For a recording artist, having the right atmosphere to record in is essential. Your surroundings are often highly influential and reflective of the music produced. Below we have compiled a list of some of the studios we think have the best vibes!
The Studio At The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas is a perfect place to go and record, hang around at the pool and take in everything that Vegas has to offer. In recent times, clients have included rockers Imagine Dragons who recorded much of their debut album Night Visions here, they also returned to track some of their latest album Smoke + Mirrors. Recording legend Celine Dion, who has a residency in Las Vegas – also recorded three of her albums at this studio.
When super producer Dr. Luke isn’t recording in his personal Malibu studio, he’s usually found at Conway Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The studio is a pop production oasis and is responsible for hosting artists such as Katy Perry, Ke$ha & Lady GaGa. It features a beautifully lush tropical garden within the complex. Perfect for relaxing in between takes. A unique feature is that in Studio B you can actually see into the garden through the control room window. Usually studios don’t have daylight coming in to the room so this adds an extra vibe.
KMA has hosted hip hop superstars including Chris Brown, Drake & Jay-Z. It is perhaps the best studio in the world for a city view, with a look directly down onto all the action in Times Square. An amazing space to record, especially at night, where the hustle and lights of NYC’s tourist hub can be seen clearly while in the midst of tracking.
Abbey Road Studios in north-west London makes this list because of the sheer history in the building. Established in 1931 by EMI’s predecessor The Gramophone company, this is arguably the most famous recording facility ever. Studio 2 is the famous space in which The Beatles recorded their album Abbey Road in 1969, while Studio 1 is capable of accommodating full orchestras. Abbey Road is known for having one of the most extensive and exhaustive collection of vintage microphones in the world. How can it not produce good vibes when you think of all the history that has been made in this studio?
Another studio that makes this list for historical reasons is Electric Lady in New York. Designed by acclaimed acoustician John Storyk, it was the studio built for Jimi Hendrix in the late 1960s. He unfortunately only got to use the studio for four weeks before he passed away in the UK. Legendary engineer Eddie Kramer manned the mixing console from 1970 to 1974 where he then went on to record many a hit album. The studio is fitted as you’d imagine with psychedelic tapestries and fixings.
What can be more inspiring than a 100 year old Gothic revival grey-stone church?? Ocean Way Studio in Nashville, Tennessee is probably close to perfect for capturing authentic choral vocals. It was founded in 1997 as part of the iconic Ocean Way family of studios, but was sold to Belmont University in 2001. It remains a fully operational commercial studio and boasts one of the largest mixing consoles of it’s kind – a vintage Neve 8078 featuring 80 inputs of analog audio along with a 64 channel monitoring section.
Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee was originally opened at the beginning of 1950 by Sam Phillips. There is a claim with some merit that it is the birthplace of rock & roll. Rock & roll’s first single “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (featuring the song’s composer Ike Turner on keys) was recorded here. Ok, so it wouldn’t be the right feeling for every kind of music, but as the room is so basic and old fashioned you are left with your imagination as to who has recorded there in the past. The minimalist style is actually 100% legit in this studio. Clientele is fairly timeless with legends having recorded there including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and more recently U2 and Ringo Starr.
Strongroom in East London is part of the AIR family of studios. AIR of course is run by the man they call the “Fifth Beatle” – The Beatles producer George Martin. There are heavy psychedelic vibes in this studio – no expense has been spared as far as the interior design goes. Strongroom is used to high profile bands coming through their doors including indie rockers the Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead.
Words cannot describe the beauty of Revolution Recordings on Laing Street in Toronto. Featured in this list is both Studio A and Studio B. The dark wood panels in Studio B are reminiscent of a forest in British Columbia. This makes for the perfect vibe if you’re looking to record acoustic, roots or folk music, or are into world music generally. The studio is kitted out with state of the art consoles, microphones, tape machines and sits opposite Joao Carvalho Mastering. Artists including Rush and Lights are on the list of high profile artists through the doors, there has also been many world-class engineers and producers dropping in for a session.
When it comes to quality in the music production world, few bands inspire as much awe and fear as U2. They are heavily associated with this awesome studio in Ireland’s capital city Dublin. Basically if U2 are happy to use the studio so should the rest of us! It’s set in the city centre and has really cool graffiti surrounding the building on the streets. It conjures up images of other iconic Irish artists including Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher and Paul Brady.