Royaltone Studios, a North Hollywood, Calif.-based facility that has hosted such artists as Van Halen, Christina Aguilera, No Doubt, the Dixie Chicks and Audioslave, closed Feb. 18. President Jane Sco

NEW YORK -- Royaltone Studios, a North Hollywood, Calif.-based facility that has hosted such artists as Van Halen, Christina Aguilera, No Doubt, the Dixie Chicks and Audioslave, closed Feb. 18. President Jane Scobie, who has been with the high-end recording studio for nearly all of its 10-year existence, stepped down the same day.

The news comes on the heels of the recent and imminent closing of Cello Studios and New York's Hit Factory, respectively. Royaltone was purchased by a private company, of which artist/producer and Royaltone client Linda Perry is a principal member.

Scobie attributes Royaltone's closing to fewer projects and diminished recording budgets, coupled with what she describes as a "glut" of commercial studios in the Los Angeles market.