Welcome to Apogee Studio
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.
KCRW’s Apogee Sessions
September 22, 2015
Local LA group Silversun Pickups joined us at the Apogee Studio to perform songs off their fourth full-length album, Better Nature.
April 20, 2015
Fresh off their sunset sets at Coachella, Alabama Shakes took the stage at Apogee Studio to perform cuts off their new album “Sound & Color”.
Belle & Sebastian
February 2, 2015
Glaswegian band Belle & Sebastian brought an evening of infectious pop to an intimate crowd at Apogee Studios.
November 3, 2014
Jenny Lewis’ incredible talent and positive ora made it easy for everyone in the audience to smile, sing along and feel right at home when she visited Apogee Studio.
October 16, 2014
Extraordinary bassist and singer Meshell Ndegeocello recently graced the stage at Apogee Studio and delivered her melodic and moody new work, along with her classics.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
May 5, 2014
In this special Cinco de Mayo Apogee Session, guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela floored the standing room audience at Apogee Studio with their infectious energy and out-of-this-world chops.
April 22, 2014
Chromeo’s electro-funk was in full display for their intimate Apogee Studio performance featuring a 6-piece female backing vocal group. Playing their classic hits and tunes from their latest LP “White Women”, Chromeo’s Apogee Session was an all-out dance party.
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.
Queens of the Stone Age
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.
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.
Recording Projects and Guests
Airborne Toxic Event
Architecture in Helsinki
Band of Horses
Belle & Sebastian
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
Apogee Studio Story
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.