For the music buff, knowledge about their favorite musicians and performers often extends to the famous sites they used to record their music, and Los Angeles is home to several iconic studios. Here’s a sampling of just three:
1750 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located at the famous streets of Hollywood and Vine, Capitol studios is located in the world-famous Capitol Records building and has been at the forefront of the recording industry since its completion in 1956.
Frank Sinatra was the first artist to record there, and other musicians like the Beach Boys (who recorded their famous “Surfin’ USA soundtrack there) and Nat King Cole followed suit. Generations of musicians have followed in their footsteps, like Carole King, Bob Seger, Elliott Smith, Ray Charles and Green Day. MTV famously shut down Hollywood Boulevard and hosted Arcade Fire in 2013 on the Capitol rooftop—a show that was open to the public.
Recently refurbished, the capitol is a cutting-edge facility with three studios, production suites, decades of mastering experience and one-of-a-kind echo chambers.
1416 N. La Brea Ave, Hollywood CA 90028
Founded by Charlie Chaplin in 1917, this studio was purchased in 1966 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, who used the site as the headquarters for A&M Records. A&M was later sold to Universal Music and The Jim Henson Company purchased the studio facility in 2000.
From the 1960s to the present day, an impressive list of musical greats has played here. Among them, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, Phil Spector, The Carpenters and The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Supertramp, The Police, U2, Peter Frampton, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, and all the way to Ozzy Osbourne, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Maroon 5. Carole King famously recorded Tapestry here.
In 1969 Henson added mixing/cutting rooms and reverberation chambers and from there the studios’ reputation as a superlative facility with world-class engineers was set in stone. The facility boasts four separate studios with an impressive list of gear.
The Evergreen Stage
4403 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
The live room looks amazing in photos, but sound professionals know the Evergreen Stage in Los Angeles, California, is even more impressive in person.
Located on Magnolia Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, the Evergreen is familiar to hundreds of Hollywood musicians and is one of the largest independent sound stages in the Greater Los Angeles area, not to mention one of the most well-equipped and technically-advanced.
Formerly owned by DiaDan Holdings Limited of Nova Scotia, the Evergreen has been open since 1979 and features a 3,000 square foot live room which has hosted some of the world’s best performers of the twentieth century and into the new millennium, from Radiohead and Beyoncé, to Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson. DiaDan Holdings purchased the studio in 2010 and owned it until 2017.
It can accommodate both live bands and orchestras, with enough room for 80 musicians. It is well-equipped with three isolation booths, a projection screen, and a comprehensive array of gear.