Apogee Studio in Santa Monica, CA is a recording studio and performance venue in the heart of Apogee’s solar powered headquarters. The large space adjacent to the company’s offices and warehouse has been a host to legendary recording artists, up-and-coming artist showcases, and serves as “The Lab” for Apogee’s product development and testing. In its short but impressive history, artists such as John Fogerty, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer and many more have recorded and performed at Apogee Studio.
Apogee Studio is the venue for KCRW's Apogee Sessions, an incredible series of live performances for the National Public Radio affiliate's broadcast. The Apogee Sessions archive features an impressive list of artists including Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Regina Spektor, The Shins, K.D Lang and many more.
November 6, 2013
KCRW's Apogee Sessions series launched in 2010. It is the most intimate series the public radio station has ever produced, taking place at the private recording studio of legendary producer/mixer, Bob Clearmountain and Apogee Electronics. Here are some of the highlights.
November 18, 2013
Legendary rock guitarist Johnny Marr performed a high-energy set in front of a live audience at Apogee Studio, featuring songs from his debut solo album The Messenger and his own renditions of Smiths’ classics.
October 10, 2013
Gary Numan is one of the pioneers of modern electronic music. Watch him play songs off his new album Splinter as well as some classics. Recorded in front of a live audience at Apogee Studio.
June 3, 2013
Queens of the Stone Age performed their dangerously sexy new
songs the day before the release of their highly anticipated album
...Like Clockwork for a live audience at Apogee Studio.
October 15, 2012
KCRW was able to corral Band of Horses to perform a career-spanning set in the intimate setting of Apogee Studio.
September 25, 2012
May 29, 2012
A live session with LA's own Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, recorded in front of a live audience at Apogee Studio. Hosted by Liza Richardson. We literally get down with the gang as we hear a batch of new songs on the day of their album release.
May 3, 2012
The Shins are back! To celebrate their return, we captured a set of songs in front of a live audience at Apogee Studio on Morning Becomes Eclectic in the 11 o'clock hour.
December 2, 2011
An intimate solo performance with singer/songwriter Ryan Adams
recorded at Apogee Studio in front of a live audience.
Airborne Toxic Event
Architecture in Helsinki
Band of Horses
Cold War Kids
Death Cab for Cutie
E from the Eels
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Gary Clark Jr.
Kenny Sara and the Sound of New Orleans
Landon Pigg & Lucy Schwartz
Mick Jagger & the Rolling Stones
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Queens of the Stone Age
The Small Stars
The Small Stars
Apogee Studio in Santa Monica, CA is a recording studio and performance venue in the heart of Apogee’s solar powered Berkeley Street headquarters. The large space adjacent to the company’s offices and warehouse has been a host to legendary recording artists, up-and-coming artist showcases, and serves as “The Lab” for Apogee’s product development and testing. In its short but impressive history, artists such as John Fogerty, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer and many more have recorded and performed at Apogee Studio.
The road to Apogee Studio began when Apogee moved into the building in 2005. Legendary mix engineer Bob Clearmountain—a member of Apogee’s Advisory Board and product development team—suggested Apogee use the extra space to create a simple environment for live recording. The space was ultimately transformed into a world-class recording studio and live performance facility. To make it all happen, Apogee would provide the resources for construction and Bob would oversee design and outfit the studio with the best in vintage analog, as well as the most modern digital audio equipment. Along with engineer Brandon Duncan and advice from Bret Thoeny at Boto Design Architects, Clearmountain consulted on the studio’s construction and gear installation which laid the ground work for a space that would later host some of the music industry’s biggest icons. Clearmountain and the design team envisioned the marriage of classic analog gear with Apogee’s digital audio converters. This led to the search for the vintage Neve 8068 analog console. Clearmountain always loved the 8068 he often used at Power Station in New York and by a crazy stroke of luck, he found that exact desk had come up for sale. To complete the recording chain, Clearmountain installed Apogee’s flagship Symphony I/O converters and Mini-MP microphone preamps along with Apple’s Logic and Avid’s ProTools DAW.
With the addition of a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting rig, the studio has also become the perfect venue for intimate music showcases where the performances are captured with second-to none audio quality. This has been utilized most notably by National Public Radio affiliate, KCRW, for an incredible series of live performances for their broadcast.
As part of Apogee’s many philanthropic activities, with each project that is booked at the studio, all profits are donated to Corazon de Vida, a U.S. charity providing funding, services and support to aid the plight of Mexico’s abandoned and orphaned children in the 50 orphanages of Baja, California.