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. San Francisco in that era was truly a special place and time in music history, and studio stories from the late 60s- early 70s could fill volumes.
In 1980, Michael Ward and partners took over the facilities 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, Digital Underground, and others. Throughout its almost 40 year history, Hyde Street Studios has remained a top destination for major recording artists. Recent clients include Train, Cake, Kayne West, Daughter, Bob Mould, The Head and The Heart, Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon, A$AP Ferg, Panama Wedding, Chuck Prophet, Melvin Seals, OneRepublic, Earth Wind & Fire, 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 they 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.
All historic photographs on this page courtesy of Jeffrey Husband,
Stephen Barncard, and wallyheider.com.
Studio A Live Room (staged photo shoot)
Studio A Control Room
Front Door, Wally Heider Recording
Historic Landmark Plaque