Hyde Street Studios
Wally Heider Recording opened its doors at 245 Hyde Street in 1969. During these early years, the studio produced many monumental recordings by groups such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, Santana, CCR, and many others. It was truly a special place and time in music history.
In 1980, Michael Ward and partners took over the vacant facilities at 245 Hyde, formerly occupied by Wally Heider Recording and started Hyde Street Studios. In the 80s and 90s, it was a hub for the emergence of the punk and hip-hop scenes, producing pivotal records by Dead Kennedys, Green Day, Tupac, and Digital Underground, and others. Throughout its 35+ year history, Hyde Street Studios has remained a top destination for major recording artists. Recent clients include Train, Cake, Daughter, Bob Mould, The Head and The Heart, Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon, Panama Wedding, Chuck Prophet, Melvin Seals, Ryan Tedder, Earth Wind & Fire, Jason Marsalis, Chris Isaak, Rufus Wainwright, and others.
Over the years, the facility has been updated, but remains fundamentally unchanged and is rich in historic character. The original acoustic designs of control rooms and live rooms remain largely untouched and sound as sweet as the did in the early 70's. Hyde Street is also host to unique features you won't find at modern studios, like a functioning (and amazing-sounding) echo chamber, plate and spring reverbs, and tape vault. You can even find a rack of vintage recording magazines from the 70s and 80s in the studio lounges.
Hyde Street Studios is proud to be the longest running multi-room recording studio in the Bay Area.
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For more history of the Wally Heider Recording Era, visit wallyheider.com
All historic photographs on this page courtesy of Jeffery Husband, Stephen Barncard, and wallyheider.com.
Studio A Live Room
Studio A Control Room
Front Door, Wally Heider Recording
Historic Landmark Plaque