What if the walls could talk? For those who create music in a recording studio, the promise of a well-equipped work space goes beyond the right gear. Artists, producers and engineers know that many studios carry on the spirit of legendary sessions and past hits -- and many hope to tap that energy for their tracks today.
While portable and home recording options have greatly expanded in the digital music age, most artists understand the advantages a professional studio offers, including staff to solve creative challenges, troubleshoot technical issues and get the most out of rooms custom built for recording. Under the right conditions, the musicmakers who book the top-flight studios featured here produce a result that just sounds better. They understand: You really can’t do this at home.
Contributors: Dean Budnick, Leila Cobo, Chuck Dauphin, Adrienne Gaffney, Melinda Newman, Paula Parisi, Richard Smirke, Paul Verna, Deborah Wilker
This article originally appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of Billboard.