Studio A

Over the years, FAME’s historic Studio A has been home to countless, seminal recordings that have woven themselves into the American fabric, influencing several generations of musicians far and wide.

The famous sign above the entryway into the studios reads: “Through these doors walk the finest Musicians, Songwriters, Artists, and Producers in the World”. This is as true today as it was in 1961. Since it first opened its doors, Studio A has welcomed a literal who’s who of music royalty from Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, the Revialists, the Raconteurs as well as Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. They have all come searching for the beautiful, soulful, sonic footprint that defines FAME Recording Studios.  It has been said that the sound of Studio A is embedded into the DNA of American music through the mountain of classic music performed in this room.

Studio A’s lush acoustics and unique musical legacy have made it one of the most sought after recording studios in the world. It’s the room where Aretha Franklin found her sound. It’s the room where Wilson Pickett whaled on “Mustang Sally”. It’s where Clarence Carter has recorded for five decades. It’s the room where Duane Allman found his sound. It’s the room that continually produces chart-topping, generation-defining music year after year after year, including Gregg Allman’s choice as the studio to do his final album in.  As well as the 2019 #1 Americana album Muscle Shoals – Small Town Big Sound.

While retaining all the features and idiosyncrasies that make FAME Recording Studios a National Historic Landmark, we also take great care to stay above the curve when it comes to contemporary recording techniques. Over the years, FAME Recording Studios has built one of the  finest collections of vintage and modern recording equipment around. Lovingly cared for and painstakingly maintained, FAME’s selection of classic and state-of-the-art microphones, consoles, and instruments offers an unparalleled treasure trove of choice to fit any recording artist’s particular needs.