make a recording sound like record!

G. Hout

April 1, 2024

Very good sound, totally unusable

As other users have stated, the CPU usage is insane. Even one instance causes spikes. The sound is good though. But this isn't ordinary high CPU usage, it's a bug. Spikes occur when touching mouse or dialling in the SC controls. Gave me visons of very early windows programs. Pity cause it has new possibilities, more than Ocean Way in my opinion. Repair it or give me my money back.

S. Tanner

March 31, 2024

Famous Ambience

I am using a lot of virtually Instruments like Keyboards and Drums.
The Sound City Studios Plug-In gives them more live and room. Very nice.

D. Lawrence

March 26, 2024

You don’t know mixing

I just placed this on 3 instruments in my track. Wow. Anyone who says this sounds bad simply doesn’t know how to mix. The plugin is a solid 10 out of 5 stars. I’ve never put it on a track an decided not to go with it. Once it’s opened it goes on everything.

F. Green

March 24, 2024

Just the right space

I’ve used Sound City Studios plug on guitars, drums, vocals , and more. Gives the perfect controlled spatial texture of a recording studio… perfectly controlled bleed… totally manipulable!! With a great choice of classic microphones!! Love this plug!!

J. Kelly

March 24, 2024

A lot of options here!

Play around and find out!

J. Kelly

March 24, 2024

A lot of options here!

Play around and find out!

A. Yeats

March 18, 2024

Great Room Emulation

Way more flexible than Ocean Way and the included effects chain really makes a huge difference !

B. Flacher

March 17, 2024

Klingt unglaublich echt

Es ist wahrscheinlich das beste Raumsimulationsplugin, das ich in meinen 15 Jahren Audio-Produktion benutzt hab.
Ich wünschte, dass UAD die plugininternen Effekte, speziell hier die Compressor-Sektion, als Standalone anbieten würde.
Ad CPU:
Es stimmt schon, Sound City Studios wird etwas in die Jahre gekommene Computer recht schnell an ihre Grenzen bringen. Hat man aber eine relativ neue Workstation (13900K- in meinem Studio) konnte ich keinerlei Probleme hinsichtlich CPU feststellen. Ich hatte 7 Instanzen des Plugins in einem MIx mit über 80 Spuren gefahren. CPU Auslastung mit dem Plugin (7Stück) knapp 30 %. Ohne 24 %.
Am M3 Max im Home-Setup siehts ähnlich aus. Keine Probleme bisher.

Für mich: Top!

A. Niculescu

March 13, 2024

Great but takes a lot of CPU

This is really cool but when you have a lot of plugins loaded, this one just kills my CPU and makes my project's sound breaking a lot. i7 10th gen + 64ram + ssd. Cannot be used in complex projects.

B. Mallea

March 12, 2024

Very nice reverb

Its a good one

M. Tieku

March 5, 2024

One word

Stunning!

J. Olsen

March 2, 2024

Stunning Sound

This space sounds stunning. Please port this to UAD as well, so we can offload CPU.

L. Leonard

February 29, 2024

Impressive Studio Recording Simulator

Unable to reach this recording studio sound without this plugin!
Interesting to compare with Ocean Way Studios,Sound City Studios has much more instruments opptions and clear sounds to me.
It's beautiful!

J. Plichta

February 18, 2024

Great plugin

Great room sim