United Sound Systems Recording Studios is Michigan’s oldest and Detroit’s first independent recording studio and the site of world-changing musical moments.
Take a tour of the studios from April 26, 2014 with the Flickr Gallery above. Original photos by Ryan Place. Used with permission.
Updated September 29, 2020
For more information on the historical importance of United Sound you may read the City of Detroit’s “Proposed United Sound System Recording Studios Historic District Final Report” here. You can read our statement on whether or not a highway service road is more important than United here.
Owners of United Sound Systems
Michigan Department of Transportation
A brochure for United Sound Systems c. 1968. Click image to view more.
A Partial List of Detroit Artists Who Recorded at United Sound Systems
Thomas “Beans” Bowles
Iggy Pop (as part of The Iguanas)
A Partial List of National and International Artists Who Recorded at United Sound Systems
Red Hot Chili Peppers
A Partial List of Arrangers, Recording Engineers, Producers, and Songwriters
Martin “Helluva” McCurtis
Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd
Paul Riser, Sr.
James “Jimmy” Siracuse
A Partial List of Companies that Did Business with United
J. Walter Thompson
James M Carter
My name is James Carter and I’m an international woodwind recording and touring artist born and raised here in Detroit into a musical family. My very very first recording session was at United Sound Systems Studio under the auspices of musician/producer Michael Bailey in 1982 on the regional R&B hit “Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder” at the tender age of 13 years old!! I feel myself very blessed to start my recording career in that edifice of artistic excellence an I’m down for saving it!! Keep me in touch with what’s happening Sincerely, James Carter
Thank you Mr. Carter! We have added your name above!