Top 10 Best Rock and Metal Recording StudiosMetal_Treasure Some of these studios aren't specialized in rock/metal but are on the list because some significant rock/metal bands recorded there.
What's a good studio? - good sound, good equipment, good staff and good working conditions (at good prices, if possible).
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It's located in London’s posh Soho neighborhood. Some of the recordings:
Queen - Queen (1973), Queen II (1974), Sheer Heart Attack (1974), A Night at the Opera (1975)
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars (1972)
The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed (1969)
James Taylor’s eponymous debut album (1968)
Lou Reed - Transformer (1972) - Metal_Treasure
The Beatles made the Abbey Road Studios famous! - Metal_Treasure
It was founded by Jimi Hendrix in New York’s Greenwich Village - he created this studio because he paid too much to record his album Electric Ladyland. Unfortunately, he used the studio for only 4 weeks before he died.
However, the studio is still in use. Some of the recordings:
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Clash’s Combat Rock
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell (1983)
Santana - Supernatural (1999)
Weezer’s eponymous 1995 album
The White Stripes - De Stijl (2000)
Many Kiss albums - Metal_Treasure
What makes Capitol Studios unique is the “echo chambers” designed by Les Paul - the legendary guitarist and sound engineer. “Echo chambers” are part of an underground concrete bunker and Les Paul designed them to get a better reverb sound.
Bands that used this studio: the Beach Boys, Oasis, Daft Punk, Outkast - Metal_Treasure
When you see words like "sweet" and " silence" you don't expect exactly metal music but it's one of the best metal studios with one of the best metal producers and engineers - Flemming Rasmussen. It's located in Copenhagen, Denmark, and got the attention of professionals with the 1981 album Difficult to Cure by Rainbow. The sound of Difficult to Cure attracted Metallica, who recorded Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets with Flemming Rasmussen at this studio.
Some of the recordings:
Metallica - Ride the Lightning; Master of Puppets
Rainbow - Difficult to Cure; Bent Out of Shape
Artillery - By Inheritance
Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side; (vocals only to) Nightfall in Middle-Earth - Metal_Treasure
It's located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. It was originally built for recording the music to Walt Disney movies but their initial idea was changed.
Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street (1972)
The Doors - The Doors (1967), Strange Days (1967)
Jet - Get Born (2003)
Partially recorded and mixed in this studio:
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (1969) and Led Zeppelin IV (1972) - Metal_Treasure
It is a former poorhouse in Headley, England. This studio is known for its stairwell that is used to get specific sound effects - for example, “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin was partially recorded from the stairwell, mostly guitars and drums.
Who recorded at Headley Grange?
Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton - Metal_Treasure
Located in Athens, Georgia, US, this studio recorded REM, Queens of the Stone Age, Deerhunter, Bright Eyes, Animal Collective - Metal_Treasure
This Mobile Studio is literally "mobile" - it's a truck with a recording studio in it, which is good for recording live performances.
However, it’s been the site of a number of insanely good recordings that aren't live - for example, it became famous for recording Deep Purple’s album Machine Head and the Mobile Studio is mentioned in the lyrics to Smoke on the Water ("To make records with a mobile").
Live recordings: Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry”, live performances by Patti Smith and the Ramones
Other recordings: Simple Minds - Life in a Day; parts of a number of Stones and Zeppelin albums - Metal_Treasure
It's mentioned in the lyrics to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” - one of the lines is “Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers / And they been known to pick a song or two.”
But “Sweet Home Alabama" wasn't recorded in this studio! - Metal_Treasure
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